A resolution that sticks

Which best describes your approach to new year’s resolutions? 1. I’m a master – I set the challenge and follow through knowing it’s an excellent way to create change 2. I usually fall off the wagon around 3 January 3. Who are you kidding, I couldn’t even be bothered setting one 4. I waiver between all of the above.  Depends …

Small change equals big change

How would you support the social purpose that you care about if you had one hundred and forty bucks in your hand? I wasn’t quite sure what I’d hear when I cast this challenge to the inspiring group of workshop participants in our social change workshop yesterday. But I was delighted with the responses: They told me they could: * …

Am I a leader?

How often do you ask yourself the question; “Am I a leader?” If you work in the community sector chances are you don’t ask the question very often, if ever. And why would you? Leaders are the first ones with their heads on the chopping block, they have big decision to make, they are the meat in the sandwich wedged between …

Why I won’t attend your support group

If 1 in 4 Australians experience a mental illness at any time, could that possibly mean that 1 in 4 Australians (give or take a few) are caring for someone with a mental illness at the same time? And if that’s the case it’s highly likely that those 1 in 4 Australians are busy searching for some form of information, tools or something! …

The unspoken impact of community events

In an ever disconnected world I find great comfort when I see a poster for a humble community event.  The kind of event that is probably arranged by an exhausted committee of people who are driven by their purpose.  The kind of event that could involve a performance from the back of a truck and perhaps a collection of other activities that …

Why does what matters matter?

Over the past decades I’ve approached community disadvantage from many different angles. I’ve worked on the ground, delivered education projects, managed a not for profit, called myself a consultant and from that platform researched, created strategy, asked questions and observed.  I’ve played a role in attracting large amounts of funding, brought entities together, produced events from very limited resource pools …

Are you weird about competition?

Think about it – there are plenty of opportunities to be competitive in our day to day lives. There’s competition for a mate, a job, a good deal, the last chocolate biscuit. We’re encouraged by popular media to be forthright, get in there and have a go, don’t wait or it will be all gone, HAVE IT NOW and hurry …

Family resilience retreats

Evolve Network has been working alongside a cluster of disability industry respite services to deliver NINE retreats for 56 families who have a child with a disability. BRIEF:  To enhance family resilience among families who have a child with a disability and provide respite services with strategies to support families to maintain resilience into the future. The Evolve process:  The weekend retreats featured …

Move beyond overwhelm in one step

Do you know that awful feeling of overwhelm when you can’t move forward, nor backwards, when the world feels very small and opportunities very limited.  Do you know how it feels when you’re not sure  if you’re going to scream, cry or laugh?  When you have a tingle or a tightness in your chest, belly or shoulders, when you feel like slinking …