Tag Archives: social change
Supporters of marriage equality packed into the reception room to see the bill be passed.

Equality is worth it

October 22 2013 is one of those days that history won’t forget. On that day the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the Marriage Equality Bill 2013, serving to end marriage discrimination by giving same-sex couples equal marriage rights to heterosexual couples. I was there in the assembly as this happened. I listened as Katy Gallagher, the […]

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“Lean In”, Sheryl Sandberg: Gender and Career

Lean In, by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, is a discussion of how gender affects today’s white-collar workplace, particularly with regard to women. Sandberg draws upon her own experiences, her conversations with other professionals, and a vast body of research, to explore the many dynamics affecting working men and women. Lean In is an excellent read […]

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Activism and Financial Sustainability

I wrote this post earlier this year when I was about to start full-time well-paid work. Since writing it, I have left that employment to volunteer full-time. So, this post is a snapshot of how I was feeling and thinking then. My deliberate change in circumstance also reveals to me a point I only allude […]

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Melbourne, 11 Months In.

I’m packing my room to move to my second Melbourne Sharehouse. Gradually emptying my bookshelf, sticking big A4 things into a calico bag, I come upon an A4 envelope from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s Meet Your Member Finale, July 2011. The consequence of open slather of Kris Kringle style good vibes, it contains lovely […]

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“The Island President”, COP15, and My Self

Last night at ACMI I saw The Island President, the last film being shown as part of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. It was the tale of President Mohamed Nasheed’s fight to save his country, the Maldives, from climate change. The film followed his political defiance of the Gayoom dictatorship up to the […]

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Why You Should Too

I realise that activism isn’t for everyone. While I find gigs interesting, games of capture the flag interesting, I also find attending forums, plenaries, conferences interesting. I also find opportunities to acquire useful skills, from making clothing to campaigning, interesting. Some of you may not find these things so interesting. Some of you may be […]

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Progress Needed Urgently

I wrote this piece around 2009. Much has changed since then: my examples are now a little dated, not to mention that the climate science has only got worse. My expression has also got much better! Also my use of the gerund. What hasn’t changed is this piece’s central thesis – that climate change is […]

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