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Political Hope
I have distinct memories of New Year’s Eve 2019 in Manly. I was very conflicted that we had the fireworks, because we’d had such a long bushfire season and already terrible air pollution. I’d just been to all of the end-of-year ceremonies at local sc
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Truth In A Confused World
I remember the day that Kevin Rudd apologised to the Stolen Generations. It was a sunny afternoon and everyone at work had gathered around the radio. I recall looking out through the plate glass windows to the cloudless sky with tears in my eyes. It 
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On Healing
In 2016 my partner and I bought a wooden cottage on 10 acres of land, on an ecotone where the woodlands meet the foothills of the mountains. The area had been logged relentlessly in the 1950s. One by one, the tall trees of the old growth cedar forest
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Keeping the Smoke Hole Open
In Siberian myth, when you want to hurt someone, you crawl into their tent and close the smoke hole. That way God can’t see them. Close the smoke hole and you break connection to the divine world. Mountains, rivers, trees. Close the smoke hole and we
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Jess Scully Is A Leader With Vision
SUBJECT Jess Scully OCCUPATION Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney LOCATION Sydney, Australia DATE July, 2020 Jess Scully is the embodiment of hope. Every time we connect, the conversation expands immediately into a bold, audacious vision of what more we c
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Bayo Akomolafe Seeks Bewilderment
SUBJECT Bayo Akomolafe OCCUPATION Poet, philosopher, psychologist LOCATION Chennai, India DATE July, 2020 In the space of a few weeks, four unrelated people sent me interviews and writings by Bayo Akomolafe, all with a subject line that went someth
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The Great Pivot
This is a time of enormous change. We can no longer deny the impact we are having on our shared home, and how lacking many of the systems we live in actually are when it comes to what matters most. We’ve been reminded of the incredible restorative po
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The Million Jobs Plan
At the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in Australia, a powerful and committed group of people came together to create solutions for one of the biggest economic shocks in the country’s history. What they identified was 1.8 million jobs in clean
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Sally Lewry Dances With Grief
SUBJECT Sally Lewry OCCUPATION Celebrant and artist LOCATION Melbourne, Australia DATE July, 2020 I met Sally Lewry on the eve of the coronavirus outbreak in Australia in early March – back when we were freely sitting in cafés and bumping into each
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Ella Noah Bancroft Returns To Wholeness
SUBJECT Ella Noah Bancroft OCCUPATION Artist and director LOCATION Northern Rivers, Australia DATE July, 2020 Four times a year, in line with the seasons, Ella Noah Bancroft hosts a gathering of women in the hills of Bundjalung country, just inland
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Roman Krznaric Is A Good Ancestor
SUBJECT Roman Krznaric OCCUPATION Author, public philosopher LOCATION Oxford, UK DATE July, 2020 I have a tattoo on the inside on my left wrist that is so small the tattoo artist apologised for charging me at all. “There’s a minimum price, ay,” he
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Good Ancestor Conversations
What have been your most profound experiences of deep time, and how did they affect you? What, for you, are the most powerful reasons for caring about future generations? What legacy do you want to leave your family, your community and for the livi
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PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Berry Liberman EDITOR Nathan Scolaro ART DIRECTOR James Rewell MARKETING MANAGER Jasmin Daly COMMUNITY & OPERATIONS COORDINATOR Miranda Campbell CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Willow Berzin, Jess de Campo, Sarah Darmody, Lydia Fair
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A Moment to Dream
For those who have had the space and inner resources, this year has provided fertile soil to contemplate the world we have created and imagine one we want to live into in the future. In June, we ran two workshops through Small Giants Academy which to
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Dear friend, When we set out to make this issue on all that has risen to the surface in 2020, it wasn’t clear exactly what to say. As I write this, immersed in the incredible reflections and learnings from this year that fill these pages, I am even l
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Fortunate Errors
True story. David Foster, one of the world’s most successful music producers and winner of 16 Grammy awards, had been working late into the night with singer Michael Bolton in a Hollywood studio. It was 2am when they finally left, and Foster headed h
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Our Commitment to Indigenous Australia
At Small Giants Academy, the organisation Dumbo Feather belongs to, our work is to lead our communities towards empathy and the Next Economy – one that supports human flourishing while living in harmony with the natural world. We understand that as w
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This Error Is The Sign Of Love
This error is the sign of love,the crack in the ice where the otters breathe,the tear that saves a man from power,the puff of smoke blown down the chimney one morning,and the widower sighs and gives up his loneliness,the lines transposed in the will
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The Work We Have to Do
On 17 July 2020, the United States lost two legendary freedom fighters, the Rev. CT Vivian and US Congressman John Lewis. The two men were brilliant, disciplined and courageous leaders in the struggle to expand democracy in the United States. To desc
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Fawkner Food Bowls
I grew up in a Catholic parish, which my mother was very involved with, knowing everyone. But at age 15, being queer and a feminist, I rejected the Church and lost a whole world. I briefly found that same sense of connection in the women’s room at un
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Berry Liberman Nathan Scolaro, Helena Norberg-Hodge James Rewell Jasmin Daly Miranda Campbell Danny Almagor, Mitra Anderson-Oliver, Sally Beatie, Sieta Beckwith, Robyn Davidson, Ella Rose Goninan, Clint Hare, Catherine Ingram, Alex Jensen, Anja Lyngb
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The Village Well
The Village Well in the simplest terms is a local lending organisation, similar to a bank. It’s an alternative to putting money with one of the big banks. As we know, banks take the money you deposit, give you a small return, and then lend that money
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Editor
Dear reader, In the first few weeks of lockdown, as conferences and travel were being cleared from my calendar, the two-hour work commute wiped from my day, meetings at coffee shops and catch ups at bars no longer viable, I felt what many have found
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Ceres
CERES is an environmental education centre, urban farm and thriving network of social enterprises located along the Merri Creek in Melbourne, Australia. For thousands of years Wurundjeri people lived on the country where it now stands. The Merri Cree
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The Power of Going Local
Local. A simple concept with the potential to change the world. The antidote to consumer capitalism. The key to solving our seemingly endless ecological crises. A guiding principle to take us back home: to community, to the natural world, and to pros
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Resilient Byron & Renew Fest
My first major experience of the full creative power of community was back in 2014, living for weeks at the anti-gasfield protest camp at Bentley in Northern Rivers NSW. The communal response was epic, and successful, but when I returned to my hometo
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What It Means To Be A Neighbour
When people empty supermarket shelves in a rampage of panic buying, it makes the news. When people charter buses to travel from Melbourne and Sydney to raid the shelves of regional supermarkets, that makes the news. When people come to blows in a sup
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Resilient Channon
The dramatic Mt Nardi/Terania fires of November 2019 made climate change very real and personal for our small rural community of The Channon in Northern NSW. Our rainforests were burning—the same rainforests that had been protected from logging in th
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The Rewards of Investing Locally
One of my favourite cartoons, by the wonderfully weird Gary Larson, is of a crisis clinic on fire, floating down a river, about to plunge over a waterfall. That’s what my life was like in 2008, the year I decided to divorce, start paying child suppor
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David Holmgren Retrofits The Streets
David Holmgren Permaculture educator Nathan Scolaro Brenna Quinlan Hepburn, Australia April, 2020 One of the great legends of our time, David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator of permaculture, which he introduced to the world with his good
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