Plan to Thrive is a collaborative blog project to encourage and support the health and wellbeing of people and groups engaged in working for social and ecological justice.
An Activist Xmas

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...

Strategy, Soul and Self-Care

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...

Compassion, Care & Safety

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...

Surviving the ups and downs: Part 2

Surviving the ups and downs: Part 2

In the second part of this article Mark and Paul Engler further explore Bill Moyer's Movement Action Plan and its implications for social movements.      The perception of failure For those encountering the MAP model for the first time, the biggest “Aha”...

Surviving the ups and downs of social movements

Surviving the ups and downs of social movements

We tend to talk about activist burnout as an individualised experience - but Bill Moyer saw patterns in widespread discouragement in social movements. His model for understanding social change, the Movement Action Plan, factored in perception of failure, providing...

DIY Wellness Salon

DIY Wellness Salon

Healers and beauty therapists do a great job setting up intentional space for relaxation. If you can it's great to access their services - but you can also bring some of that goodness home for low cost rejuvenation. Here's some tips from Holly Hammond.  My niece spent...

Reviewing your activist year

Reviewing your activist year

It's been a big year for Plan to Thrive - thanks for being part of it! Here's some tips from Holly Hammond about end of year reflection. We'll be doing some of our own, as we take a little break until the new year. As always, we wish you well.    The end of the...

Losing an activist job

Losing an activist job

Zetty Brake shares her experience of being made redundant from a social change organisation and her strategies to cope with the impact.   Earlier this year I was made redundant from my job. I was one of those lucky people who got paid to do their activism. When I...

Health vs Capitalism

Health vs Capitalism

Melbourne's Plan B collective recently hosted a forum on the topic of “Health vs. Capitalism”. John Zoidberg reports.   On November 12 2014, Melbourne's Plan B collective hosted a panel discussion and forum at the Victorian Trades Hall on the topic of “Health vs....

Travel well

Travel well

Holly Hammond shares tips for healthy and lower-stress travel - and the value of staying on the ground for a while.  Some people love travel and get itchy feet if they're grounded too long. Me, not so much. I'm a homebody - I tend to be at my most satisfied and...

Celebrating social change

Celebrating social change

Helen Cox celebrates the art and skill of activist celebration, including three inspiring examples.  Celebration is an often under-rated tactic of social change and community building, and no wonder, modern Western cultures often view leisure and celebration as a sin...

Healthier living through technology

Healthier living through technology

With inspiration from David Sedaris, Anna Chang discovers the value of a 'wearable device' to promote health and wellbeing.    Anyone who knows me knows that I am, perhaps, the slowest walker in the world. Slower even, than the Google-maps man. That's right,...

Ecotherapy

Ecotherapy

Michael Apáthy explores the connections between environmental and psychological health, and offers ecotherapy as a sustaining practise for activists.  How deep does your connection to nature go? This is a question I often ask myself. Do we have any conception or...

What are you drinking?

What are you drinking?

Non-alcoholic options We’ve been exploring the connections between alcohol and activism, and a number of writers have shared their perspectives on drinking and sobriety. But when you decide to walk the sober path, or just cut down for a night, what are your beverage...

How do we stop chasing rabbits?

Mark Riboldi shares insights from the fast paced and reactive world of electoral politics. One of the many things I have learned about while working in politics is chasing rabbits. It’s a pretty simple game – every time you see a rabbit you must chase it. It’s a bit...