Tag Archives: Social change

We need to rethink fast fashion

Imagine a rubbish truck full of discarded clothing going to the rubbish tip every second. This is how much waste is generated in the clothing and fashion industry globally [1] every day, with almost 60% of all clothing ends up … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental sustainability | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Same-sex marriage – finally it’s done!

Yesterday was a historic day with the Australian Parliament overwhelmingly voting in favour of same-sex marriage. Our family watched it live on TV and to see 130-140 Members of Parliament voting YES with four lonely figures voting NO was a wonderful … Continue reading

Posted in Families & parenting, Social change | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

It’s simple maths, not a once in a 1000 year phenomenon

By definition, if you add the number of years you’ve lived to the year you were born, you will get the current year. Continue reading

Posted in Social change | Tagged | 14 Comments

Community engagement and the Stop Adani national day of action

Last weekend (7-8 October 2017), people around Australia put their bodies on the line to send a message about Adani’s plans for the Carmichael Mine in Queensland: one of the World’s largest coal mines. In over 45 locations in Australia, … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental sustainability, Social change, Working with communities | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

My response to the campaign against same-sex marriage

As I said in the previous post, to me the YES case in the same-sex marriage postal vote is largely based on love, acceptance and justice, while the NO case is largely based on fear, exclusion and poor logic. Much … Continue reading

Posted in Families & parenting, Social change | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Why I voted YES in the same-sex marriage postal vote

I try to be fair and to understand other points of view, but to me the YES case in the same-sex marriage postal vote is largely based on love, acceptance and justice, while the NO case is largely based on … Continue reading

Posted in Families & parenting, Social change | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

In some countries (and USA states) our marriage is illegal

In some countries (and 30 states of the USA), Cathy and I would have been prevented from marrying. In fact, even though we are happily married after 31 years and have two wonderful daughters, in some countries (and some states … Continue reading

Posted in Personal, Social change | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

It’s better to light one candle

It’s better to light one candle than curse the darkness is like a guiding principle for much of my work and life. At times I do rant and rave about what is wrong with the world, but most of the … Continue reading

Posted in Social change | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Retelling the story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott (Paul Schmitz)

At the recent Connecting Communities conference, one of the highlights was Paul Schmitz retelling the story of Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks is the woman whose arrest after refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man … Continue reading

Posted in Working with communities | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy

An interesting short (7:05 mins) TEDx talk about barriers to community engagement. Dave Meslin suggests apathy isn’t the reason people aren’t involved in community engagement initiatives; it is because they are actively discouraged from becoming involved. He gives a number … Continue reading

Posted in Working with communities | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment