Exploring FSTprinciples in Community Development: The ‘Carrot on a Stick’ Early Health Intervention Programme

By Anne Stephens, Christine King and Christine Jacobson.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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A case study is presented to examine the durability of the five principles of feminist systems theory devised to improve community development projects and produce better outcomes for marginalised people and the environment. The development of these principles can be traced to work comparing two emancipatory epistemologies, Critical Systems Thinking and Cultural Ecofeminism (Stephens, Jacobson, King, 2009) and were then exposed to broader literature (Stephens, Jacobson, King, 2010). The principles guide social science and management research. This paper presents a case study of a community based healthy lifestyle intervention programme based in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia. The Carrot on a Stick programme was retrospectively analysed from the perspective of each of the five principles. The principles did not inform the original design of the programme, yet the study reveals that four of the principles are present and inform the implementation of Carrot on a Stick. The study holds implications for the design and evaluation of community intervention programmes, especially when they involve people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Keywords: Early Health Intervention, Feminist-systems Theory, FST Principles

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.257-276. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 718.795KB).

Anne Stephens

PhD Candidate, School of Integrative Systems Management, University of Queensland, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Anne Stephens, BA, Bed(GE), Confirmed PhD Candidate: Anne has worked for over two decades in the non-profit community and education sectors. She has a passionate interest in practical conservation, regenerative agriculture and food security. She served as the first Chairman of Food Connect Pty Ltd, an award winning, community managed organic food distribution company in Australia; owns and operates an organic farm in the Mary Valley; and is Coordinator of the Tenth Australasian Permaculture Convergence. She is presently a Project Officer with the Cairns Regional Council facilitating health and nutrition workshops. Anne is a registered economics and social science teacher, school administrator, and education consultant. Building on her early training in journalism, Anne was the education consultant to Network Ten’s children’s unit. Anne has held senior communications positions with the Queensland Department of Education and Training and Statutory Authorities. In 2009, Anne won the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award for the most outstanding student paper at the 53rd Meeting of the International Society for Systems Sciences (ISSS). She will submit her PhD thesis late 2010.

Christine King

University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia

Christine Jacobson

University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia


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