Some Myths of First Nations Australians

This week it is reconciliation week in Australia.  Reconciliation is not an outcome or a goal as much as a relationship and an ongoing journey between First Nations Australians and Settler Australians. The conversation is ongoing, as is the fight for Indigenous...

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Inspiring a shared vision for movement building

Inspiring a shared vision for a social change outcomes gives up something to look to, it gives us hope, and makes it feel urgent. Inspiring a shared vision brings people along for the social change ride, making it more sustainable and likely to bring about the change you are seeking. 

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Sustainable activism and avoiding burnout

I recently came back from the Asia Pacific Rainbow Families Forum 2018 in Hong Kong, and one of the themes that united my comrades and I was burnout and the challenges of practicing self care. Burnout is a political and movement issue. Every year committed activists...

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Principle: Inspire a shared vision

At the heart of ‘Inspire a shared vision’, we are storytellers who tell of the future possibilities to others as an invitation to join together to pursue that better world.

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Theory: Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Just as direct action directly confronts systems of injustice, our approach challenges traditional education, confronting the beliefs, conflicts, and oppression that keep leaders and groups from being their most powerful – that’s why we call it Direct Education.

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Principal: We are all leaders

We need a movement where we are constantly encouraging each other to step into our full potential and shine as a collective of leaders working together for a better world.

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Theory: Cultural Hegemony

Politics is not only fought out in state houses, workplaces or on battlefields, but also in the language we use, the stories we tell, and the images we conjure — in short, in the ways we make sense of the world.

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Tool: Spectrum of Allies

Movements seldom win by overpowering the opposition; they win by shifting the support out from under them. Determine the social blocs at play on a given issue, and work to shift them closer to your position.

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