BCCAG | SCREENING | 2040 - Join the Regeneration | Thursday 19 September 2019 | Arrive 7.15pm for 7.30pm Start

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Explore what the future could look like if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet. 

Immerse yourself in screening Damon Gameau’s new film ‘2040’, a “hybrid feature documentary”, structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.

For more information on the film go to

Where: St. John’s Uniting Church, 567 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick

Inclusions: Light Supper

Cost: $10 at the door

Bayside Climate Change Action Group (BCCAG)

Organised by Bayside Climate Change Action Group and The Side Door Social Justice Hub, hosted by St John’s Uniting Church.

PHAA | WELCOMING | Peace Pageant | Saturday 21 September 2019 | 2pm-5pm

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Join in a welcoming community celebration and Peace Pageant.

2-3.45pm: Peace Gathering at Acland Plaza, Acland Street, St Kilda
3.45-4pm: Peace March in Acland Street, St Kilda
4-5pm: Exhibition Opening: St Kilda Peace Art Exhibition, Leroy's Espresso, 119 Acland Street, St Kilda

Planetary Healing Artists of Australia

GEIFN | AWAKENING | Peace in Turbulent Times | Saturday 21 September 2019 | 5-7.30pm

Time proven-methods for busy modern times.


5-6pm Meet and Mingle with Light Refreshments
6-7.30pm Welcome, Official Messages, Key Address, Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

Key Address

Makarrata, coming together after a struggle*: a Christian, Muslim and Jewish View.

  • Peace: Reverand Dr Coralie Ling, on behalf of Christian Community
  • Assalamualaikum: Imam Mohsin Mohammed, on behalf of Islamic Community
  • Shalom: Avraham Schwarz, on behalf of Jewish Community

* = NT Arnham Land Yolngu word Makarrata as mentioned Paragraph 9-10 of Uluru Statement of the Heart 2017

Panel Discussion with Audience Q&A

  • Bearing Witness - The Practice of Peaceful, Active, Engagement. Venerable Chi Kwang Sunim, Abbess of the Seon Centre Kinglake, Korean Zen Tradition
  • Kindness and Peace - The Bodhicitta Vows. Venerable Cathy, Tibetan Buddhist Society Melbourne, Mahayana Tradition 
  • Creating Peace in a Busy Life. Anita Carter, Abbot, Buddhist Discussion Centre Australia, non-sectarian Buddhist temple for laypersons.

Bookings: essential as seating limited. Online through EventBrite

Be mindful of environment, lower carbon footprint: Parking is on residential street and limited. To minimize disruption to Neighbours and Guests: arrive in eco-friendlier style by walking, bicycling, carpooling with friends, Tram 3 or Buses 626/623. If responsible for parking a car, check street signs for parking restrictions and keep driveways clear.

Hosted by the Buddhist Community of Victoria.

A local commemoration of UN International Day of Peace presented by CITYZEN, BSV and bENGAGED on behalf of the general community of Victoria.

SDSJH | TALK | Annual Social Justice Lunch 2019 | Sunday 13 October 2019 | Arrive 11.45am for 12pm Start

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Making an IMPACT

Featuring guest speaker, Kathy Kaplan OAM, founder and CEO of IMPACT, a completely volunteer driven and led charity supporting women & children in crisis - specifically those living in crisis accommodation as a result of fleeing from extreme family violence.

Where: St John's Uniting Church, Elsternwick, 567 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick, VICTORIA 3185

Inclusions: Two course meal with tea/coffee/soft drink (BYO wine). 

Considerations: Bring a new toiletry item to go in an IMPACT 'Bag of Love'

Cost: Tickets $25 - Proceeds go to IMPACT.

The Side Door Social Justice Hub (SDSJH)
Address: St John's Uniting Church, Elsternwick, 567 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick, VICTORIA 3185
Tel: 03 9596 4204

Presented by ‘The Side Door' Social Justice Hub and St. John’s Uniting Church 

AIS | TALK | A Christian’s perspective on the Islamic notion of Service | Tuesday 3 September 2019 | 6.30pm-8pm (Lecture starts 7pm promptly)

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A Conversation and Book Launch providing a Christian’s perspective on a notion that both Christianity and Islam encourage – Service.

