Developing Communities in Changing Times. Seminar presented to the South West Development Commission By Dr Ma l Bryce Bunbury June 23 rd 2008. An Outline. The Drivers and Shapers of Global Change. Some fundamental changes in Australia. Key changes to Australian communities. Why Bother?
in Changing Times
Seminar presented to the South West Development Commission
By Dr Mal Bryce
Bunbury June 23rd 2008
21st C convergence of Biotech, NanoTech, Cybertech and New Materials
Climate Change, Sustainability, Industrialization, loss of bio diversity
Atmosphere, Oceans, Forests and Bio Diversity.
1800 = 1 Billion
1900 = 1.6 Billion
2050 est 9.5 Billion
Ageing population & mass migration
Conspicuous consumption, clean environment, safe communities and democracy
Contaminated water causes 80% of world’s health problems. “Politics of Water” now centre stage.
Precipitation and Ground Water !! Salinity !!
Fragmentation of empires and nation states esp post WWII
12 Democracies in 1945
122 Democracies in 2006
Great pressure on autocrats
Barrel of the gun doesn’t seem to work
In the developed world 75% of people live in urban areas.
1950 eight mega cities
2015 fifty nine mega cities
Quote:Generation Y will be superbly informed…..will it have enough emotion and involvement to be concerned ? Will virtual reality breed actual indifference?Justice Michael Kirby 2002 (Chain Reaction Foundation)
“Our youth of today love luxury, they have bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect for older people and tyrannize there teachers” Socrates (500 BC)
Decline in Social Capital.
New definitions of Community.
Quote:“While some forms of locational community will continue to be important- Australian society will not return to dependence on local communities as the sole or even necessarily the primary form of community”Hughes, Black (Building Stronger Communities 2007)
…….often have very few overlaps
The word “community” still implies ….exchanges that link us together in an intimate fashion HOWEVER we now have communities with and without geographical boundaries.
Theory V Practice
“The wisdom of the community always exceeds the knowledge of the experts” Harold Flaming
“……..Communities have never been built upon their deficiencies. Building a community has always depended upon mobilizing the capacities and assets of a people and a place…..”McKnight and Kretzmann
The vital MUD Map
Do you have your community’s most important (Mud Map) readily available.Broadband is the new essential utility, as vital as clean water and good roads.
More than half the community is digitally challenged (IT illiterate)
Skills development opportunities are essential.
“Community development is about the journey of discovery rather than the planned arrival…..it is more chaotic and unpredictable than we would like and does not fit neatly into conventional bureaucratic accountability guidelines.”