Category Archives: Community development

Participatory Action and Learning – A Field Worker’s Guidebook

Read The Guidebook introduces Participatory Action and Learning (PAL) as a way of addressing a number of these issues by providing an approach for both Forest User Group (FUG) members and forestry field staff to learn together from the process. … Continue reading

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Creative Democracy – Wisdom Councils at Work

“Our movements are trying to create a politics that challenges all the certainties of traditional leftist politics, not by replacing them with new ones, but by dissolving any notion that we have answers, plans or strategies that are watertight or … Continue reading

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Local Knowledge – Case studies of four innovative places

It is often more important for most cities, regions and countries to absorb knowledge, adopt and spread innovations, than it is to create new ideas and products through invention and discovery. There are real economic and social gains generated when … Continue reading

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Situated learning: legitimate peripheral participation

Situated learning: legitimate peripheral participation In this important theoretical treatise, Jean Lave, anthropologist, and Etienne Wenger, computer scientist, push forward the notion of situated learning–that learning is fundamentally a social process and not solely in the learner’s head. The authors … Continue reading

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Creative cities, cultural clusters and local economic development

Creative cities, cultural clusters and local economic development This book analyses the economic development of cities from the ‘cultural economy’ and ‘creative industry’ perspectives, examining and differentiating them as two related but distinct segments of contemporary city economies. The authors … Continue reading

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Participatory Research and Community Organizing

Read   Changing economic and political relations, based on the ownership and control of information technologies and communication, raise important questions for community organizing in an increasingly privatized, postindustrial world of a knowledge society: Who produces knowledge and for whose … Continue reading

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The role of Dialogue Conferences in the Development of Learning Regions

Read   Something very special happens when people from a region come into living contact with each other, face-to-face. In responding not only to each other’s uniqueness, but also to the unique features of their shared surroundings, they create between … Continue reading

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A democracy we can eat: a livelihoods approach to TVET policy and provision

Read In Southern Africa, theories of adult education have remained modelled on imported paradigms. The urgency of particularly the first of the Millennium Development Goals, ‘to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger’ generally translates into policy and provision of skills training … Continue reading

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Putting Complexity to Work – Supporting the Practitioners

Read Community Engagement – a Social Ecosystem Dance — Read Peckham Power – can Complexity Tools help us? — Read Embracing Complexity and Innovation to Deliver Business Growth — Read Bridging the gap between Complexity Practitioners and Scientists — Read … Continue reading

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Teacher Training for Learning to Live Together – A Training Manual

Read The 21st century is even more overtly political and networked, with global communications meaning that conflicts‘elsewhere’ often play themselves out at home and need to be tackled, but also meaning that networks of  individuals, groups and schools can potentially … Continue reading

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