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Think Act Change: "Talking Sh!t" - Why we need to talk about sanitation.

Sh!t. We all do it. So why do we have such a problem talking about it?

As part of a series of events based around 'breaking taboos', at this months TAC we'll be talking about, yes, you've guessed it, sh!t.....but to be more specific, sanitation. Both here and overseas.

Did you know that diarrhoea related disease is one of the most pressing issues facing the developing world? Over 1.5 million children under five die from diarrhoea each and every year. If we can't talk about sh!t, how on earth can we fix this?

Diarrhoea certainly isn't a sexy cause, but it's one that needs to be addressed. And sanitation isn't just a developing world issue. We don't even think of sanitation as an issue in our cities....but are there more sustainable solutions to the way we live with sanitation here in Sydney?

Join the good folks at TAC to hear some great talks and join the conversation exploring the reasons why we find it so difficult to talk about sh!t in general. And why we need to.

We will also be giving you opportunities to make a difference as we're introducting ACTIONS at our events, so that you can do more than just talk.

 

Speakers include:

TIM O'CONNOR - UNICEF - Director, Advocacy & Communications

 

Tim O’Connor has over fifteen years’ experience in human rights, international development and emergency response across the spectrum of organisations ranging from community based organisations to multilaterals. With a background in law and economics Tim has had the privilege of working with and learning from communities, organisations and individuals across the Pacific, South and East Asia and in northern Africa.

JESS MILLER - GOODY TWO SHOES

Jess consults as Goody Two Shoes and with The Bravery on community engagement and digital strategy specialising in non-profit, behaviour change and sustainability communication.

With an academic background in political science, linguistics and media. Jess has worked for publisher Allen & Unwin, Oxfam Australia and Climate Friendly in media and marketing roles and is an alumnus of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

Jess’s strategies and engagement plans combine traditional marketing and public relations tactics and new/social media tools. Her approach to behaviour change for positive outcomes is to deliver issues and new ways of thinking within a ‘trojan horse’ of positivity and fun, for example through projects like Grow It Local, The Garage Sale Trail, Love Sydney Vote Clover election campaign, Greenups – Sydney’s sustainability drinks and by hosting The Sustainable Living Festival’s only Sydney event, The Better Block Tour.

She has consulted to Medecins Sans Frontieres, Mobile Muster, Australian Ethical, ActionAid Australia, Amnesty Australia, The British Council, The Greens Party, Say Yes!, The United Nations Commission for Refugees, Herman Miller, the Sydney Coastal Council, Real Food Projects and The Raising Children Network to plan and grow their community using a range of online and offline tools.


 

Don't forget about our 60 second shout outs - if you have an idea you need to get out to the world, if you need help on a project or heck, even if you just wanna talk crazy - this is your opportunity to take the stage for 60 seconds. Hit me up to get your name on the list.

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  • Wally R.

    hah! you see we're NOT the only ones talking sh!t!.......found a TED talk (she's a bit 'nicer' calling it crap) and you can see what Rose George is saying about World sanitation...... https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Free-WATER/[masked]

    April 17, 2013

  • Linda van der T.

    Thanks for a great night!

    I am very interested in the website of Gorilla Mindfullness that was mentioned during the 60 second talks, however, I missed out on talking to the founder. Can anyone share the website with me? Thank you!

    1 · April 10, 2013

    • Avis M.

      www.guerrillamindfulness­.net - daragh is in the comments below....

      April 10, 2013

    • Linda van der T.

      Thank you! Haha GUERRILLA it is!

      April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great night - informative, entertaining, thought provoking. I shared Mr Toilet's vision (and film) with my work mates!

    April 10, 2013

  • Sabrina

    Very insightful & engaging, thanks a million Avis!

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Divya H.

    Still stuck at the office. I'm disappointed I can't be there!

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Wally R.

    what a whole lotta sh!t!!!!!!!!!!! Avis it was wonderful thank you! loved Tim talking a whole lotta sh!t.....you talking a whole lotta sh!t - the girl from Victoria really put out a sh!tload of info.....with generally everybody was in agreement! I wrote a long discourse on it this morning here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Free-WATER/[masked] so, take a look, add your thoughts. Thanks, will be there for the next one.

