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What people are told about their local climate and what they experience may differ. Education and collaboration can remedy this disconnect. Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

How to get communities in east Africa to trust climate science

Climate scientists are finding a disconnect between communities and climate science: people simply don't trust the information they're receiving.
The study found most residents have positive attitudes toward local government. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Communities love local councils but not private service delivery

A new study of more than 2000 Australians has found we care deeply about local councils, and overwhelmingly want governments -- not private contractors -- to deliver local services.
Five years on, the bush and people are recovering well from the Black Saturday fires. AAP Image/Joe Castro

Five years on from Black Saturday, most survivors are doing OK

Five years on from the devastating Black Saturday fires that swept through central Victoria in February 2009, research shows that people and communities are largely recovering well. In the first major…
Anyone can be a reporter for hyperlocal news. Roger H. Goun

As traditional media falters, hyperlocal news is on the up

As an example of mass participatory journalism, where the voices of ordinary citizens are heard as much as public officials or PR professionals, the UK’s hyperlocal news network is second to none. Regional…
If we want to open up the university campus further to a wider community,we could start with removing the physical barriers to people flows.

Rethinking an inclusive university campus

With technology changing the landscape of higher education, The Conversation is running a series “Re-imagining the Campus” on the future of campus learning. Here, Tom Kvan explores how design should make…
It’s naive to assume neighbourhoods mean communities. RobertHuffstutter

Neighbourhood ‘care’ headed to graveyard of good intention

Neighbourhood watch groups should apply for care status and provide help for older people to counter Britain’s “uncivilised” attitude to pensioners. As well as looking out for potential burglars and keeping…
Swanston Street in Melbourne is an example of urban design that brings people together. AAP/Julian Smith

Loneliness on the rise as our cities atomise

Isolation and loneliness pose an increasing threat to the health of Australians, many of whom are cut off from friends and…

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