Monthly Archives: July 2010

Nature

Nature Sun shines upon the spinning Earth creating day and night nighttime is both cool and dark the days are warm and light Our planet must hold water and have an atmosphere and somehow DNA must form so life may … Continue reading

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Introduction

Introduction Sustainable Communities are consciously designed, nurturing, life-affirming environments, many of which have been in existence around the world for decades. They were born out of the wave of optimism and creativity that swept the world in the 1960s, when … Continue reading

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Post-War Rebuilding

Post-War Rebuilding Commitment to Social Improvement The Struggle for Survival It is now generally recognised that the excesses of 1920s precipitated the stock market collapse of 1929, and the great depression that followed. The Second World War was, at least … Continue reading

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Reparation

Reparation A leaf was turned with Mabo. For some a brand new day because the High Court listened when Murray Islanders had their say It found that those remaining on land from times of old may claim Native Title if … Continue reading

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Making Business Accountable

Making Business Accountable Whole Society Improvement By the end of WW2, people at all levels of society had had their full of unprincipled, extreme capitalism, exploitative business and ruthless management. The commercial world had become seen by many as a … Continue reading

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Why Assimilation Models have Failed

Why Assimilation Models have Failed False Assumptions The biggest problem that Aboriginal people suffer from is that they have too rarely been accorded the consideration and dignity due to all people in this Nation. They have too often been treated … Continue reading

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The Hope of the Future

The Hope of the Future Great Expectations The years following WW2 were a period of intense family creation by returning soldiers, to make up for decades of global hardship, impoverishment, war and destruction. The incoming generation grew up knowing relative … Continue reading

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From Impoverished Settlements to Sustainable Communities

From Impoverished Settlements to Sustainable Communities From Destitution to Abundance Sustainable Subsistence Subsistence Living is about having the important basic needs provided to ensure good, ordinary living, without unnecessary accoutrements. Sustainable subsistence living is about having these important needs met … Continue reading

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Healthy-Person Psycyhology

healthy person psychology During the 1950s, consistent with other improvements to society, new forms of psychotherapy were being discovered and refined, based upon observations of positive outcomes that were way ahead of the best theories of the day. The search … Continue reading

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Effective solutions

Effective solutions Real solutions already exist, but not within the same conventional, mainstream mindset that has created the plethora of problems that Aboriginal people have suffered and endured since the mission days. Einstein stated that a problem cannot be solved … Continue reading

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Societal Improvements in the 1960s

Societal Improvements in the 1960s Social Evolution and Wellbeing The rebuilding of society under a constantly improving work ethic pervaded all aspects of society. By the mid 1960s, the cutting-edge understanding was that organisations, jobs, personal growth and productivity were … Continue reading

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Trouble-shooting Persistent Problems

Trouble-shooting Persistent Problems Problem Solving Many remote Aboriginal settlements’ most pressing need is for professional staff with truly relevant skills, which might include organisational problem solving, and community development skills. Trouble-shooters are common enough in the commercial world, where a … Continue reading

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Introduction

Introduction Sustainable Communities are consciously designed, nurturing, people-friendly environments, many of which have been in existence around the world for decades. They were born out of the wave of optimism and creativity that swept the world in the 1960s, when … Continue reading

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Proactive Management

Proactive Management Proactive Work Practices Over decades, Peter Drucker pioneered almost every substantive management practice and industrial trend, setting the agenda for proactive management. He described pro-active work practices: “Workers [at every level of an organisation] grow according to the … Continue reading

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Retrofitting Communities

Retrofitting Communities Appropriate Solutions Becoming More Wholistic and Sustainable Many remote settlements suffer designs and constructions that are more suited to temperate, wet climate town or city living, and generally are exceedingly unsustainable, making individual living and community management difficult … Continue reading

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1960s Communal Living

1960s Communal Living Historical Experiments True community living is a relatively new phenomenon in post-industrial western civilisation. There has always been the odd attempt, usually by a group of religious or political idealists, many of whom went to remote and … Continue reading

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