Tag Archives: volunteering
a group of people who have been doorknocking with simon sheikh for the senate act greens campaign

The Seat that Decides the Senate

It’s still there in my calendar. Sunday April 7 – leave Melbourne. That day I got in my car and drove 650km from Carlton, Victoria, to Cook, ACT. On the 8th, I began work on Simon Sheikh for the Senate. Then, I thought I was making a noble sacrifice. When I imagined what it would […]

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a crowded room of people at laptops

Work Less: You’ll Get More Done

If you have a full-time job, you are probably working more than full-time. Maybe someone expects you to chalk up a certain number of billable hours each week. Maybe there’s an implicit pressure when you look around and see your coworkers chained to their desks: it can feel strange being the last to arrive and […]

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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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an orange butterfly on the tip of an outstretched finger, with papua new guinea's jungle in the background

Employment, Volunteering, and Passion

I have a complicated relationship with employment. Earning Money When I was young my mum pushed me to find work. My first job was delivering Messenger Newspapers in my neighbourhood. I made about $10 a week. I didn’t really mind it: I had the time, and the work wasn’t too dulling. I rather enjoyed cycling […]

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Something was amiss - but in the Orwellian world of university marketing, these youths were the embodiment of students satisfaction.

On Uni and the Absence Thereof

There I was in Year 11. Sitting down with the Rector of the College, I was discussing my plans and making corresponding subject choices. ‘The world’, he told me, ‘is your oyster’. Having completed two fifths of Year 12 in Year 11, I, as per my school’s policy, went on to complete a further five […]

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Lessons for Live Below the Line

Recently I’ve had the pleasure of working on the hugely successful campaign Live Below the Line (LBL). This campaign asks individuals to live on $2 a day for five days (henceforth known as “the challenge”) to have an eye-opening experience about what it’s like to live in extreme poverty. Participants receive sponsorship to take the challenge; […]

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A photo mosaic with the profile picture of every LBLer. Concept credit goes to Glen Berman.

Lessons from Oaktree’s “Live Below the Line”

Recently I’ve had the pleasure of working on the hugely successful campaign Live Below the Line (LBL). This campaign asks individuals to live on $2 a day for five days (henceforth known as “the challenge”) to have an eye-opening experience about what it’s like to live in extreme poverty. Participants receive sponsorship to take the […]

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How to Spend Less Money on Food

I understand that it’s good practice in blogging to write about  certain things. These should be things that one is interested in, that one has a specialised insight in to, and, ideally, things that are of value to others. As it happens, I have a preternatural ability to live cheaply, and I feel that sharing […]

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