The London 2012 purple brigade.
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Being a Games Maker at the London Olympics meant a free ticket, good memories and a great line on your CV. But capitalising on all that good will for the community takes government investment.
Spontaneous memorials started appearing in the vicinity of the tower in the days and weeks after the fire.
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Designing a memorial that helps the community grieve and heal is no easy task.
Activists of the Movement for Change and Social Justice canvassing the streets of Gugulethu in Cape Town.
The unique challenges of the pandemic changed the way community organisations work. Organisations that worked in silos during other emergencies bundled their expertise and resources.
Research participants want to know the results of the studies in which they participate.
Findings that are effectively communicated can go a long way to serve the interests of the public. They can help to address social injustices or improve treatments offered to patients.
Destiny Watford and other Baltimore youth leaders derailed plans to build a big incinerator in their neighborhood.
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Showing up at school board meetings might not sound as exciting as marching in the streets. But it can be an effective way to change things at the local level.
Relocation from risky areas is the only safe response.
The State Library in Victoria illustrates that libraries are so much more than just places that contain books.
In the digital age, libraries got creative about how to translate services they’ve always offered into new formats. And they’ve transformed their spaces to have a variety of community uses.
Tech fixes to environmental problems are guaranteed to grab attention, but real change for the planet requires community organising.
In the Randilen Wildlife Management Area. higher densities of giraffes and dik-diks were found.
A new study found that community-based wildlife conservation can quickly result in clear ecological success.
A polar bear suns herself on an ice floe on Baffin Bay in Nunavut.
The Inuit town of Clyde River has won a long battle to stop Arctic seismic testing. The Supreme Court ruled the Inuit weren’t adequately consulted. What does that mean for future consultations?
Dr Ian Moffat explaining ground penetrating radar to community members during a survey of the Innamincka Cemetery.
Funding for research in Australia could soon depend on how much researchers engage with others who could benefit from and help out with the work.
Good mentoring can open up entirely new worlds for university students.
Mentoring programs can be enormously valuable for students, both in terms of their academic performance and their professional development.
Opponents of projects are often scorned as NIMBYs, but active citizenship and local consultation are key elements in creating a city that works well for as many people as possible.
Cities are home to many different people who will not always agree. We need to learn to embrace public debate as an ongoing, constructive process for working through diverse views and values.
Unfortunately, there’s no ‘one size fits all.’
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There’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach. But a lot of little things – from colors to appliance noise – can make a big difference.
Walking briskly for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week is a good start.
Many of us enter a new year reflecting on where we have been and our plans for the future. For some, this will mean acknowledging that a couple more kilos have crept on over the past year.
There’s a huge role for universities to play beyond the ivory tower.
Evidence-based solutions to our systemic dilemmas won’t be conjured out of thin air. Universities, governments and businesses all have to work together.
But who will come out to talk with the public?
Universities may be facing a crisis of relevance but a growing number of academics are tackling this issue head on.
Community protests ensure urban planners pay attention to the politics of their work, while research evidence can more easily be neglected.
Urban planners tend to be attuned to council and community politics. They are less well informed when it comes to applying the findings of research to improve the quality of their work.