User:John D. Croft

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Current Occupation:[edit]

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I am currently working as a professional Consultant in the field of Ecologically Sustainable Community Economic Development, based in Europe/ Previously I was employed as Senior Project Officer (Community Economic Development) by the Community Capacity Building Division of the Department of Local Government and Regional Development in Western Australia, and worked in this field for the last fifteen years. My work with the department was also in the field of Community Economic Development, a field in which our branch has been recognised as one of the leading Australian agencies. In 1997, for instance, we were acknowledged as a finalist in the Western Australian government’s award for excellence in the delivery of government services to regional areas.

I am also co-founder of the Gaia Foundation of Western Australia, an organisation committed by its three principles to work in the areas of personal growth, building community and service to the Earth. Members of the Foundation undertake personal projects that meet these Foundation objectives. Started in 1987, the Foundation has conducted over 500 successful projects in Western Australia. We currently have 171 registered members members in Western Australia and are currently engaged in more than 50 projects.

I am also a Board Member of Sophia College, which provides training in community development, and a range of holistic counselling and Buddhist and artistic therapies. In addition I am currently an emeritus member of the Living Earth Solutions, an Eco Village Design Consultancy Cooperative, working with Max Lindegger, who was co-founder of the Global Eco-Village Network, and the Co-Designer of Crystal Waters Eco-Village, Queensland, which has just recently won a United Nations International Habitat Award for Sustainable Design. We are currently working on developing an EcoHamlet for the town of Collie, Western Australia.

Qualifications and Experience[edit]

Qualifications:[edit]

  • B.A. (Geog) University of Western Australia 1970 (Biogeography and Human Planning) (offered Honours in 1969)
  • Dip Ed (Best student UWA) 1974
  • B.Ed (equiv) (Winner of Joseph Lauwerys Prize as best student) London University Institute of Education 1977
  • Completed Ph.D. thesis on "The relationship between non formal (community) education and community development in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea" (London Uni & UWA) 1986

Experience:[edit]

I am currently engaged in supporting Community Economic Development (CED) aiming at economic resilience, social vitality, political capability and environmental enhancement, through providing traning, consultancy and support to individuals and groups working in this field. In this capacity I have been coordinator of a Small Town Economic Planning, giving grants to community based organisations in that state wishing to adopt CED based approaches. I recently was involved in producing a series of case studies on best practice for CED in Western Australia. I am currently working with Communities interested in Communitywise Auditing, giving local people an understanding of the development of social, economic and financial capital. I was also responsible for writing and publishing the internationally renowned LETSYSTEMS Training Pack, and has been involved in assisting over 30 LETSystems, as well as being involved as a key organiser and speeaker at conferences in Australia and New Zealand.

I have worked in the area of integrated rural and regional development, community development and community education in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Europe over the last 31 years. For 10 years I worked overseas. During this time I worked as a researcher for a British Ministery of Overseas Development Project in English Speaking Africa, at ILO in Geneva and UNESCO in Paris, with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture (BP3K). From 1980-83 I worked as Non Formal (Community) Education Coordinator in a World Bank funded program in Papua New Guinea, where I was also employed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, advising the Papua New Guinean government on its 2nd Five Year Development Plan. I have a wide experience of rural areas in Western Australia, and has been involved in a number of projects including the establishment of Business Enterprise Centres, Telecentres, the Community Enterprise Development Association and the Australian Association for Sustainable Communities.

  • I have been involved in community building and environmental activism both personally and professionally at different levels including
  • teaching: previously at University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University and Curtin University, and in a variety of formal and informal settings
  • training and consultancy: for the Department of Community Services, the Department of State Development and for youth, womens', community building and environmental action programs in Australia and overseas.
  • community building and environmental action practice with non-government organisations in association with a range of government and other agencies
  • administration and management: having been involved as manager, director and chairman of a number of organisations in this field.
  • consultancies with many other enterprises bodies and organisations (eg. Ministry for Planning, Department of Resource Development, Petroleum Industry Council etc)

