Category Archives: Working with communities

Community engagement, community development, asset-based community-driven development, community capacity building etc

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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Jasmine and Larni’s tiny house on national TV

Last week, the National TV show, Better Homes and Gardens,  featured Jasmine and Larni’s tiny house. You can see the segment here. Planning for the tiny house started in June 2016 when Cathy suggested that Jasmine and Larni might like … Continue reading

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The increasing number of articles published on community engagement

The current renaissance of community engagement has led to an ever increasing body of literature discussing the theory and practice of community engagement. The rapid growth in interest in community engagement can be demonstrated by the increasing numbers of publications … Continue reading

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Journals publishing on community engagement

What journals publish articles on community engagement? To find out I did a search in two large databases (Proquest and EBSCO) for any articles in scholarly journals that had “community engagement” in their title, to identify which Journals had the … Continue reading

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Special days and dates for families and communities – 2017

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. There is also a list of days and dates for the environment. Please let me know … Continue reading

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My top posts for 2016

There are a number of ways to judge my top posts for 2016. To start with there are 10 posts that I think add a useful contribution to working with communities and families. Some of them came from my work … Continue reading

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Why you should talk to strangers by Kio Stark

The notion of “Stranger Danger” does not sit comfortably with a strengths perspective. As I’ve said before, I want our daughters to know that most people ARE trustworthy and that if they are lost or something has happened to them, … Continue reading

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Photographic reflections on the Fair Share Festival

The Fair Share Festival is over! I’ll post some more detailed reflections later, but here are a few photos and some initial thoughts. After a successful screening of The True Cost (a documentary about fast fashion) on Thursday, we woke … Continue reading

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Mobilising community assets and volunteers can have side effects

One of the strengths of asset-based community-driven development (ABCD) is how it builds on the passions and skills of volunteer community members. It’s amazing what communities can achieve when they rely on their own resources. But there can be a … Continue reading

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