The Three Dimensions of Integral Activist Training

As part of her recent European research trip Holly Hammond was fortunate to meet Guhyapati, founder of the Ecodharma Centre, and to be trained in England by alumni from the Sustaining Resistance program. It is truly inspiring to see the impact Ecodharma has had on European social movements. Here Guhyapati outlines the underpinning of Integral […]

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Now the Election is Over… Sort of…

Whoa, the Australian federal election is over. I woke up this morning feeling worried that there was something I had to do. Then I realised that it was done and whatever I do next was going to have to wait for the fog (in my brain and the country) to clear. It’s hard to feel […]

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Balance or Burnout?

One of the highlights of Holly Hammond’s recent research trip was learning from Sophy Banks at the ‘Mindful Life: Inner and Outer Transition’ retreat at Schumacher College. Sophy was one of the founders of ‘Heart and Soul’ or Inner Transition work in the Transition Towns movement. After many years as the Inner Transition Coordinator she […]

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Election Recovery Afternoon

1:30-5:00pm, Saturday 9th July 60L Green Building, 60 Leicester St, Carlton (Victoria – Australia) $15-30 depending on means Elections can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding for campaigners. After the election you might find you ‘hit the wall’ and feel incredibly depleted. You may also feel compelled to keep going, to throw yourself into whatever […]

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Responding to the Tragedy in Orlando

These valuable and timely tips have been made available by Dr Glenda Russell, a psychologist who has been doing research on the effects of stigma on individuals and communities – and how to survive it – for about 20 years. Please share them widely. What took place in Orlando on the morning of June 12 […]

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Sustainable Activism – in three languages

  Mara, an activist and trainer from the Netherlands, has put together a beautiful zine in English, Dutch and German. The zine features personal stories, short articles, and lovely sketches. Here are some quotes from different activists who contributed their stories. “I would like it if we could find ways to integrate personal change in […]

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PTT Research Trip Reportback

Stay tuned for a series of articles written and gathered during Holly Hammond’s travels in Europe. Readers in Melbourne are welcomed to attend a reportback on Thursday 19th May with other events to follow. A relaxing session to share new ideas and tools for activist wellbeing. Holly Hammond (Plan to Win and Plan to Thrive) […]

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Election Survival Tips

Australia is heading in to an epic three month long election campaign. Elections, like any high intensity campaign time, can place individual campaigners under a lot of stress and pressure. Look after yourself this election season. Here’s some reminders that might come in handy…   Connect to your motivations What motivates you to campaign on […]

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Plan to Thrive is on the road!

Holly Hammond is embarking on a research trip to explore activist health and wellbeing. Here’s what she’ll be getting up to. Watch this space for fresh articles, interviews, and details of future workshops and retreats. I believe in the power of people working together to change the world. I’ve been proudly politically active for 25 […]

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Organise Yourself Healthy in 2016

Are you embarking on 2016 with goals relating to your health and wellbeing? A lot of people are, myself included! This article is offered in support of us achieving those goals. It turns out community organisers (and other change agents) have some excellent tools at their disposal to maximise the likelihood of making healthy goals […]

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An Activist Xmas

Holly Hammond reflects on the challenges and opportunities of an activist Xmas. What does this time of year mean to you? For many people this time year involves a break from work, exchanging gifts and spending time with family. The emphasis on happy families can be really hard on people who don’t have one – […]

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Strategy, Soul and Self-Care

Over on Plan to Win we’ve been holding a bookclub to discuss Daniel Hunter’s brilliant book Strategy and Soul. We had the chance to talk with Daniel via video link up recently and he had some interesting things to say about activist oppression and self care. I appreciate that Plan to Thrive is grounded in the […]

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Compassion, Care & Safety

Towards reducing intoxication in activist spaces Reducing intoxication in activist spaces doesn’t only address accessibility for people in recovery – it also opens the door to people who have been impacted by the alcoholism of parents, partners and others and can enhance efforts to make those spaces safer. An anonymous survivor of parental alcoholism shares […]

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