Centre for Public Christianity's Barney Zwartz talks with international guest speaker Dr Jon Pahl followed by the launch of his latest book titled “Fethullah Gulen: A life of Hizmet”.

Jon Pahl is a historian of American religions and the history of Christianity, a public theologian, and an award-winning teacher, musician, and community activist.

Just like in Christianity, Islam places enormous emphasis on personal and collective development through education, welfare, social enterprise & dialogue. It effuses a principle to offer service to anyone irrespective of an individual’s faith, ethnicity or ideology.

However, in an era where negative news headlines dominate the image of Muslims, how is service understood and practiced by Muslims? Do Muslims truly have an innate desire to help another human being, without expectations of conversion, that’s comparable to the Christian understanding of service?

Is there a difference in the understanding of altruism between the faith traditions? What are the key ingredients for faith inspired movements to be effective in serving humanity in today’s secular and pluralist settings like Australia?   

Where: Old Warden’s Lodge, Trinity College, 100 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

Cost: Free

Bookings: online through EventBrite

Australian Intercultural Society

A collaboration between the Australian Intercultural Society and Trinity College

CUIN | MAKING | Music: Count Us In | 11 September–25 October 2019

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Between 11 September and 25 October 2019, Sound Infusion will be partnering with Music: Count Us In to provide schools with this special opportunity.

For the duration of the promotional period, schools will be offered free access to a special version of Sound Infusion based on the Music: Count Us In program - and have the opportunity to participate in a nationwide competition judged by John Foreman, OAM with some extra prizes up for grabs!

Many studies have attested to the powerful role of music in early years cognitive & social development, and its ability to reach children with learning disabilities. With Sound Infusion we have joined efforts to make music education more culturally inclusive, by providing extensive representation of music traditions & instruments from all around the world.
“Music is an international all-inclusive dialect that anyone can speak.” CEO Peter
Music: Count Us In is Australia’s largest school initiative. Over 745,000 students and 3400 teachers are involved across the country. It's free to join - so why not get started?
Bookings: Register here for MCUI to ensure you're notified on the day of the launch! 
What is Sound Infusion?
Sound Infusion lets you create your own global soundscape from the world’s most unique instruments and diverse musical traditions. Embark on an intercontinental journey as you mix and play with thousands of samples, featuring all your favourite instruments….and many that you’ve never heard of before!
Cultural Infusion (CUIN)
Address: PO Box 218, Abbotsford VIC 3067

Sound Infusion is powered by Cultural Infusion.

PPLS | TALK | Born-again Blakfella by Author Uncle Jack Charles | Wednesday 11 September | 6.30-7.30pm

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Aboriginal Elder Uncle Jack Charles will be discussing his candid and uplifting memoir, Born-again Blakfella.

Stolen from his mother and placed into institutional care, Uncle Jack was raised under the government's White Australia Policy. The loneliness and isolation he experienced during those years had a devastating impact on him that endured long after he reconnected with his Aboriginal roots and discovered his stolen identity.

In this honest and no-holds-barred memoir, Uncle Jack reveals the ‘ups and downs of this crazy, drugged up, locked up, and at times unbelievable, life’. From his sideline as a cat burglar, battles with drug addiction and stints in prison, to gracing the nation’s stages and screens as he dazzled audiences with his big personality and acting prowess, he takes us through the most formative moments of his life.

Cost: Free Admission

Considerations: Books will be available to purchase on the night courtesy of Mary Martin Bookshop.

Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Vic 3182

Bookings: Online through Trybooking

Port Phillip Library Service
City of Port Phillip
Tel: 03 9209 6655

VWT | CELEBRATING | Here She Is: an evening with women entrepreneurs | Wednesday 18 September 2019 | 6pm-8pm

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Join in the conversation with an array of inspiring women entrepreneurs across different industries. 

