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Some Learnings from Human Centred Design

A few weeks back at Faith in Action we enjoyed hearing from Esther Sugihto around the idea of Human Centred Design. Living with a designer myself I have often been surprised at how helpful the way designers think about and see the world is in community development.  Thinking like a designer …

An incomplete guide to the Uniting Church and how it plays in the social sector

After reading my recent posts, Dr John Flett sought me out to provide some background social information for his German academic colleagues who are contributing to the Rescuing Our Soul Conference in September 2016.  This is the second blog in that series. In my previous blog A Rough Guide to the Social …

Reading Wednesday’s model coffee

Each month we do coffee and conversation over a community development reading.  This month I’ chosen a model rather than a long reading.  It’s one of my favourite flow charts for group work. It is called the “The Groan Zone” but is far from being dull. The model helps leaders to think …

Dealing with difficult topics in meetings

We all have had the experience of the nightmare council meeting where a difficult topic leaves people with  divergent and entrenched views. Members leave tired and despondent.  Sometimes we need another way of bringing people together around challenging topics. Introduction to Hosting for Christian Communities is a one day workshop which will expand your options for convening …

Launch of Unstuck

Remember what it feels like to be so listened too that a weight lifts from your shoulders and a new view emerges? Unstuck is a case study experience which provides a space to explore their ministry roles and settings. This is a chance for you to draw from a collaborative …

Jim Diers and Story Telling

We have provided ambulances at the bottom of the cliff.  It is the communities job to build the fence at the top.  Today Joanna and I are in Melbourne with Jim Diers hosted by the VicTas Synod. I’ve heard from Jim previously and when I realised he was back in …