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.
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...

Building a Support Network

Building a Support Network

  Support Networks Increase Capacity for Action! I was recently talking with a friend about ways to increase the sustainability of her activism. I noticed she was getting cagey and when I asked about it, she said ‘You’re just going to tell me to do less, aren’t...

Activist Stories: James and Simon

Activist Stories: James and Simon

  Holly Hammond talks with James Higgins and Simon Copland about how competitive sport helps them manage the stress of activism. Can you tell us a bit about your work/activism/political involvement? James Higgins: I’m currently campaigns officer for Green Senator...

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diaphragmatic Breathing

  Effective activists make good use of the resources available. What if you were missing out on your most crucial resource - oxygen? Physiotherapist Robert Dib shares tips for getting the most out of every breath. In line with keeping ourselves and each other...

Health and Safety at Actions

  The Melbourne Street Medic Collective share their tips for staying safe and well at actions. Common Protest Complaints The majority of demonstrations pass without complication or injury. General problems our Street Medics get called on to treat are: Sickness or...

Eating at Meetings

Eating at Meetings

  Holly Hammond shares her tips for good food and good meetings - share yours too! There’s a lot of things that can make a meeting go well - good snacks are one of them. I’ve been to many cheerless activist meetings which have left me with a grumbling stomach....

Activism, Self-Awareness, Self Care

  Joel Dignam reviews “In the Tiger’s Mouth: An Empowerment Guide for Social Action” by Katrina Shields.   In the Tiger’s Mouth is a foundation-stone for healthy activism. It’s a fantastic seminal read that could guide the practice of a new activist or help...

Organizations Like Bamboo: Part 2

Organizations Like Bamboo: Part 2

In the second part of Organizations Like Bamboo: Resilience in Colombia Andrew Willis Garcés discusses training and resourcing and shares some prompts for reflection.  TRAINING TO MULTIPLY Some psicosocial practitioners see themselves as “popular therapists,” inspired...

Organizations Like Bamboo: Resilience in Colombia

Organizations Like Bamboo: Resilience in Colombia

  Andrew Willis Garcés, US activist educator, shares insights from Colombian human rights defense.  The conversation on care in US social movements has had me thinking about how we draw lines around what is and is not considered “movement,” or “care,” or...

Demystifying Panic

Demystifying Panic

  Helen Cox shares tips for managing panic attacks. Sometimes in life, and most definitely in campaigning and social activism, things can get a little bit hectic and stress can creep in where its is most definitely not needed! For some people, symptoms of stress...

Activist Stories: Shasha

Activist Stories: Shasha

  Helen Cox interviews Shasha Ali, women's rights activist and advocate for communities of colour. The world is a mess and we need to keep ourselves sane, sharp and put in more effort in loving our bodies and selves to keep doing what we do. Perhaps you could...

Our Hearts in Transition

Our Hearts in Transition

  Holly Hammond reviews The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins – with emphasis on its insights around the emotional and psychological impact of climate change and peak oil. What would working to change the world be like if it made more room for the 'heart'? How...