Communities in Control 2005
Imagine: A Healthy Future, Imagine: Where Communities are in ControlConference opened 06 Jun 2005, Melbourne
- that for communities to survive and thrive, they must be in charge of their own destinies;
- that communities must have the practical support they need to set their own priorities, design their own approaches, and create their own solutions; and
- that when those first two principles are met, communities will be stronger, safer, healthier and more vibrant.
Prof. Neville Norman
Communities (Families and Other Folk) into the Future
More people are living alone, and we're having fewer children, who are less likely to live with both their parents, in homes that we increasingly don't own with savings that won't ever give us a chance of owning one. Morbidity is replacing mortgages.
Measuring Community Strength
Social capital revolves around networks, and a lot of the work we are doing is in trying to describe those networks. And in this framework we are trying to measure both the positive and the negative effects of social capital. It's not hard to think of networks that haven't necessarily been good for society. The Mafia is one that often comes to mind; it's a very powerful network, but doesn't always deliver positive things.
Assoc. Prof. Ken Reed
Scenarios for the Future: The real Meaning of Research and the Trends
People don't deal directly with the real world; they have ideas about it, and they do the things that they do on the basis of these ideas. So we have to look at their life-world - the motivations, values preferences and beliefs that shape the way we interpret the world.
The Hon John Thwaites
Imagine Local Government and Communities in a passionate and equal relationship
When you think of home, you ask how well you're getting on with your partner and your kids, and yet when we assess governments we measure on service metrics and not on the basis of relationships and their quality. We need to understand the importance of relationships.