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Thought Bubbles – Episode 43 – What actually is an Activist?

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On the run up to Global Community Engagement Day, in this episode I start thinking about the theme of ‘Engaging with Activists’ and ponder on the definition of an Activist. Am I one? Are you one? And how do we define activism in 2018?

Thought Bubbles – Episode 42 – How to Engage a Troublemaker

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In this episode I explore a few ideas for engaging with those in the community people who like to disrupt, ask questions, challenge things and generally go against the status quo.

Thought Bubbles Episode 41 – Politics & Community Engagement

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In this episode, I share a story about how I’ve come to learn that community engagement is not something that a Government can opt in or out of – regardless of whether they are aligned to the left or right of the political spectrum. I use our recent experience of a shift of state Government in South Australia from 16 years of a Labor government to a new Liberal government – and how the community are demanding good engagement, that isn’t just tick-a-box consultation and involves them in decision making and problem solving from early on in the process.

Thought Bubbles – Episode 40 – Influence

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On the run up to Global Community Engagement Day on 28 January, let’s reflect on how my work might have influenced community engagement practice in South Australia, or whether i’ve influenced you in any way?

Thought Bubbles – Episode 38 – Community Engagement on Council Rates

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In this episode I share the ONE single question that I believe local Government should be asking their community as part of their community engagement regarding rates. I’d love to hear from Councils around the world who have undertaken successful engagement with community on paying their rates!

Thought Bubbles – Episode 37 – Is Community Engagement soft and fluffy?

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In this episode I share a conversation I had with a friend who works in the finance sector. His views on community engagement are the complete opposite of mine, telling me he thinks community engagement is a waste of time and tax payers money. I shared this in the Engage 2 Act Facebook group and much discussion was had. Here I share some of my thoughts on comments made, and question whether as a sector we need to become more measured, tangible and able to articulate the difference we make?

Thought Bubbles – Episode 36 – Facebook Groups for Building Community Resilience

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In this episode I share my enthusiasm for Facebook, but specifically Facebook Groups as a tool for building community resilience. I believe they should be run by people, for people. My questions are whether you agree that they are a good tool for building resilience; what role government should play in supporting this kind of grass-roots community building; and whether you are part of a Facebook Group in your local neighbourhood?

Thought Bubbles – Episode 35 – Microcommunities & Community Leadership

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In this episode I discuss community leadership in the form of individuals making change within micro-communities to shape local action towards global change. I predict a shift in the coming years towards greater micro-community action as a reaction to a sense of non-control over global politics and situations.

Thought Bubbles – Episode 34 – My hatred of surveys

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In this edition of Thought Bubbles I share my hatred of impersonal bureaucratic surveys used for community engagement. I ask whether I’m the only hater of surveys, and whether at a local Government level better engagement could be undertaken directly by those elected to make decisions on behalf of the community, amongst their own networks in the community. I don’t have all the answers but would love to know your thoughts!