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Okay, right at the beginning here, let me say that I do indeed recognise and acknowledge the importance of acceptance, contentment, and being satisfied with what we have; and who we are. At the same time, humans tend to want to strive; and what...

Inspiration & Learning in unlikely places Part 2 of 4: Imagination and Fantasy

Okay, right at the beginning here, let me say that I do indeed recognise and acknowledge the importance of acceptance, contentment, and being satisfied with what we have; and who we are. At the same time, humans tend to want to strive; and what...

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Humour and Comedy Sometimes wondrous things can be found in unexpected places. Which is what this series of posts is about. For those of us who work with young people, know young people, talk to young people…hang on! Is that just about everyone? …this...

Inspiration and learning in unlikely places Part 1 of 4: Humour & Comedy

Humour and Comedy Sometimes wondrous things can be found in unexpected places. Which is what this series of posts is about. For those of us who work with young people, know young people, talk to young people…hang on! Is that just about everyone? …this...

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Christchurch New Zealand is an interesting place to attend a conference on Positive Youth Development. And it’s more than an interesting place in the aftermath of the devastating earth quakes, to witness the many manifestations and symbols of the human spirit. Of any age....

Positive Youth Development

Christchurch New Zealand is an interesting place to attend a conference on Positive Youth Development. And it’s more than an interesting place in the aftermath of the devastating earth quakes, to witness the many manifestations and symbols of the human spirit. Of any age....

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This has been a fun thing to watch for years now. It’s something I do with the young people I work with, and with my own children. Basically: would you like one sweet now…or two later? And now we seem to have some evidence...

Young people – now or later?

This has been a fun thing to watch for years now. It’s something I do with the young people I work with, and with my own children. Basically: would you like one sweet now…or two later? And now we seem to have some evidence...

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These comments from the NSW Commission for Children and young people “In line with international trends, there has been a fall in the age of onset  of first sexual activity in Australia, exposing young people to a higher risk of  unplanned pregnancy and sexually...

Sex education needed…and it works

These comments from the NSW Commission for Children and young people “In line with international trends, there has been a fall in the age of onset  of first sexual activity in Australia, exposing young people to a higher risk of  unplanned pregnancy and sexually...

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This article from Wes Fryer who constantly writes about the foolish ways in which schools block students from internet access. Usually in the name of either rules and regulations or some comment about protecting children. Both of these things are important, but need to...

Internet, schools and silliness

This article from Wes Fryer who constantly writes about the foolish ways in which schools block students from internet access. Usually in the name of either rules and regulations or some comment about protecting children. Both of these things are important, but need to...

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This issue never goes away and it really can’t get enough airplay, general support and attention. Gay and lesbian young people being harrassed. This particular article has come via Richard Lenn again. Ta Richard. Keep em coming. ‘Bullying’s Cost: Teens facing harassment can’t wait...

Gay and lesbian welcome?!?

This issue never goes away and it really can’t get enough airplay, general support and attention. Gay and lesbian young people being harrassed. This particular article has come via Richard Lenn again. Ta Richard. Keep em coming. ‘Bullying’s Cost: Teens facing harassment can’t wait...

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So much talk about the digital age and what it means for children/young people…and we don’t really yet know the impact do we? Gotta wait a few years to find out. But here again is something to look at, and again thanks to to...

Digital generation

So much talk about the digital age and what it means for children/young people…and we don’t really yet know the impact do we? Gotta wait a few years to find out. But here again is something to look at, and again thanks to to...

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Is the new year for you…good? Bad? Something else? Is the new year? Looking better than/same as/worse than…last year? Terrible things continue to happen but so, quite amazingly at times, and against – it would seem – all odds…hang on…lost the sentence here…trying to...

2012…here we go…possibly again

Is the new year for you…good? Bad? Something else? Is the new year? Looking better than/same as/worse than…last year? Terrible things continue to happen but so, quite amazingly at times, and against – it would seem – all odds…hang on…lost the sentence here…trying to...

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Easy to be cynical this time of year. There is plenty of stuff about to invite that in us. And yet I’m still looking forward to it. People I care about, sitting about and mucking about…kids…all that stuff…and coz its OZ there is a...

It’s christmas again…

Easy to be cynical this time of year. There is plenty of stuff about to invite that in us. And yet I’m still looking forward to it. People I care about, sitting about and mucking about…kids…all that stuff…and coz its OZ there is a...

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I was recently at the 8th Australian and New Zealand Adolescent Health Conference, and my task there was to work with the youth delegates and other young people who attended, to assist them in putting together the closing address for the conference. What a...

Australian & New Zealand Adolescent Health Conference

I was recently at the 8th Australian and New Zealand Adolescent Health Conference, and my task there was to work with the youth delegates and other young people who attended, to assist them in putting together the closing address for the conference. What a...

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This group is totally onto it for a number of reasons…they are great dancers. Check out the moves particuraly about two thirds the way through this vid. I went to a workshop these guys did, and: It was interactive. I got to do hip-hop...

‘Indigenous hip-hop Project’ doing it for young people

This group is totally onto it for a number of reasons…they are great dancers. Check out the moves particuraly about two thirds the way through this vid. I went to a workshop these guys did, and: It was interactive. I got to do hip-hop...

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In a lot of the training I do about working with young I spend time on communication…the language we use when we speak; the words we choose, the intention behind those words. And it is all really obvious stuff: decide what it is that...

The words we use

In a lot of the training I do about working with young I spend time on communication…the language we use when we speak; the words we choose, the intention behind those words. And it is all really obvious stuff: decide what it is that...

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Here be a pic from the Sydney Morning Herald 23/24 July 2011. Something simply delightful, and probably quite young male, about what these boys are doing in response to the big seas off Sydney at the moment.

Boys

Here be a pic from the Sydney Morning Herald 23/24 July 2011. Something simply delightful, and probably quite young male, about what these boys are doing in response to the big seas off Sydney at the moment.

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There is something quite spectacular here…and I am uncertain how much to add to what you might see…but ya know what…just gonna lay down a cupla things I heard this fella say coz I know some of you have not got access to the...

Lessons for life

There is something quite spectacular here…and I am uncertain how much to add to what you might see…but ya know what…just gonna lay down a cupla things I heard this fella say coz I know some of you have not got access to the...

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Now this interesting. And you might want to get involved. A code of ethics for youth workers. A good idea or not? So there is a debate going on and you are welcome to get involved. The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition is hosting a...

Codes of ethics?

Now this interesting. And you might want to get involved. A code of ethics for youth workers. A good idea or not? So there is a debate going on and you are welcome to get involved. The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition is hosting a...

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From the Sydney Morning Herald June 14th came details of some research…which you can see more fully reported elsewhere. It says that exemplary teachers: ‘..saw no limits to what (students) could learn or how much they could achieve, and believed teaching was most effective when...

Linking education to students’ interests & experiences

From the Sydney Morning Herald June 14th came details of some research…which you can see more fully reported elsewhere. It says that exemplary teachers: ‘..saw no limits to what (students) could learn or how much they could achieve, and believed teaching was most effective when...

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Ken Robinson says that creativity in education is as important as literacy. It gets a round of applause in this video. And so it should I reckon. Ongoing discussion from many sources about what is good and what is very not good about our education...

Education & creativity

Ken Robinson says that creativity in education is as important as literacy. It gets a round of applause in this video. And so it should I reckon. Ongoing discussion from many sources about what is good and what is very not good about our education...

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Yeah, you’ve heard of them…feelings…and so reading the Sydney Morning Herald of June 4th 2011 I was intrigued to read that Joe Forgas, that is, Professor Joe Forgas, says that we have 6 emotions…okay…what would you say they are? Go on, write them down...

Emotions

Yeah, you’ve heard of them…feelings…and so reading the Sydney Morning Herald of June 4th 2011 I was intrigued to read that Joe Forgas, that is, Professor Joe Forgas, says that we have 6 emotions…okay…what would you say they are? Go on, write them down...

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If you would like to see a spectacular dive by Matthew Mitcham, then check this out: http://www.wat.tv/video/matthew-mitcham-gold-medalist-wme1_2g79l_.html I hava confession…I read the Sunday newspapers…yes I know… they are crap. But they are ‘THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPERS’. And so I read the thing at the back...

Gay okay…gay is good

If you would like to see a spectacular dive by Matthew Mitcham, then check this out: http://www.wat.tv/video/matthew-mitcham-gold-medalist-wme1_2g79l_.html I hava confession…I read the Sunday newspapers…yes I know… they are crap. But they are ‘THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPERS’. And so I read the thing at the back...

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It’s all too easy to become sceptical, cynical, and just down on stuff. So here is a kinda nice vid of young people just doing some good stuff…and for others as well as themselves.

Young people doing good stuff

It’s all too easy to become sceptical, cynical, and just down on stuff. So here is a kinda nice vid of young people just doing some good stuff…and for others as well as themselves.

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This debate has been raging for some time. I continue to have no doubt that those on both sides care for our communities despite having quite different views about this topic. However, criticisms I have heard tend to be more directed at those who...

The war on drugs & De-criminalisation

This debate has been raging for some time. I continue to have no doubt that those on both sides care for our communities despite having quite different views about this topic. However, criticisms I have heard tend to be more directed at those who...

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This piece of research might be a little self serving for those of us who like to think of ourselves as ‘liberal.’ But it is also kinda interesting. ‘Liberals have more grey matter in a part of the brain associated with understanding complexity, while...

Our brains and our policitical views

This piece of research might be a little self serving for those of us who like to think of ourselves as ‘liberal.’ But it is also kinda interesting. ‘Liberals have more grey matter in a part of the brain associated with understanding complexity, while...

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The best way to do things is not always the most obvious. Youth work is often about dealing with the here and now stuff as well as the ‘…let’s try and help it be better in the future…’ type stuff. The following is from...

Radical health

The best way to do things is not always the most obvious. Youth work is often about dealing with the here and now stuff as well as the ‘…let’s try and help it be better in the future…’ type stuff. The following is from...

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You gotta love this…coz really it is out there…and showing us some new ways of doing things. Always a good idea. If nothing else…the idea of ‘watch the vid lecture at home’…then come to school and do your home work…where the teacher can help…is...

Education…is a good thing

You gotta love this…coz really it is out there…and showing us some new ways of doing things. Always a good idea. If nothing else…the idea of ‘watch the vid lecture at home’…then come to school and do your home work…where the teacher can help…is...

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I have written about Backtrack before, outstanding programme where young men get to handle, train, care for…border collies…and then take them to shows around the country where they compete at jumping. And the dogs win! If you haven’t seen them before you might take...

Really fine youth work

I have written about Backtrack before, outstanding programme where young men get to handle, train, care for…border collies…and then take them to shows around the country where they compete at jumping. And the dogs win! If you haven’t seen them before you might take...

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I don’t always understand Wes Fryer’s stuff about technology…but that’s because I’m from the 17th century…ish. What I do like about the man is that he keeps questioning just what good education is in the year 2011. He recently had this to say: ‘School...

Schools again

I don’t always understand Wes Fryer’s stuff about technology…but that’s because I’m from the 17th century…ish. What I do like about the man is that he keeps questioning just what good education is in the year 2011. He recently had this to say: ‘School...

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I am a counselor and sometimes I talk with people in a room. As often as not I find myself talking with people while sitting under a tree. Often the very one pictured here. Or we talk in a coffee shop, or while walking,...

Therapy Under A Tree

I am a counselor and sometimes I talk with people in a room. As often as not I find myself talking with people while sitting under a tree. Often the very one pictured here. Or we talk in a coffee shop, or while walking,...

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I think of group work as complex, multi-layered, always changing, a process both planned and spontaneous in equal measure, full of unexpected moments of difficulty and inspiration, a process of interaction and reflection, of support and daring, a reminder of what we have and...

Group work

I think of group work as complex, multi-layered, always changing, a process both planned and spontaneous in equal measure, full of unexpected moments of difficulty and inspiration, a process of interaction and reflection, of support and daring, a reminder of what we have and...

