Social connectedness supports our physical and mental health.
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Social connectedness is at least as good for your health as quitting smoking or exercise. So what is it and how can you get some of it?
Higher-density developments change neighbourhoods, often in ways that further disadvantage low-income households.
For the first time in Australia, more higher-density housing than detached housing was being built last year. Compact cities have pros and cons, but the downsides fall more heavily on the poor.
Why is it easier to imagine a green ecocity than a just city where everyone belongs?
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What is an economy for? And how do we build a community where everyone belongs? We need to answer questions like these to create good, sustainable cities.
When dog owners meet, it helps build a safe and connected community.
A study of Australian and US cities has demonstrated that pet ownership strengthens people's connections with their neighbours.
A man fishing from a dock in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
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At society's margins, people without access to the mainstream job economy are able to carve out lives rich in other resources and community.
Oxfam’s efforts to find solutions to the world's inequalities are welcome but its wrongful use of “human economy” and repackaging it as a concept from high up might do more harm than good.
In a highly individualistic world where work prevents us from spending time with friends and family, a universal basic income could change society.
End of an era?
New study: it's a case of use them, or lose them.
A ‘loss of community’ is one of the most common concerns among contemporary Australians.
Australia is a place that prides itself on the fair go. And yet, all is clearly not well.
More than cluster of people and buildings, urbanity is a concentration of encounters and connections.
We're still in the early days of understanding how cities work. But we do know that creative, healthy and productive cities have certain things in common - and it's all to do with their 'urban DMA'.
Sex workers and massage parlours make friendly neighbours and prop up local economies.
Just dirty and disorderly? Sex work has a more complex role in the community than is commonly portrayed.
Integrity in sport should start from the bottom up.
Efforts to wipe out doping, match fixing, corruption and other threats to sport integrity need to start at the local level.
On a knife edge. Winter strikes.
When cold weather hits, heating costs can be a matter of life and death. So why are community groups the front line and not government?
Solar panels are installed at a project in South Africa’s Northern Cape province.
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Renewable energy programmes in South Africa need stronger policies to ensure that communities benefit.
Volunteering is a way to get involved in your community as this man, who has a refugee background, is doing in his work with older vision-impaired people.
Volunteering Western Australia (VWA)
The rate of volunteering among Australians and the hours individuals contribute appear to be falling. So how do people see volunteering and what can be done to restore this vital community activity?
A Grateful Dead fan wears a shirt commemorating the band’s farewell tour.
In the internet era, musical artists freely distribute their songs and encourage fans to attend live shows. The Dead did this for 40 years.
Our individual happiness, the quality of our relationships and community well-being are closely interconnected.
We now know that we cannot spend our way to happiness nor pursue it as an individual goal. It turns out that happiness is built on the foundations of good relationships and broad well-being.
Santana Row, located in San Jose, California, is one of many Lifestyle Centers cropping up around the country. Parading themselves as a Main Street from a bygone era, these new retail centers hope to recreate what was lost in the rush to cover America with large malls from the 1950s through the 1990s.
Meet the indoor shopping mall's hipper, “New Urbanist” cousin.
Race is one way we categorize ourselves among in-groups and out-groups.
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Race-related demonstrations, Title IX disputes, affirmative action court cases, same-sex marriage bans. These issues made headlines in all spheres of the media this year. However, thoughtful articles on…
Last year’s election of federal independent MP Cathy McGowan as a result of Voices 4 Indi’s kitchen table campaign was a spectacular demonstration of the potential power of this model of community engagement.
Grassroots common sense and decency lie at the heart of two growing movements to reassert the voice of the people in the management of our local and national affairs. Kitchen table conversations and community…