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Workshop: Art and Activism – Woodcut Foot Prints

This month we’re inviting all types of change makers to participate in a workshop at the intersection of art and activism: a skill share on making woodcut prints. Woodcut is a simple, cheap and fun printmaking technique. It has a long history of being used by activist-artists to create political images. Creative activism is becoming […]

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Living as a social change activist

When I stopped eating animals at the start of 1994 I had no idea a simple New Year’s resolution was going to change my life in such a huge way. The act of deciding to stop eating meat made me a social change activist overnight. Decades on I now find myself running one of Australia’s […]

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Review: Holistic Health Session 1 – Shiatsu and the Kidney/Bladder Meridian

On Sunday 9 July Melbourne activists came together for a workshop on how to take care of our health and boost immunity during the winter months. Armelle, Christine and Lucy from Thornbury-based Community Shiatsu Cooperative (Co-Shi-Co) led a session on Shiatsu and the Kidney/Bladder Meridian. Shiatsu massage was described as a preventative model of care […]

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Activist Stories: Matt

Matt was interviewed by Laura Gilmartin after completing the workshop Avoiding Burnout with Theo Kitchener in April 2017. Matt Wicking is a musician and facilitator who supports groups making positive, progressive change. He is a singer-songwriter with Melbourne band The General Assembly, facilitator of the Future Makers Fellowship, and runs his own freelance facilitation practice […]

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Workshop: Holistic Health x 3

Sunday July 9, 2-5pm Save the Children, 33 Lincoln Sq Sth, Carlton This month we’re delving into a variety of topics to give activists a boost of wellbeing and refresher tips for the winter months. The workshop will be split into three sections to present different approaches of holistic health knowledge and practical skills: “Shiatsu […]

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Review: The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit

Nonprofit organisations can be prone to encouraging overwork, simply because they know their employees are emotionally invested. Alexandra Lamb analyses Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman’s recent argument that nonprofits should transform their workplace culture to have more productive and happier workers. The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman asks, ‘What if your […]

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Workshop review: Putting Pen to Paper

On Sunday 4 June Plan To Thrive’s Suse Scholem ran a workshop on journaling as a regular self-care practice. The workshop wove together theories from a range of fields including psychology, neuroscience and social change, discussion about the benefits of journaling and other writing, ways that the written word can be used in our activism, […]

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Review: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit first wrote Hope in the Dark in 2004. Here Matt Ross reviews the American author’s arguments for keeping the faith in times of despair. Sitting in a hipster yoga retreat in Bali, sweating and occasionally scratching the red mosquito bites clustering on my ankles, I met Nick Davis. Nick was a shirtless and […]

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Mental health of activists at work: An OH&S matter

Workplaces have a responsibility to ensure the health and welfare of their staff. Amal Cimino shares how she is using Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) legislation to help her workmates advocate for protection of their mental health at work. For far too long workplaces have pretended that psychosocial issues such as burnout, stress, anxiety and […]

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Planning for aid workers to thrive

Humanitarian aid workers are at significant risk of burnout and trauma. Martina Nicolls explains the challenges unique to aid workers and the fight for recognition and effective change so far. Humanitarian aid workers worldwide want better work conditions and improved wellbeing in the workplace. Aid workers often work in high-stress situations and environments, including conflict […]

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