Tag Archives: Definitions

What is terrorism?

Terrorism is very high in the public’s consciousness and is frequently in the news. As a term, however, its usage is quite inconsistent and highly political, with it generally being used to describe violence we condemn, find immoral or believe … Continue reading

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Some definitions of family

Everybody knows what a family is, but trying to find a widely accepted definition is actually very hard. I’ve been looking at how various writers define families and the following are some examples. I’m not going to comment on them … Continue reading

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What is….?

I’ve created a new page which has links to all the posts I’ve done on “What is….?” These are posts I wrote for students I teach at Uni in a range of subjects on working with communities. They are brief, simple … Continue reading

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What is community capacity building?

According to the Western Australian Department for Community Development (2006) Community capacity building is about promoting the ‘capacity’ of local communities to develop, implement and sustain their own solutions to problems in a way that helps them shape and exercise … Continue reading

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What is Appreciative Inquiry?

Appreciative Inquiry is a strengths-based approach to creating change. Although it is  often discussed in the context organisational change, Appreciative Inquiry can be applied in a range of contexts. The following is a great overview by Jackie Kelm from Appreciative … 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. In another … Continue reading

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A short definition of community

A colleague recently asked me to define community in 100 words or less. Here is my attempt. What do you think? A group of people with something in common who consider they have some connection. Community suggests some form of … Continue reading

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What is the Strengths Perspective?

The strengths perspective and strengths-based approaches  offer service providers ways of working that focus on strengths, abilities and potential rather than problems, deficits and pathologies (Chapin, 1995; Early & GlenMaye, 2000; Saleebey, 1992d; Weick et al., 1989). Since the mid 1980’s … Continue reading

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What are vertical and horizontal community engagement?

[Updated 21 July 2017] The more I read and practice, the more aware I become of the many dimensions of community engagement. One of these dimensions is vertical and horizontal community engagement. At a seminar in 2012, Alison Mathie from … Continue reading

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Types of community engagement

Community engagement takes a variety of forms. I recently suggested that there were three broad forms of community engagement, but last week I realised that I had overlooked a fourth type. The four types are: Community engagement with a focus … Continue reading

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