Creating Us: Community Work with Soul

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Tafina Press, 2016 - Social Science - 164 pages
"Without soul there will be little chance of sustained social change." Current expressions of community work have often been dry, technical, mechanistic processes. If people are to recover their deep longings and aspirations within community, then community change processes need to work in a soul dimension, with the delights, hopes, myths and visions of those involved. Seasoned community work thinker and practitioner, Peter Westoby, explores the role of soul within community work, as a methodology that can contribute to social change. He connects his framework of ideas and concepts, with a set of practices that can unlock this awareness and celebration of the soul element.

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About the author (2016)

Michael Leunig was born in 1945 in Australia. He is a cartoonist, poet, and cultural commentator. He is known for works such as The Adventures of Vasco Pyjama and the Curly Flats series. He attended the Swinbourne Film and Television School, where he studied how to make documentaries. He began his cartoon career while at Swinburne in the late 1960s when his cartoons appeared in the Monash University student newspaper Lot's Wife. In the early 1970s his work appeared in the radical/satirical magazines Nation Review, The Digger, and London's Oz magazine as well as mainstream publications including Newsday, and Woman's Day. Leunig has frequently satirised concepts such as Americanisation, greed, consumerism, corporations and warmongering, in a personal proclamation against the War on Terror. Of particular note were his parodies of political matters, especially those concerning former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and former American president George W. Bush. This has earned Leunig the description of "political cartoonist". In 2015 his title Musings from the Inner Duck, made the New Zealand Best Seller List.

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