Social change

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15 May 2017

We will need a grasp on all three of Arendt’s categories of “labour,” “work” and “action” in this impending world. But more than this, we need to acknowl­edge that their relative proportions will change, and work won’t simply disappear. If a larger share of human activity is to be taken up by...

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21 Apr 2017

The purpose of this study is to examine the regional geography of Australia's economic transition, since the mining investment boom, to identify those regions and localities that face significant challenges in successfully transitioning to a more sustainable economic base and the factors which...

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30 Mar 2017

The closure of the Hazelwood power station is scheduled for 31st March 2017. It has delivered cheap electricity to the National Electricity Market (NEM) for decades but contributed substantially to Australia’s emissions. The community of Morwell and the surrounding LaTrobe Valley has relied on...

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14 Mar 2017

In the words of one former participant, the Kimberley Girl program has become a “rite of passage” for young Aboriginal women in the region. Produced by Goolarri Media Enterprises, and now entering its fourteenth year, Kimberley Girl continues to change lives for the better. Like its Pilbara...

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14 Mar 2017

In the words of one former participant, the Kimberley Girl program has become a “rite of passage” for young Aboriginal women in the region. Produced by Goolarri Media Enterprises, and now entering its fourteenth year, Kimberley Girl continues to change lives for the better. Like its Pilbara...

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04 Dec 2016

How Change Happens also sheds light on why the relationships between such activists are often fraught. People bring their own worldviews to the question of change. Do we prefer conflict (‘speaking truth to power’) or cooperation (‘winning friends and influencing people’)? Do we see progress...

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02 Dec 2016

Networking and collaboration are becoming increasingly important for addressing the complex challenges in many social sectors – to help build capacity and create momentum for change.

Since 2014, SVA has convened a network of schools in disadvantaged communities to share and collaborate to...

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Research report

22 Nov 2016

This report presents the findings of the ninth Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion Survey conducted in 2016. It builds on the knowledge gained through the eight earlier Scanlon Foundation surveys conducted in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, providing for the first time...

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14 Jul 2016

If you have recently signed an online petition - and then observed a result from it - you are far from alone. Once niche, websites such as Change.org, ipetitions.com and Avaaz.org have moved into the mainstream, shifting influence from organisations into the hands of individuals and...

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28 Jun 2016

Measuring the things that matter most is only part of the story; real change comes through building a culture that understands how to use this data to manage to outcomes.

Five key reasons for managing to outcomes are: to sustain or grow funding, to improve the lives of beneficiaries, to...

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31 May 2016

Burnie Works is a community-wide collaborative initiative in North West Tasmania that is applying the collective impact framework to address the complex problem of low school retention and high youth unemployment. Their generous learning spirit allows us to critically review how Burnie Works has...

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06 May 2016

Insights from the recent two year Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund pilot provide lessons about supporting Indigenous social enterprises to grow.

The Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund (ISEF) was established to support the development of Indigenous social enterprises to scale and become...

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Discussion paper

05 Apr 2016

This discussion paper emerges from a series of events held by Per Capita with Melody Barnes in February 2016.

Melody Barnes served as Assistant to US President Obama and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 2009 to January 2012. Ms Barnes is now the Chair of the Aspen...

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Journal article

05 Feb 2016

This paper argues that few accounts of place leadership have found an appropriate balance between structural and individual processes, resulting, on the one hand, in an over-emphasis on the actions of a limited number of charismatic leaders and, on the other hand, in structural analyses blind to...

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Journal article

28 Jan 2016

Although primary care is at the forefront of delivering healthcare to the population, its role in preventing poor health has varied throughout history. Faced with growing demand on healthcare services and a rise in noncommunicable diseases, some health systems are attempting to integrate...

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31 Dec 2015

Many of societies’ most pressing social policy problems are wicked problems.  While complex adaptive systems theory has been recognised as an appropriate way to address this type of problem, complexity-accepting strategies are difficult for public administrations because they are at odds with...

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19 Jul 2015

Particular acknowledgement is made of the World Health Organisation’s documentation of the social determinants of health but the findings of numerous researches spanning fields as diverse as health, education, employment and criminology, have converged upon a set of general insights into the...

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14 Jul 2015

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The rise of interest in the social economy as a sector with a significant role to play in the changing dynamic of state/private sector relations has engendered a wide range of policies and practices that seek to both clarify and amplify the strategic role of this...

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14 Feb 2015

This Wheeler centre talk discusses where will we be as a society in five years’ time.

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As part of our fifth birthday celebrations, we presented a unique headline debate with two sides, just one team – and nothing less than our future at stake.

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02 Feb 2015

South Australia's University of Adelaide is researching the social structure of Eyre Peninsula communities to determine potential impacts from oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight.

It is part of a four-year, $20 million collaborative science program between oil giant BP,...