Community Praxis Co-op exists to empower people and to resource and strengthen the capacities of groups and organisations in developing peaceful, just and sustainable communities.
The Co-op operates as an education, training and consultancy agency for individuals, neighbourhoods, non-government organisations, and government authorities. Community Praxis is a not-for-profit workers cooperative based in South East Queensland, and was established in December 1998 by a group of community development colleagues. There are currently ten members of the Co-op and a network of more than fifty colleagues who have worked together on a range of projects.
We design and facilitate processes that contribute to more peaceful, just and sustainable communities.
Co-op consultancy teams are usually made up of one or more co-op members, working with colleagues from our networks who are practitioners with particular expertise.
Our teams design and facilitate processes in response to invitations, project briefs and partnership opportunities - mainly from government and community sector organisations.
We bring together project teams...
We will consider any work for which we can bring together a team with appropriate skills and experience, in which there is an opportunity to contribute towards building more peaceful, just and sustainable communities.
The project teams bring to their work an ecological worldview - in which context, connectedness, interdependence and acknowledgement of on-going change is crucial.
... that value community...
The teams also bring a strong belief in the integrity of community. At the heart of our practice is the belief that healthy communities are not communities without problems, but rather are communities that have the capacity, resources, resilience and leadership to creatively engage with their own issues and the wider context.
And beyond that, we believe, soulful communities have developed ongoing processes which engage their issues as indicators of potential - with attention, awareness and imagination.
... in a self-managed enterprise that gives back
The Co-op is not-for-profit. All Co-op members and employees are casual or short-term project workers who are paid for the work that they do on a particular project. We budget a small 'ethical dividend' in each project, which we donate to support local community building initiatives in Australia and overseas.
We also support one another's vocational learning in the context of a commitment to the tradition of community development as a practice discipline - providing space for ourselves and other practitioners to develop and share reflections on creating peaceful, just and sustainable communities.
Phone: 0490 117 559
Community Praxis Co-op
This Year - 2020
From January to October 2020, Community Praxis Co-op held an intensive journey of fellowship to deepen the authentic, soulful and effective leadership of fellowship participants. Focusing on leadership in organisational, community and social practice, the fellowship was guided by the traditions and sensibilities of several community academics and writers, including Rabindranath Tagore, Paulo Freire and Peter Senge, amongst others.
Building Your Community Practice Framework Masterclass
In October 2020, Community Praxis Co-op held two masterclasses which led participants to develop their own personal community practice framework. This reflective practice gave community workers insight into their existing community practice, so that it could be solidified and articulated in a framework to bring renewed confidence and discipline to their work.
To express your interest in a third masterclass in early 2021, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.