Sparking Change is a community-centred social justice organisation enabling authentic connections to develop between communities and organisations to support progressive projects and processes. Our StoryWork methodology includes biomyth story creation, strategic deployment of story in change processes, and community storytelling suitable for research, engagement and evaluation project cycle phases. We see our work as a methodology for reflective practice, a professional development tool, a pedagogical strategy, and as a vehicle for education, community mobilisation and advocacy.
Diverse communities are well served by community development processes.
Sparking Change enables authentic connections to develop between communities and organisations that support progressive projects and processes. For the first three years of operations Sparking Change will focus on communities and organisations within the queer, mental health and womens rights sectors.
Lana is a community cultural worker with 20 years experience in community arts development, and cultural development in the health and human services field. She has worked in regional, rural and remote communities including Indigenous communities using her skills and talent as a community arts worker.
In 2006 she started developing peer inclusion programs in the areas of women experiencing violence, mental health and alcohol and other drugs. This work included supporting lived experience story development with the outcome of raising awareness of these issues. In 2010 Lana went on to work with Queensland Alliance for Mental Health developing their Peer Inclusion Programs and their ‘Speakers Bureau’. Lana has since consulted and facilitated training workshops for the Women’s Mental Health Network Victoria’s Speak Out project, Queensland Positive People on their lived experience stories as a mechanism to break down discrimination, as well as SHARC (Self Help Addiction Resource Centre) to develop speaker training packages.
Lana also has a personal spoken word arts practice. She is the author of the collection, Reasons You May Think She’s My Lover (2014), was one of the women in 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival’s sold out season of ‘I Am That Woman’, has worked with multimedia artists to bring ‘Scenes on the Yarra’ to Docklands, was a part of ‘The Ultimate Lesbian Double Feature’ which had a sell out 2016 Midsuma season at La Mama, and a two week run at Mardi Gras at the Old Fitz. She has won poetry competitions in Melbourne, produced radio shows on JOY 94.9 and now resides in Sydney hosting monthly storytelling nights, running workshops and related events while trying to re-story the world.
Emily Dwyer has dual careers in broadcast media and international development.
Back in the early 1990’s Emily started working in community radio at Radio Adelaide and 2SER in Sydney. She produced and presented the national media affairs program for community radio, produced CBAA award winning programs, and mentored many volunteer producers and presenters. Emily also worked for SBS Radio (Operations) before joining the Open Learning Unit at ABC Radio National. At RN she produced two 12-part educational documentary series, the first on citizenship and democracy and the second on media and communications. She was also a producer for The Religion Report, and for various RN special projects including the network Millennium programming. Emily moved to Singapore in 2000, producing and presenting for local radio, working as a publicist for the ground-breaking theatre company Wild Rice and as a freelance foreign correspondent for the ABC, CNN, BBC and other broadcasters.
In 2004 Emily moved to Afghanistan. There she established a university radio station in Herat, and managed a network of university-based radio stations and production facilities across the country. Staying in Afghanistan, from 2006-2008 she established and managed the UN OCHA humanitarian radio service. In 2008 Emily joined Internews and managed media development projects across South Asia. From 2011-2014 she worked in media development management and policy roles in Washington DC, first as Vice President of Afghanistan Projects for Internews and subsequently as a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace. Emily returned to Australia in 2014, to study Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. While taking a break from studying she returned to community radio as Specialist Program Director at Melbourne’s JOY94.9 and with Oxfam as a Youth Engagement Advisor.