Strength-based approaches to community engagement

Date 12:00 PM 17 November 2016 - 13:00 PM 17 November 2016
Location Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood head office, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

This seminar will explore the theory underlying asset-based (or strength-based) community development, and build upon this to explore ways community organisations and government agencies can more effectively engage with local communities for local planning and community development. Topics will include: a brief background history of asset-based community development (ABCD); principles of ABCD; principles and practices of effective community engagement; and some practical case studies.


Dr Vicki-Ann Ware is a Lecturer in the Master of International and Community Development course at Deakin University, with research interests in community development, and peace building which utilises arts and sports-based programming. She is also keenly interested in schools as sites for community development in disadvantaged regions of Australia; the role of local government in community development (policy, community engagement and advocacy); and the role of religious organisations in development.

Vicki holds degrees in music performance, languages and ethnomusicology. She has worked in all three levels of government in Australia, including 3 years as a social planner in local government, in social policy areas such as housing, gaming, employment, the arts, disaster recovery and Indigenous affairs. She has published in housing and Indigenous policy, as well as in arts-based community development. In addition to her experience in government, she has also worked in a variety of community development roles in Australia and mainland Southeast Asia since the early 1990s.

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