This has been one of the questions that Hunter Johnson, Jamin Heppell and I have been asking ourselves as co-founders of The Man Cave; a preventative mental health program that engages boys and young men through workshops that deconstructs masculinity and redefines what it means to ‘be a man’ in Australian society today. Since October … More The Man Cave
I believe that grit is an undervalued element of life. Grit can mean the difference between standing strong or simply standing by. It can be the difference between pushing through or being pushed over. Grit even sounds like its a gritty word as it forms on the back of your tongue, rolls across the roof … More Shifting Sands
At the beginning of the year, I always find myself in a reflective state of mind about the year that I have just had and what I would like for the year ahead. Normally, January and February are awash with social events with friends and family, then settling back into work before I really get … More Seven BIG questions!
I recently returned from Pormpuraaw, which is a remote community on the Cape York Peninsular. We were invited to facilitated three days of workshops with over 100 young Aboriginal people from the surrounding communities. Together we worked towards a vision for communities and recommendations from the young people to community leaders and government. During the course … More Legacy: Trust Delegated
Twelve months ago, I found myself in an audience surrounded by 300 young people at the Sydney Opera House. We were about to hear a personal story from one of Australia’s leading young social entrepreneurs, Elliot Costello. I’ve known Elliot for sometime and watched as his organisation YGAP has gone from strength to strength and … More Become a Polished Man
I am very excited to introduce Pinyas and Vincent, the headmasters at two remote schools in Papua New Guinea passionate about their students success through education. Through Mind Garden Projects, we will be supporting their schools to provide the basic resources they need to ensure their students have the best opportunity to receive a life … More Mind Garden Projects Launch!
After a whirlwind 6 months with the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy and a number of other initiatives, Kate (my fiancé) and I decided it was time to take 3 weeks off and head to warmer weather. We set off to my fathers land in Papua New Guinea to meet up with my parents, older … More Thinking that Grows…
The National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA) brought together 50 Indigenous young people from across Australia to connect, share and lead youth-led campaigns on issues they are passionate about. It was an amazing week, and one of the toughest I’ve endured as a facilitator. It had up’s and down’s but amazing things happen when you … More A Gathering of Inspired Minds
(Original Speech from TEDx Bond University 16th May 2014) There is a beautiful story from where I grew up, on the lands of the Gomeroi people of NSW. It speaks of a cycle that has been weaving itself through humanity for thousands of years. It says that when we pass away our spirit returns to … More Leading a resurgence of political participation in our generation.
In my blog ‘The Disciplined Non-Conformist’ I stated that ‘In every generation there are people who are born into the world that possess a keen eye for human error, injustice and oppression and wield an ability to hold the mirror up to society and say something is not right.’ In the past I often found … More Curiosity: First step to changing the world