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Participatory techniques

Loomio — better decision making with technology

March 14, 2014 | | 2 Comments

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 … Read More

It’s all about… Changeology

March 11, 2014 |

IT WAS LATE SUMMER when thirty or so people gathered at the Randwick Community Centre for day one of the two day Changeology course with veteran social change educator, Les Robinson.

Les is a tall, fit-looking man of middle age … Read More

It’s time for a little… passion mashing

April 8, 2013 | | 2 Comments

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 … Read More

Social planning comes first in community garden design

August 1, 2012 |

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.

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Choose your circle of action to create change

November 5, 2011 |

I DON’T KNOW what triggered my interest in solutions to sustainability but I trace it back to the 1970s.

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Drawing lessons from National Tree Day

September 10, 2011 |

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.

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Walking the transect

September 1, 2011 |

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.

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Participatory Learning and Action — and how to use it

September 1, 2011 |

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.

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Understanding readiness for change

October 19, 2010 | | One Comment

THE FIRST of the Sydney Transition Initiative Network Group’s (STING) mutual training events focused on the idea that people occupy different stages of readiness in regard to making changes to their thinking and behaviours related to sustainable living.

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