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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!

Thought Bubbles – Episode 33 – Trust & Keyboard Warriors

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In this episode I explore how society is at an all time low in relation to trust, but also have a bit of a rant at us all as community members and how we need to just shut up and get involved!

Thought Bubbles Episode 32 – Engage 2 Act!

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It’s here… Engage 2 Act Australia & New Zealand! I just can’t contain my excitement so am sharing with you some of my rationale behind making this happen. We NEED a really decent network of people with an interest in citizen engagement here in Australia and New Zealand. So we’re making it happen!

Thought Bubbles – Episode 31 – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Creating Viral Social Media Content

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Let me share with you the story of my Facebook post reaching almost 7 million views! I reflect on the strategies I used, how it made me feel and how it might have affected my Facebook page from here on!

Thought Bubbles – Episode 30 – What’s been happening?

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Becky is back! It’s been well over a year since the last recording of Thought Bubbles so in this episode Becky gives a quick run down of what’s been happening!

Thought Bubbles – Episode 29

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This week I discuss how community engagement needs to be both ‘concrete and emotive’ and I used a local increase in Council rates as an example!

Thought Bubbles – Episode 28

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Taking a ‘bottom-up’ approach