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You are invited to become a member of AFI. These are the criteria for membership: You must know of some FABULOUS idea You must be prepared to share it. Conditions of membership You must put up on this site at least one FABULOUS idea...

AFI – Academy of Fabulous Ideas

You are invited to become a member of AFI. These are the criteria for membership: You must know of some FABULOUS idea You must be prepared to share it. Conditions of membership You must put up on this site at least one FABULOUS idea...

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This 60 second vid tells you just what THOUGHTPICS is. You will need Flash player to view it and you can download it here for free. But just in case you can’t play the vid for some reason…here is a description: T’PICS is a resource...

Group work resource….multi media image & music

This 60 second vid tells you just what THOUGHTPICS is. You will need Flash player to view it and you can download it here for free. But just in case you can’t play the vid for some reason…here is a description: T’PICS is a resource...

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In the Sydney Morning Herald ‘OPINION’ section…an article by Elizabeth Farrrelly in which she asks: ‘Are we in danger of seeing boyhood as a disorder?’ She says that personality traits that were once tolerated and even celebrated are now treated as disorders. ADHD as a...

Boys…what a disease

In the Sydney Morning Herald ‘OPINION’ section…an article by Elizabeth Farrrelly in which she asks: ‘Are we in danger of seeing boyhood as a disorder?’ She says that personality traits that were once tolerated and even celebrated are now treated as disorders. ADHD as a...

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The following two versions of my CV will give you some idea of what I have been up to over the years. I have left them in this fairly formal form and in the third person in case you need to use them for...

About Pete

The following two versions of my CV will give you some idea of what I have been up to over the years. I have left them in this fairly formal form and in the third person in case you need to use them for...

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  Training & events 2012. Both in-house & those open to all     I am currently updating this part of the site for the coming year of 2012. Events are being added daily. I have also for the moment, left the 2011 events up...

Calendar: training & events

  Training & events 2012. Both in-house & those open to all     I am currently updating this part of the site for the coming year of 2012. Events are being added daily. I have also for the moment, left the 2011 events up...

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I saw a tweet the other day…and it’s kinda lost in the tweet forest, but basically sent us to an article about an increase in homophobia in schools. Not sure if this is true and would certainly like to think not…So, just to add...

Being who we are…oh and that includes lesbian, gay…queer….et al

I saw a tweet the other day…and it’s kinda lost in the tweet forest, but basically sent us to an article about an increase in homophobia in schools. Not sure if this is true and would certainly like to think not…So, just to add...

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I picked up a tweet today about hope and it led to some interesting thoughts for me and possibly some future warm discussions. A central theme of the article is this: ‘In my experience and spiritual practice I’ve found hope is not a good thing....

Hope

I picked up a tweet today about hope and it led to some interesting thoughts for me and possibly some future warm discussions. A central theme of the article is this: ‘In my experience and spiritual practice I’ve found hope is not a good thing....

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From the website of Melinda Tankard Reist…a guest blogger Clive Hamilton, Australian author and Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University has this to say: ‘…Dymocks’ decision to sell the Playboy collection, and to...

‘Porn’ in the mainstream

From the website of Melinda Tankard Reist…a guest blogger Clive Hamilton, Australian author and Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University has this to say: ‘…Dymocks’ decision to sell the Playboy collection, and to...

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Listening to ‘Life Matters’ on Radio National today (24th Dec) I heard Professor David E. Meyer from the Cognition and Perception Program of the Department of Psychology University of Michigan talking about multi-tasking…So when parents ask their teenagers ‘can you really write your essay...

Multi-tasking. Yeah right!

Listening to ‘Life Matters’ on Radio National today (24th Dec) I heard Professor David E. Meyer from the Cognition and Perception Program of the Department of Psychology University of Michigan talking about multi-tasking…So when parents ask their teenagers ‘can you really write your essay...

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Easy to become cynical ain’t it…there is a lot of not-so-nice stuff going on in the world…and yet I suspect cynicism is the greatest destroyer. And I find it as hard as anyone to rise above it at times. But I do like xmas, and...

Xmas, cynicism, what matters, optimism and inspiration

Easy to become cynical ain’t it…there is a lot of not-so-nice stuff going on in the world…and yet I suspect cynicism is the greatest destroyer. And I find it as hard as anyone to rise above it at times. But I do like xmas, and...

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Launched in the past week the NSW Youth Health Policy 2011-2016 needs to be moved, as all policies must…. from words on a page to actions in our communities. I would really love to look back in a year’s time and say: wow, we...

Youth Health Policy

Launched in the past week the NSW Youth Health Policy 2011-2016 needs to be moved, as all policies must…. from words on a page to actions in our communities. I would really love to look back in a year’s time and say: wow, we...

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A number of reports have come out in 2010 concerning young people, not the least being: Review of Effective Practice in Juvenile JusticeReport for the Minister for Juvenile Justice Noetic Solutions Pty Limited January 2010 In the executive summary they had this to say:...

Juvenile Justice

A number of reports have come out in 2010 concerning young people, not the least being: Review of Effective Practice in Juvenile JusticeReport for the Minister for Juvenile Justice Noetic Solutions Pty Limited January 2010 In the executive summary they had this to say:...

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A friend sent me a link…and there I found all sorts of very fun stuff. Depending of course, on your definition of ‘fun.’ Here is one bit that I grabbed from around that site.. Anyone with children or teenagers, or who works with young...

Ahh yes…reality. I’ve heard of that

A friend sent me a link…and there I found all sorts of very fun stuff. Depending of course, on your definition of ‘fun.’ Here is one bit that I grabbed from around that site.. Anyone with children or teenagers, or who works with young...

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It’s hard to imagine a world without screens these days. An adult recently asked: ‘What IS an iPad?’ The 4 year old near her said: ‘It’s like an iPhone only bigger.’ Sounds about right. Wes Fryer recently, resident in USA and at thanksgiving day there,...

Screens

It’s hard to imagine a world without screens these days. An adult recently asked: ‘What IS an iPad?’ The 4 year old near her said: ‘It’s like an iPhone only bigger.’ Sounds about right. Wes Fryer recently, resident in USA and at thanksgiving day there,...

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I am always interested in this topic. I am working in schools a lot at the moment, and talking with teachers about the tough gig that teaching is these days, and just what the ingredients might be that keep students interested and at school. I came across this...

Motivation

I am always interested in this topic. I am working in schools a lot at the moment, and talking with teachers about the tough gig that teaching is these days, and just what the ingredients might be that keep students interested and at school. I came across this...

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A couple of weeks ago, I’m cycling through Harris Street Sydney…and it could have been any inner city street in a 100 different towns…I saw this really beaut ‘going-off’ thing. Lots of young people (mostly young men) playing basketball in what looked like a...

Hot day in the city…young people havin fun

A couple of weeks ago, I’m cycling through Harris Street Sydney…and it could have been any inner city street in a 100 different towns…I saw this really beaut ‘going-off’ thing. Lots of young people (mostly young men) playing basketball in what looked like a...

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More from Wes Fryer on education for the ‘NOW’. See watya think! I have edited this down a bit… ‘Now, video of 6 year old dancing for 30 seconds – the motivation is: the student has a global audience – you explain that, it’s...

Our young people…and digital learning

More from Wes Fryer on education for the ‘NOW’. See watya think! I have edited this down a bit… ‘Now, video of 6 year old dancing for 30 seconds – the motivation is: the student has a global audience – you explain that, it’s...

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Cordelia Fine has some interesting, and I find quite cheering, stuff to say about gender and ‘how we get it.’ (my quote marks.) ‘There may be slight variations in the brains of women and men, says Fine, a researcher at Melbourne University, but the...

Ahh gender

Cordelia Fine has some interesting, and I find quite cheering, stuff to say about gender and ‘how we get it.’ (my quote marks.) ‘There may be slight variations in the brains of women and men, says Fine, a researcher at Melbourne University, but the...

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My friend Joe, astute observer of the human condition and supplier of this pic, and living-as he does-in Christchurch NZ, which has been in the news recently because of earthquakes… has some interesting observations about human behaviour vis-a-vis the movement of the earth: ‘The...

The earth moves and we humans do our thing

My friend Joe, astute observer of the human condition and supplier of this pic, and living-as he does-in Christchurch NZ, which has been in the news recently because of earthquakes… has some interesting observations about human behaviour vis-a-vis the movement of the earth: ‘The...

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The Sydney Morning Herald of 6th October 2010 reported a a study to be published in The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. The article quotes the study as stating: ‘La Trobe University researchers surveyed high school students aged 13 to 18...

More sex, but not safer sex

The Sydney Morning Herald of 6th October 2010 reported a a study to be published in The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. The article quotes the study as stating: ‘La Trobe University researchers surveyed high school students aged 13 to 18...

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There is an ongoing discussions about how to keep young people in employment; how to keep them motivated at work, how to keep them coming back. All reasonable questions and all questions we could probably ask of anyone at any point in their life....

Happy at work?

There is an ongoing discussions about how to keep young people in employment; how to keep them motivated at work, how to keep them coming back. All reasonable questions and all questions we could probably ask of anyone at any point in their life....

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I shall make my last Bali reference for a while. We are home and it is nice to be here. There are many stand-out things about Bali, but my last comment for now is to notice the importance people place on being part of...

Belonging and connection

I shall make my last Bali reference for a while. We are home and it is nice to be here. There are many stand-out things about Bali, but my last comment for now is to notice the importance people place on being part of...

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Our son took up smoking when he was about three and a half. We were in Greece where smoking is common and he used to go outside after eating and smoke a straw. Sometimes a stick. He has always been a considerate smoker. But he...

RULES again, and INFLUENCES

Our son took up smoking when he was about three and a half. We were in Greece where smoking is common and he used to go outside after eating and smoke a straw. Sometimes a stick. He has always been a considerate smoker. But he...

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Bali continues to be intriguing and eventful. A much travelled place, especially for Australians, it remains oustandingly itself. And again here I am struck by a difference: the absence of legislated rules, and the presence and power of unwritten ones. It is kind of liberating...

Rules, regulation, regard

Bali continues to be intriguing and eventful. A much travelled place, especially for Australians, it remains oustandingly itself. And again here I am struck by a difference: the absence of legislated rules, and the presence and power of unwritten ones. It is kind of liberating...

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Here we are in Bali and watching the children head off to school each day. And I have no idea really just what happens in school here though yesterday I did chat with an American living in Bali who has a child at school, and is...

Learning

Here we are in Bali and watching the children head off to school each day. And I have no idea really just what happens in school here though yesterday I did chat with an American living in Bali who has a child at school, and is...

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Here we are again in Bali, and apart from a quite distressing eye infection which all four of us in the family seem to have, this continues to be a lovely, welcoming and aesthetic place. No doubt that tourism in all its forms is...

Culture and beauty

Here we are again in Bali, and apart from a quite distressing eye infection which all four of us in the family seem to have, this continues to be a lovely, welcoming and aesthetic place. No doubt that tourism in all its forms is...

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I have been a drummer since I was a child; long before I found myself working with young people, families and communities. And so this video here might have a special interest and attraction for me. And yet I am hoping that for drummers...

Listening

I have been a drummer since I was a child; long before I found myself working with young people, families and communities. And so this video here might have a special interest and attraction for me. And yet I am hoping that for drummers...

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Working with young people means working with substance use. This doesn’t mean that I expect every young person I encounter to be using drugs. It does mean though that I find it just tends to go with the territory. Most young people are going to be exposed...

Drugs not drugs

Working with young people means working with substance use. This doesn’t mean that I expect every young person I encounter to be using drugs. It does mean though that I find it just tends to go with the territory. Most young people are going to be exposed...

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There is something obviously marvellous about the work of Julian Beaver. It’s clever, it’s aesthetic, it’s compelling, it’s engaging…and I think one of the things I like most about what he does is that it is out-of-the-box different. It has required effort and long...