In the period from 1983 to 1986 I was Executive Officer for the Australian Association for Sustainable Communities (AASC Western Australian Branch), working with 36 groups interested in that time with Eco-Village Development. During this time I had authored two books "Moving into the Country in Multiple Occupancy Communities" and "Rural Resettlement: Options and Issues". With Dr Patricia Sherwood of Edith Cowan University, I also worked on producing a video on Eco Village Multiple Occupancy Projects in WA, and produced quarterly newsletters for the AASC. In that time I worked closely with Mr Ian Glew for the preparation of a policy on Multiple Occupancy of Rural Land, passed by the State Planning Commission in May 1985 as Policy Paper No 15. During this time I also worked with Homeswest for the First Fremantle Housing Cooperative, and Boranup Community, the first legal Multiple Occupancy in Western Australia.

I have also been the co-producer of the Video "Sickness Country", looking at the plight of Aboriginal (and other) peoples produced by the Uranium Industry in Australia and have produced many TV broadcasts and training programs in Community Development.

I am a frequent keynote or guest speaker at numerous conferences and international symposia ranging from such groups as the International Transplant Nurses Association to the New Zealand Green Dollar Conference.

My current interests include approaches that integrate personal growth and empowerment, community building, community economics and environmental action within the new paradigm of "deep ecology" and have written and published widely in many fields.

Personal Biases[edit]

I tend to take an ecological view on all subjects - tracing flows of energy, cycles of material circulation, diversity of systems, strength of communities, linkages of interconnectedness, change and adaptation as central in biological and social systems. I am an internationalist, humanitarian, secularist, and thus take issue with POV that is unduly nationalist, elitist and fundamentalist in nature.

My contributions to Wikipedia[edit]

August 2007[edit]

6 August 2007

3 August 2007

2 August 2007

July 2007[edit]

30 July 2007

29 July 2007

28 July 2007

  • Community (Undid revision 147470753 by 222.67.168.242 (talk))

27 July 2007

26 July 2007

25 July 2007

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22 July 2007

20 July 2007

18 July 2007

17 July 2007

  • The Bible and history (→Increasing conflict between the maximalist and minimalist schools)
  • Yam (god) (→Yaw: speculation over connections between Yam and YHWH) (top)

12 July 2007

11 July 2007

9 July 2007

08:09, 9 July 2007 (hist) (diff) Canaanite religion (→Canannaite Divinities)

8 July 2007

5 July 2007

4 July 2007

3 July 2007

  • Deuteronomist
  • Dating the Bible (→Torah)
  • Biblical maximalism (←Created page with 'Biblical Maximalism defines a range of positions which generally take the view that the whole of the Bible has to be taken uncritically as an inerrant totally accur...')
  • Biblical Minimalists (←Redirected page to The Copenhagen School (theology)) (top)
  • Josiah (→Critical Scholarship on the Reform of King Josiah)

2 July 2007

1 July 2007

June 2007[edit]

29 June 2007

28 June 2007

22 June 2007

21 June 2007

19 June 2007

18 June 2007

17 June 2007

15 June 2007

14 June 2007

13 June 2007

12 June 2007

11 June 2007

10 June 2007

9 June 2007

8 June 2007

3 June 2007

1 June 2007

May 2007[edit]

31 May 2007

06:04, 31 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Deep ecology (→The notion of intrinsic value) 06:01, 31 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Deep ecology (→Land Ethic) 05:59, 31 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Individual and political action on climate change (→What's being done in Australia) 05:58, 31 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Individual and political action on climate change (→What's being done in Australia) 05:57, 31 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Individual and political action on climate change (→What's being done in Australia) 05:46, 31 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Individual and political action on climate change (→What's being done in Australia) 05:45, 31 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Individual and political action on climate change (→What's being done in Australia) 07:32,