This event is an opportunity to learn from the creative women who know how to start (and scale) a business to get the job done!

Panelists will share their first hand accounts of starting their own business and breaking into their respective industries. Afterwards we will open up the floor for questions, followed by mingling with panellists and attendees, giving you the chance to connect with women and business leaders in Melbourne's digital, tech, blogging and startup community.

Where: Global Assembly Melbourne; 12A, 45 William Street, Melbourne

Cost: Free event

Bookings: Online through General Assembly

Come along for a fun, informal evening where you can mix and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs, pick up a few tips, and learn from each other.

Victorian Women's Trust

A collaboration with General Assembly

PPLS | EXPERIENCE | Loro: Storytelling And Music From Venezuela | Wednesday 18 September | 6.30-7.30 pm

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Experience story telling through traditional instruments like the Cuatro, Bandola Llanera, and Latin American Guitar (we have a long tradition of string instruments in Venezuela).

The word 'Loro' is Spanish for 'Parrot'. The idea for the name derives from the hundreds of parrots that live in Venezuela, many of these as pets or a house guests. They often imitate our sounds and songs, and have become a part of our society, histories, and identity. The Loro Project is inspired by these colorful birds. Like them we aim to share our music, and stories.

The Loro team is comprised of Cuatro maestro Jesus Camacho, and Latin Grammy award winning musician Daniel J Marquez, both Venezuelans now living in Melbourne.

Part of the Hola Melbourne! festival.

Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Vic 3182

Cost: Free

Bookings: online through Trybooking

Port Phillip Library Service
City of Port Phillip
Tel: 03 9209 6655

UN | ASPIRING | International Day of Peace | 21 September

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Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected.  The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.

SDG 16

Sustainable Development Goal 13 “Climate Action” is a call for immediate action by all to lower greenhouse emissions, build resilience and improve education on climate change.

Affordable, scalable solutions such as renewable energy, clean technologies are available to enable countries to leapfrog to greener, more resilient economies.

2019 Theme: “Climate Action for Peace”

The theme draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.
Climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security. Natural disasters displace three times as many people as conflicts, forcing millions to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere. The salinization of water and crops is endangering food security, and the impact on public health is escalating. The growing tensions over resources and mass movements of people are affecting every country on every continent.

Peace can only be achieved if concrete action is taken to combat climate change. Speaking to young Māoris and people of the Pacific islands in New Zealand in May, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said “nature does not negotiate” and emphasized four key measures that Governments should prioritize in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050: tax pollution, not people; stop subsidizing fossil fuels; stop building new coal plants by 2020; focus on a green economy, not a grey economy.

On 23 September, the United Nations is convening a Climate Action Summit with concrete and realistic plans to accelerate action to implement the Paris Agreement. The Summit will focus on the heart of the problem – the sectors that create the most emissions and the areas where building resilience could make the biggest difference – as well as provide leaders and partners the opportunity to demonstrate real climate action and showcase their ambition.

In the lead up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September, the United Nations calls upon all to take action to tackle climate change. Every human is part of the solution - from turning off the lights to taking public transport, to organizing an awareness raising campaign in your community. Share your ideas and activities with us through #PeaceDay and #ClimateAction.
“It is possible to achieve our goals, but we need decisions, political will and transformational policies to allow us to still live in peace with our own climate.” -- Secretary-General António Guterres, 15 May 2019

What can youth do to get involved?

Young people are stepping up to the challenge - close to half a million youth around the world have taken action on climate change in their homes, schools and communities. According to UNFCCC, they are key actors in raising awareness, running educational programmes, promoting sustainable lifestyles, conserving nature, supporting renewable energy, adopting environmentally-friendly practices and implementing adaptation and mitigation projects.

