Learning circle: the “ripple effect” mechanism of social cohesion

The ripple effect refers to how the positive aspects of a project, idea or community are transmitted through social networks to reach a broader range of people than those who were involved. We will discuss this practical strategy to build social cohesion at our next learning circle.

Where: The HUB Community Health Centre, 16 Woodward Cres, Miller

When: 12-1pm, Tuesday 9 August 2011

Who: All who are interested in this topic! Please come along.

Please RSVP to Vanessa Rose v.rose@unsw.edu.au or 9612 0779

Reflections on the first Learning Circle July 21, 2011

Residents and service providers participated in the first Learning Circle on social cohesion at The HUB Community Health Centre on July 21, 2011. In this first session, we related our thoughts about social cohesion in response to Karen Larsen-Truong’s definition, developed as part of her study of the Community 2168 project, “The capacity of a society or community to ensure the wellbeing of all”.

We began by relating the concept of social cohesion to our working lives, our neighbourhoods, our personal histories, experiences and observations about social exclusion and inclusion and our broad socio-political outlooks. We discussed several issues including:
• the marginalisation experienced by groups such as mentally ill, poor and Aboriginal people and the injustices involved in this
• the self-interest and concentration of some groups on material wealth – big cars and houses – at the expense of social issues and the need to find a balance between community needs and individual needs
• the weight of negative aspects when discussing the 2168 area and how they can seem overwhelming and give an unbalanced picture of the area
• the difficulty of achieving ‘social cohesion’ in one area when present society is fundamentally flawed and troubled
• the importance of education as a key necessary resource for social cohesion

Author: Community STaR

Community STaR is the Service for Training and Research. We are a community-based training and outreach activity of the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE), part of UNSW Australia and South Western Sydney Local Health District.

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