Hey there – I’m Leah, the Founder and Director of Freethinker Co.
My favourite joy in the world is to have a conversation. Sometimes they’re light, filled with synchronicities and comical. Other times, they’re challenging, confronting and laced with pain.
Fuelled by curiosity, I tend to ask a flurry of questions and soon enough, will be knee deep in conversation with someone I’ve just met or known for some time. Parts of their life, who they care most about, their doubts and concerns, and their most vivid of dreams are soon revealed. Sometimes the most intricate of details will have me so fascinated, the conversation will detour down a path I could never have envisioned. I use to wonder why I was the one asking all the questions, but now I know…
On the hunt for stories with meaning, I scour the globe in search on them. I’m infatuated with words and can decipher between the noise and the gold in our heavily flooded online world and believe (without a question of a doubt) that when we communicate ‘consciously,’ we can create widespread change – the positive, equitable and sustainable kind.
Because ultimately, I believe we all just want to be heard.
Stories are the backbone of our communities. They are what keep us connected and communing, and I think the more we celebrate our difference and unite in our sameness, the better the world is.
I’m a storyteller, activist, editor, international development worker and a communications consultant all rolled into one (now try and say that fast!)
The personal bits: I’m also a yoga teacher who feels most connected and herself with her feet in the sand starring up at the moon or when playing with her dog. I live at North Avoca on Australia’s Central Coast of NSW and I have been traveling this grand and marvellous world of ours since before I could crawl (so thankful for my adventurous parents!) I get lost in new cultures, places and people, and learn from their values and ways of life. I am collecting along the way the bits that resonate with me most to add to the life I want to live and lead.
I believe if we connect – human to human – factions, frictions and silos dissolve.
I believe stories strengthen this connection and bridge worlds between ‘us’ and ‘them’; between you and I.
I hope you agree.
I’ve been very fortunate to study and learn under brilliant teachers at brilliant institutions:
- BA of Communications (specialising in Social Inquiry) at the University of Technology, Sydney.
- BA of International Studies (specialising in Indonesian) University of Technology, Sydney and Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogjakarta, Indonesia.
- Masters of International Social Development at the University of NSW, Sydney.
- Trained journalist with News Limited.
I’ve been privileged to work and collaborate with thought leaders and change makers in the social, cultural, environmental and creative fields, some of which include:
Leah is a writer, human rights activist and social researcher who is driven to strengthen human connection through our stories. Her communication consultancy and storytelling platform Freethinker Co. is a place to celebrate our difference and to unite in our sameness. Using her experience as a journalist and international development worker, she supports the socially conscious to platform their voice and create positive, equitable and sustainable change.
I am deeply passionate about supporting and mentoring writers to tell stories consciously to create change for the greater social good. I’m honoured to introduce you to our team of international storytellers who are doing just that. You can read their words here. These stories are the type of stories worth telling. Stories that inspire, empower and educate from the inside out.
If you would like to work with us, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
It’s an honour to have you here.