A small town with big ideas: stories from GraniteNet

Arden, Catherine H. and McLachlan, Kathryn (2014) A small town with big ideas: stories from GraniteNet. In: Community capacity building: lessons from adult learning in Australia. NIACE, Leicester, United Kingdom, pp. 160-176. ISBN 978-1-86201-722-1

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Emerging from the ashes of the original, disused community website, GraniteNet 'Phoenix' was reinvented in 2006 through a research and development partnership between the University of Southern Queens­land and members of the Stanthorpe community who were passionate about harnessing the possibilities presented by emerging information and communications technology for enhanced social connectivity, community networking and lifelong learning. The vision of this new GraniteNet was for a sustainable community-owned, -designed and -managed web portal that would support Stanthorpe's development as a 'learning community'.
Today GraniteNet (www.granitenet.com.au) still operates as a com­munity website and community-based digital inclusion social enterprise (GraniteNet,Inc). This chapter tells the story of GraniteNet as a com­munity capacity building project from the perspectives of two of the project's initiators and longer term protagonists: the local community development worker and learning community 'champion' on the one hand, and the university researcher (or 'broker') on the other. Through telling their respective GraniteNet stories, the authors revisit notions of learning, partnership and community and explore their understandings and experiences of community capacity building in order to share these with readers who, like the authors, seek greater insight into their educa­tional and social nature and impact.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2015 00:12
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2017 04:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: capacity building; community-university relations; Stanthorpe; university engagement; community website; lifelong learning
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080608 Information Systems Development Methodologies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26796

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