The Community Summit. Challenging the Power of One

Communities in Control 2006

The Community Summit. Challenging the Power of One

Conference opened 19 Jun 2006, Melbourne
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." (Anthropologist Margaret Mead)

At Communities in Control 2006, delegates took a fresh look at the concept of individualism, examining each person's role as part of the whole that makes up every community.



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The Hon Joan Kirner AC, Jacqui Katona, Peter Kenyon, Assoc. Prof. Dr Christopher Newell AM, Hutch Hussein

The Great Debate: Neighbourhoods are Dead and the Individual Now Reigns Supreme

Are neighbourhoods still important or has the individual taken over?

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The Hon John Thwaites

A Fairer Victoria: Challenging the New Direction for Communities

The first reason that our government emphasises fairness is because that is what we value as Victorians. The second is that fairness is fundamental to economic productivity. And the third point is that it's sound financial policy for a government. Because if we intervene early and support people in a fair way, we're not going to be paying as much down the track trying to pick up the pieces.

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Meredith Minkler

Putting Communities First: The Power of Community-based Action Research for Health and Wellbeing

The complexity of many of our health and social problems often makes them poorly suited to traditional outside-expert-driven research and the often disappointing interventions it has spawned. And community members are calling us on this, and pointing up a gigantic disconnect between academic research and the real concerns of citizens.

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Kevin Sheedy

The Community Leadership Oration: What has Community Leadership Achieved and What do we need for the Future.

"The best present you can give anybody is a positive. Always have a positive message."

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Phil Ruthven

The 25-45 age-group: from a future of splendid and lonely isolation to the new communities and groups of the future

We have to be careful about what the word "ageing" really means, because we have to keep lifting the definition of "old". Half of the girls born after 2001 will live beyond 100. Interestingly, the average length of a marriage hasn't changed in the last 200 years. It's always been roughly 20 years. Before, it was death: now, it's divorce.