This year, the International Day of Peace Student Observance, to take place on 20 September 2019 at United Nations Headquarters, will provide a platform for young people to showcase the projects that they have undertaken to fight climate change and promote peace. The student observance will be held immediately following the Peace Bell Ceremony, which begins at 9 a.m. with the Secretary-General and will be webcast live at

United Nations International Day of Peace | 21 September

GEIFN | AWAKENING | Peace in Turbulent Times | Saturday 21 September 2019 | 5-8.30pm

Time proven-methods for busy modern times. Address and Panel Discussion with Audience Q&A. Hosted by the Buddhist Community of Victoria

Where: Buddhist Society of Victoria, 71 Darling Road, Malvern East VIC 3145, Australia

Cost: Free

Bookings: Essential as seating limited. Online through EventBrite

Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN)
Global engagement in friendlier neighbourhoods. Join us with 'humanising the other' 
Caretaker Carey Rohrlach

A local commemoration of UN International Day of Peace presented by CITYZEN, Buddhist Society of Victoria and bENGAGED on behalf of the general community of Victoria.

SLBA | INVITING | You to Join in the Journey of Eradicating Global Poverty | Saturday 12 October 2019 | 2-5pm

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An opportunity to learn about international poverty issues, sharing information and networking.

Keynote Speakers
• Ms Lucia Hou, Ms Oceania 2018, 2018 Woman of the Year. Sharing her passion and journey supporting Project Karma
• Mr Glen Hulley, Founder Project Karma

Where: Waterman Caribbean, 44 Lakeview Drive, Scoresby Vic 3179.

Considerations: light refreshments served. Parking available

Cost: By donation

Bookings: RSVP by 1 October 2019
Serenity Life Balance Advisory
Amy Yuen 0421 732 488
Sebastian Lai 0409 928 168

FCCV | ANNOUNCING | 2019 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference | Sunday 17 November 2019 | 12noon-4.30pm

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A grass-roots conference which aims to help build the capacity and sustainability of existing multifaith/interfaith networks, bring people up-to-date with current multifaith/interfaith matters and provide networking opportunities.

This year's conference is also an opportunity for the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong to celebrate and mark 30 years of interfaith engagement within the local community and beyond.

12:00pm-1:25pm: Registration, networking, lunch and activities
1:30pm-2:15pm: Honoured guests and keynote speech on:
My faith and Refugee Journey by Fablice Manirakiza, Child soldier in war-torn Burundi and current advocate for migrant and refugee communities
2:20pm-3:50pm: Workshops and plenary sessions (see below)
4:00pm-4:30pm: Summary & closing ceremony

Workshops & Plenary Sessions:
Detailed descriptions of each workshop and plenary session will be announced soon.
  • Workshop 1: Refugees and asylum seekers: Celebrating their courage and achievements
  • Workshop 2: Voices of Youth: Faith, Values and World Views
  • Workshop 3: Faith and Creative Arts: a hands on experience! 
  • Workshop 4: Child Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme
Enrolment for workshops and plenary sessions to be made on the day of event so please arrive early to enrol in your preferred workshop or session.

Where: Springvale City Hall, 397-405 Springvale Road, Springvale (Mel Ref 80 A11)

Flyer: click here to view flyer

Bookings: Online through EventBrite and click on the green Register button.

Travel to Springvale City Hall
Public Transport: 
Train: Cranbourne or Pakenham lines - Springvale Station is 10-15 minutes’ walk to Springvale City Hall.
Bus: 902  - Hillcrest Grove/Springvale Road or Boonah Street/Springvale Road are the two closest stops to Springvale City Hall.

Springvale City Hall is located 30 minutes by car from Melbourne's CDB and easy to get to via the Monash Freeway and Eastlink. Parking is available on site and surrounding areas (Grace Park Avenue and small parking off Hillcrest Avenue). Please allow time to find parking nearby. Please note: Building works are currently taking place next door to Springvale City Hall.

Faith Communities Council of Victoria
Mr Sandy Kouroupidis, Multifaith Officer
Tel: 0412 670 369

This event is proudly supported by the Faith Communities Council of Victoria, the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong, The City of Greater Dandenong, and the Victorian State Government - Department of Premier and Cabinet.

