We hear the word ‘community’ thrown around all the time, but what actually is it and why does it matter? In this conversation, show host Lyndal Tait speaks with Dr Jen George, an expert in community and governance, about what community means and how it makes us who we are. They discuss some key principles […]
From the article “In the garden of the Lord” in the February-March 2023 edition of Southern Cross magazine: Dr Jen George, whose company Comcorp is working pro bono to drive plans for a community garden at St Andrew’s Cathedral (above), believes such spaces are crucial for church outreach now and into the future. She points
Speaking on School Community Hubs in 2019 and on Cohesive Communities in 2020 (online).
Dr George has been working alongside a group of women at the King’s School (including staff, parents and staff partners) to produce a permanent art exhibit representing community and place connection of the school in the central library space. The exhibit includes a beautiful indigenous community artwork and its story in an educational video, gifted by
Dr Jen George travelled to Western Australia in Feb 2020 as main speaker at a WA Government and Bibbulmun Track Foundation sponsored public lecture attended by over thirty people. She also ran a Masterclass on Community Governance in Green Infrastructure. Jen also travelled on a sponsored trip to Victoria to present exciting new research findings
Dr George was project leader of the GreenWay Sustainable Governance Project running over 5 years from 2008- 2013 and a a follow up review paper in 2017 including action research, capacity building and critical friend role for The Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay team. This work focused on Sustainable Governance of a complex multi-jurisdictional
Although some schools are still spinning their wheels in long practiced yet outdated approaches, community engagement ought to offer far more than just parent-teacher interviews and a once-a-year fete. Modern technology, changing social demographics, emerging health challenges and shifting employment practices are all key to understanding the emerging landscape for schools in community engagement. By understanding