Neighbourhood Houses & Learning Centres

June 21, 2013

Indi Electorate, bankmecu…Change-Makers Are Gathering…

Grassroots people in NE Victoria are gathering to support independent federal candidate Cathy McGowan after a series of ‘kitchen table conversations’ and last Wednesday evening, at bankmecu Melbourne, around 20 people interested in social change enjoyed a glass of wine, […]
June 18, 2013

Zachary, Crowdfunding And Equine Assisted Psychotherapy…

Back in 2008 PWF wrote about Dr Maggie Broom and her business Grey Horse Growth And Learning. In Australia Maggie has been trialling Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) for some years, a therapy already well established in the US and Europe, […]
May 26, 2013

Neighbourhood House ‘Arts Pop Ups’ in Thornbury, Melbourne

I hear from Melburnian Sarah Poole, a lady into Public Art, Community Engagement and Cultural Development, that as a result of a Darebin Council initiative, short term arts businesses are being placed into vacant shops, as ‘pop ups’ to: ‘instantly […]
May 26, 2013

The Sharehood – Transition Darebin, Melbourne

It’s all happening in Darebin. Read on for info about The Sharehood *Share *Make *Mend. Joanna says: “Celebrate Global Sharing Day with the Sharehood and Transition Darebin. Participate in an afternoon of free making and mending workshops and activities, fruit […]
May 12, 2013

Cape York Students Doing Well With American ‘Direct Instruction’ Program

It’s heartening, no it’s fantastic to read about Indigenous school kids at Aurukun, Coen, Mossman Gorge and Hope Vale schools on Cape York – all part of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy – learning and keen to learn, with […]
April 21, 2013

The Trusting ‘Finnish Way’ Or Prescriptive, Centralised Education?

As a former teacher I’m wondering what conscientious teachers and well-intentioned parents do in the face of what looks like misguided policy. Or, is this Julia’s way of kick-starting a community discussion on education? Health, Well-Being, Trust.. Our education system, […]
April 3, 2013

‘Block Lingo’ Helping Redfern Kids Re-Engage With Education

Redfern’s Indigenous kids are re-engaging with education through the inaugural ‘Lingo from the Block’ project – run by NFP Augustinian Volunteers Australia (AVA) and made possible by $8,760 funding from the ‘Yes’ Optus Community Grants program. About ‘Lingo From The […]
April 2, 2013

Local Politics At Work – Democracy?

About 18 months ago PWF posted an article about democracy - NOT politics - at work in Nowra. Graeme Gibson, the convenor of that forum has now written and self-published a book, Beyond Fear And Loathing'on local politics and community activism.
March 6, 2013

Calling Changemakers – Vision 2020 – 2 Free Workshops

As part of the ‘Vision 2020 for Creating Sustainable Societies‘ Event 2 Free workshops will be held at the Wantirna Campus of Swinburne Uni, Melbourne, on Saturday 23rd March, presented by Be The Change Australia. Be The Change Australia is […]
February 27, 2013

What Matters: How Kids Learn And Genuine Collaboration

The HATs (highly accomplished teachers) program is a NSW education success story. Pity no-one talks about it says Maxine McKew, though it has been good to hear Radio National interview innovative teacher Greg Whitby about his book, ‘Educating Gen Wi-Fi: […]
February 26, 2013

An ICT Skills Shortage But Few IT Careers Sought

Demographer Bernard Salt, writing in The Australian, quotes Professor Leon Sterling, President of the Australian Council of Deans of Information and Communications Technology saying: “Not enough people are taking ICT qualifications…I think there’s a lack of understanding of what ICT […]
January 31, 2013

Youth Unemployment. Could Social Media Help Innovate?

“The nature of work is evolving and nobody really knows what it’s going to look like – Ian Harper, Deloitte Access Economics“. Training Needs To Change In 2013 teenage unemployment is at 42.6 per cent in northern Adelaide reminiscent of […]