It seems to me that many of us involved in community efforts at times feel there is an awful waste of human resources, public funds and ‘burnout’ of volunteers and government people.
Where does it all go wrong when ostensibly it we all have similar ‘sustainable lifestyle’ goals? Do we citizens get more than a token chance to participate in the policymaking process through ‘community consultation’? Do we see our needs and wants reflected in policy ‘solutions’?
Perth was the venue for Fulbright Scholar Mark Brophy’s first Community-Wide Study Circle Orientations. Mark says:
“Some sample circles ran for over an hour and participants still wanted to keep going – I couldn’t break them up, and had to repeatedly urge them to come together for the de-briefing. It was fantastic.”
“The aim of this Session is to allow everyone to encounter, first hand, the approach that the Study Circle Resource Centre takes in the US. This approach may not suit us here in Australia, but it is a model worth looking at – to help inform our future conversations.”
A 30 minute de-briefing will follow and then a 30 minute overview of a round of study circles, which comprise three stages.
Friday, 3rd August, 2007 – 10.30 am to 2.30pm
RMIT, Building 94, Library, 23 Cardigan Street, Melbourne
RSVP: Jessica 9925 5034 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st August 2007.
10.30 to 12.30: Orientation Session
12.30 to 1.00: Lunch (Provided)
1.00 to 1.30: De-brief Orientation Session
1.30 to 2.00: How to organise a round of study circles (Including Bangladesh example).
2.00 to 2.30: Open conversation – Where to from here?
Anyone wishing to be a Facilitator for the session, please arrive 1 hour earlier for a briefing.