DCA | ADVISING | How to Create Inclusive Multi-faith Workplaces

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A new resource for DCA members to help workplaces move away from simply ‘accommodating’ the needs of their multi-faith employees, towards making workplaces inclusive for everyone in Australia’s increasingly religiously diverse workplaces.

Designed to provide guidance to Australian workplaces about how to deal with a range of common faith-related queries, and also to provide workplaces with principles to help balance issues where conflicting rights might intersect.

From legal accommodation to inclusion
Elevating conversations that we have each day, respectful of difference and including all.

INCLUSION is a higher aspiration than simply meeting the legal requirements to accommodate people of faith (or no faith) at work.

Inclusion in a workplace is achieved when a diversity of people (e.g. ages, cultural backgrounds, genders, perspectives) feel that they are:
  • RESPECTED for who they are and able to be themselves;
  • CONNECTED to their colleagues and feel they belong;
  • CONTRIBUTING their perspectives and talents to the workplace; and
  • PROGRESSING in their career at work (i.e. have equal access to opportunities and resources).  
Balancing competing rights
A common question is how to handle situations where someone’s religious beliefs, challenge another person’s belief or identity, especially if this has an impact on the needs of the business.

There are no easy answers, but the principle of inclusion – ensuring that all employees are respected, connected, and able to contribute and progress – can help navigate some of these situations.

Read more by downloading Creating inclusive multi-faith workplaces (3pp pdf).

Acknowledgement of Country
DCA's work is conducted on what was and always will be the land of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We acknowledge and pay our respect to the Traditional Custodians of this land, Elders past present and emerging. We acknowledge the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples who have made an important contribution to this land and community, and continue to do so.

This land is, was, and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land.

Diversity Council Australia (DCA)
Address: Level 9, 225 George Street Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9322 5197

CEH | TRAINING | Health Literacy and Cultural Competence Webinars & Consultancy

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Help your organisation and staff work effectively to overcome barriers to health literacy and service appropriate to diverse cultures.

Health Literacy & Cultural Competence Training & Consulting is:
  • delivered by highly skilled facilitators with expert knowledge
  • tailored specifically to the needs of your staff
  • interactive, engaging and creates opportunities for self-reflection
  • based on research and 25 years of experience

CEH Consultancy Helps You:
  • plan for diversity
  • create systems and processes to support, monitor and benefit from diversity
  • meet & excel at accreditation standards
  • gain a competitive edge in providing services for the 50% of Australians who are born overseas or the children of migrants
  • give your staff the attitudes, skills and knowledge to work with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

What’s the difference between Health Literacy and Communication? 
Health literacy is the use of a set of skills and abilities. Communication is the process of exchanging information. Some, but not all, of the skills required for communication, are the same as health literacy skills. For example, a person could have excellent communication skills, but not be very health literate. However, to communicate effectively about health, one would have to be health literate.”

CEH Training
Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH)
Address: 23 Lennox Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Contact: CEH Training Coordinator Siri Gunawardana Tel: 9418 9927 Email:

CEH | LAUNCHING | Disability in CALD Communities Website | August 2019

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A new website has been launched to help service providers reach and connect with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities and make their services more culturally and linguistically responsive. 

Some major barriers faced by diverse communities in accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) & disability supports include lack of English proficiency, poor awareness and understanding of services and cultural factors.

If you're looking for:
  • Bilingual health professionals & support workers
  • Multilingual resources on disability & the NDIS
  • Practical tips & ideas on how to connect with your local CALD communities
  • CALD resources & community services
                                 Visit today!
Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH)
Address: 23 Lennox Street, Richmond VIC 3121

SCP | UPDATING | LGBTIQ+ Multicultural and Faith Project | August 2019

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Involvement in this project so far has been either via a workshop or interview to benefit the community and the work is ongoing.

