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26 January 2017

26 January 2017 A friend of mine came to live in Australia from the UK for a few years and before she went back I asked her what she observed about Australia. She said people were pretty friendly and laid back, that we had a big thing about brunch and avocado, with the two usually going together, …

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2017: A New Year to Create Opportunities for Change!

It’s quiet in my home city of Brisbane and it’s one of the reasons that I love this time of year. It reminds me of my childhood and how the city gently hummed along each day with a feeling of still being a little country town. This gentle energy returns again as each year comes to …

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Let’s Change the World: What Can One Person Do?

Every morning I set my intention for the day and it is always the same – that I might do whatever is in my power today to make the world a better place. It feels important to me that change starts with each of us individually. But this doesn’t mean that we have to try …

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Let’s Change the World: What do you think and dream about?

When I was quite young and I saw a falling star or blew the candles out on a cake, I would always make the same wish. I would wish that every person in the world could feel about themselves the same as someone who really loves them. I wished for this because I believed that …

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Inspirational Leaders: Steve Biko

I was 16 years old when I first heard the name Steve Biko. I was studying modern history at high school and my teacher felt it important that his students know ‘the other side’ of history as well as the mainstream story. So we learnt about Mao’s China and the Gang of Four and about …

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Happy International Women’s Day 2016

For a long time it was thought that women were inferior to men and that this related to differences in our nature. It was thought that women (and people of colour) had brains of smaller size that equated to less intelligence and capacity for public life. Similarly, women’s reproductive abilities were seen as a reason …

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Let’s Change the World: WITADA – The Beginnings

This is the story of the beginnings of WITADA. It’s important for me to be able to share here the way in which my own life experiences have shaped my work now. I know that we all have these pivotal moments in life and this was certainly one for me.   The idea for WITADA …

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Wise Words for Survival Day 2016

I have been working on a post for Australia Day for several weeks now. I’ve been writing about colonisation, intolerance of difference, denial, destruction, misuse of power and the dark history that I believe haunts our country to this day. And then I read some truly wonderful words by some amazing Australians who have expressed …

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Let’s Change the World!

I know that the idea of social change can be overwhelming at times. How we act, what we actually do is very much an individual process. The issues that you feel passionate about and wish to act on will not necessarily be the same as mine or the next person. Isn’t this great!! This is why …

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A New Year – Our Hopes for 2016

At this time of year I find myself reflecting on what I can do to further the momentum for change – in my own life, in my relationships with those close to me and in our world. For me this is the only way to avoid becoming overwhelmed by the task at hand. There is …

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