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May 5, 2020

As our streets become more congested, and our commutes become longer, you might have found exercising harder and harder.  You are not alone.  More than half of us, in every age group, are ‘inactive’.  This costs governments billions of dollars in trying to get us...

April 20, 2020

I have just heard that some local governments are standing down their arts workers as “non-essential”.  But we have never needed arts workers more.  They can do much to alleviate household stress, and create ways to maintain social cohesion and solidarity, while we are...

October 9, 2017

Community engagement is the involvement of citizens in the decision-making of government. It is essential to the future of good decision-making, but its rise as an industry has done little to curb the current collapse in trust in government.  This may be because it is...

August 20, 2017

I recently wrote about the four things local government should do about collapsing trust in government. This included replacing some of their expensive community consultation with methods that bring citizen experts into problem-solving. Last night we tried it out in ou...

July 26, 2017

Trust in government is collapsing.  A drop from from 45% to 37% last year, reflects our doubt in governments’ capacity to deal with the biggest challenges we face, such as climate change and inequality.  It also demonstrates we are experiencing politics as something ex...

September 28, 2016

Heading in council elections in October, Victorian communities will decide who should lead their community planning over the next four years.  This task is important as local areas face the challenges of population growth, increasing diversity, climate change, and pres...

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