Imagination and adventure

There is something obviously marvellous about the work of Julian Beaver. It’s clever, it’s aesthetic, it’s compelling, it’s engaging…and I think one of the things I like most about what he does is that it is out-of-the-box different. It has required effort and long...

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I am happy to keep on singing the praises of Bernie Shakeshaft, Backtrack and the amazing work that goes on with the boys up in Armidale New South Wales. Here is a beaut vid of the dogs programme PAWSUP…take a look. And just to...

PAWSUP

I am happy to keep on singing the praises of Bernie Shakeshaft, Backtrack and the amazing work that goes on with the boys up in Armidale New South Wales. Here is a beaut vid of the dogs programme PAWSUP…take a look. And just to...

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There is a beaut YouTube vid on my site from a few days ago about learning. The title of this post is taken straight from that. It is a little difficult from the credits at the end to work out exactly who is saying what...

‘The death of education but the dawn of learning’

There is a beaut YouTube vid on my site from a few days ago about learning. The title of this post is taken straight from that. It is a little difficult from the credits at the end to work out exactly who is saying what...

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There is a lot of discussion about young people and violence and whether things are worse than they used to be. The following quotes are from an article which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald 20/10/2010 and was reproduced in ‘YAPRAP’ newsletter June-July 2010....

Young people and violence

There is a lot of discussion about young people and violence and whether things are worse than they used to be. The following quotes are from an article which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald 20/10/2010 and was reproduced in ‘YAPRAP’ newsletter June-July 2010....

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First we had the footballer guy saying something like…its okay to be gay but better stay in the closet if you play footy. (Gee is there room enough?)  He seems to think there is something unique about being gay which makes being in the...

Being gay

First we had the footballer guy saying something like…its okay to be gay but better stay in the closet if you play footy. (Gee is there room enough?)  He seems to think there is something unique about being gay which makes being in the...

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I am not going to say that there is nothing more important than the education of our young people. Nup, not gonna say it. But there is this. ABC Radio National’s ‘Law Report’ of 4th May 2010 offers some interesting stuff. Here (with thanks)...

Century 21, cyber world, young people…

I am not going to say that there is nothing more important than the education of our young people. Nup, not gonna say it. But there is this. ABC Radio National’s ‘Law Report’ of 4th May 2010 offers some interesting stuff. Here (with thanks)...

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I logged onto the Gender Centre Website and There is something very charming and in-ya-face brave about the following course description: Fight Like A Girl! The Gender Centre will be holding 3 free self-defence classes run by “Fight Like A Girl Self-Defence School” Kevin from...

Fight like a girl

I logged onto the Gender Centre Website and There is something very charming and in-ya-face brave about the following course description: Fight Like A Girl! The Gender Centre will be holding 3 free self-defence classes run by “Fight Like A Girl Self-Defence School” Kevin from...

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Richard Louv , author of seven books about people, being connected and being in the great outdoors, has some stuff to say about ‘gettin out in the woods.’ In Australia we might say ‘bush’ but same same. In an article in Orion he says:...

A bird in the hand…er…maybe not

Richard Louv , author of seven books about people, being connected and being in the great outdoors, has some stuff to say about ‘gettin out in the woods.’ In Australia we might say ‘bush’ but same same. In an article in Orion he says:...

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This is kind of good news really isn’t it? Sports stars are no role models, say scientists April 21, 2010 ‘Researchers at the Universities of Manchester, UK, and Western Sydney, Australia, say their findings – published in Drug and Alcohol Review – rubbish the...

Young people, sporting heroes and drinking

This is kind of good news really isn’t it? Sports stars are no role models, say scientists April 21, 2010 ‘Researchers at the Universities of Manchester, UK, and Western Sydney, Australia, say their findings – published in Drug and Alcohol Review – rubbish the...

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Education and our young people continues to be, as it should, a disturbing topic for many of us. The heading for this post does not come from me. It comes from the Edutopia web site. Check out this interview with the notorious Alvin Toffler....

Reshaping Learning from the Ground Up

Education and our young people continues to be, as it should, a disturbing topic for many of us. The heading for this post does not come from me. It comes from the Edutopia web site. Check out this interview with the notorious Alvin Toffler....

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This I think is important. From Wes Fryer who constantly blogs (I can read his block because I have no filters) about the foolishness of internet filters in all sorts of places including schools. He found himself at a school trying to access Flikr and found...

Busted. Young people, schools and internet nonsense

This I think is important. From Wes Fryer who constantly blogs (I can read his block because I have no filters) about the foolishness of internet filters in all sorts of places including schools. He found himself at a school trying to access Flikr and found...

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From the Heatlh Report ABC Radio National . This is both interesting and confirming. And it is the wellbeing stuff that keeps popping up in the same kinds of ideas over and over. This particular study also says that fathers seem to be particularly important...

Parenting

From the Heatlh Report ABC Radio National . This is both interesting and confirming. And it is the wellbeing stuff that keeps popping up in the same kinds of ideas over and over. This particular study also says that fathers seem to be particularly important...

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I am always borrowing from Wes Fryer…here is some more stuff to do with what is happening or possibly not happening…in education… ‘Do you understand the “normalcy bias” in our educational context? I have been studying people who are not just surviving in this...

Right here…right now…

I am always borrowing from Wes Fryer…here is some more stuff to do with what is happening or possibly not happening…in education… ‘Do you understand the “normalcy bias” in our educational context? I have been studying people who are not just surviving in this...

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It’s not possible to talk too much about these programmes. They are just amazing, and a joy to be part of in action. Led by Bernie Shakeshaft up in Armidale doing some of the best youth work stuff around. Two Projects: PawsUp (Training dogs and competing at shows)  ...

Best youth work

It’s not possible to talk too much about these programmes. They are just amazing, and a joy to be part of in action. Led by Bernie Shakeshaft up in Armidale doing some of the best youth work stuff around. Two Projects: PawsUp (Training dogs and competing at shows)  ...

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I heard a fellow last week speaking at a confernce on Rural Employment. Perhaps not a topic that, at first blush, makes yours skirt fly up. But while maybe not sexy, is nonetheless important. The speaker, looking like a fairly straight guy, and deceptively...

What’s new?

I heard a fellow last week speaking at a confernce on Rural Employment. Perhaps not a topic that, at first blush, makes yours skirt fly up. But while maybe not sexy, is nonetheless important. The speaker, looking like a fairly straight guy, and deceptively...

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On ‘Life Matters’ ABC Radio 22nd March 2010, there was a show about the families of those with someone in prison. The show tells us that in NSW alone there are up to 14,500 children with a parent or parents in gaol. ‘Shine for...

Prisons and families

On ‘Life Matters’ ABC Radio 22nd March 2010, there was a show about the families of those with someone in prison. The show tells us that in NSW alone there are up to 14,500 children with a parent or parents in gaol. ‘Shine for...

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Love riding a bike. Don’t like falling off it. Or being knocked off it…sydney traffic ain’t bike friendly. But I ride anyway. And with a 4 year old on the back I am mostly on back streets, foot-paths and through parks.  I notice in...

Go bikes!

Love riding a bike. Don’t like falling off it. Or being knocked off it…sydney traffic ain’t bike friendly. But I ride anyway. And with a 4 year old on the back I am mostly on back streets, foot-paths and through parks.  I notice in...

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This is American. If you are from Australia, hear it in an Austalian accent and apply it to our society, our schools, our young people, our children…and see what you think. Thanks to Wes Fryer for including this on his site.

Young people and performance

This is American. If you are from Australia, hear it in an Austalian accent and apply it to our society, our schools, our young people, our children…and see what you think. Thanks to Wes Fryer for including this on his site.

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It’s time again. And good to say happy Mardi Gras to all. And to celebrate the celebration and remember the serious stuff behind it all. Buffed bodies not withstanding. Looking at some Youtube stuff lately it was disturbing to see comments about ‘fags’…the word...

Mardi Gras

It’s time again. And good to say happy Mardi Gras to all. And to celebrate the celebration and remember the serious stuff behind it all. Buffed bodies not withstanding. Looking at some Youtube stuff lately it was disturbing to see comments about ‘fags’…the word...

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I really like this little ad. Yes, my boy has red hair so that’s probably part of it, but I also like it because: Standing up for some-one else doesn’t necessarily even require a single spoken word Here standing up for someone leaves the...

Looking after each other

I really like this little ad. Yes, my boy has red hair so that’s probably part of it, but I also like it because: Standing up for some-one else doesn’t necessarily even require a single spoken word Here standing up for someone leaves the...

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I thought I should start with my own. Taking my 4 year old to school on the back of my bike. We turn to go up the curb and the hill slopes to my right. My right foot sticks in the bike stirrup and...

Saving children

I thought I should start with my own. Taking my 4 year old to school on the back of my bike. We turn to go up the curb and the hill slopes to my right. My right foot sticks in the bike stirrup and...

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Let me tell you why I am putting these two vids up on my website. This first one because: 1. It’s about something important.  Ie encouraging people to get involved in the process of democracy 2. It does this in a really engaging way...

Doin it!

Let me tell you why I am putting these two vids up on my website. This first one because: 1. It’s about something important.  Ie encouraging people to get involved in the process of democracy 2. It does this in a really engaging way...

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Whether you love Richard Florida or love him less, he does say interesting things from time to time. In ‘Rise of the Creative Class’ he has the following to say…. ‘As we have seen, most people do not quest after some workplace zen:They desire...

The creative class again (Is that us?!)

Whether you love Richard Florida or love him less, he does say interesting things from time to time. In ‘Rise of the Creative Class’ he has the following to say…. ‘As we have seen, most people do not quest after some workplace zen:They desire...

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Ian Plowman, helpful and friendly person that he is, sent me an email in response to me referring on my website, to the terrific research he has done about what helps country towns flourish. I have cut and pasted Ian’s email below. Interesting stuff. And I...

The (possibly) weird and the definitely wonderful

Ian Plowman, helpful and friendly person that he is, sent me an email in response to me referring on my website, to the terrific research he has done about what helps country towns flourish. I have cut and pasted Ian’s email below. Interesting stuff. And I...

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More from Wes Fryer about censorship and the net, on what we can do, might do, should do, shouldn’t do…and picking the right response for the right event. Blogging on 28th Jan 2010 Wes talks of an event in America that I didn’t know...

The net again and censorship again

More from Wes Fryer about censorship and the net, on what we can do, might do, should do, shouldn’t do…and picking the right response for the right event. Blogging on 28th Jan 2010 Wes talks of an event in America that I didn’t know...

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Here we are in Wellington New Zealand Aotearoa. And it is now 2010, and already I am delighted by what I have learned. 1. Travelling on aeroplanes causes accents. I boarded in Australia talking in a ‘normal’ accentless voice and after a couple of...

Things I have learned so far this year

Here we are in Wellington New Zealand Aotearoa. And it is now 2010, and already I am delighted by what I have learned. 1. Travelling on aeroplanes causes accents. I boarded in Australia talking in a ‘normal’ accentless voice and after a couple of...

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Wes Fryer continues, I think, to raise interesting questions about use of technology in our educational systems and what this means for young people, classrooms and the processes of learning and education. Blogging on the 26th Dec (and yes, he blogged on 25th as...

The E age and learning

Wes Fryer continues, I think, to raise interesting questions about use of technology in our educational systems and what this means for young people, classrooms and the processes of learning and education. Blogging on the 26th Dec (and yes, he blogged on 25th as...

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I recently had the joy of another Beyond Empathy camp in northern NSW. A group of young people, carers, workers, young people and in some cases the children of young people…in on a Monday and out on a Friday…   with music, dance… the...

Young people, stretching yourself and what is worthwhile

I recently had the joy of another Beyond Empathy camp in northern NSW. A group of young people, carers, workers, young people and in some cases the children of young people…in on a Monday and out on a Friday…   with music, dance… the...

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Good old-fashioned education? High-tech cutting edge use of learner driven e tools? Truth is slippery and elusive as always. And there is no difference with the topic of young people, computers, learning, eduction, schools and all that goes with the growing upness of our...

