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.
Happy Birthday PTT!

Happy Birthday PTT!

Woot! It's one year since Plan to Thrive launched. In this first year we've shared 42 posts on the topic of activist health and wellbeing. Plan to Thrive started out as a small spin-off from Plan to Win but has grown to be another thriving project in its own right. We...

Living with mental illness: one story

Living with mental illness: one story

Mental illness, social justice and privilege An anonymous writer shares his story of living with mental illness, and highlights the social forces which impact on personal experience.  “Stories matter, many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to...

Neoliberalism and the Energy Deficit for Social Activism

Neoliberalism and the Energy Deficit for Social Activism

Tulia Thompson makes the connections between the impact of neoliberal policies and our capacity to engage in social activism. This article was written in mid 2013 and makes reference to the state of the welfare system in Aotearoa New Zealand, and political leaders in...

Rest is our right

Rest is our right

Simon Copland reminds us of the long history of social movement struggles for the right to rest - and why activists need to take our own advice.  This week I’m doing something that has made me anxious for months - I’m going on holidays. I will be turning my phone off,...

Survey: Activist Health and Wellbeing

Survey: Activist Health and Wellbeing

Plan to Thrive is all about supporting stronger, healthier activist communities contributing to social change around the world. We want to know more about the experiences of activists, so we can continue to share helpful resources. This means knowing more about the...

Facebook: A Cautionary Tale

Facebook: A Cautionary Tale

Social media getting you down? This cautionary tale by Tulia Thompson is republished from her blog Pasifikan in Aotearoa.  The Facebook: a cautionary tale of silliness for writers and artists and feminists, and everyone who procrastinates and looks at pictures of...

Intuition and goal-setting

Intuition and goal-setting

Jessica Connor-Kennedy shares tips for setting goals with a focus on feelings and intuition. Firstly I want to acknowledge you for choosing to read this article and considering how to better yourself, aka thrive, in some way. Well done! Holly provided great support in...

Advice for the kiddies: Maintaining wellbeing during protests

Advice for the kiddies: Maintaining wellbeing during protests

This week we are pleased to be able to publish a post from some very special Nannas who have some tips for the kiddies on how to maintain your cool and avoid burnout during a protest action. Aspiring Nannas take note!  The Northern Rivers region of New South Wales...

Setting goals and changing habits

Setting goals and changing habits

This time last year I was deep into my New Year’s Resolutions. I was exercising regularly and eating healthily. A little over a year later I’m still exercising regularly and eating healthily – but it’s all feeling a lot easier. I’ve changed up some of my routines and...

Run to struggle, struggle to run

Run to struggle, struggle to run

  Jo Ball shares her introductory thoughts from a new blog about running and social change.   I have been trying to map out how long it has been since I started running. I remember going out in Camperdown memorial park in Newtown, that little park with the...

Give our inner bullies a break

Give our inner bullies a break

Rebecca Aced-Molina encourages us to live intentionally and commit to addressing injustice - whilst practising forgiveness and compassion towards ourselves.   I am ready to admit: I am burnt out. I’ve been working towards social justice, in one way or another,...

Holding on to the holidays

Holding on to the holidays

Heading back to work? Take some time to consider what you want to hold on to from your holidays. Here's some thoughts from Holly Hammond to get you started.    Yesterday was my first day back at work after a wonderful long holiday. Although I totally love my job...

Coming down from stress

Coming down from stress

Plan to Thrive conveners are going on a holiday! Here are some parting tips from Holly Hammond. Have you slogged your guts out all year? Just about ready to collapse? Here are some tips for getting the  most out of your break. If taking leave isn't an option for you,...

Activist retreats for resilient communities

Activist retreats for resilient communities

It's the time of the year when activists are grateful to be taking some time off for seasonal celebrations and family holidays. With the warmer weather in the Southern hemisphere, its also a perfect time to start organising an activist retreat for the people you care...

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...