IT’S NOT an uncommon experience – we join a group planning to do good work only to later leave disappointed with the group’s decision-making processes and poor interpersonal relations. As a US social change expert once said – the most …
THE OPPORTUNITY FOR some passion mashing attracted around 30 people who clustered in the meeting room at the Randwick Sustainability Hub in February this year for a workshop led by veteran social change expert, Les Robinson. Les has worked in …
IT’S A COMMON BELIEF among people setting out to start a community garden that the first step is to find land, do a site analysis, do a design, build and start growing. Were it only so simple.
A GOOD EVENT it turned out to be, National Tree Day 2010, with fine, sunny and warm Winter weather bringing out hundreds who planted 4000 ground covers, shrubs and trees. Activities for kids, a wildlife show that included a black head python and a lizard that changed colour were brought along by the wildlife display and City of Sydney waste educator, Sarah van Erp, an Eastern Suburbs Compost Revolution veteran, and Katie Oxenham, the City’s urban ecologist, were there.
THE TRANSECT is a activity used to gather information about an area of land for use in the design phase of projects. It can be used as part of site analysis, the phase of design that documents the characteristics of a site and the influence of external forces such as sun/shade patterns, winds and runoff.
DRAWING DIAGRAMS IN THE SAND might not appear to have much to do with working with people on a design project or in international development, but it is a way that communities and participants can take a central role in projects.