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INSPIRING INNOVATIVE CITIZEN ACTION

Underlying Conditions for Building an Effective Community

by Margaret Bell | June 22, 2017

There are two key conditions which must exist in a successful community, and which must support and energise the efforts of that community's constituent members. These are the establishment of community norms and the fostering of shared purposes. These conditions create the platform upon which an engaged, motivated and community-minded society can be built. Read on to learn more.

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The Links Between the Tangible Dimensions of Building Community

by Margaret Bell | June 15, 2017

These three links are based on respect and inclusion. Australia is a deeply multi-cultural country and if we are to continue to celebrate diversity and solidarity in this nation, we need to practice this respect and prevent exclusion of all kinds, including along the lines of age, race, ethnicity, gender and religion.

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The Tangible Dimensions of Building Community Engagement

by Margaret Bell | June 8, 2017

Building community engagement requires real, tangible steps. Discussion and consideration are important, but it is action which takes a great idea and turns it into reality. These are our tangible dimensions which need to be put into practice when nurturing strong community engagement.

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Developing a Social Capital Framework Embracing Diversity and Celebrating Difference

by Margaret Bell | May 26, 2017

Australia is not a poor nation in terms of community. A study carried out by Australian Unity and Deakin University released in 2016 showed that Australia is becoming happier. The research identified several aspects as contributing to happiness – safety, future security, living standards and community connection.

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What Makes an Engaged, Diverse Community?

by Margaret Bell | May 19, 2017

Building an engaged and diverse society is one of the biggest challenges for Australia today. Australian citizens have always acted voluntarily to build the communities they are part of. They have created organisations both formally and informally, which have been committed to various issues.

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Leadership Traits in Disadvantaged Areas: A Strong Sense of The Practical

by Margaret Bell | May 11, 2017

One of the most frequent questions that a leader must ask in a disadvantaged areas is "is it practical?" This is because leaders in such areas do not have the luxury of experimentation or trial and error. They must first understand if a suggestion is going to provide a genuine, practical benefit to them as they seek to do the best job they possibly can.

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Why a Sense of Belonging Is Vital for Successful Leadership

by Margaret Bell | May 5, 2017

The concept of 'belonging' in a certain area, city or country has been a key political driver for decades. Whether we are displaced refugees searching for amnesty, teens starting school in a new suburb for the first time, or proud community members who still live down the street from where we were born, a sense of belonging and feeling at home is what we aim for. This is what makes us feel secure and linked to something greater than ourselves.

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Leadership Traits in Lower Socio-economic Areas: Free-Thinking and Flexibility

by Margaret Bell | April 27, 2017

In Australia, the most advantaged and the most disadvantaged people tend to live almost side by side. Take Sydney for example; the New South Wales city is home to Emerton and Busby, which rank among some of the most disadvantaged areas in the country, yet these are just a few kilometres from areas such as St Ives and West Pennant Hills, which rank among the most advantaged.

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Leadership Traits in Lower Socio-economic Areas: Decisiveness

by Margaret Bell | April 21, 2017

The Goldilocks Zone – the situation in which everything is ‘just right’ and running smoothly – is so rare that it may as well not exist at all. Instead, almost all of the decisions we must make are fraught with compromises, and with unforeseen variables which exist beyond our control.

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Traits Leaders from Lower Socio-Economic Areas Tend to Exhibit

by Margaret Bell | April 7, 2017

Leadership. It seems like a pretty straight forward concept. There are good leaders and bad leaders. In order to be a good leader, one must do certain things. It is an easy recipe for success. Right?

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