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Confronting apathy and finding a way forward

Coming across apathetic people can really push our buttons! Laura Gilmartin explores what’s behind apathy and options for healthy and productive responses. One of the most troubling aspects of being an activist in my experience, is offering information to someone about a pressing issue and an opportunity to act on it, and being met with […]

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Beyond self-care: what we find when we go deeper

Michael Apáthy explores what lies beneath stress – and how it can be addressed without creating yet another self care to-do list. I sat in front of my clinical supervisor for my fortnightly meeting in which I was supposed to talk about how I was coping, and how my work helping others was going. “I’m […]

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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…

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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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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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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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

Are you embarking on the new year 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 […]

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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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