Resources for Active and Contemplative Social Developers

  • Jane Goodall: If you want leaders to truly listen, use the power of storytelling

    Jane Goodall image
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    “So often, I see activists and they come face-to-face with a CEO or somebody — and they immediately become very aggressive (with phrases like): ‘Do you realize what you’re doing to the planet?’ (or) ‘Do you realize what you’re doing to my future?’”

    “So, the person that they’re attacking is immediately defensive. They’re immediately thinking ‘How can I respond to this?’ (or) ‘How can I deal with this person?’,” Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, said at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week.

  • Responding with love to a civilization in crisis

    Daejeo Ecological Park, South Korea, 2016. | Appleysj via Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 4.0.
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    There are many ways for each of us to contribute to the Great Transition. The good news is we are not the first to think this way. Many other teachers, activists, lineages, cultures and traditions have called us back into right relationship with each other and the world. It is our job to put the pieces together and build coalitions that put everyone’s unique skills and capacities to work. None of us have all the answers, but collectively we can support each other’s learning journeys, connect, and build capacity for both the Great Transition and the Great Unraveling.

  • Community Development Masterclass - Coburg, Vic.

    Community Development Masterclass
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    August 1 2018

    A Masterclass by Centre for Building Better Community

    About Centre for Building Better Community

    Education · Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    CBBC promote collaboration across sectors in society. We offer a hub for networking, shared learning, consultancy and research.

    Our current systems of caring are failing. Homelessness is on the rise, isolation and disconnection are common day experiences, distrust is at an all-time high and people’s sense of wellbeing is fading fast.

    Tags: Trainings
  • The Share Shed - a library of things

    The Share Shed - a library of things
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    The Share Shed is a library of things based in Totnes (Devon, UK), where you borrow useful items such as camping, cooking and gardening equipment, tools, house appliances and much more at a nominal cost.

    The aim is to encourage the sharing economy locally, and to help people connect more while spending, consuming and wasting less.

    Tags: ideas
  • Diploma of Community Development

    Diploma of Community Development
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    This qualification reflects the role of community services workers who manage the development and delivery of programs that build capacity of communities to influence and guide their own future through public social change processes.


    At this level, workers have specialised skills with complexity in the range and choices of actions required. Workers will generally have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers.

    Tags: courses
  • Eight Forms of Opposition to Making Community Change and How to Tackle Them

    Eight Forms of Opposition to Making Community Change and How to Tackle Them
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    The stark truth is that no matter how noble and well-meaning our goals may be in trying to make community interventions that are positively impactful, the unfortunate reality is that we can still face great resistance to making it happen. The known, even the dysfunctional known, is familiar, and change can be very unknown, and therefore scary; people may see those who are trying to make changes as radical or as ‘other’ and try to sabotage them, may disengage out of fear or hostility, or make have serious ideological reasons to resist our work.

  • Is Your Content Too Wordy?

    Is Your Content Too Wordy?
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    Nonprofit leaders often complain about limited resources — and with good reason. After all, even the best-run nonprofits lack the money or the staff to accomplish everything they set out to do.

    But while money is tight, there’s one resource that is almost always in ample supply: words.

    Often, nonprofit websites and print materials are burdened with way too much text.