Australian Study Circles Network

March 6, 2011

Maryborough Community In A ‘Dialogue To Change’

‘What does it take to make democracy work?’ What has happened to the civic organisations where citizens could once go to address shared challenges? Do civic organisations know HOW to work with citizens today? The US Kettering Foundation is tackling […]
May 19, 2010

One Size Does NOT Fit All Indigenous Communities

I recently visited several Indigenous communities in WA’s remote Fitzroy Valley and was impressed by a new network’s comprehensive understanding, sensitivity and sheer determination to create a better ‘now’ for First Australians. With the ongoing stories of schools right around […]
May 17, 2010

Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough – Results-Based Accountability

After writing about weasel words, engagement, collaboration etc as well as how governments get feedback from rate/taxpayers I see there is to be a workshop in Results-Based Accountability (RBA), run here in Vic by Community Indicators Victoria. We are told […]
May 2, 2010

How SHOULD Governments Get People To Give Feedback?

In his latest Circular Mark Brophy from Dialogue To Change passed on this gem from Craig Thomler, who writes up his eGovernment and Government 2.0 thoughts online. Where’s The Payoff? Convincing Citizens To Engage With Government “Governments regularly hold consultations […]
April 23, 2010

Dialogue To Change Workshop Marrickville, NSW – May 2010

PWF totally supports communities finding ways for all kinds of people to think, talk and work together to solve problems. Dr Mark Brophy of the Australian Study Circles Network does just this with an Orientation Workshop in Marrickville, NSW this […]
April 15, 2010

Weasel Words? Engagement, Collaboration, Partnerships…

For me, the expression ‘Weasel Words’ captures exactly “the powerlessness and frustration we feel when confronted by meaningless words delivered with authority. Los Angeles Times about Don Watson’s Although we all KNOW how words become faddish we keep on […]
September 9, 2009

Beechworth ‘Dialogue To Change’ Orientation Workshop

The Neighbourhood Centre in historic Beechworth in Victoria’s NE will host a Dialogue to Change Orientation Workshop. What Actually Happens In A Dialogue To Change Workshop? ‘Dialogue’ and ‘deliberation’ are used to explore issues of concern and to develop solutions […]
August 23, 2009

Indigenous Health, Walls Of Silence, Kamehameha Schools…

Silence allows the suffering of our Indigenous communities to continue writes Ernest Hunter, a psychiatrist who has worked for many years in remote Queensland. A ‘Frozen Mass Of Lessons Not Learned’ Ernest speaks of hundreds if not thousands of failed […]
August 14, 2009

YES…Individuals Not Laws/Bureaucrats, The Key…

Fred Hollows Foundation chief Brian Doolan has echoed the much loved and honoured opthamalogist’s observations that red tape entangled legislation and bureaucracy is NOT the best way to deliver services to remote Aboriginal Australia. Brain applauds “flexibility and moving decision-making […]
June 24, 2009

Melbourne Community Wide ‘Dialogue To Change’ Organisational Clinic

In Melbourne on Friday 24 July 2009 a one day Community Wide ‘Dialogue To Change’ Organisational Clinic will be hosted by the Australian Study Circles Network (ASCN) and Adult and Community Education (ACE) Victoria. Workshop Goals • To provide a […]
June 24, 2009

Canberra Community Wide ‘Dialogue To Change’ Organisational Clinic

In Canberra, 31 July 2009, there will be a one day Community Wide ‘Dialogue To Change’ Organisational Clinic hosted by Adult Learning Australia (ALA), The Australian Study Circles Network (ASCN) and The ACT Department of Education and Training (DET). Workshop […]
June 22, 2009

A Community Reality Check On Spending Bonanza?

How are you feeling about HOW the financial stimulus money is being spent and even ‘forced’ on schools and communities? Ipsos Mackay research says as a nation we are divided as to whether or not the stimulus will be effective […]