Computers, teachers and young people

Good old-fashioned education? High-tech cutting edge use of learner driven e tools? Truth is slippery and elusive as always. And there is no difference with the topic of young people, computers, learning, eduction, schools and all that goes with the growing upness of our...

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Earlier this year I had the joy of being involved with a Forum for young people and health professionals to help develop a Youth Health Policy for New South Wales.  NSW Youth Health Policy consultation forum Healthy young people in NSW: Sparkling ideas for a...

NSW Youth Health Policy

Earlier this year I had the joy of being involved with a Forum for young people and health professionals to help develop a Youth Health Policy for New South Wales.  NSW Youth Health Policy consultation forum Healthy young people in NSW: Sparkling ideas for a...

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There are ongoing discussions about young people comparing today with times that have gone before and asking is ‘IT’ all better or worse? Are young people the same? Different? And if different then in what ways? All good conversations to have. And of course the...

Young people and sex

There are ongoing discussions about young people comparing today with times that have gone before and asking is ‘IT’ all better or worse? Are young people the same? Different? And if different then in what ways? All good conversations to have. And of course the...

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Working with young people who are doing it tough, is always tough… And a stand out factor in conversation in this work, whether formal or not, is the extent to which a person believes they are in charge of their lives…or not. Over and...

Choice Theory

Working with young people who are doing it tough, is always tough… And a stand out factor in conversation in this work, whether formal or not, is the extent to which a person believes they are in charge of their lives…or not. Over and...

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I recently spoke at a conference for youth workers in the Illawarra. I was asked to speak about young people and sex, is there a sexual revolution? the latest national survey, which gives us interesting data… In preparing for this I was in touch...

Sex and young people. Where are we up to?

I recently spoke at a conference for youth workers in the Illawarra. I was asked to speak about young people and sex, is there a sexual revolution? the latest national survey, which gives us interesting data… In preparing for this I was in touch...

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I am always delighted by fun and useful ways of asking people to do things. So the other morning while jogging, I spun by (well, slowed down even more really) a guy dressed in morning coat and top-hat. Unusual clobber for Sydney on a warm day…in...

Would you please…a delightful communication

I am always delighted by fun and useful ways of asking people to do things. So the other morning while jogging, I spun by (well, slowed down even more really) a guy dressed in morning coat and top-hat. Unusual clobber for Sydney on a warm day…in...

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This sign I recently found in the toilet of a health care facility for the aged and disabled.         Someone actually put their name on this sign. And gave their title which only adds to the strangeness of it all: ‘Team...

An odd communication

This sign I recently found in the toilet of a health care facility for the aged and disabled.         Someone actually put their name on this sign. And gave their title which only adds to the strangeness of it all: ‘Team...

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I have on another occasion, referred to the research of Ian Plowman, and because I have been visiting and working in country towns recently and have at leas four more trips coming up shortly, I have decided to put up in a little more detail, some...

Communities that work

I have on another occasion, referred to the research of Ian Plowman, and because I have been visiting and working in country towns recently and have at leas four more trips coming up shortly, I have decided to put up in a little more detail, some...

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If you can’t access the following video show then you might just go find a computer where you can. It is a homage to PAWS UP which is just one terrific idea put together by Bernie Shakeshaft in Armidale. Working with border collies, the...

PAWS UP

If you can’t access the following video show then you might just go find a computer where you can. It is a homage to PAWS UP which is just one terrific idea put together by Bernie Shakeshaft in Armidale. Working with border collies, the...

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This is just so fantastic…young people doing amazing things with their young bodies. Just what they should be doing…beauty, sharing, endeavour, challenge, streeetch…welcoming and loving audiences…everything they (and the rest of us) need to do well. Thanks Mr Ross for keeping me in the...

Dancin up a STORM!!!

This is just so fantastic…young people doing amazing things with their young bodies. Just what they should be doing…beauty, sharing, endeavour, challenge, streeetch…welcoming and loving audiences…everything they (and the rest of us) need to do well. Thanks Mr Ross for keeping me in the...

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It is not going to come as any big surprise to any of us that being abused and/or neglected when young, tends to increase the chances of the hurt person going on to do bad things to others and their world. However, the encouraging...

Young people, crime, juvenile justice

It is not going to come as any big surprise to any of us that being abused and/or neglected when young, tends to increase the chances of the hurt person going on to do bad things to others and their world. However, the encouraging...

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Malcolm Gladwell, author of ‘Blink’ has some interesting things to say. If you have a spare 18 or so minutes then take a look at this vid. If you dont have so much time or you are blocked from accessing it for some reason,...

Diversity and happiness

Malcolm Gladwell, author of ‘Blink’ has some interesting things to say. If you have a spare 18 or so minutes then take a look at this vid. If you dont have so much time or you are blocked from accessing it for some reason,...

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All praise to Western Plains Security. I was in Dubbo last week (14th October) buying something at the supermarket/mall  which adjoins the cinema complex. As I came out I noticed a security guard… and two things just stood out. One: he was talking with...

Security, public spaces and young people

All praise to Western Plains Security. I was in Dubbo last week (14th October) buying something at the supermarket/mall  which adjoins the cinema complex. As I came out I noticed a security guard… and two things just stood out. One: he was talking with...

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This is a picture of my friend John. He is on crutches because the wheelchair, which he is supposed to be using, and which he was given by the hospital, was too big to fit through the doorway of his apartment. When he rang to tell...

Rules, laws, litigation, common sense and compassion

This is a picture of my friend John. He is on crutches because the wheelchair, which he is supposed to be using, and which he was given by the hospital, was too big to fit through the doorway of his apartment. When he rang to tell...

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I am not at all sure that I am happy to find myself agreeing with Miranda Devine’s comments in the Sydney Morning Herald of 22nd October 2009. Actually I am sure, I am not happy. Yet she has this to say: ‘The phrase nanny state is...

Laws, common sense…

I am not at all sure that I am happy to find myself agreeing with Miranda Devine’s comments in the Sydney Morning Herald of 22nd October 2009. Actually I am sure, I am not happy. Yet she has this to say: ‘The phrase nanny state is...

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Tim Hawkes, headmaster of The King’s School, Parramatta, has this to say in the Sydney Morning Herald 26th -27th September 2009:  ‘The most frightening situation occurs when there is an accumulation of brain-deadening behaviours. It is difficult to believe an under-exercised, jelly-bellied video gamer,...

Young people

Tim Hawkes, headmaster of The King’s School, Parramatta, has this to say in the Sydney Morning Herald 26th -27th September 2009:  ‘The most frightening situation occurs when there is an accumulation of brain-deadening behaviours. It is difficult to believe an under-exercised, jelly-bellied video gamer,...

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 The Sun-Herald on 18th October 2009 ran a front page story and the opening paragraph went like this: ‘Cold and flu remedies containing pseudoephedrine would be available by prescription only if authorities adopt a radical plan aimed at tackling Australia’s growing ice epidemic.’ It’s...

Drugs…what really is happening?

 The Sun-Herald on 18th October 2009 ran a front page story and the opening paragraph went like this: ‘Cold and flu remedies containing pseudoephedrine would be available by prescription only if authorities adopt a radical plan aimed at tackling Australia’s growing ice epidemic.’ It’s...

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I sometimes wonder about the term ‘role model’. Might be a bit too simple or something. But where I have no doubts at all is in thinking that young people need elders and youngers around who inspire, encourage, and uplift. And do so in major...

Uncle Martin goes to camp

I sometimes wonder about the term ‘role model’. Might be a bit too simple or something. But where I have no doubts at all is in thinking that young people need elders and youngers around who inspire, encourage, and uplift. And do so in major...

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On ABC’s ‘Life Matters’, Associate Professor Steve Allsop Director of Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute talks about trends in drug use. And there is good and bad news. ‘Dabbling’ use seems to be going down. And Buck Reed (on the same show) a...

Drug use

On ABC’s ‘Life Matters’, Associate Professor Steve Allsop Director of Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute talks about trends in drug use. And there is good and bad news. ‘Dabbling’ use seems to be going down. And Buck Reed (on the same show) a...

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Anthony Browne, dubbed ‘Britain’s children’s laureate’ says that drawing circles, squares and triangles is kind of restrictive. He likes the idea of wild imagination. He has something he calls ‘the shape game…one child (person?) draws something…anything! The next person adds to it by turning...

Pictures

Anthony Browne, dubbed ‘Britain’s children’s laureate’ says that drawing circles, squares and triangles is kind of restrictive. He likes the idea of wild imagination. He has something he calls ‘the shape game…one child (person?) draws something…anything! The next person adds to it by turning...

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Secondary Students and Sexual Health. 2008. 4th National Survey. This is a big report. So check it out One goodie… ‘Most students (88%) had sought information regarding sexual health. Students most commonly sought information from their mothers (56%), female friends (55%), the school sexual...

Sex

Secondary Students and Sexual Health. 2008. 4th National Survey. This is a big report. So check it out One goodie… ‘Most students (88%) had sought information regarding sexual health. Students most commonly sought information from their mothers (56%), female friends (55%), the school sexual...

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Gabor Mate, physician; works in tough circumstances in Vancouver with people who are dangerously, destructively…substance dependent. Not all young, not all old. In his book ‘In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts’ he has this (Page 340) to say: ‘No organism in nature is separate...

Addictions

Gabor Mate, physician; works in tough circumstances in Vancouver with people who are dangerously, destructively…substance dependent. Not all young, not all old. In his book ‘In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts’ he has this (Page 340) to say: ‘No organism in nature is separate...

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I have been meaning to put something up for some time about this.  Shortly I will put up an article based on a workshop I recently did for the Youth Action and Policy Association here in New South Wales.  In the meantime, I have...

What does make a conversation useful?

I have been meaning to put something up for some time about this.  Shortly I will put up an article based on a workshop I recently did for the Youth Action and Policy Association here in New South Wales.  In the meantime, I have...

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Dr Ramon Lewis of the University of Ballarat has some interesting things to say about the differences between boys and girls and how thy they cope with the difficult ‘stuff ‘ of life. He says that: Research with young people has shown that boys...

Gender differences in how boys and girls cope

Dr Ramon Lewis of the University of Ballarat has some interesting things to say about the differences between boys and girls and how thy they cope with the difficult ‘stuff ‘ of life. He says that: Research with young people has shown that boys...

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It would be a really really REALLY good thing if we could start to get a handle on what it is that might be that keeps our young indigenous people in the world and connected ratther than heading into Juvenile Justice.  The NSW’s  Commission...

Indigenous young people

It would be a really really REALLY good thing if we could start to get a handle on what it is that might be that keeps our young indigenous people in the world and connected ratther than heading into Juvenile Justice.  The NSW’s  Commission...

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Read the research. Over and over in different places and at different times, and in different language, we find that as humans, we need to fit, to belong, to be connected, to be part of something. And if research is not where you would...

What is – still – worthwhile

Read the research. Over and over in different places and at different times, and in different language, we find that as humans, we need to fit, to belong, to be connected, to be part of something. And if research is not where you would...

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‘Stonewall is about the power of mockery, and fun and celebration, about shabby violence and brilliant political intervention, about riff-raff and the reputable working hand in hand, about the need for supporters of sensible but difficult causes-gay rights, euthanasia, drug reform-to show their faces...

Stonewall…and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

‘Stonewall is about the power of mockery, and fun and celebration, about shabby violence and brilliant political intervention, about riff-raff and the reputable working hand in hand, about the need for supporters of sensible but difficult causes-gay rights, euthanasia, drug reform-to show their faces...

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Child Care Choices is a study which follows 670 children for six years from child care through to school. And as is often the case the study tells us some things we probably already know. That for example, those children who showed early signs...

We go where we are facing…and then again…turns are possible

Child Care Choices is a study which follows 670 children for six years from child care through to school. And as is often the case the study tells us some things we probably already know. That for example, those children who showed early signs...

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I have been reading lately about Rudolf Dreikurs and some of his ideas about working with young people. Born in 1897 Rudolf is a person of a past time. And still has something to tell us: ‘Dreikurs’ Social Discipline model is based on the...

