Posted tagged ‘community’

Sustainability issue

May 12, 2008

Over half of the world’s population call a city their home…

It is not surprising then to know that today’s cities consume 75% of all resources and  create 75% of all the waste. They contribute to more than half of all our CO2 emissions and there’s no sign of a quick relief. This is primarily due to the fact that cities the world over have developed over many decades, even during the periods of history where the environment was a low priority. Some have grown from little settlements to major economic, social and political centres in a little than 200-150 years. Yet such a quick growth was not sustained by our knowledge of the environment and our disastrous effects on it. Humans have long lived a lifestyle that is unsustainable and we are now reaping the consequences as a result of climate change.

In the light of this my community organisation is going to focus on the development of sustainable cities and a sustainable way of life among its residents. It will do this by working and collaborating with governments and businesses alike to develop a sustainable infrastructure and practices. It will also encourage the public to live a sustainable lifestyle and try to improve the standards of living.

Research Strategy

May 6, 2008

A research strategy is to be devised for the development of my own community project or oranisation. The aim is to identify a problem or issue in the comunity and then develop a research strategy as to how i would inform myself and my target audience of the concern and put forth a viable solutuion. The next series of posts will monitor my progress on the development of my organisation and a research strategy to be able to undertake the issue at hand.

Contact problems

May 5, 2008

Just a reminder of how difficult it may be to conduct an interview with someone from a non-profit organisation was again highlighted. First i made a phone call to WSPA’s Australia office, the receptionist was quite friendly and said that their staff responsible for this sort of inquiry was not at the office and that a reply would be made once they were in. I followed up with an email to alert them of the details of the interview and the reason for it. After a week of no response I decided to make a phone call again and see whether they have forgotten. Sure enough they had put the request to the side as they had more important things to do, and the person responsible for contacting me again was not in the office. I left them a personal message asking for an interview or at least some answers to questions I would send via the net. I received a reply later that afternoon stating that they will no longer be conducting interviews with students as there had been many requests over the year.

This kind of got me thinking about the reasons why organisations would provide assistance in these matters in the first place. Usually it would be to get a good name within the community and abroad. Also the individual may join later on in their life and recommend the organisation to their friends. So basically it would have to benefit them somehow, so that they would take an interest in the matter. During such a busy time, seen by the length of time to respond and unavailability of staff, it seems it wasn’t in their best interests to provide assistance to a student. Had it been anyone from the world of media, best bets they would of had enthusiastically provided the necessary information and assistance.

So best of all, if conducting some research and need an interview with someone from an organisation it would be of great benefit to make contact straight away. And if your a student educate them as to how much them assisting you will benefit them in the future.