Community Leadership for Grassroots Democracy, Australia

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Fri Mar 12 09:12:24 CST 2004

From:           	Lee Malone <Lee.Malone at>

                 Community Leadership for Grassroots Democracy

                                a theme of the

 In local communities the state of democracy can be fragile. For
 example, the capacity of tenants in public housing estates to
 actively participate in community renewal and planning
 initiatives can be limited. When community workers help tenants
 learn to exercise leadership in housing estate management and
 community planning they are strengthening grassroots democracy.
 Strengthening the capacity of people, particularly those from
 poor and vulnerable groups, to participate in decisions about
 planning their community's future is at the heart of popular

 Perhaps it is less useful to ask who are community leaders and
 more useful to ask what does it take to exercise community
 leadership. Anyone might exercise leadership - be they long term
 unemployed; part-time not well-paid community workers;
 offenders; voluntary tenants' advocates or sports coaches. We
 seek proposals for papers, workshops and research agendas that
 offer analyses:

 - of the capacities needed by grassroots groups to exercise
 community leadership. - of how community leadership programs are

 We are interested in strategies that work with grassroots
 leaders to develop greater understanding of local histories,
 economics, challenges and capacities for change. What strategies
 effectively support grassroots leaders to undertake their own
 research, planning and action?


 There are three types of proposals.

 Research and Evaluation Agenda Setting Proposals
 The sessions will be 70-90 minutes and shared by several
 presenters who are interested in similar research and evaluation
 activities. These conference sessions will provide an
 opportunity for groups and agencies to propose the sort of
 research and evaluation they think should be undertaken. What do
 we mean by research and evaluation? We mean activities that
 analyse and gather information about the nature and outcomes of
 practice. You may not as yet have undertaken research but will
 have developed views about the sort of research and evaluation
 that would be useful. Preference will be given to proposals that
 have been collaboratively developed and submitted by groups and
 agencies. Submit an abstract of 500 to 1,000 words. A
 description of your group or agency will also be required and
 should not exceed 250 words.

 Workshop Proposals
 Conference workshops will be 90 minutes. They should involve
 more than just presentation and discussion. They should involve
 active teaching, problem posing and setting tasks for
 participants. Submit an abstract of 500 to 1,000 words with
 short narrative resumes of the presenters. The resume of each
 presenter is not to exceed 250 words.

 Refereed Paper Proposals
 Conference papers will be delivered in 50 minute sessions.
 Submit an abstract of no more than 1,000 words. Please include
 your name, contact details and title of paper on a separate
 cover sheet. If your proposal is accepted you will be required
 to submit a complete paper of no more than 3,500 words by
 October 18th, 2004. The papers will be published in a first
 edition on the website of the Centre for Popular Education UTS
 by the conference. A second edition may be prepared for print
 publication by the middle of 2005.

 Proposals are to be received by May 31st, 2004.

 Send proposals to:
 Centre for Popular Education, UTS
 PO Box 123, Broadway NSW 2007, Australia
 fax +61-2-9514 3939
 cpe at

                                THE EDUCATION AND SOCIAL ACTION
                                CONFERENCE 2004 builds upon the
                                tradition of previous conferences
 THEMES                                organised by the Centre
 for Popular
                                Education at the University of
                                Technology, Sydney.

 + Education, Activism and               This conference will:
 Organising for Robust Democracy:        - bring people engaged
 in different with Unions, Social Movements and       fields of
 social action and education Community Development Groups        
                                - be a forum where activists,
 + Schooling and Lifelong Learning       policy makers, artists
 and scholars for Democracy and Community             alike are
 encouraged to participate Building                              
  - encourage research and enquiry to
                                promote practice that helps
 + Community Cultural Development        strengthen democracy and
 Vibrant Democracy                   - have workshops that are
                                long to have decent discussions
 + Community Action and                  engage in learning
 activities Democracy-Building for Health           - have plenty
 of music, theatre and
                                dance; but more importantly there
 + Community Leadership for              be some opportunities
 for Grassroots Democracy                    collaborative

 + Teaching and Learning about             
 ______________________________ Terrorism as a means of
 undermining or underpinning Democracy                The
 conference is part of the new
                                SYDNEY FESTIVAL OF POPULAR
 + Popular Education and a Just                4th to 8th
 December 2004 Democracy for Asylum Seekers and         Other
 festival activities include: Refugees                           
     E-Activism and E-Democracy
 + Families, Learning and the Seeds           Community Action
 Concerts of Democracy                                Activist
 Short Film Festival
                                Gathering of Independent Media
 + Democratising the Culture of                       Activists
 Prison and Post-Release Education       Place-based Community


 For further information please liaise with the respective
 conference strand co-ordinators:

 + Education, Activism and Organising for        
 Tony.Brown at Robust Democracy: with Unions, Social     
       tel. +61-2-9514 3866 Movements and Community Development

 + Schooling and Lifelong Learning for           
 Debra.Hayes at Democracy and Community Building         
        tel. +61-2-9514 5274

 + Community Cultural Development and Vibrant    
 Rick.Flowers at Democracy                               
 tel. +61-2-9514 3813

 + Community Action and Democracy-Building for   
 Rick.Flowers at Health                               
 tel. +61-2-9514 3813

 + Community Leadership for Grassroots           
 Tony.Brown at Democracy                               
 tel. +61-2-9514 3866

 + Teaching and Learning about Terrorism as a    
 Andrew.Chodkiewicz at means of undermining or
 underpinning Democracy
                                tel. +61-2-9514 3042

 + Popular Education and a Just Democracy for    
 Andrew.Chodkiewicz at Asylum Seekers and Refugees
                                tel. +61-2-9514 3042

 + Families, Learning and the Seeds of           
 Sue.Knight at Democracy                               
 tel. +61-2-9514 3907

 + Democratising the Culture of Prison and       
 Tony.Webb at Post-Release Education                     
      tel. +61-2-4758 7143

                       Centre for Popular Education, UTS
                                tel. 02-9514 3843

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