Kids, classrooms and Rudolf Dreikurs

I have been reading lately about Rudolf Dreikurs and some of his ideas about working with young people. Born in 1897 Rudolf is a person of a past time. And still has something to tell us: ‘Dreikurs’ Social Discipline model is based on the...

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Consult the website ‘Kids’ health’ and you will read this: ‘The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV and that those older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of...

Kids and tv and where do you get the help?

Consult the website ‘Kids’ health’ and you will read this: ‘The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV and that those older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of...

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James Barber has some interesting, and controversial, things to say about child welfare. He is deputy vice-chancellor RMIT University and can lay claim to a long list of academic and literary achievements. In the Sydney Morning Herald of 6th July he had this to...

Child welfare

James Barber has some interesting, and controversial, things to say about child welfare. He is deputy vice-chancellor RMIT University and can lay claim to a long list of academic and literary achievements. In the Sydney Morning Herald of 6th July he had this to...

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Hugh Mackay, pretty decent fella and pretty decent researcher, writing in ‘THE ESSAY’ (Sydney Morning Herald 25th-26th July 2009), says all social research is based on indirect experience; ‘…other people’s accounts of what they are thinking and feeling.’ He also says: ‘That’s the trouble...

Is it okay to ask questions?

Hugh Mackay, pretty decent fella and pretty decent researcher, writing in ‘THE ESSAY’ (Sydney Morning Herald 25th-26th July 2009), says all social research is based on indirect experience; ‘…other people’s accounts of what they are thinking and feeling.’ He also says: ‘That’s the trouble...

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I don’t actually like Sunday newspapers very much. But I read them because they are ‘THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPERS.’ Saturday newspapers are marginally better. I always read Good Weekend. And sometimes I read the regular columns. Sometimes they are really good and sometimes they are...

Are you a Maggie, a Steph or a Max?

I don’t actually like Sunday newspapers very much. But I read them because they are ‘THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPERS.’ Saturday newspapers are marginally better. I always read Good Weekend. And sometimes I read the regular columns. Sometimes they are really good and sometimes they are...

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I posted something recently about ‘digital natives’ and ‘digital immigrants’, phrases coined by Marc Prensky (though I have recently seen these terms attributed to Douglas Rushkoff?)…phrases meaning those born into a ‘more’ technological age and therefore more technologically familiar, and those who preceed them,...

Another view of digital

I posted something recently about ‘digital natives’ and ‘digital immigrants’, phrases coined by Marc Prensky (though I have recently seen these terms attributed to Douglas Rushkoff?)…phrases meaning those born into a ‘more’ technological age and therefore more technologically familiar, and those who preceed them,...

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There is an ongoing debate about just what is good education, about how young people use the internet, and about what some describe as the ‘slipping standards in education’. And there are cries at times for a return to more ‘traditional’ ways. Mind you...

To google or not to google

There is an ongoing debate about just what is good education, about how young people use the internet, and about what some describe as the ‘slipping standards in education’. And there are cries at times for a return to more ‘traditional’ ways. Mind you...

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The last part of Michael Jackson has finally died. And I am not sure that his passing is any sadder than the passing of any other person in our world. But what does seem sad is the journey from the days of the Jackson...

Meaning

The last part of Michael Jackson has finally died. And I am not sure that his passing is any sadder than the passing of any other person in our world. But what does seem sad is the journey from the days of the Jackson...

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I have been hearing and reading about unemployment in Australia. And having posted numerous comments about ‘Belonging, meaning and connection’ I have been intrigued to hear that jobless teenagers will be denied the dole unless they agree to undertake training under a government plan...

Young people, unemployment, meaning

I have been hearing and reading about unemployment in Australia. And having posted numerous comments about ‘Belonging, meaning and connection’ I have been intrigued to hear that jobless teenagers will be denied the dole unless they agree to undertake training under a government plan...

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Our son smokes. He’s three and a half. This is a picture of him smoking. He tells us that he only smokes sticks and straws. He took up smoking while we were in Greece and where smoking, and cigarette advertising is still widespread. Though...

Ahh yes, environment

Our son smokes. He’s three and a half. This is a picture of him smoking. He tells us that he only smokes sticks and straws. He took up smoking while we were in Greece and where smoking, and cigarette advertising is still widespread. Though...

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I am continuing to look into the notion of restorative justice. A profound and worthwhile idea. And possibly the following comments have particular relevance for young people, with their speed and vigour, but then again maybe they apply in many contexts. Some of the...

Restorative justice and young people

I am continuing to look into the notion of restorative justice. A profound and worthwhile idea. And possibly the following comments have particular relevance for young people, with their speed and vigour, but then again maybe they apply in many contexts. Some of the...

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You meet someone on a plane and have a fantastic conversation. You talk about really personal stuff. And it feels just fine. You go to see a financial adviser and you end up putting your money in some fund because the person just seems...

Intuition

You meet someone on a plane and have a fantastic conversation. You talk about really personal stuff. And it feels just fine. You go to see a financial adviser and you end up putting your money in some fund because the person just seems...

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Mission Australia continues to do both interesting research and good programs. You can read more on their site about what they are doing in relation to young people who break laws and end up in the Juvenile Justice system. Here are some highlights: Mission...

Juveniles and justice

Mission Australia continues to do both interesting research and good programs. You can read more on their site about what they are doing in relation to young people who break laws and end up in the Juvenile Justice system. Here are some highlights: Mission...

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We are now back home in Australia, after 9 weeks circumnavigating the globe and staying with friends pretty much wherever we went. We stayed with our friend Kelly (and her family) in Barrie Canada, North of Toronto by about an hour. Kelly lives in...

Where would you like to live?

We are now back home in Australia, after 9 weeks circumnavigating the globe and staying with friends pretty much wherever we went. We stayed with our friend Kelly (and her family) in Barrie Canada, North of Toronto by about an hour. Kelly lives in...

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Wesley Fryer continues to say things on his website that I don’t understand…usually to do with digital something-or-other. This says nothing at all about Wesley though a great deal about me and my lack of digital. Wesley often seems far from radical…he does not...

Education 2009 and on…

Wesley Fryer continues to say things on his website that I don’t understand…usually to do with digital something-or-other. This says nothing at all about Wesley though a great deal about me and my lack of digital. Wesley often seems far from radical…he does not...

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I am always delighted and impressed when I read things like this because it is outside the oblong…kinda thing. There is I think, a quiet joy in the knowledge that people continue to push past, look further…try something else…so here are some grabs from...

Mind your mind

I am always delighted and impressed when I read things like this because it is outside the oblong…kinda thing. There is I think, a quiet joy in the knowledge that people continue to push past, look further…try something else…so here are some grabs from...

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We are just about to head back to Australia after 9 weeks away…the last part being some work in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the visiting of whanau. This song below which some of you may know already, ‘Stand by me’ is just a lovely...

A lovely thing

We are just about to head back to Australia after 9 weeks away…the last part being some work in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the visiting of whanau. This song below which some of you may know already, ‘Stand by me’ is just a lovely...

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Brian Boyd has written a book about storytelling, ‘On the Origin of Stories:Evolution, cognition and fiction’. Yeah, this is a pretty flash title and I have yet to read the book in any depth but it says some interesting things. Boyd says that fiction...

Storytelling

Brian Boyd has written a book about storytelling, ‘On the Origin of Stories:Evolution, cognition and fiction’. Yeah, this is a pretty flash title and I have yet to read the book in any depth but it says some interesting things. Boyd says that fiction...

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Greece is a great place to face the question of just what beauty is. There is of course that place on the hill. And it really is wonderful. And then there is the everyday backyard that you might glance in as you pass… So...

Beauty

Greece is a great place to face the question of just what beauty is. There is of course that place on the hill. And it really is wonderful. And then there is the everyday backyard that you might glance in as you pass… So...

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I am sitting in a beautiful square in Rhodes, and listening (not eaves-dropping mind you) to a conversation at the next table. There is that glorious mixture of long-term world travellers which can be encountered in many such moments across the planet. People who...

The smartest person in the world

I am sitting in a beautiful square in Rhodes, and listening (not eaves-dropping mind you) to a conversation at the next table. There is that glorious mixture of long-term world travellers which can be encountered in many such moments across the planet. People who...

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Guess where we still are? There is an old building up on the hill. Acropo something? Gonna be just great when they finish building it. The computer I am using has big problems uploading pics so you will have to use your mind’s eye...

Still here. Thinkin about stuff

Guess where we still are? There is an old building up on the hill. Acropo something? Gonna be just great when they finish building it. The computer I am using has big problems uploading pics so you will have to use your mind’s eye...

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We are now in Greece…and with this little guy… …we (that is…him) are receiving a lot of attention. And after a month or more on the road, our son is being remarkable. And I think constantly of the things which I am always commenting...

Safety, security, belonging

We are now in Greece…and with this little guy… …we (that is…him) are receiving a lot of attention. And after a month or more on the road, our son is being remarkable. And I think constantly of the things which I am always commenting...

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When as an Australian, you encounter a sign like the one that (I hope) appears below. You know not only that you are not in Australia…you are most emphatically in England. Names like Proklington Green, Toddington, Heathers Corner, Rickmansworth, Smelters Meadow, Dunstable, Swithersley Common…tend...

What’s in a name…and differences

When as an Australian, you encounter a sign like the one that (I hope) appears below. You know not only that you are not in Australia…you are most emphatically in England. Names like Proklington Green, Toddington, Heathers Corner, Rickmansworth, Smelters Meadow, Dunstable, Swithersley Common…tend...

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I have no idea why this post appears to be oddly arranged on some computers and less so on others…I will ask Jacob about it when we return. In the meantime, you might have to match my comments to the appropriate pictures as you...

Priorities

I have no idea why this post appears to be oddly arranged on some computers and less so on others…I will ask Jacob about it when we return. In the meantime, you might have to match my comments to the appropriate pictures as you...

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We find ourselves still in an extraordinary environment. Reminded constantly that we are not at home. Though we do also feel ‘at home’ and very, very welcome. And we are continuing our learning continuing talking with Canadians, and spending a lot of time with...

Other worlds, world Indigenous…and snow

We find ourselves still in an extraordinary environment. Reminded constantly that we are not at home. Though we do also feel ‘at home’ and very, very welcome. And we are continuing our learning continuing talking with Canadians, and spending a lot of time with...

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So just in case you thought we were sitting at home and making all this up…here you are with pictures…real ones, not photoshop…in the middle of it all. Canada’s snow was meant to be all finished they tell us. Happily for us…not so. Very...

Yes, we are really here

So just in case you thought we were sitting at home and making all this up…here you are with pictures…real ones, not photoshop…in the middle of it all. Canada’s snow was meant to be all finished they tell us. Happily for us…not so. Very...

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I am in the land of the Anishinaabek, people of the land of this part of Canada. And I am told by my friend Kelly Brownbill who is a canadian first nations Mi’kmaq woman of mixed lineage that the indigenous teachings here include the...

Gifts

I am in the land of the Anishinaabek, people of the land of this part of Canada. And I am told by my friend Kelly Brownbill who is a canadian first nations Mi’kmaq woman of mixed lineage that the indigenous teachings here include the...

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We came here for many reasons. Learning being one of them. A few days ago I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the final session of the Indigenous Voices Cafe here in Barrie about an hour North of Toronto. The round table discussion...

Learning

We came here for many reasons. Learning being one of them. A few days ago I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the final session of the Indigenous Voices Cafe here in Barrie about an hour North of Toronto. The round table discussion...

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I gave an evening workshop a little while ago on communcation and someone asked me what skill or strategy should they work on if they were going to focus on just one. My clever answer was: the one you most want to develop. My...

Communication again

I gave an evening workshop a little while ago on communcation and someone asked me what skill or strategy should they work on if they were going to focus on just one. My clever answer was: the one you most want to develop. My...

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This website is about young people and those around them; family, friends, community and teachers, youth workers and all those who work with, and on behalf of, young people. It’s about both research and practical stuff, and it’s about what’s going on in the world that affects the...

