Jessica Sanders took the book industry by storm when she created the first iteration of her book, Love Your Body through Kickstarter in 2018. Two years later the book is available in 26 countries and received the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) for Small Publishers Children’s book of the year 2020. Now, Jessica is releasing her new book, Be Your Own Man. In this interview, Jessica explains why she believes the current definition of masculinity is hurting boys and men.
A guest post by Donna “The Astronomer” Burton Associate Lecturer at University of Southern Queensland and Astronomer in Charge Milroy Observatory Coonabarabran
If you don’t know the definitions of factory farming, sustainable farming, ethical farming or organic farming, or how they differ from each other, you’re not alone, according to recent research by Frontier Pets Founder, Diana Scott. In this interview, Diana shares her vision for ending Factory Farming, and explains why this should be a shared goal among all Australians.
In Australia, people from a CALD background have a significantly lower level of access to mental health care and support in the wider community, with many not seeking help or support. Following his recent appointment as Multicultural Mental Health Ambassador for the Northern Territory, Mathews David shares his views on the value and role of mental health programs and policies for CALD communities.
A guest post from the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) National President, Christine Craik.
Young people are particularly experiencing real stress and anxiety around climate change, with four in five Australian students recently reporting they are very anxious, and one in five saying they would not or have fewer children because of climate change. In this interview, Dr Sally Gillespie outlines how she has applied her studies and experiences with Jungian psychology to help others and publish a book on climate consciousness.
Youth Advocate, Jahin Tanvir, believes the pandemic has seen young people’s needs and concerns largely overlooked, and there is a growing need to effectively engage with today’s youth so they are empowered to withstand the current challenges and uncertainty. With recent research highlighting how rarely young people are quoted in media, despite the growing volume of issues directly impacting today’s youth, Tanvir encourages young people to continue using their voices to drive the changes they want to see in society.
Aarti Bajaj is the creative director of groundbreaking production company, Wild Dreamer Productions. Bajaj recently rejected the words “white” and “brown” on the set of her major stage production, believing the terms to inhibit inclusiveness and diversity. She said her aim is to offer actors, dancers, singers and composers a platform to showcase their talent, without being hindered by their ethnicity. In this interview, Bajaj shares experiences from her career in production, and her views on the representation of ethnicity on screen.
Digital accessibility has long-been misunderstood and overlooked as a complex and costly exercise. But high-profile court cases like the 2015 case against Coles in 2015, which has led to significant changes and new initiatives to make online experiences more accessible, demonstrate that accessibility isn’t a ‘niche’ area and in fact impacts the lives and autonomy of millions of people.
Managing and understanding climate change will be critical to the sustainability of all industries, communities, and ways of life. At the core of this challenge, is science communicators, who carry the heavy responsibility of ensuring their extensive research and studies of this field are accurately communicated to the public. In this interview, Dr Linden Ashcroft shares her experiences as a climatologist and her views on how the field is changing.
A guest post from Susan Moylan-Coombs, Founding Director of The Gaimaragal Group. Gaimaragal Group is a First Nations organisation established to lead social change and create social impact by bringing together like minds and like spirits.
For article #101 of Echo Chamber Escape, experts and community leaders were asked: What can people who have never experienced racism do to better understand what it is, its impact, and how they can contribute to removing racism from society?
For article #100 of Echo Chamber Escape, experts and community leaders were asked: What can we as a society be doing to eradicate racism in our communities?
Alissa Musto has experienced first-hand the impacts of changes across both the entertainment and cruise liner industries due to the coronavirus pandemic. In this interview, Alissa shares how she started her career in entertainment, and how she is managing the changes due to the current pandemic.
Ableism – or discrimination against people with disabilities – has had detrimental impacts on immigration policies and immigrants, suicide rates among people with disabilities, and social acceptance and stigmatisation by society. Unfortunately, many have seen ableism have an accelerated impact during the coronavirus pandemic. In this interview, Encalada shares his views on how research can make a difference, how research has failed to help in the past, and the importance of involving people with disabilities in research programs as researchers.