Tag Archives: Community building

6 characteristics of an urban village

Urban design plays a vital role in community building and promoting horizontal community engagement. This video and an associated report, New London Villages: Creating community, (Scanlon, Sagor, Whitehead and Mossa, 2016) explore the concept of villages within the city of … Continue reading

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The joys of a community cinema

On the weekend we went to see the Australian movie Paper Planes at the Regal Cinema in Birmingham Gardens (a western suburb in Newcastle) with my brother and two of the girls’ cousins. Besides being a fun movie (see the … Continue reading

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Jane’s Walk- Street Art/Graffiti In Toronto

This is a great example of building on community assets (as advocated in asset-based community-driven development) while also promoting understanding and building social capital. Jane’s Walks are free neighbourhood walks led by local volunteers. The walks can focus on local … Continue reading

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A 10 year old’s birthday party

A 10-year old’s birthday party can be pretty full on. Alexa was beside herself with excitement in the lead up to her birthday: she’d been talking about it for weeks. Our dilemma was how to have a good time, without … Continue reading

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Why we shouldn’t trust markets with our civic life

Michael Sandel’s TED talk “Why we shouldn’t trust markets with our civic life” raises some important questions about the limits of markets as a way of addressing social issues. One of his central arguments is that, when considering non-material goods, … Continue reading

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What is asset-based community development (ABCD)?

    [Updated 7 November 2017] Asset-based community development (ABCD), or asset-based community-driven development as it is sometimes called, is a bottom-up way of working with communities that focuses on community strengths and assets rather than on deficits and problems. … Continue reading

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Transition Streets Challenge – comments from coordinators

The pilot of the Transition Streets Challenge recently finished. Each of the coordinators from the five streets gave us a statement about their experience and/or some of the impact. (You can also see a slideshow of some of the highlights HERE, … Continue reading

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The Newcastle Big Draw

Yesterday I went to the Big Draw with Alexa and some friends. It was a great example of community engagement organised by Newcastle City Council. There were seven venues with 21 activities nearly all of which involved people (mostly kids) … Continue reading

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“I try and make it feel more like a home” – families living in caravan parks

A paper I presented in 2008. In this presentation I want to compare two pictures of caravan parks and their residents (especially families). One picture is created by focusing on the deficits or problems we can find in caravan parks. … Continue reading

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Transition Streets Challenge – building community

At the launch of the Transition Streets Challenge we asked the streets what they hoped to gain from the program. Not surprisingly one of the main themes was becoming more sustainable (e.g.”Increase our awareness about sustainability and how to adopt … Continue reading

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