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A Sense of Place
Culture and Country A Sense of Place

Why a Sense of Place and What happens without a clearly defined, deeply held sense of place?

We have seen the negativity that comes with disconnection from the place we call home and people we have loved. A lack of pride for – and respect for – our self and our environment often follows.

Place, Land, and Us: Understanding Pride and Respect
Learning Ground Relevant Place, Land, and Us: Understanding Pride and Respect

Few landmasses can boast a timeline which is more entwined with the history and culture of the people who live there than that of Australia. A DNA study conducted in 2016 provided the best evidence yet that indigenous Australians are in fact the oldest continuous civilisation on the planet.

Rhythms in Our Lives: The Positive and Negative Experiences Which Shape Us From a Young Age
Learning Ground Relevant Rhythms in Our Lives: The Positive and Negative Experiences Which Shape Us From a Young Age

We can think of life like a river. This body of water flows down from the source, following a path carved millennia before it, but also forging new channels of its own. When the river hits a rocky area, or the water is disturbed in some way, the ripples on the surface may last a short time or a long time depending on the gravity of the disturbance.

Looking at Attitudes: Yours, Mine and Ours
Learning Ground Relevant Looking at Attitudes: Yours, Mine and Ours

Attitude is perhaps the strongest motivator known to man. With the right attitude, we can do anything - within reason - and may discover physical and mental attributes we never even knew we possessed.

Austrian psychologist Viktor Frankl both pioneered this theory and demonstrated its practical veracity. Frankl - who said "in between stimulus and response, there is a space, [and] in that space lies our power to choose our response" 

Choosing Our Life Values
Learning Ground Relevant Choosing Our Life Values

Direction; it's a fairly intangible, amorphous word which carries many different meanings. But it is an important word all the same, particularly for the youth of Australia.

It is this youth who must constantly field questions. Questions such as; "what do you want to be?", 

Underlying Conditions for Building an Effective Community
Community Building and Social Cohesion Underlying Conditions for Building an Effective Community

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.

The Links Between the Tangible Dimensions of Building Community
Community Building and Social Cohesion The Links Between the Tangible Dimensions of Building Community

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.

The Tangible Dimensions of Building Community Engagement
Community Building and Social Cohesion The Tangible Dimensions of Building Community Engagement

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.

Developing a Social Capital Framework Embracing Diversity and Celebrating Difference
Community Building and Social Cohesion Developing a Social Capital Framework Embracing Diversity and Celebrating Difference

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.

What Makes an Engaged, Diverse Community?
Community Building and Social Cohesion What Makes an Engaged, Diverse Community?

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.