Author Archives: Graeme Stuart

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.

Donald Trump the musical (with Tim Minchin)

I’m a big fan of Tim Minchin, and I am quite scared that Donald Trump is the president of the USA, so this sketch on the Late Late Show appealed to me. Even though we live in serious times, humour … Continue reading

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Principles of effective parent engagement in early childhood education

The engaging diverse families project of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) identified principles of family engagement in early childhood education, collected case studies of good practice and developed resources to help programs more effectively engage … Continue reading

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A continuum of engagement: A focus on the individual to a focus on the collective

A definition of community engagement by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning [1] reminds us that community engagement has a focus on the collective rather than the individual: Community engagement… is a planned process with the specific purpose … Continue reading

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The story of microfibres

The latest video from the makers of The Story of Stuff focuses on microfibres. The use of synthetic fibres has been steadily increasing with two-thirds of new clothing now being made from synthetic fibres. Microfibres in oceans and waterways are … Continue reading

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Updates to the reading list on ABCD

I’ve just updated the reading list on ABCD (over 100 resources). I’ve added nine articles or other resources. Most of them are fairly old (still worth looking at) but some of them are quire recent. Please let me know of any … Continue reading

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Graphic depictions of the Spectrum of Public Participation

Tim Bonnemann, the founder of Intellitics and a previous board member of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) in the USA, has been collecting graphic depictions of the Spectrum of Public Participation and its variations for a number of years. … Continue reading

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Searching for my authoritative voice

Sometimes I fear I’m going to be discovered as a fraud. Who am I to be writing a blog on community engagement? On what basis do I support other organisations to improve their work? Am I really preparing students for … Continue reading

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An Alternatives to Violence Project workshop for parents

I am currently helping to plan and facilitate an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop for parents through Family Support Newcastle. We have a good team of four facilitators with a variety of experience and backgrounds. While this workshop will … Continue reading

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Definitions of community engagement – updated

Yesterday I updated a post on Definitions of community engagement from 2011. I’ve added some more recent definitions, updated some of the material to reflect what I’ve learnt over the last six years, removed some unimportant material which came from … Continue reading

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What is the Spectrum of Public Participation?

The Spectrum of Public Participation was developed by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) to help clarify the role of the public (or community) in planning and decision-making, and how much influence the community has over planning or decision-making … Continue reading

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