Vol 22 No 3 2015

Theory and Practice of Dialogical Community Development

Peter Westoby and Gerard Dowling


My denominational tribe, the Baptist Union of Victoria, recently started "Innovate" as a formation process for social entrepreneurs and community development activists. We realise churches need new faces and that to reach people we have not been reaching, we need to do things we have not done before. We want to encourage new projects that more immediately engage with the needs of our communities. When I asked community development experts what resources we should read and use, one of the top resources they referred me to was the soulful and dialogical community development approach of Queensland activists and teachers Paul Westoby and Gerard Dowling.