The Freedom Charter process was an imperfect but impressive attempt at capturing the will of the people and articulating an alternative vision to apartheid South Africa.
It's the simple, everyday encounters and experiences – a friendly wave, a helping hand – that refugees say makes them feel part of the Australian community.
Ramaphosa's call for a new social compact will fall on deaf ears unless there are some fundamental changes to the way in which the pandemic is being managed.
Almost half of apartment residents in Australia are families, but few high-rise dwellings were built with them in mind. Many find these apartments present barriers to building social connections.
Australian society is made up of people from different backgrounds and faiths. Teaching school children about religious diversity and traditions makes them more tolerant of religious minorities.
There are several ways to deal with discrimination, from initiating national dialogues to training teachers to identify their own biases.
While social media can serve to amplify social divisions, it can also be a tool for resolving conflict between groups.
The combination of higher-density living and increasing cultural diversity means we need to think about how to build social cohesion and make the most of the opportunities of apartment living.
Planning matters. The 2005 riots in France started in badly designed housing projects, while innovative planning helped Medellín, Colombia, shed its reputation as the most violent city in the world.
Forty years after Altab Ali's racist murder in Whitechapel, the story of how it mobilised the Bangladeshi community.
South Africa marks 24 years of freedom amid continuous contests over over governance, economic justice as well as reconciliation and inclusion.
The speech was delivered with panache and confidence. It had style, declaring to the nation and the world that he, Cyril Ramaphosa, was in charge.
Trust has returned to areas with a higher concentration of ethnically diverse migrants significantly since 2005, but more must to be done if we want to avoid another Cronulla riot.
The government's multicultural statement stays fairly much in the place where rhetoric around the issue has been located for the past generation – social control and integration.
A relatively new approach to diversity prioritises active and equitable interaction between various groups within local communities.
Australia is a place that prides itself on the fair go. And yet, all is clearly not well.
The most important benefit of citizenship for migrants is the sense of inclusion and acceptance into their adopted community.
Despite the noble goals of the new South Africa and its ideals of racial harmony, racial tensions remain a major problem in the country. Prejudice and bigotry persists even in universities.
The 2016 Scanlon Foundation survey provides grounds for caution in applying overseas comparisons to shifts in Australian public opinion.
Survey findings are typically considered in isolation in the media, with no understanding of context, of what is within and what is beyond the expected.