Revolution in Community. Why? How? NOW!

Communities in Control 2004

Revolution in Community. Why? How? NOW!

Conference opened 07 Jun 2004, Melbourne
2004 Communities in Control conference sought to kickstart a discussion in the community sector about the need for swift and radical change.

Delegates were asked to consider:

  • Why a revolution is essential
  • How to transform communities
  • The reasons it has to be NOW
Community groups are the most important social assets in our society. Communities in Control 2004 focused our attention on how innovation and creativity could be harnessed to help deliver practical solutions.

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Richard Eckersley

Recognising why Values Matter: Individualism versus Community

What we need to see is an altruistic or co-operative individualism framed around notions of sustainable development, reflected in a deep democracy -- a form of citizenship that's reflected in the whole way we live our entire life.

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Mike Pratt

Why Business Matters: The top ingredients of real community business partnerships

People are making their feelings known. They are saying to companies "Look at it through our eyes! Add empathy to your corporate strategies. Develop a new style of leadership that blends compassion with competitiveness." In simple words, they want us to conduct our business in a way that not only meets our profit imperative, but also fulfils our broader responsibilities. And that's the bottom line.

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Shelley Martin

The New Agenda: Health and wellbeing achievements when communities decide

It's not rocket science: make sure you have the right message; make sure you have the right messenger and make sure you have the right venue. In this case the message was 'Safe sex is fun, and it can save your life'. The messengers were gay men reaching out to their friends and lovers, and the venue was a party. What could be better?

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Phillip Adams AO

Why We Need a Revolution Now

Many years ago Pablo Casals, the great Spanish cellist, was having his eightysomethingth birthday in Madrid, and they held a press conference for him and the dear old soul came out and was droning on the way elderly people like him and now I do about what a mess the world was. And at some point he obviously heard himself; he stopped, and then said "The situation is hopeless. We must take the next step."

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Sir David Henshaw

From Beatlemania to Community mania: An example of a revolutionary Local Government

You know that phrase of Lord Acton's "All power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely?" Powerlessness, too, corrupts absolutely. There used to be an endemic powerlessness within the administration.

That had to change.