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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 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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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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Definitions of community engagement

[Post updated: 14 February 2017] There is no widely accepted definition of community engagement and the meaning can vary in different contexts. The following are some definitions of community engagement mainly in the context vertical community engagement, particularly in relation … Continue reading

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