Tag Archives: Social capital

Evaluating the impact of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops on social capital

The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) have been supporting Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops in Sydney since 2012, and we are in the process of planning an evaluation of the impact … Continue reading

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A garden sleepover

Our living room was invaded by 9 girls this week for a sleepover with kids from Kids’ Vegies on the Verge. It was noisy, chaotic and fun. It was also all about building community. The girls, ranging in age from … Continue reading

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What is Transition Streets?

I realised people are eager to connect and learn new ways of living. I thought I was a “greenie” but participating in Transition Streets taught me many things I was unaware of. I have introduced more things in our daily … Continue reading

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Community engagement and caravan parks

I have been reflecting on how some of the concepts I teach in community engagement courses relate to my work. In this post I think back on my work in caravan parks (2003-2008), mainly with people who were using it … Continue reading

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Libraries and community engagement

I’m meeting with somebody soon to discuss a workshop on asset-based community development (ABCD) for library staff. To help prepare myself I’ve been looking at some resources. Not surprisingly there isn’t much on ABCD, but there is quite a bit … Continue reading

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Book Week

Book Week is a wonderful community engagement event that, according to the Children’s Book Council of Australia, is Australia’s longest running children’s festival. Schools, libraries and other groups all around the country hold activities that engage children and their families … Continue reading

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Social capital videos

The following videos might help to explain social capital a bit more. They don’t provide detailed analysis of the term, but rather provide some useful insights to what it means in practice. The first is a brief cartoon by The … Continue reading

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What is social capital?

At one level, social capital is a very easy concept to understand. Essentially it comes down to who you know, not what you know. It’s a bit like community. Everybody knows what we mean, but it might mean slightly different … Continue reading

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