30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Noongar (→History) 07:32, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Noongar (→History) 07:30, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Tommy Winditch 07:30, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Tommy Winditch 07:30, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Tommy Winditch 07:25, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Tommy Winditch 07:25, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Tommy Winditch (←Created page with 'Tommy Winditch, also known as Yinel of the Werrgajan (=Beverley (Western Australia)), was a Balardong Noongar Aboriginal explorer of Australia.') 07:22, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 07:09, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 07:02, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 06:35, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) James Stirling (Australian governor) (→Western Australia) 06:30, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Pindjarep (←Redirected page to Pindjarup) (top) 06:29, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Admiral James Stirling (←Redirected page to James Stirling (Australian governor)) (top) 06:27, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 06:26, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 06:19, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 06:18, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 06:10, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Midgegooroo 06:07, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 05:58, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 05:44, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 05:31, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 05:26, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 05:24, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 05:04, 30 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Resistance to Survival - 1829 - 1881) 07:12,

29 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Talk:History of modern Egypt (top) 07:06, 29 May 2007 (hist) (diff) History of Western Australia (→Centenary and later celebrations) 06:32, 29 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Talk:History of Western Australia/to do (top) 06:23, 29 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Survival to Assimilation - 1881 - 1943) 06:22, 29 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 4: The Period from Assimilation to Self Determination - 1943 to the present) 06:21, 29 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 3: The Period from Survival to Assimilation - 1881 - 1943) 05:54, 29 May 2007 (hist) (diff) List of archaeological periods 04:02, 29 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Isaiah (→Critical scholarship) 03:38, 29 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Creationism (→Types of creationism) 01:35, 29 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Timeline of the Big Bang (→Recombination: 300,000 years) 05:50, 28 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Aboriginal history of Western Australia (→Period 4: The Period from Assimilation to Self Determination - 1943 to the present) 05:42,

28 May 2007

23 May 2007

00:24, 23 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Talk:Delphi/Comments (←Created page with 'Where are the assessment comments? Personally I think it deserves more than a B') (top) 04:54,

22 May 2007

21 May 2007

17 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Galaxy (→Other morphologies) 00:39, 17 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Galaxy (→Other morphologies) 00:30, 17 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Talk:Systems theory 00:25, 17 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Talk:Timeline of the Big Bang 02:37, 14 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Talk:Eve (Bible) (→Lilith and Eve) 02:37, 14 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Talk:Eve (Bible) (→chicken 1st or egg?) 02:35, 14 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Eve (Bible) 02:30, 14 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Talk:Bronze Age collapse (→BCE versus BC) (top) 02:30, 14 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Talk:Bronze Age collapse (→BCE versus BC) 05:20, 12 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Twosret 05:20, 12 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Twosret 05:03, 12 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Talk:Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (→"Nazi Sympathizers?") 04:56, 12 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Talk:Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (→"Nazi Sympathizers?") 04:39, 12 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (→First marriage) 13:58, 9 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Talk:Greens Western Australia (→Material moved from main page) 12:08, 7 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Gaia hypothesis 12:02, 7 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Talk:List of homesteads in Western Australia (top) 00:25, 7 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Tiamat (→Tiamat's appearance) 00:25, 7 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Tiamat (→Tiamat's appearance) 00:24, 7 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Tiamat (→Etymology of the name) 00:22, 7 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Tiamat (→Etymology of the name) 00:18, 7 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Tehom 23:50, 6 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Etruscan language (→Classification) 16:38, 6 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Gini coefficient (→Correlation with per-capita GDP) 05:45, 4 May 2007 (hist) (diff) The Bible and history (→Increasing conflict between the maximalist and minimalist schools) 05:35, 4 May 2007 (hist) (diff) The Bible and history (→Overview of academic views) 05:33, 4 May 2007 (hist) (diff) The Bible and history (→Overview of academic views) 05:15, 4 May 2007 (hist) (diff) The Bible and history (→United Monarchy) 05:10, 4 May 2007 (hist) (diff) The Bible and history (→Joshua) 05:05, 4 May 2007 (hist) (diff) The Bible and history (→Joshua) 04:56, 4 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Shasu 04:54, 4 May 2007 (hist) (diff) The Bible and history (→Exodus) 04:53, 4 May 2007 (hist) (diff) The Bible and history (→Exodus) 04:42, 4 May 2007 (hist) (diff) The Bible and history (→Introduction)

April 2007[edit]

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29 April 2007

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22 April 2007

15 April

  • Pythia (Undid revision 122990268 by 65.191.67.206 (talk))

03:26,

14 April 2007

7 April 2007