So far, over 300 people have been heard during the community engagement phase of this project. There has been a really strong message delivered to organisers about the way forward.
Expressed over and over again that the most important thing for LGBTIQ+ people from diverse backgrounds is the acceptance of their family. Repeated is that love and loyalty for family members is a powerful cultural value that can be a starting point for conversations that change attitudes and behaviours.
Responses include from non-LGBTIQ+ parents and adult siblings speaking about their own journey from fear and ignorance to acceptance and affirmation would be a strong way to engage people and bring them along with LGBTIQ+.

This approach could incorporate messages around the importance of acceptance to keeping families together and harm prevention and mythbusting messages as appropriate for each cultural context.

Also heard was celebrity champions and public allies could play a valuable role in increasing LGBTIQ+ visibility and shifting views. This was a harder area to navigate as there were many different views about who would make a good champion.

There were a few additional messages strongly made from participants, including:
  • Families have to 'come out' to their cultural and/or faith community when a family member comes out within the family, often causing conflict/tension due to social pressure from others.
  • There are lots of myths about diverse sexualities and gender identities, including that this diversity is an Australian or western 'fashion' that is a threat to culture/tradition.
  • Invisibility is a big issue, with many community members believing there are no LGBTIQ+ people in their cultural and faith communities. One of our goals has to be to increase visibility and normalise diversity.
  • The marriage equality postal survey and the current debate around religious freedoms were/are very polarising and create an atmosphere of fear and distrust, which makes these discussions harder.
  • Family has different meaning in different cultures and the language we use and the people we include in our campaign need to be culturally relevant.
  • We can't be afraid to talk about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and other community members, both the good and the bad.
  • There is an obvious temptation to run a strong, negative message around prejudice, but there are significant risks of stigmatising LGBTIQ+ people if we link them in people's minds with things like depression, anxiety and suicide.
  • Support for parents was identified as a major gap, particularly for parents from multicultural and faith backgrounds
  • There was a question raised around the cultural competence of LGBTIQ+ support services and, in turn, around the LGBTIQ+ competence of multicultural organisations.
  • Popular representations of 'LGBTIQ+ pride' is very white and very western and there is a lack of representation of diverse ways to 'be LGBTIQ+' for people from different cultures and/or faiths.
  • Racism is prevalent in many LGBTIQ+ social situations and that this needs to be addressed by government and community groups.
  • All messages, videos, photos and other materials need to be created with language and cultural considerations in mind and members of communities should advise this process.
  • Culturally specific communications channels will often be the best for sharing our messages, including radio, print and digital.
In terms of process, plans have not been finalised for the Greek, Chinese or multicultural aspects of the campaign yet. Some guidance is being awaited upon from the Victorian Government, who are the project's funding body, before proceeding to the next stage.

If you are interested in receiving a brief report with more detail on what was heard through the engagement phase or would like to be involved in the next phase of the project, contact organisers.

Thanks again for you involvement so far and I look forward to getting back soon with a further update.

Social Change Projects
Post: PO Box 303, Carlton South, VIC 3053 Australia
Daniel on behalf of the LGBTIQ+ M&F Team!

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | September 2019


Best wishes for less Suffering, more Happiness with Good Health and Time to Enjoy it. Welcome to Hebrew calendar 5779-5780.

Forgive the intrusion, this month's Grabs for personal consideration.

Let’s begin by sharing an insight:
“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” Malcolm Forbes
Discuss with sincerity. Deny untruth. Dismiss unuseful. Accept useful. Adapt to change. Adopt least effort most benefit. Adept with sharing. Enjoy throughout. As each case may be. Round. And again. Or not.

-- Media Words
-- TED Talks
-- Guest Sings
-- Street Jives
-- Wisdom Reconciles
-- Challenge Reflects
-- Topic Round-Ups
-- Community Engages
-- Acknowledgement
-- Subscribe
-- Unsubscribe

Approx 5 min reads

Dilvin Yasa explores overcoming obstacles, catalysts for change, writing “These three people had a second chance at life. This what they did with it” via The Brisbane Times

