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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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Choosing Peace

The International Day of Peace falls on 21 September each year and it is aimed at ending war and violence in all its forms. I thought I would write a blog on these issues – the horror of war and civil conflict, the terror of relational violence such as domestic violence, sexual assault and childhood …

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Inspirational Leaders: Ela Bhatt

Some time ago now we began a new series of posts on Inspirational Leaders. The idea behind these posts is to profile those people who have contributed to making the world a better place, but who have also inspired others to do so. In particular we are featuring some of the lesser known inspirational leaders …

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The Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday

Today (6 June 2015) His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday. And celebrations are happening around the world, not only in Buddhist communities but from people who admire him and have learnt many things from his approach to religion, world peace, kindness, compassion, mindfulness – and just his overall view of the …

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Torture: Humanity’s inhumanity

Yesterday was the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. On this date, 26 June, in 1987 the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into being and in 1945 on this day the United Nations Charter was first signed. The International Day in …

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Social Change Needs the Arts: Funding Cuts in Australia

Recent cuts to arts funding in Australia raise questions about the role of the arts in our society. Going back to ancient times the arts have been an important part of our social fabric. The UK Arts Council released an extensive report in 2014 “The Value of Arts and Culture to People and Society” which …

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The Promise of Change

Today there feels to be more promise of change than I have felt in some time. The overwhelming victory for the YES vote in Ireland’s gay marriage referendum has given many of us cause for excitement and the promise of good things to come.   As you will well know by now if you have …

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Books that Inspire Social Change – World Book Day 23 April 2015

 Today is World Book Day!   There are many, many books that have inspired social change – both non-fiction and fiction. We would love to hear about the books that have meant something to you and that you think others would find inspirational.   Here is a list of (some of) my favourite books for inspiring …

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