She has the red sand under her skin

Donna Giliam wandered Australia for years – from the desert to the Kimberley to the tropics and back to the desert again. During this time, she worked and studied hard with her eldest daughter in tow. After years of travel and immersion in some of Australia’s most remote indigenous communities, Donna finally finished her studies Read More

Privilege at its finest

Sometimes it feels nice to complain. Let’s admit it, we all do it and some more than others.   I’m not a big complainer at all. Usually I get on with it, and have little patience for unnecessary complaints. But as I said, sometimes it is nice to complain, and in those moments all you Read More

Stories from Carrying Everest # 3: Identity and Its Preservation

Call it a myth, call it a story, call it a sequence of sacred tales. To the Kulung, it is known as Riddum (or Mundum/Mundhum) and since time immoral, these series of memories and fables have been shared orally from one generation to the next to depict the origins of the cosmos – or simply Read More

Hope beyond Trump’s tax returns

It’s 2017. Looking out only for yourself is encouraged, being outright mean is a-okay, and young people are apparently less empathetic than their parents. These days you have to work hard to find signs of hope. But from talking to school students, I’ve found that these signs do exist. Last week, MSNBC got a hold Read More

If I was appointed the Minister for Education in Afghanistan…

Imagine you were appointed the Minister for Education in Afghanistan. Imagine you had the power to change anything you wanted about the schools across the country. Tell me, what would you do?   What changes would you make in primary schools, high schools and universities? Do you think boys and girls should study in a Read More

Yes, She Is Muslim

Dina went to a bar. Yes. She went several times to a jazz bar and salsa club in Ghent, Belgium. You might be thinking “so what?,” but you see, Dina is a young Muslim girl from Indonesia and shouldn’t go to these kind of places. They’re considered a place of sin by some Muslims. I Read More

Your racism is disguised as ‘free speech’

Seeing the hate that has been directed towards Muslims recently over the past few months in Australia, I feel incredibly sad. It shows that we haven’t yet learnt from our past mistakes. I grew up in Australia during the first era of Pauline Hanson. I remember her maiden speech in Parliament in 1996, where she Read More

Climate Warriors Pray for the Pacific

It was the October 17th 2015 and thirty 350.org Pacific Climate Warriors had just blockaded the largest coal port in the world in Newcastle, Australia. They had done this using traditionally made hand carved canoes to send a very clear message to Australia: that the continued expansion of the fossil fuel industry was exporting destruction Read More

Do you ever think about death?

Harry: Do you ever think about death?
 Sally: Yes.
 Harry: Sure you do, a fleeting thought that jumps in and
 out of the transom of your mind. I spend hours, I spend days...
 Sally: And you think that makes you a better person.
 Harry: Look, when the shit comes down I'm gonna be prepared
and you're Read More

Stories from Carrying Everest # 2: Lessons and Insights of Immersion

We crossed a line. That fuzzy, indeterminate, unfixed space between tourist and local. Between outsider and insider. It’s a bizarre, privileged and delicate place to be. When a project or opportunity invites your full immersion, the stakes are higher. The lessons are steeper, your participation in all types of activities is acutely important, and your Read More

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