Vivian Quynh Pham explores ethnicity, religiousity, diversity of pathways to unconditional love and reconciliation of cost of loving, in “Why I’ve stopped coming out to my mum” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Carolyn Webb explores an example of personal expression, public art, social activism, harnessing silence and marking time as witness, revealing why “Artist Liu Bolin brings a touch of camouflage to Ballarat International Foto Biennale” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Jewel Topsfield explores a client-centred approach to healing, revealing “The street doctor service treating Melbourne's homeless” via The Age

Michael Fowler explores how being in a supportive environment helps develop life skills and fosters engagement, revealing how “Gypsy loved maths, but couldn't afford a computer” via The Age

Louise Rugendyke explores the social benefits of building bridges between generation gaps, shining a spotlight on why “Old People's Home For Four Year Olds is raw and real but necessary TV” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Sarah Schmidt explores the value of refuge, communicating with environment, and living reflection, revealing why “In the shocking suburban silence, a local library changed everything” via The Age

Judith Ireland explores affording independence, facilitated housesharing and complements attracting as “Homesharing proposed as solution for disability, aged care” via The Age

Jewel Topsfield explores refuges for roughsleepers and providing access to services, potentially turning a “New chapter for the homeless as City Library hires social worker” via The Age

Joanne Brookfield explores innovation and engaging ways to identify others’ needs and increase equitable societies, sharing “Kindness and compassion are alive and well in Melbourne” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Megan Backhouse explores an Australian abroad with deep roots and high reach, in “Tree Change: the evolving story of eucalypts in China” via The Age

Colin Kruger explores diverse perspective, enriching vision, and potential contributions refugees can make to a nation’s future, citing how this “Cricket fan puts Australian tech firm Altium at the crease for global success” via WA Today

Stephen A. Russell explores historical ties, living culture and moving modern presence, revealing reasons why “Bangarra's 30 years of Sixty Five Thousand: the fire still burns” via The Brisbane Times

Jewel Topsfield explores valuing accessibility, convenience and natural environments for improving neighborhoods, revealing “Walking all over: The suburbs with 20-minute ambitions” via The Age

Cameron Woodhead explores exploitation, freedom and self-realization, reviewing “Wild Cherries explores theme of modern slavery” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Julie Power explores a project giving voice to place, people and profile, starting with “50 words: From hello to kangaroo, new map of Indigenous languages of Australia” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Rebecca Barber explores reasons why “Seventy years on, the Geneva Conventions are more relevant than ever” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Andrea Black explores innovative approaches to fostering a love of inquiry-led interactive learning, revealing “Six of the best futuristic libraries” via

Cat Woods explores how mindful recreation, neighborhood stewardship and giving back can connect individuals with belonging while having fun, revealing how “Plogging is the fitness fad that's good for the environment” via The Age

Jack Nicholls explores grassroots disruption economics to focus attention by greater society about climate change, stating the case behind “Rising force: How Extinction Rebellion hopes to make a difference” via The Age

Melissa Fyfe explores examples of building community spirit, environmental custodianship and living reachable Dreams, citing examples of “Sustainable housing: the home owners building an eco-friendly future” via The Age

10-20min presentations

Cassie De Pecol: The real reason I traveled to 196 countries (14 mins)

Paula Stone Williams: I've lived as a man & a woman -- here's what I learned (15 mins)

Maurice Conti: The incredible inventions of intuitive AI (15 mins)

Judson Brewer: A simple way to break a bad habit (9 mins)

Margaret Heffernan: The human skills we need in an unpredictable world (16 mins)

Approx 5 min presentation

East Journey Ft Yothu Yindi: Song Of Arnhem Land (Salas/Moore mix)

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street: Respect | Word on the Street

Approx 20 min presentation

ABC: Backroads: Episode 5 Kulin, WA (28 min)
280kms from Perth, Kulin is home to less than 400 people. From the 'Tin Horse Highway' - horse-shaped sculptures made out of 44 gallon drums to a giant waterslide, the quirky town is known for its generosity of spirit.

Approx 30 min presentation + reflection times

If desired, a short selection of publicly available material on a chosen theme for personal reflection.

