25 May 2019 – New, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

25 May 2019
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we celebrate Reconciliation Week and encourage us all to get out there and make a difference. We also look at some great TED talks about leadership and resistance, check out water footprint, and much more!


1. National Reconciliation Week begins on Monday 27 May. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Grounded in Truth Walk Together with Courage’. There are many ways we can all become involved. Check out the list of activities running in your state over the next week. There are also many different resources on the Reconciliation Australia website that you might be able to use to host your own event. ‘At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.’ A big part of this process will involve some form of formal truth telling – and this is what this year’s reconciliation week is all about!


2. We all know that language is important and that the words used by the media can greatly influence the way that many people think. So we’d like to share with you these words that I came across in The Guardian Weekly this morning: “The Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crisis facing the world. Instead of ‘climate change’ our preferred terms are now ‘climate emergency, crisis or breakdown’ and ‘global heating’ is favoured over ‘global warming’.” Their editor-in-chief, Kathryn Viner said these changes were being made “to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue”. We love The Guardian!


3. These days many of us have become more conscious of our water footprint. This little quiz from the ABC is a bit of a mind opener though – see if you can guess how much water goes into making your latte, iPhone or glass of wine at the end of the day!


4 A recent survey reveals some disturbing information about attitudes to sexual violence in Australia. The National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women Survey found that one in seven young Australians believed it would be justified if a man raped a woman if she initiated sex and then later changed her mind. Unfortunately there are other equally disturbing findings in this report.


5. So given these awful results, it might be time to refresh what we know about how we can raise our children to be aware and respectful of each other. In this article UN Women talk about seven tips for raising feminist kids – I’m  sure you’ll agree that these are seven tips for raising respectful people and for being a decent adult!!


6. If you get a chance to watch, David Attenborough’s new documentary Climate Change – The Facts, has been praised by critics with reviewers calling this a ‘call to arms’ for the climate change movement.


7. The Conversation has an interesting story about how we might define who is a migrant. This is becoming increasingly important as we see migration statistics rise. It is a complex process to measure migration numbers. Check out this interesting and important story here.


8. This is a beautiful story from The Guardian UK as they highlight some of the prominent refugees and their contributions to the UK.


9. Here’s a couple of great TED talks to see you through your weekend. In this talk, Halla Tómasdóttir, a previous Icelandic presidential candidate, is in conversation with Bryn Freedman, as they talk about what real leadership is. And the most important point of this video: ’There’s a leader inside every single one of us and our most important work in life is to release that leader’.


10. And finally, have a look at this great TED talk from Erica Chenoweth about the possibilities of non-violent resistance and her journey into this amazing area of research. Once you see it you’ll want to read all of her books and I hope you’ll feel energised to keep going in the (non-violent) fight for a more peaceful and equitable world!


Great to see you all with us this week – here’s to keeping up the fight, or in Gough’s words, maintaining our rage!