Friday, February 11, 2011

(re) connecting

I've just finished reading Andrew Leigh's book Disconnected about how "community engagement in Australia has declined. Organisational membership is down. We are less likely to attend church. Political parties and unions are struggling to keep their members. Sporting participation and cultural attendance is down. We have fewer friends and are less connected with our neighbours". In his book he also explores things we can do to reconnect with people. I also found it good to see that in his capacity as Member for Fraser he is seeking to encourage his constituents to reconnect with each other by hosting street parties. There's something there I think .. but I'd find it hard to actually take that step. The book is definitely worth have a look at, his writing is very engaging, and thought provoking. It would definitely be interesting to hear more of his thoughts around religion.

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