For best results, sit comfortably with a straight back, have headphones in a shared space, after each clicked link, allow a little reflection with your personally-held view before clicking on the next link.

Get ready to Reflect!
Choose your playing level:
Be introduced at 1.
Be soothed at 2-4.
Be shocked at 5.
Be inspired at 6.
Fuller illumination 1-6.
You be the judge. Or not.

Cryptic Clue:
What are some of the many ways to describe love?

1. Inspire
2. Perspire
3. Collaborate
4. Engage: Test for personal circumstances, if useful keep, if unuseful discard, if exceeds needs, share mindfully
5. Endure: Adapt for present times without sacrificing intent
6. Endear: (Inspiring Others To Tend the Flame) live/ demonstrate/ inspire/ teach experience with others

Middle English: from Old French proces, from Latin processus = progression, course, from the verb procedere;  from pro- = forward + cedere = go. (see proceed). Current senses of the verb date from the late 19th century.
  1. a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. Ie, military operations could jeopardize the peace process. 
  2. a natural series of changes. Ie, the ageing process. 
  3. a systematic series of mechanized or chemical operations that are performed in order to produce something. Ie, the manufacturing process is relatively simple. 
  4. (Computing) an instance of a program being executed in a multitasking operating system, typically running in an environment that protects it from other processes. 
  5. (Printing) relating to or denoting printing using ink in three colours (cyan, magenta, and yellow) and black to produce a complete range of colour. Ie, "process inks” or “4-Colour Process". 
  6. (Law) a summons or writ requiring a person to appear in court. 
  7. (Biology & Anatomy) a natural appendage or outgrowth on or in an organism, such as a protuberance on a bone. 
  8. performance of a series of mechanical or chemical operations on (something) in order to change or preserve it. Ie, the salmon is quickly processed after harvest to preserve the flavour. 
  9. ordered dealing with (someone or something) using an official procedure. Ie, the immigration authorities process new arrivals. 
  10. ordered movement, walk or march of an organised group. Ie, the band processed down the aisle.
  11. (Computing) operate on (data) by means of a program.

From Middle English; from Latin accessus, from the verb accedere = to approach; from ac = to + cedere = go (see accede).
  1. means or opportunity to approach or enter a place. Ie, the staircase gives access to the top floor. Ie, modern buildings include wheelchair access as a default. Ie, studio apartments have bathroom facilities accessed via the bedroom. 
  2. right or opportunity to use or benefit from something. Ie, library members have access to a computer. Ie, awards to help people gain access to training. 
  3. right or opportunity to approach or see someone. Ie, we were denied access to our doctor without an appointment. 
  4. process of obtaining or retrieving information stored in a computer's memory. Ie, this prevents unauthorized access or inadvertent deletion of the file. Ie, information can be accessed from several files and displayed at the same time.
  5. denoting broadcasting produced by minority and specialist interest groups, rather than by professionals: access television. 
  6. (literary) an attack or outburst of an emotion. Ie, I was suddenly overcome with an access of rage. 

From mid-16th century; from Latin successus, from the verb succedere = come close after; from sub- = close to + cedere = go. (see succeed).

  1. reaching desired outcome; the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. Ie, the president had some success in restoring confidence.
  2. reaching measurable outcome; the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status. Ie, the success of her play.
  3. accomplisher of desired outcome; a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc. Ie, to judge from league tables, the school is a success. Ie, among her peers, she was a success story of that year.
  4. (archaic) the good or bad outcome of an undertaking. Ie, the good or ill success of their maritime enterprises.


-- Chant Mantrastyle

One strategy to not getting bogged down by process is to know what/how/why to access understanding, experience and wisdom, and where/when to measure success with all, some or sum of the above meanings.
Or not.
As the case may be.

This is universal basis of re:lig:ion (again:uniting:energy). Here in this email, we'll hear it as countless sounds: of thoughts, words and actions wishing, causing and receiving less Suffering and more Happiness. For benefit initially of the individual increasing in beneficiaries until it includes all across all times and directions.

It is not personal, it just the way things are.