Creating a Profession in Fits and Starts

By Charlie McConnell In 1977, I became a community development educator teaching at a higher education institute (later absorbed by the University) in Dundee, a city on the East Coast of Scotland, which, this year, plays host to the World Community Development Conference. Scotland was the place to be. The Labour government had just published … Continue reading Creating a Profession in Fits and Starts

On Community Development Education

By Ron Hustedde The community development field continues to grow across the globe. It is argued that this expansion is rooted in three factors: devolution, the subsequent growth of non-governmental organizations, and the revived interest in community and the politics of place and interests. Community development can be defined by solidarity and agency. Solidarity is … Continue reading On Community Development Education

Laudato si’ – establishing local approaches for global ecological conversion.

Abstract In 2017 the Aotearoa Community Development Association (ACDA) and the International Association for Community Development (IACD) held a conference; Sustainably yours: Community development and a sustainably just future in Auckland where a paper was presented titled "Community development - The 'missing ingredent' in striving for sustainability". That paper examined the United Nations Agenda (2015) … Continue reading Laudato si’ – establishing local approaches for global ecological conversion.

Small group discussion to promote reflection and social change: A case study of a Half the Sky intervention in India

An important sub-discipline within the field of Communication and Social Change addresses how meaningful participation can be practically implemented. This article presents the case of an intervention developed by the NGO ‘Half the Sky Movement’ and reflects upon how participation took shape within a primarily top-down program model. The design of the project bridges traditional, … Continue reading Small group discussion to promote reflection and social change: A case study of a Half the Sky intervention in India