Work Less: You’ll Get More Done

Work Less: You’ll Get More Done

November 20th is Go Home on Time Day, an annual day to acknowledge and address the impact of unpaid overtime. Overwork is a society-wide problem and a significant challenge for many activists. How do you develop boundaries around work when it is also your personal...
Sometimes you have to walk away

Sometimes you have to walk away

  Quitting, burnout and volunteer renewal Danae Bosler makes the case for walking away from activist commitments – and for setting up our activist projects to allow for renewal.      I’m no big fan of Ben Harper and I’m always loathe to quote...
Parenting as activism

Parenting as activism

  Parenting, and particularly motherhood, has long been the subject of coercive gaze and bureaucratic discipline by masculinised political classes. Just see Australian Prime minister (and Minister for Women’s Affairs) Abbott’s recent ‘women of calibre’...
The Hero and the Fraud


The Hero and the Fraud


  Shinen Wong explores motivations we may bring to social change work, some ways we may be acting out of habit or reactivity, and proposes spaces for deliberation, intentionality, and motivational transparency that can keep us sustained in the long haul. In my...
Hope and Activist Burnout

Hope and Activist Burnout

Activist burnout can be the result of many factors, such as overwork, high stress, trauma, prolonged interpersonal conflict, organisational ineffectiveness and a lack of long term planning. But I think a key factor, which we don’t talk about very much, is hope....
Finding the Funny

Finding the Funny

  When is it appropriate to be inappropriate? Jane Barry talks about how we use humour as activists dealing with confronting realities to help us cope, build relationships with others and reconnect with hope.     It all started with sex with ducks.   I...