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Resilience. Appropedia. Men's Sheds provide unexpected benefits. Across Australia, Men's Sheds give men of all ages a place to come together, to tinker with things and talk.

Men's Sheds provide unexpected benefits

While the Sheds’ main aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, a Shed in Victoria is demonstrating they can also help improve the environment and raise awareness about climate change. The Koo Wee Rup Men’s Shed is located at Kooweerup Regional Health Service (KRHS), about an hour south east of Melbourne. Despite its name, the shed acts like a community hub - numerous men, women, young people, school groups and disability groups visit the Shed each week. Sacred Groves and the Integral Education System of Auroville. In Sacred Groves we have received many requests coming from students of architecture, engineering, art, craft and similar disciplines applying as volunteers for periods that normally are from 2 to 6 months.

Sacred Groves and the Integral Education System of Auroville

In fact from the beginning of the project July 2013 until now the total number has been of approximately 320. Many of them came because they want to learn more about sustainable architecture, natural building, alternative materials, passive solar design among many things. Theory U. Introduction Theory U proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from.

Theory U

Since it emerged around 2006, Theory U has come to be understood in three primary ways: first as a framework; second, as a method for leading profound change; and third, as a way of being - connecting to the more authentic of higher aspects of our self. Shifting the Inner Place from Which We Operate During an interview, Bill O’Brien, the late CEO of Hanover Insurance, summarized his most important insights from leading transformational change in his own company. O’Brien said: “The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervener.” When Otto first heard Bill O’Brien say that he thought, “What do I really know about this inner place?

City of Port Phillip - Community Environment eHub. Home. Shaping Cities and Communities. AHURI - Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. Nutrition in the garden. A community garden at Griffith University gives local refugee and migrant communities in Logan and Beaudesert the opportunity to increase self-reliance and have social interaction thereby improving mental health and boosting their self-esteem. The project also aims to encourage learning about nutrition, to foster healthy eating habits and to involve the communities in physical activity to increase their fitness.

The garden offers an opportunity to newly arrived refugees and migrants to participate in familiar farming activities, grow traditional foods and develop a sense of being connected to their new community. Home - Victorian Ombudsman. A tool for evaluating public engagement. Framework_improve.pdf (application/pdf Object) 002-VanVe.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Extract from Compas, 2007, "Learning Endogenous Development:Building on Biocultural Diversity", Practical Action, Warkwickshire, UK. – jtlawson

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Investigative Reporting on Human Rights & Social Justice Issues

Schuster Institute Founding Director Florence Graves has just been named the new chair of the I.F. Stone Medal selection committee. People's climate march by ACF. The Rigoberta Menchu Tum Foundation. Bienvenidos al sitio web de AGRUCO. Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems. COMPAS network for Endogenous Development - COMPAS, comparing and supporting endogenous development. Green Foundation. Four Worlds Center for Development Learning. AgriCultures Network. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice - Australian Human Rights Commission. The position of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner was created by the federal parliament in December 1992 – a response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the National Inquiry into Racist Violence.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice - Australian Human Rights Commission

IPRN Home. The new economics foundation. RUCHI - Rural Centre for Human Interests. People's Awakening and Development Society. Gandeepam - Siddha Hospital and Research Centre. Chetna India. Just Change India - Welcome to JC. Just Change .........

Just Change India - Welcome to JC

A grassroots response to the global economy that has left the vast majority of people powerless, with little or no control over the factors that influence their lives. With growth and financial gain having become the driving force behind all economic activity, this faceless market economy has slowly eroded our sense of community. Just Change has developed an alternative way of doing business that challenges this by allowing producers, consumers and investors to work together in mutually beneficial ways – thus rebuilding the notion of community and regaining power in the marketplace. This radical trade initiative that links the local and global, goes beyond earlier initiatives like the Fair Trade movement and producer cooperatives, that have tried to address the problem of unfair markets.

Prolinnova. Module 11: Indigenous knowledge & sustainability. Introduction Sophisticated knowledge of the natural world is not confined to science.

Module 11: Indigenous knowledge & sustainability

Human societies all across the globe have developed rich sets of experiences and explanations relating to the environments they live in. These ‘other knowledge systems’ are today often referred to as traditional ecological knowledge or indigenous or local knowledge. They encompass the sophisticated arrays of information, understandings and interpretations that guide human societies around the globe in their innumerable interactions with the natural milieu: in agriculture and animal husbandry; hunting, fishing and gathering; struggles against disease and injury; naming and explanation of natural phenomena; and strategies to cope with fluctuating environments. Source: Nakashima, D., Prott, L. and Bridgewater, P. (2000) Tapping into the world’s wisdom, UNESCO Sources, 125, July-August, p. 12. Indigenous knowledge is the local knowledge that is unique to a culture or society.

Objectives Activities. IUCN - Home. Endogenous Development. Endogenous development is based on local peoples’ own criteria for change and their vision for well-being based on the material, social and spiritual aspects of their livelihoods but in a constant and dynamic interface with external actors and the world around them.

Endogenous Development

Endogenous development seeks to overcome a western bias by making peoples’ worldviews and livelihood strategies the starting point for development. The Elders (organization) The Elders is an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as elder statesmen, peace activists, and human rights advocates, who were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

The Elders (organization)

They describe themselves as "independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights". The goal Mandela set for the Elders was to use their "almost 1,000 years of collective experience" to work on solutions for seemingly insurmountable problems such as climate change, HIV/AIDS, and poverty, as well as to "use their political independence to help resolve some of the world's most intractable conflicts".[3] The Elders is chaired by Kofi Annan and consists of eleven Elders and one honorary Elder.[1] Desmond Tutu served for six years as chair before stepping down in May 2013, and remains an Honorary Elder.[4] Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust. Series of publications Trends in social cohesion. School Kids in Maharashtra Are Saving Water With This Simple Idea.

Children across Maharashtra’s schools are implementing this simple but highly effective method of conserving water, at a time when the rest of the state is reeling from drought.

School Kids in Maharashtra Are Saving Water With This Simple Idea

Maharashtra is in the grips of a dry spell this year. According to government statistics, there is only 19% water left in the dams in the state. But some school children have set into action with a simple plan for water conservation. Wessels Living History Farm, Inc. International Institute of Not Doing Much.