Pete’s meaningful blog & welcome

This website is about young people and those around them; family, friends, community and teachers, youth workers and all those who work with, and on behalf of, young people. It’s about both research and practical stuff, and it’s about what’s going on in the world that affects the...

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Here we are in San Francisco. I just had to add a post from here. Remarkable place. Very welcoming, friendly, great contrasts, wonderful counter to all the negative American stereotypes that fly around. Sunny, funky, alternative, clearly with a tough and rugged other side,...

Bring on the crazies…and welcome

Here we are in San Francisco. I just had to add a post from here. Remarkable place. Very welcoming, friendly, great contrasts, wonderful counter to all the negative American stereotypes that fly around. Sunny, funky, alternative, clearly with a tough and rugged other side,...

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An important, complex, open-to-misuse, and powerful process. This video doesn’t do a bad job of presenting some of the elements of this complicated and worthwhile process in a speech by Howard Zehr.

Restorative justice

An important, complex, open-to-misuse, and powerful process. This video doesn’t do a bad job of presenting some of the elements of this complicated and worthwhile process in a speech by Howard Zehr.

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This stuff is just interesting isn’t it…on TV Australian Broadcasting Corporation 9/09/2008 and the reporter is Kerry O’Brien speaking Norman Doidge about his, I guess now, pretty famous book. And whether you think it is fabulous or not, there is hope and inspiration in...

More brain stuff

This stuff is just interesting isn’t it…on TV Australian Broadcasting Corporation 9/09/2008 and the reporter is Kerry O’Brien speaking Norman Doidge about his, I guess now, pretty famous book. And whether you think it is fabulous or not, there is hope and inspiration in...

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I am always interested in what helps us flourish…and having older people in the family, and looking at getting older myself as we all will do, (if healthy and lucky), I am interested in the social research as well as the neurophysiological stuff. So…...

What people need. Resilience (again) and getting older

I am always interested in what helps us flourish…and having older people in the family, and looking at getting older myself as we all will do, (if healthy and lucky), I am interested in the social research as well as the neurophysiological stuff. So…...

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A few weeks ago I heard Arlo Guthrie on the radio doing a live show from Melbourne. He is as interesting as he has ever been. In between his songs, which are in themselves comments, he made an interesting comment on the state of...

Arlo Guthrie and ‘optimism’ – sort of

A few weeks ago I heard Arlo Guthrie on the radio doing a live show from Melbourne. He is as interesting as he has ever been. In between his songs, which are in themselves comments, he made an interesting comment on the state of...

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Listening to the radio the other day and there was a talk back show about our favourite topic, the global financial crisis (GFC if you are “in the know”) …and someone rang in to say how it was like a near-death experience. I was...

The GFC and flu

Listening to the radio the other day and there was a talk back show about our favourite topic, the global financial crisis (GFC if you are “in the know”) …and someone rang in to say how it was like a near-death experience. I was...

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I have written about Richard Florida before. This is a kinda funny vid interview. Funny and yet he is saying something interesting I think. Check it out. http://creativeclass.com/richard_florida/video/index.php?video=20070716-The_Colbert_Report-Richard_Florida

The bohemian gay index

I have written about Richard Florida before. This is a kinda funny vid interview. Funny and yet he is saying something interesting I think. Check it out. http://creativeclass.com/richard_florida/video/index.php?video=20070716-The_Colbert_Report-Richard_Florida

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This is what Jonathan Haidt has to say about morality. To live virtuously as individuals and as societies, we must understand how our minds are built (see ch. 1 of The Happiness Hypothesis). We must find ways to overcome our natural self-righteousness (see ch....

Morality

This is what Jonathan Haidt has to say about morality. To live virtuously as individuals and as societies, we must understand how our minds are built (see ch. 1 of The Happiness Hypothesis). We must find ways to overcome our natural self-righteousness (see ch....

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Who is advising spokespeople for…well anyone really…at the moment, because of how things economically, I am particularly thinking about banks. So who is advising spokespeople on HOW TO SPEAK? This on the radio a few days ago… a bank somewhere in Europe is under...

More on communication

Who is advising spokespeople for…well anyone really…at the moment, because of how things economically, I am particularly thinking about banks. So who is advising spokespeople on HOW TO SPEAK? This on the radio a few days ago… a bank somewhere in Europe is under...

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Each year Mission Australia does a survey of young Australians (aged 11 – 24) and what seems to be concerning them. It’s always interesting to have a look at and usually it’s pretty encouraging too. Toby Hall, chief executive officer of Mission Australia, makes...

Young people and what’s on their minds

Each year Mission Australia does a survey of young Australians (aged 11 – 24) and what seems to be concerning them. It’s always interesting to have a look at and usually it’s pretty encouraging too. Toby Hall, chief executive officer of Mission Australia, makes...

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In response to my post below about gloomy predictions and communication, I said I would post something more positive when I found it…. Here is John Huxley writing in the Sydney Morning Herald on 7-8th Feb. 2009. The headline reads: ‘And now for the...

Ahh…hope…and a sense of humour

In response to my post below about gloomy predictions and communication, I said I would post something more positive when I found it…. Here is John Huxley writing in the Sydney Morning Herald on 7-8th Feb. 2009. The headline reads: ‘And now for the...

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Yes, I am aware that I am a man commenting on images of women…? These two images were striking simply because they were back to back in the same newspaper. What does each image say about…well, a whole bunch of things really.

Body image…again

Yes, I am aware that I am a man commenting on images of women…? These two images were striking simply because they were back to back in the same newspaper. What does each image say about…well, a whole bunch of things really.

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You see the following sign: ‘DON’T PANIC!’ And what do you do? Or possibly you hear, in conversation, these words: ‘Look, don’t take this personally…’ ‘No offence but…’ What comes into your mind? Possibly not…‘gee this is gona be fantastic, I can hardly wait!’...

Let’s all be as miserable as possible shall we?

You see the following sign: ‘DON’T PANIC!’ And what do you do? Or possibly you hear, in conversation, these words: ‘Look, don’t take this personally…’ ‘No offence but…’ What comes into your mind? Possibly not…‘gee this is gona be fantastic, I can hardly wait!’...

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I think the BIG BIG issue of alcohol consumption is finally starting to get some air time in Australia. And so I am weighing in with an opinion or two. There have been some ads on TV aimed at binge drinking teenagers. They are...

Alcohol ads

I think the BIG BIG issue of alcohol consumption is finally starting to get some air time in Australia. And so I am weighing in with an opinion or two. There have been some ads on TV aimed at binge drinking teenagers. They are...

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This is an interesting thing here. I am involved constantly with deciding what infringes copyright and what doesn’t, who owns what and what is fair and what just ain’t. So here is something lifted (with thanks and respect) straight from Alvin’s Educational Technology Blog....

Just who owns what and what is fair?

This is an interesting thing here. I am involved constantly with deciding what infringes copyright and what doesn’t, who owns what and what is fair and what just ain’t. So here is something lifted (with thanks and respect) straight from Alvin’s Educational Technology Blog....

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Michael Kirby I think is a worthwhile man. And this article from the Australian (Michael Pelly February 03, 2009) offers some of the character, interest, not-the-sameness of Justice Kirby. And as he ‘retires’ I think it is worth taking a moment to think about...

Michael Kirby

Michael Kirby I think is a worthwhile man. And this article from the Australian (Michael Pelly February 03, 2009) offers some of the character, interest, not-the-sameness of Justice Kirby. And as he ‘retires’ I think it is worth taking a moment to think about...

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I couldn’t let this moment in history go by without some comment. So let Barack Obama make the comment himself. Here be his speech… Good luck and do good.

An important moment

I couldn’t let this moment in history go by without some comment. So let Barack Obama make the comment himself. Here be his speech… Good luck and do good.

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And I have been meaning to put something up here too about what Po Bronson says about sleep and young people. Here are a few quotes from his article. Check it out further at this site if you would like to read the whole...

Sleep and the young

And I have been meaning to put something up here too about what Po Bronson says about sleep and young people. Here are a few quotes from his article. Check it out further at this site if you would like to read the whole...

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I’ve been meaning to put something up here about this for a while. Here are a couple of quotes from the Po Bronson article about children and telling lies… “Many parenting Websites and books advise parents to just let lies go they’ll grow out...

Telling lies

I’ve been meaning to put something up here about this for a while. Here are a couple of quotes from the Po Bronson article about children and telling lies… “Many parenting Websites and books advise parents to just let lies go they’ll grow out...

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I was discussing the middle east nightmare with a friend the other day and subsequently she sent me this email. ‘Wherever I Go, I Hear The Same Tired Middle East Comparisons by Robert Fisk http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/01/10-10 Robert Fisk is pretty reputable I thought, and yet...

What is a good argument?

I was discussing the middle east nightmare with a friend the other day and subsequently she sent me this email. ‘Wherever I Go, I Hear The Same Tired Middle East Comparisons by Robert Fisk http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/01/10-10 Robert Fisk is pretty reputable I thought, and yet...

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Jonathan Haidt suggests that humans have a Moral Foundation…set within us from birth, and that there are five areas of this foundation: 1. Harm/Care 2. Fairness/Reciprocity 3. Ingroup/Loyalty 4. Authority/Respect 5. Purity/Sanctity Interesting stuff! The video below gives you more info.

Morality

Jonathan Haidt suggests that humans have a Moral Foundation…set within us from birth, and that there are five areas of this foundation: 1. Harm/Care 2. Fairness/Reciprocity 3. Ingroup/Loyalty 4. Authority/Respect 5. Purity/Sanctity Interesting stuff! The video below gives you more info.

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Big oops …big sorry! The Animoto vid that I posted before christmas turned out to be the ad for the Animoto site. Sorry bout that! As much as I like A’moto…I had intended to post something a bit more personal and meaningful about the...

The camp…really!

Big oops …big sorry! The Animoto vid that I posted before christmas turned out to be the ad for the Animoto site. Sorry bout that! As much as I like A’moto…I had intended to post something a bit more personal and meaningful about the...

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Clive Hamilton (2008. P4) in “The freedom paradox. Towards a post-secular ethics.” asks: “If the barriers to flourishing of our potential have been removed but we fail to flourish, depression would seem a natural response. Moreover, the liberation movements have ceded to us unprecedented...

Our lives: pleasant, good or meaningful?

Clive Hamilton (2008. P4) in “The freedom paradox. Towards a post-secular ethics.” asks: “If the barriers to flourishing of our potential have been removed but we fail to flourish, depression would seem a natural response. Moreover, the liberation movements have ceded to us unprecedented...

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Yeah I know…there is so much wrong with our world…the financial thing, the hole-in-the-sky thing, the ‘it’s-all-warming-up’ thing…the consumer thing… and it’s all true and we need to be active…and as well, you know… I love chrissie and I have met some wonderful people...

Yes! It’s christmas!

Yeah I know…there is so much wrong with our world…the financial thing, the hole-in-the-sky thing, the ‘it’s-all-warming-up’ thing…the consumer thing… and it’s all true and we need to be active…and as well, you know… I love chrissie and I have met some wonderful people...

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I don’t know if I am scared by this or excited by it. Again from the prolific Wes Fryer. ‘Telecommunications convergence is a topic with which I’ve grown increasingly familiar over the past few years, and I address frequently in blog posts, workshops, and...

It’s a new world

I don’t know if I am scared by this or excited by it. Again from the prolific Wes Fryer. ‘Telecommunications convergence is a topic with which I’ve grown increasingly familiar over the past few years, and I address frequently in blog posts, workshops, and...

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These are a couple more of the things that have caught my attention lately. This comment from a former governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia questioning the morality of high financial rewards for company CEO’s? From Ian MacFarlane, ex-governor of the Reserve Bank...

More interesting comments

These are a couple more of the things that have caught my attention lately. This comment from a former governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia questioning the morality of high financial rewards for company CEO’s? From Ian MacFarlane, ex-governor of the Reserve Bank...

