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I gave an evening workshop a little while ago on communcation and someone asked me what skill or strategy should they work on if they were going to focus on just one. My clever answer was: the one you most want to develop. My second, less clever and perhaps more useful response was: when communicating,

Communication again

I gave an evening workshop a little while ago on communcation and someone asked me what skill or strategy should they work on if they were going to focus on just one. My clever answer was: the one you most want to develop. My second, less clever and perhaps more useful response was: when communicating,

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This website is about young people and those around them; family, friends, community and teachers, youth workers and all those who work with, and on behalf of, young people. It’s about both research and practical stuff, and it’s about what’s going on in the world that affects the lives of young people.  If there’s something you were looking for and

Pete’s meaningful blog & welcome

This website is about young people and those around them; family, friends, community and teachers, youth workers and all those who work with, and on behalf of, young people. It’s about both research and practical stuff, and it’s about what’s going on in the world that affects the lives of young people.  If there’s something you were looking for and

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Here we are in San Francisco. I just had to add a post from here. Remarkable place. Very welcoming, friendly, great contrasts, wonderful counter to all the negative American stereotypes that fly around. Sunny, funky, alternative, clearly with a tough and rugged other side, as many big cities have, but all n all, a very

Bring on the crazies…and welcome

Here we are in San Francisco. I just had to add a post from here. Remarkable place. Very welcoming, friendly, great contrasts, wonderful counter to all the negative American stereotypes that fly around. Sunny, funky, alternative, clearly with a tough and rugged other side, as many big cities have, but all n all, a very

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An important, complex, open-to-misuse, and powerful process. This video doesn’t do a bad job of presenting some of the elements of this complicated and worthwhile process in a speech by Howard Zehr.

Restorative justice

An important, complex, open-to-misuse, and powerful process. This video doesn’t do a bad job of presenting some of the elements of this complicated and worthwhile process in a speech by Howard Zehr.

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This stuff is just interesting isn’t it…on TV Australian Broadcasting Corporation 9/09/2008 and the reporter is Kerry O’Brien speaking Norman Doidge about his, I guess now, pretty famous book. And whether you think it is fabulous or not, there is hope and inspiration in some of the things he says, and some of the new

More brain stuff

This stuff is just interesting isn’t it…on TV Australian Broadcasting Corporation 9/09/2008 and the reporter is Kerry O’Brien speaking Norman Doidge about his, I guess now, pretty famous book. And whether you think it is fabulous or not, there is hope and inspiration in some of the things he says, and some of the new

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I am always interested in what helps us flourish…and having older people in the family, and looking at getting older myself as we all will do, (if healthy and lucky), I am interested in the social research as well as the neurophysiological stuff. So… There is much research about just what it is that helps

What people need. Resilience (again) and getting older

I am always interested in what helps us flourish…and having older people in the family, and looking at getting older myself as we all will do, (if healthy and lucky), I am interested in the social research as well as the neurophysiological stuff. So… There is much research about just what it is that helps

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A few weeks ago I heard Arlo Guthrie on the radio doing a live show from Melbourne. He is as interesting as he has ever been. In between his songs, which are in themselves comments, he made an interesting comment on the state of our world. With his crinkled sense of humour and optimism he

Arlo Guthrie and ‘optimism’ – sort of

A few weeks ago I heard Arlo Guthrie on the radio doing a live show from Melbourne. He is as interesting as he has ever been. In between his songs, which are in themselves comments, he made an interesting comment on the state of our world. With his crinkled sense of humour and optimism he

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Listening to the radio the other day and there was a talk back show about our favourite topic, the global financial crisis (GFC if you are “in the know”) …and someone rang in to say how it was like a near-death experience. I was delighted to hear one of the financial expert people say something

The GFC and flu

Listening to the radio the other day and there was a talk back show about our favourite topic, the global financial crisis (GFC if you are “in the know”) …and someone rang in to say how it was like a near-death experience. I was delighted to hear one of the financial expert people say something

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