New Directions in Community Development

Professor Jim Ife

9 May 2013

Community development seminar 

Jim Ife

Professor Jim Ife is a well-known and internationally respected author, teacher and conference presenter on social work, community development and human rights. He was Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at The University of Western Australia andCurtinUniversity, before being appointed the inaugural Professor of Human Rights Education atCurtinUniversity, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. He now lives in Melbourne, where he has an honorary professorship at Victoria University, and is actively engaged with community development through Borderlands Cooperative. He is the author and editor of several other books including Human Rights from Below: Achieving Rights through Community Development (2010) and Human Rights and Social Work: Towards Rights-Based Practice 3rd Ed. (2012).


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Seminar outline

The significant social, political, economic and environmental changes currently being experienced across the globe are typically discontinuous: they are not a simple extension of the past, but rather represent major ‘paradigm shifts’, or ‘tipping points’: terms that have become increasingly common and increasingly relevant in a world where the old ways of thinking and living are becoming more obviously dysfunctional. This is the context of community development, and this seminar will explore ways for community development not only to adapt to new contexts, but also to think about our work in new ways, and to help bring about change to a more equitable and sustainable society. Some of the challenges facing community development are the way in which the Internet and social media are changing our ways of relating and of configuring ‘community’, the replacement of economic confidence and the belief in ‘progress’, with an increasingly uncertain global economy, and the environmental imperatives that dictate that the old ways of doing things, are no longer sustainable. This requires us to rethink how we do community development. Is there still any place for traditional ways of working such as doorknocking, public meetings, community consultations, needs surveys, and using local newspapers? How do we understand ‘community’, and how do we engage with people around community issues? Is there any meaning to ‘community’ in the postmodern, risk-averse, globalised world? This seminar will explore how we can engage with people in the reconstruction of community and will include practical examples of ways of working.


$149 each/ $79 students
Ends 6 May 2013

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The Holroyd Centre

17 Miller St, Merrylands NSW

By train

Merrylands train station is only one block from the venue.

By bus

Many bus lines arrive and depart from Merrylands train station which is only block from the venue.

By car

Public parking is available on the street (limited) and inside the council car park (limited). There is free parking available at Stocklands Shopping Centre which is only a few blocks away. For directions to the venue see our Google map.


The closing date for registrations is final and non-negotiable. Registrations will not be confirmed until full payment is received. A receipt will be mailed to you once payment has been received. Please bring your receipt to the seminar for proof of registration. An administration fee of $20 applies to all cancellations before 8/4/2013. Registration once paid cannot be cancelled after 8/4/2013 regardless of personal circumstances. Registration can be transferred to another delegate. The student price is for full-time students only and a photocopy or pdf of a valid student card must be forwarded with the registration form.

Please consult the CPD guidelines of your professional body to assess if this seminar can be claimed for CPD.