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From the prolific Wes Fryer. 3rd Dec. On the differences between cooperation and collaboration. ‘Cooperation is when everyone is doing the same thing, we are using everyone’s work. Example: everyone is working on the same task together. Collaborating is using our own strengths and...

Words are always fun

From the prolific Wes Fryer. 3rd Dec. On the differences between cooperation and collaboration. ‘Cooperation is when everyone is doing the same thing, we are using everyone’s work. Example: everyone is working on the same task together. Collaborating is using our own strengths and...

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I really thought that GFC meant ‘Go find carrots’. Yet while I was seeking vegetables I discovered my error, and that in fact GFC makes reference to our globe, to finance and to, apparently, a crisis. So I got in touch with a financial...

Go find carrots

I really thought that GFC meant ‘Go find carrots’. Yet while I was seeking vegetables I discovered my error, and that in fact GFC makes reference to our globe, to finance and to, apparently, a crisis. So I got in touch with a financial...

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Lots of young people are hurting themselves and others through their use of alcohol. Yes we know this. And so our government has decided to have a series of ‘hard-hitting’ ads aimed at young people and drinking. The minister said something along the lines...

Alcohol ads. How silly can we get?

Lots of young people are hurting themselves and others through their use of alcohol. Yes we know this. And so our government has decided to have a series of ‘hard-hitting’ ads aimed at young people and drinking. The minister said something along the lines...

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I am still waitng to find out if these ads are successful or not. These are the ads that suggest that young men doing crazy things in cars have small penises. We see someone do a burn out and we show the small finger...

Humour or humiliation?

I am still waitng to find out if these ads are successful or not. These are the ads that suggest that young men doing crazy things in cars have small penises. We see someone do a burn out and we show the small finger...

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I am leaving this pic up for now, of my best friend Nick who recently left for several years in other climes…including a prolonged stay in Greece. Ahhh someone gota do it.

A friend departs

I am leaving this pic up for now, of my best friend Nick who recently left for several years in other climes…including a prolonged stay in Greece. Ahhh someone gota do it.

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I have been quick to put something up here as Amy (below) tells me that although I claim her as a favourite person there is no pic of her on my website…there is now Amy! And so we went bush again with the Beyond...

Gone bush, hip hop, dance n circus…

I have been quick to put something up here as Amy (below) tells me that although I claim her as a favourite person there is no pic of her on my website…there is now Amy! And so we went bush again with the Beyond...

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On the topic of happiness again. And why the heck not! As I am about to head north for a week to spend time with young people, carers, elders, community members, youth workers and artists…it’s worth thinking about. So here is a vid from...

Yep, happiness again

On the topic of happiness again. And why the heck not! As I am about to head north for a week to spend time with young people, carers, elders, community members, youth workers and artists…it’s worth thinking about. So here is a vid from...

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I recently went to a seminar on ‘Masculinities and crime’. And the speakers talked about the way certain attitudes and behaviours are linked to gender, become in certain ways ‘masculinized.’ Michael Flood was one speaker and Kerry Carrington the other. Kerry spoke about the...

Masculinities

I recently went to a seminar on ‘Masculinities and crime’. And the speakers talked about the way certain attitudes and behaviours are linked to gender, become in certain ways ‘masculinized.’ Michael Flood was one speaker and Kerry Carrington the other. Kerry spoke about the...

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As is often the case, my source is Radio National ‘Life Matters’ 27th October 2008. A great story about Barry Dickins, writer and artist. Barry found himself with clinical depression. He more than survived it and more than returned to the land of the...

Depression and bouncing back

As is often the case, my source is Radio National ‘Life Matters’ 27th October 2008. A great story about Barry Dickins, writer and artist. Barry found himself with clinical depression. He more than survived it and more than returned to the land of the...

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Our federal government seems to be concerned about young people binge-drinking. And this is good. Yet how we proceed needs some careful thought. Take a look at the following recent research from the UK. Professor Christine Griffin from the University of Bath, who led...

Anti-drinking campaign ads may be ‘catastrophically misconceived’

Our federal government seems to be concerned about young people binge-drinking. And this is good. Yet how we proceed needs some careful thought. Take a look at the following recent research from the UK. Professor Christine Griffin from the University of Bath, who led...

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In perspectives on our societies, there is always big picture stuff and small picture stuff, and getting the balance right in any approach to therapy (small picture) as well as our approach to legislation (big picture) seems important. As I sit in conversation with...

Big picture, small picture

In perspectives on our societies, there is always big picture stuff and small picture stuff, and getting the balance right in any approach to therapy (small picture) as well as our approach to legislation (big picture) seems important. As I sit in conversation with...

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I am interested in rules and the extent to which they do or don’t encourage us to act well. On a recent trip to Bali it was noticeable the number of western tourists who were smoking cigarettes in restaurants and coffee shops. It is...

Rules

I am interested in rules and the extent to which they do or don’t encourage us to act well. On a recent trip to Bali it was noticeable the number of western tourists who were smoking cigarettes in restaurants and coffee shops. It is...

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There is much talk these days about happiness and just what it is that makes us happy. And there is much talk about positive psychology and through this the promotion and teaching of happiness, optimism, positive thinking. And interestingly the thinking goes kind of...

Happiness

There is much talk these days about happiness and just what it is that makes us happy. And there is much talk about positive psychology and through this the promotion and teaching of happiness, optimism, positive thinking. And interestingly the thinking goes kind of...

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As part of the ongoing discussion on this website about ‘what matters?’, here are some comments from Oliver James, writing in ‘The Observer’ January 2006: ‘The Affluenza virus is a set of values which increase our vulnerability to psychological distress: placing a high value...

Here it is again. What really matters?

As part of the ongoing discussion on this website about ‘what matters?’, here are some comments from Oliver James, writing in ‘The Observer’ January 2006: ‘The Affluenza virus is a set of values which increase our vulnerability to psychological distress: placing a high value...

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Ahh yes…well there you have it. ‘Used well’ it is of course fantastic. Used ‘not so well’ then it ain’t so good at all. And the thing about ‘using something well’ is that it seems to be quite hard to do. It’s late at...

TV. Good guy or bad guy?

Ahh yes…well there you have it. ‘Used well’ it is of course fantastic. Used ‘not so well’ then it ain’t so good at all. And the thing about ‘using something well’ is that it seems to be quite hard to do. It’s late at...

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We just came back from Taree on the north (ish) coast of New South Wales where I was part of the Taree Fatherhood festival, held over the fathers’ day weekend. A good thing really. A lot of great work by Peter Glencross (and I’m...

Fatherhood in Taree

We just came back from Taree on the north (ish) coast of New South Wales where I was part of the Taree Fatherhood festival, held over the fathers’ day weekend. A good thing really. A lot of great work by Peter Glencross (and I’m...

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David Engwicht is maybe one crazy fella. Now is that bad? I must read more of what he says but one of his books is called ‘Mental Speed Humps’…and (if I’ve got this right) he is saying that the more traffic rules we have...

Mental speed bumps

David Engwicht is maybe one crazy fella. Now is that bad? I must read more of what he says but one of his books is called ‘Mental Speed Humps’…and (if I’ve got this right) he is saying that the more traffic rules we have...

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Music is powerful. Music is wonderful. And the following piece of research published in the Australasian Psychiatry Publication of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Volume 16 Issue 4 2008 is interesting. The following is a direct quote: Objective: In the...

Music

Music is powerful. Music is wonderful. And the following piece of research published in the Australasian Psychiatry Publication of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Volume 16 Issue 4 2008 is interesting. The following is a direct quote: Objective: In the...

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I am listening to Radio National discussing competition. Again it is the competition discussion. And as always I am caught on this one. I love excellence. Great to see a wonderful musician. Always amazing to see a great athlete. And Jeff Bond (General manager...

Competition

I am listening to Radio National discussing competition. Again it is the competition discussion. And as always I am caught on this one. I love excellence. Great to see a wonderful musician. Always amazing to see a great athlete. And Jeff Bond (General manager...

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The following article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald August 11, 2008, and I thought it had something to say and was worth reproducing here so I contacted the author Raymond Seidler Addiction medicine specialist, Potts Point and asked him if if that was...

A view on drug use

The following article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald August 11, 2008, and I thought it had something to say and was worth reproducing here so I contacted the author Raymond Seidler Addiction medicine specialist, Potts Point and asked him if if that was...

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Ingrid Poulson has been in the news a little lately. In 2003 her then husband, murdered her father and her two young children. I listened to an interview with her on Radio National (‘Life Matters’ 7th August 2008) and she sounded really lovely, really...

A good story of strength and survival

Ingrid Poulson has been in the news a little lately. In 2003 her then husband, murdered her father and her two young children. I listened to an interview with her on Radio National (‘Life Matters’ 7th August 2008) and she sounded really lovely, really...

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This is where it gets tricky. I love excellence. It’s wonderful to see human beings excelling, at whatever they do. Striving, achieving, moving, developing…and I mean both the personal…like…‘wow…that guy is loving and kind…how fabulous!’ As well as the …‘I can run really fast!’…type...

Ah yes! The Olympics

This is where it gets tricky. I love excellence. It’s wonderful to see human beings excelling, at whatever they do. Striving, achieving, moving, developing…and I mean both the personal…like…‘wow…that guy is loving and kind…how fabulous!’ As well as the …‘I can run really fast!’…type...

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I found the following video on the website of Chicago Public Radio presents:This American Life, and it’s charming…and makes an interesting comment on…well, not sure really…perception? Communication? Memory? Relationships? Gender? Imagination? Whatever…I think it’s deligtful. See what you think.

Perception

I found the following video on the website of Chicago Public Radio presents:This American Life, and it’s charming…and makes an interesting comment on…well, not sure really…perception? Communication? Memory? Relationships? Gender? Imagination? Whatever…I think it’s deligtful. See what you think.

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I just wrote a post and mentioned Terry Pratchett and as I was adding a link to his website I discovered that he has the early stages of Alzheimer’s. So I took some time to watch a video of him on his website talking...

Alzheimer’s

I just wrote a post and mentioned Terry Pratchett and as I was adding a link to his website I discovered that he has the early stages of Alzheimer’s. So I took some time to watch a video of him on his website talking...

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Words are a wonderful thing. Sometimes they even help communication. Terry Pratchett, super-prolific and well-known and (I reckon) quite wonderful fantasy writer and astute observer of the human condition, writes of one of his characters in a recent book ‘Making money’ (P 81): “Too,...

The wonder of words

Words are a wonderful thing. Sometimes they even help communication. Terry Pratchett, super-prolific and well-known and (I reckon) quite wonderful fantasy writer and astute observer of the human condition, writes of one of his characters in a recent book ‘Making money’ (P 81): “Too,...

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We just came back from Bali. And I gotta say that I think one of the great things to do in life is visit other places and cultures. It tells me not only about others but about ourselves. So even though it is anything...

What I did on my holidays

We just came back from Bali. And I gotta say that I think one of the great things to do in life is visit other places and cultures. It tells me not only about others but about ourselves. So even though it is anything...

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This is a bit of a development from the last thing I put up. The camp where most of us were young-ish…and some of us somewhat older. And good things happened: And as our 5 day camp together came to a close I asked...

The best thing in the world

This is a bit of a development from the last thing I put up. The camp where most of us were young-ish…and some of us somewhat older. And good things happened: And as our 5 day camp together came to a close I asked...

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This is the stuff that always worries me. The article in a widely read daily newspaper is called ‘Heaven and Hell’ and is about ‘Ice’, the crystalline form of methamphetamine. And I will assume the best of the journalist, that they were trying, in...

Drug warnings!

This is the stuff that always worries me. The article in a widely read daily newspaper is called ‘Heaven and Hell’ and is about ‘Ice’, the crystalline form of methamphetamine. And I will assume the best of the journalist, that they were trying, in...

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So in June we went and did it again. The Beyond Empathy camp in Northern New South Wales. Many of the old crew, and some new crew. Around 50 or so of us, mostly yungins but some of us older ones to add something...

