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What ELSE did I learn from our conversation about working with refugees and asylum seekers?

Last week I posted about the challenge I felt from Brad Chilcot’s call to appreciate the polarities in people by starting out from areas of mutuality rather than adversary. But this wasn’t all I learned from that conversation. My other … Continue reading

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Community Strengths and Weaknesses- two sides of the same coin?

Yesterday I had a lovely drive through the Adelaide Hills to visit the leaders of the Baptist Church at Gumeracha.  So far this would have to be the prettiest Baptist Church I have visited particularly as I found it yesterday; … Continue reading

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Be Adventurous, Be Brave, Be Humble (on finishing up at MarionLIFE Community Services)

Today is my last day as Director of MarionLIFE Community Services; an organisation I have had the privilege to lead for over 5 years now. NB: Finishing well is my excuse for my lack of blogging in recent weeks.   … Continue reading

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The power of letting those in need LEAD!

The area surrounding the Marion Church of Christ has a higher than average Indigenous population for an inner-suburban area in Adelaide. One of the challenges articulated but a large number of our indigenous neighbours was ensuring that their children had … Continue reading

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The good and the ugly of Appreciative Inquiry.

Our Edwardstown Project is in an interesting/challenging/exciting space presently.  Having educated and inspired the members of the church to embrace an asset based approach to their community engagement we have inquired-of and got-to-know the local community using techniques like World … Continue reading

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Community Development: It takes time!

The title says it all but let me expand: I feel that the proof of success in asset based community development is not in statistics but in the stories of community transformation.  This is why I have asked a number of … Continue reading

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Marina’s Story- When limitations become opportunities

    Recently I have been meeting with a small collective of passionate Asset Based Community Development Practitioners from World Vision, Compassion, TEAR Australia, Uniting Communities, Tabor College and the Churches of Christ in SA & NT. One of the … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about FAILURE

I’m currently in rainy Melbourne having just shared at the Surrender Conference. I was given the privilege to lead three sessions at the conference and then to share about the conference on ABC radio tonight (tune in to Sunday nights … Continue reading

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Colleen – The world’s largest tea pot

Recently I have been meeting with a small collective of passionate Asset Based Community Development Practitioners from World Vision, Compassion, TEAR Australia, Uniting Communities, Tabor College and the Churches of Christ in SA & NT. One of the purposes of … Continue reading

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Communities as Living Systems (how nature can inspire fresh perspectives on complex problems)

The idea of looking to nature to inspire creative solutions to complex problems (biomimicry) is not new. Ever laid in grass and been frustrated to discover the hooks of a hundred small burrs had caught themselves in the loops of … Continue reading

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