Category Archives: Social change

Power and strengths-based practice

Despite the wide spread acceptance of strengths-based practice—What family or community service would not claim to be strengths-based?—practice does not always live up to the rhetoric.
One of the things that often undermines practitioners’ claims to be strengths-based, is that they fail to recognise the way in which strengths-based practice challenges traditional power relationships. Continue reading

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Special days and dates for the environment – 2019

Here are some significant international and national days/weeks for 2019 that focus on environmental issues.  I’ve also created a list of days and dates focusing on families and communities. Please let me know if I have missed any important ones. (Days … Continue reading

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Special days and dates for families and communities – 2019

There are many international and national days/weeks that focus on issues facing families and communities. The following are some of the more significant ones in 2019. I generally haven’t included the many charity days and days focusing on specific health … Continue reading

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Special days and dates for the environment – 2018

The list for 2019 of special days and dates for the environment is available here. Here are some significant international and national days/weeks for 2018 that focus on environmental issues.  I’ve also created a list of days and dates focusing on … Continue reading

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Special days and dates for families and communities – 2018

This list of 2019 special days and dates for families and communities is here. There are many international and national days/weeks that focus on issues facing families and communities. The following are some of the more significant ones in 2018. Please … Continue reading

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Same-sex marriage – finally it’s done!

Yesterday was a historic day with the Australian Parliament overwhelmingly voting in favour of same-sex marriage. Our family watched it live on TV and to see 130-140 Members of Parliament voting YES with four lonely figures voting NO was a wonderful … Continue reading

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It’s simple maths, not a once in a 1000 year phenomenon

[Updated 5 October 2018 to include 2018 Facebook posts] Last year a Facebook post was going around saying: Today, if you add your age + the year you were born you will get 2017. This only happens once every 1000 … Continue reading

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Community engagement and the Stop Adani national day of action

Last weekend (7-8 October 2017), people around Australia put their bodies on the line to send a message about Adani’s plans for the Carmichael Mine in Queensland: one of the World’s largest coal mines. In over 45 locations in Australia, … Continue reading

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My response to the campaign against same-sex marriage

As I said in the previous post, to me the YES case in the same-sex marriage postal vote is largely based on love, acceptance and justice, while the NO case is largely based on fear, exclusion and poor logic. Much … Continue reading

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Why I voted YES in the same-sex marriage postal vote

I try to be fair and to understand other points of view, but to me the YES case in the same-sex marriage postal vote is largely based on love, acceptance and justice, while the NO case is largely based on … Continue reading

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