Category Archives: learning

A MAP for When Things Feel Overwhelming

At my birthday party the other night, one of my best friends was talking about the difference between ‘real activism’ and communications-centred campaigning (especially online organising) that doesn’t bring with it the risk of arrest. The gist of the argument … Continue reading

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Goodbye Tonsils… I Won’t Miss You

Tomorrow at 10am, I’m checking in to the hospital down the road and getting my tonsils out. For those of you who know me well, you’ll recognise the enormity of this occasion. Why? Because tonsillitis has defined a large part … Continue reading

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What I’m Doing for the Next Six Weeks

Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend about how to create a bigger pool of people taking action to make the world a better place. ‘What makes a person move from wanting action on one issue, to taking action … Continue reading

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Fear and Loathing in Australian Politics

You may have missed it if you are outside of Sydney, but local station 2UE took radio to new lows with a sketch last week. It pertained to be a recording of the Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young having an … Continue reading

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Five Principles of Transformational Activism

I started writing this post in the lush green surroundings of Vermont in late spring, and haven’t been able to finish it until now, on a rainy morning six weeks later in the middle of Sydney’s chilly winter. I’m glad … Continue reading

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China… So Far

I didn’t find what I expected in China. I found something entirely different — and learned it’s never a good idea to make assumptions of any kind about this country.  Like assuming they’ll let me into the country at the … Continue reading

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Netroots Nation Wrap-Up

“You and me are floating on a tidal wave/ Together/ You and me are drifting into outer space” – Coldplay, ‘X & Y’ I’m on another continent now, having left the country I always find it the hardest to leave. … Continue reading

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