What is good for us?

So in June we went and did it again. The Beyond Empathy camp in Northern New South Wales. Many of the old crew, and some new crew. Around 50 or so of us, mostly yungins but some of us older ones to add something...

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I bet you thought you knew what was important? And you’d be right. Body hair! This newspaper article tells us so. Whether guy or doll, bloke or sheila, male or female, excess body hair is something you do not want. And you can wax,...

Hair today…

I bet you thought you knew what was important? And you’d be right. Body hair! This newspaper article tells us so. Whether guy or doll, bloke or sheila, male or female, excess body hair is something you do not want. And you can wax,...

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So I’m listening to dear old radio national (The show is ‘Life Matters’ May 19th 2008) and I hear Martin Seligman and others talking about teaching Happiness (I added the capital H. It was radio after all) at a fairly flash school in Victoria....

Reality TV, happiness and optimism

So I’m listening to dear old radio national (The show is ‘Life Matters’ May 19th 2008) and I hear Martin Seligman and others talking about teaching Happiness (I added the capital H. It was radio after all) at a fairly flash school in Victoria....

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Stephen Post is (Professor of Bioethics & Family Medicine in the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University) and has established ‘The Institute for Unlimited Love’ which sounds very cool. Stephen tells us that we gain health happiness and longevity when we contribute to...

Being nice is good for us

Stephen Post is (Professor of Bioethics & Family Medicine in the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University) and has established ‘The Institute for Unlimited Love’ which sounds very cool. Stephen tells us that we gain health happiness and longevity when we contribute to...

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This is just so lovely that I had to add it. Ta Sam for sending it to me. I have read comments that the music is boring…I find it moving, inspiring and delightful. Somone also said that a younger person should have mixed it…though...

Sorry

This is just so lovely that I had to add it. Ta Sam for sending it to me. I have read comments that the music is boring…I find it moving, inspiring and delightful. Somone also said that a younger person should have mixed it…though...

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This is not the whole article but these quotes give you a pretty good idea what the point is. I thought it worth putting up on my website. Check out the whole thing here if you would like to. American Psychological Association Report Challenges...

Zero tolerance? Restorative justice?

This is not the whole article but these quotes give you a pretty good idea what the point is. I thought it worth putting up on my website. Check out the whole thing here if you would like to. American Psychological Association Report Challenges...

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Thought I would put something up here about the resilience stuff as it continues to attract a great deal of attention. That’s good as it’s an important idea. The fear I have is the overuse problem. We use the word so much it gets...

Optimism, strengths and resilience

Thought I would put something up here about the resilience stuff as it continues to attract a great deal of attention. That’s good as it’s an important idea. The fear I have is the overuse problem. We use the word so much it gets...

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Everyone wants kids to be safe. No-one wants them to be hurt, and everyone wants them to lead meaningful active, happy lives. Drug education, whether information-based or skills-based seeks to do this. Yet I have to say that a lot of what I see...

Drug education

Everyone wants kids to be safe. No-one wants them to be hurt, and everyone wants them to lead meaningful active, happy lives. Drug education, whether information-based or skills-based seeks to do this. Yet I have to say that a lot of what I see...

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If this website is about people and our lives…then here is something that blew me away. My source, as it often is, is ABC Radio. In this case Hindsight March 18th 2008 about an amazing woman Mrs Mac, 1892-1982. There are lots of parts...

Need a hero? Check out Florence Violet McKenzie

If this website is about people and our lives…then here is something that blew me away. My source, as it often is, is ABC Radio. In this case Hindsight March 18th 2008 about an amazing woman Mrs Mac, 1892-1982. There are lots of parts...

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James Baker: ABC ‘The world today’ March 5th 2008 had this to say: ‘Everyone was a bit happier overall, so everyone was a little bit less distressed but the big difference was that people who actually started a blog, felt more socially integrated.’ And...

Words, stories, pictures and what’s good for us

James Baker: ABC ‘The world today’ March 5th 2008 had this to say: ‘Everyone was a bit happier overall, so everyone was a little bit less distressed but the big difference was that people who actually started a blog, felt more socially integrated.’ And...

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I am about to conduct some workshops on ‘Engaging the disengaged’…that is how to get the attention of a young person whose identity has been established in opposition, defiance and the expectation that the world is unloving and uncaring…. …how to get this young...

Engaging the disengaged

I am about to conduct some workshops on ‘Engaging the disengaged’…that is how to get the attention of a young person whose identity has been established in opposition, defiance and the expectation that the world is unloving and uncaring…. …how to get this young...

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I did say I would give you some information about the fabulous women I heard speak on Radio National’s ‘Australia talks’ on 20th December 2007. Here they are under the title of that show: Science of sexuality Dr.Clio Cresswell Mathematician, University of Sydney and...

Sex, sexuality mardi gras and what works for you

I did say I would give you some information about the fabulous women I heard speak on Radio National’s ‘Australia talks’ on 20th December 2007. Here they are under the title of that show: Science of sexuality Dr.Clio Cresswell Mathematician, University of Sydney and...

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I keep on hearing all sorts of things about a genetic predisposition for…well all sorts of things really. Things like diabetes type 2, dependence on alcohol, violent behaviour, being happy or putting on weight. And all this may be true and I am all...

Why I’m fat, depressed and drunk

I keep on hearing all sorts of things about a genetic predisposition for…well all sorts of things really. Things like diabetes type 2, dependence on alcohol, violent behaviour, being happy or putting on weight. And all this may be true and I am all...

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So this will be my last post before Christmas. And here is what I have noticed lately. I heard an interview on Radio National Australia where the question ‘is homosexuality genetic?’ was put to a panel. A delightful and clearly erudite woman (who I...

Christmas…and our view of it all

So this will be my last post before Christmas. And here is what I have noticed lately. I heard an interview on Radio National Australia where the question ‘is homosexuality genetic?’ was put to a panel. A delightful and clearly erudite woman (who I...

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I am amazed at how much blogging Wesley Fryer does. Where do you get the time Wes? And don’t scare me by saying you are just fast…coz I suspect this is true. Output and speed aside, Wesley has some interesting things to say. Like...

Education, what’s going on?

I am amazed at how much blogging Wesley Fryer does. Where do you get the time Wes? And don’t scare me by saying you are just fast…coz I suspect this is true. Output and speed aside, Wesley has some interesting things to say. Like...

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Recently I was asked to present a workshop on body image. Not a new topic for many of us but continuing to be an important one. So as I was sitting having coffee I picked up a magazine to remind myself of what we...

Body image

Recently I was asked to present a workshop on body image. Not a new topic for many of us but continuing to be an important one. So as I was sitting having coffee I picked up a magazine to remind myself of what we...

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This little vid thingo I put together as a tribute and thank you to the lovely people of Queenstown New Zealand Aotearoa. So kia ora and aroha nui from me. I look forward to our next meeting. (You will need Adobe flash player for...

Fabulous Queenstown

This little vid thingo I put together as a tribute and thank you to the lovely people of Queenstown New Zealand Aotearoa. So kia ora and aroha nui from me. I look forward to our next meeting. (You will need Adobe flash player for...

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Yesterday I went to the launch in Sydney of a report on ‘Marginalized young men: meeting their needs’. And in thinking about young men and who they are, and how they are, and how they are seen, and all that is best in them,...

‘Lovely sweet hip-hop’

Yesterday I went to the launch in Sydney of a report on ‘Marginalized young men: meeting their needs’. And in thinking about young men and who they are, and how they are, and how they are seen, and all that is best in them,...

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The above quote comes from David Loader, who has some interesting things to say about schools and education. David says that schools are a thing of the past. He refers to the idea of ‘island schools’, things separate from and yet surrounded by the...

‘The school will disappear’

The above quote comes from David Loader, who has some interesting things to say about schools and education. David says that schools are a thing of the past. He refers to the idea of ‘island schools’, things separate from and yet surrounded by the...

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I have always been a big fan of imagination. If you are sad, it’s good to know that a day will come when you are not so sad. It might be hard to believe at that time, but it is generally true, and knowing...

Imagine a life without imagination

I have always been a big fan of imagination. If you are sad, it’s good to know that a day will come when you are not so sad. It might be hard to believe at that time, but it is generally true, and knowing...

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‘Beyond Empathy’, an organization committed to working particularly with young people having a hard time, organised an event. A good one. There we are up on a 2,000 acre property in northern New South Wales… a big mob of us…50 or so… babies, young’ns,...

Saving the world

‘Beyond Empathy’, an organization committed to working particularly with young people having a hard time, organised an event. A good one. There we are up on a 2,000 acre property in northern New South Wales… a big mob of us…50 or so… babies, young’ns,...

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I am posting this bit of vid (digital story-telling really) because it is a snapshot of what we did earlier this year on a property in northern New South Wales with young people and not-so-young people from all over. We did hip-hop, circus stuff,...

The value of it all

I am posting this bit of vid (digital story-telling really) because it is a snapshot of what we did earlier this year on a property in northern New South Wales with young people and not-so-young people from all over. We did hip-hop, circus stuff,...

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‘Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.’ So says Tom Robbins on Page 29 in ‘Still life with woodpecker.’ If you read this lovely book way...

A further comment on weirdos

‘Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.’ So says Tom Robbins on Page 29 in ‘Still life with woodpecker.’ If you read this lovely book way...

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Doing the above two things saves country towns. That’s what Ian Plowman reckons. And it’s based on a pretty interesting piece of research that he’s done called ‘Why some towns prosper while others languish.’ I heard Ian on ABC Radio National on 24th August...

Welcome the weirdos and get off your bum

Doing the above two things saves country towns. That’s what Ian Plowman reckons. And it’s based on a pretty interesting piece of research that he’s done called ‘Why some towns prosper while others languish.’ I heard Ian on ABC Radio National on 24th August...

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Am I just being fussy here or does this really matter? I really do struggle with the phrase ‘Adult Learning Principles’. Perhaps I am looking in the wrong places but I have yet to see a list of principles that apply exclusively to adults....

Adult Learning Principles. I just don’t get it.

Am I just being fussy here or does this really matter? I really do struggle with the phrase ‘Adult Learning Principles’. Perhaps I am looking in the wrong places but I have yet to see a list of principles that apply exclusively to adults....

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I do a training workshop called ‘Working with men and boys’ and this suggests of course that I think there are differences between males and females. Yet what I refuse to do is to say categorically that ‘men are like this and women are...

Men and their extraordinary ability to communicate

I do a training workshop called ‘Working with men and boys’ and this suggests of course that I think there are differences between males and females. Yet what I refuse to do is to say categorically that ‘men are like this and women are...

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So here’s a story. A friend of mine…let’s call her Angel…was asked by…let’s call him Clem…to go to a wedding because he had no-one who he could ask, and Angel was a good friend and so he asked her. She said yes. So off...

Pretending is good

So here’s a story. A friend of mine…let’s call her Angel…was asked by…let’s call him Clem…to go to a wedding because he had no-one who he could ask, and Angel was a good friend and so he asked her. She said yes. So off...

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Although I thought I spotted a cow reference there, something to do with grass and chewing, I was wrong. ‘Rumination’ is thinking about stuff and ‘co-rumination’, fairly sensibly, is talking with someone about stuff…that is concerns, worries, problems. And it seems, according to Erika...

Co-ruminating has nothing to do with cows…and it can be bad for girls

Although I thought I spotted a cow reference there, something to do with grass and chewing, I was wrong. ‘Rumination’ is thinking about stuff and ‘co-rumination’, fairly sensibly, is talking with someone about stuff…that is concerns, worries, problems. And it seems, according to Erika...

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Here is the really first ever blog from me. And I am going to do almost no editing. I will just whack up ideas here and hope you find something in them to send your imagination off to do some more thinking and searching....

Being in charge…Faint praise…What we tell ourselves

Here is the really first ever blog from me. And I am going to do almost no editing. I will just whack up ideas here and hope you find something in them to send your imagination off to do some more thinking and searching....

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