Tag Archives: Video

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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Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

I’ve decided to make this  entertaining and surprising TEDx talk, by Luis von Ahn, required watching in an online undergraduate course (or subject) I teach on community engagement (HLSC2241). Although the course is online, I haven’t included much material about … Continue reading

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Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy

An interesting short (7:05 mins) TEDx talk about barriers to community engagement. Dave Meslin suggests apathy isn’t the reason people aren’t involved in community engagement initiatives; it is because they are actively discouraged from becoming involved. He gives a number … Continue reading

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Prescription strength nature – an ad

Getting out in nature really can help. This is a clever ad promoting its benefits based on prescription medicine advertising. You can find out more and see other videos at http://www.nature-rx.org/. If you liked this post please follow my blog … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Lock the Gate!

AGL, an Australian gas and electricity company, recently announced that it was abandoning a controversial coal seam project in Gloucester (just north of Newcastle). The Gloucester Gas Project had plans for over 300 gas wells and was facing fierce opposition. … Continue reading

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A song for Sunday – This Machine

This is the first Song for Sunday in ages – but it is a great one, and one you probably haven’t heard; it’s had under 6000 views on YouTube.  Over Christmas/New Year we went to the Woodford Folk Festival (a … Continue reading

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A very British way of explaining sexual consent

This is so simple, so clear, and so clever! What a wonderful way of explaining consent. If you liked this post please follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to look at: Parenting for … Continue reading

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Stan Grant “Racism is destroying the Australian Dream”

In the lead up to Australia Day this is a passionate reminder that we have much to do before we can be proud of our history, particularly in relation to the original inhabitants of the land.

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Video of Transition Streets and Kids Vegies on the Verge in Newcastle

We put this video together to coincide with the release of 21 Stories of Transition – the latest book from the Transition Network. We were thrilled, but daunted, to share some of our story through the book. It is great … Continue reading

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Jihad Dib on school transformation (TEDx talk)

This TEDx talk by Jihad Dib, the Principal at Punchbowl Boys High, captures the essence of strengths-based practice and highlights the importance of community engagement. In the school of around 450 students, 65% of the students come from the bottom … Continue reading

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