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This week we interview one of the world’s leading climate action warriors, Bill McKibben. Bill began as a writer, where his passion for the story and his love of nature drew him to write the first popular global book about climate change - The
Australian party politics can seriously lack diversity. This conversation is about how that can be changed. Osmond Chiu has been pushing to increase cultural diversity in the Australian Labor Party for a while. Today he shares some of the triu
In what ways are public servants ChangeMakers, and how can advocacy groups build more powerful relationships with them? This chat is with one of Australia’s most senior former public servants - Peter Shergold - who was a senior official in both
The 2022 Australian Election is all about the Independent ‘Teal’ Candidates - but where did this Independent movement come from? Today we talk with Nick Haines, Voices for Indi activist, and son of Helen Haines, Member for Indi, about how it al
This is the first of two episodes about people power in election campaigns. Today we feature a campaign by the Australian digital campaign group GetUp. This independent community movement worked to change the electoral outcome in the Tasmanian
Across the world statues and symbols dedicated to slave owners and colonialists are being removed. But before that movement started in the United States and the United Kingdom, it began in Cape Town. The is the story of #RhodesMust Fall and the
What would it take for the goodies of the world to have a growing, exponential set of resources to finance how we make change? Josh Ross explores the idea of venture philanthropy and his not-for-profit ticketing organisation Humanitix. His comp
Resistance to the war in Ukraine is strong, in Ukraine and also in Russia. This episode is about a housing campaign by Russian dissidents recorded in 2017. These families came together to defend urban forests - large parklands that serve as bac
The Disability Movement famously argues ‘nothing about us without us.’ Wenn Lawson lives this creed as a world leading autistic advocate and researcher who has helped change how we understand autism and neurodivergence. He shares his journey, i
Australia locks up asylum seekers if they attempt to get here by boat. But the refugees that have been subject to indefinite detention on Manus Island and in Australian hotels have resisted. Mostafa Azimitabar, Moz, has led refugee resistance f
Examining the tough relationships between mainstream progressive parties and movements in Australia, host Amanda Tattersall looks back at her own experience. She tells the story of the 2001-2004 refugee movement’s attempt to shift the Australia
Need a dose of inspiration - we have plenty of stories and interviews ready for you in 2022. Ready for release once a fortnight on Tuesday See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Four years ago on Invasion Day 2018 Tarneen Onus-Williams was relentlessly and violently trolled on Twitter for a speech she gave at a protest. Social media abuse tries to shut people down. It is frighteningly common for women, for Indigenous w
The Hong Kong 2019 protests were some of the largest protests ever seen in the world, and they didn’t come from nowhere. This episode explains some of the history behind the social movements in Hong Kong - from Tiananmen Square to local democra
The war on drugs has been a failed battle for decades. But what could we be doing differently? And what is a church doing running a facility where illegal drugs can be used openly? And why? For more on the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre
No matter what your beliefs, the moral of the Bethlehem story is that when people are in need they need compassion. While Australia’s refugee policies have infrequently followed this, Australian people have. This is the story of Baby Asha - an
How can we hold together big ambition for social change on issues like climate alongside the small work required to build powerful connections across our diversity and difference? This piece explores the tensions of scale between big and small,
Could there be a single lever in the global marketplace that could transform the stakes for climate change? What about the insurance industry.  Over the past 5 years insurance has been turned upside down by a nimble network of climate campaign
If Glasgow tells us anything - the people of the world will need to keep coming together if the politicians of the world are to ever stop climate change. But that begs the question - what does it take for people to come together powerfully? Esp
Across her career, Meena has led large-scale technological changemaking networks in the Global South. She has developed the resources that have allowed communities to work with each other to respond to crisis and disaster - from floods to Covid
Covid has changed the world - not just the pandemic - but equally the challenges and changes to our human systems - how we relate and work together. We recorded this episode back in May 2020 at the beginning of the crisis. It explores three sto
Jane McAlevey is a fierce advocate for winning social change through organising. Her organising method, grounded in decades of experience, mentorship, and the battles of many movements across US history, is that workers and people need to lead
This week we explore what it would take to build a movement for nature. Sam Rye is a manager at the Conservation Volunteers Australia. He has been involved in a lifetime of work around regeneration and in networks involving decentralised leader
We talk to one of the biggest names in US community organising, Ernie Cortes. We chat about the history of organising, exploring how it has changed and how it has created a powerful network of organisers that spans the globe. Ernie reflects on
As Afghanistan falls again to the rule of the Taiban, we want to share a lesser-known story of hope - the work of the Kabul Peace House. During the 2000s in the mountains of central Afghanistan, soon after the US invasion, a remarkable but unli
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