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Jenny

    Hi everyone. Awesome evening - thank you Avis for always sharing your truth! I didn't get a chance to stay for the 60 sec shout outs but in line with the theme or water and sanitation, I thought to share an initiative I am involved in : MINDFUL IN MAY www.mindfulinmay.org Challenge yourself to meditate for 10 minutes per day throughout May while raising money for water infrastructure in the developing world. Clear mind for you, clean water for others www.mindfulinmay.org

    For mindful events in Sydney( leading up to and during the month of May ) see...http://www.mindfulinmay.org/events/

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Daragh B.

    Thanks for a fascinating evening, I learned a lot! For those who wanted to check out my site on the back of my shout-out, it's www.guerrillamindfulness.net

    2 · April 10, 2013

  • Tim L.

    My first time - really interesting session - thanks for co-ordinating Avis. Looking forward to the next one!

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    An awesome evening as always Avis. Wonderful speakers, great venue and I really appreciate your honesty and openness. Thanks so much again for your support of the Avatar Course in giving me a 60 second shout. If there was anyone I didn't manage to get to who would like to know more, just message me. Best wishes for the upcoming launch of Looloo. The video is great.

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Paul C.

    great info
    :)

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Tomy H.

    It was fantastic! Thanks Avis.

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Avis thanks for opportunity to do 60sec shout out. For anyone I missed, go to www.rotary.org and use the club locator to find nearest club. As a Rotarian you can find like-minded people to help you grow your social project part-time and use your profession for good. Thanks again Kate

    2 · April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I've got an Animal Liberation meeting tonight. I'll definitely be at the next event:)

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Mark W.

    Just signing up so I can go next time Avis. Thanks

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Wally R.

    Research shows there is only ONE THING that will fix this worldwide problem. Fresh, clean water. Our Hunter Valley company has a technology 60% completed that makes (fresh, clean) water from air.......about the size of a backpack producing 100 litres a day.

    April 9, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Unfortunately unable to attend this evening. Please keep me posted !

    April 9, 2013

  • Desley H.

    Sorry I won't be able to attend but would have raised the issue of the rest areas without toilets across the Top End (WA, NT, Qld) They becomes disgusting messes of toilet paper floating everywhere, etc yet nothing appears to be done to address issue

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    my first time! looking forward to it.

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to go but going to Animal Liberation on that night. I hope water recycling gets a mention.

    April 8, 2013

  • Jenny

    Hey avis . If there is time, I'd love to do a 60 second shout out about mindful in may . Jen :)

    April 6, 2013

    • Avis M.

      sure thing, just get your name on the list at the door too :)

      April 8, 2013

  • Eva

    Thought you might want to get inspired by looking at this video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrCvrAuW5VU

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Avis I would like to do a 60 second shout out re: Rotary but I can't arrive until about 7:00pm- is this OK? I'm not sure how the event flow usually works.

    April 5, 2013

    • Avis M.

      yep no worries :)

      April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look forward to it

    April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it:)

    April 2, 2013

  • joshua

    Here is some great information about how to improve hygine and sanitation with a combined system. The Integrated Village System in Farende, Togo, West Africa, an appropriate technology project developed by Dr. Ripley D. Fox (1989). http://www.spirulinasource.com

    1 · March 28, 2013

  • Bjorn T.

    I wish I could join but currently in Berlin...

    March 26, 2013

  • Frederick M.

    Hi TAC folks, In case you may be interested, I am hosting a workshop on alternate currencies tomorrow night in Bondi: https://www.facebook.com/events/284710634993563/

    If you do wish to come, please RSVP so I have a better idea of numbers, although, I think there will be many more people than have RSVPed anyway.

    It doesn't have a lot to do with shit, but hey, it's still interesting! :)

    Of course, as I am talking about a completely autonomous currency that has no relation to mainstream ones, its free.

    March 24, 2013

  • Cherry C.

    Looking forward to meet you all.

    March 18, 2013

  • Anne S.

    Great topic, very big issue, is it narrowed to sanitation, or malabsorption. In all children! is the world speeding up .

    1 · March 16, 2013

    • Avis M.

      it's an open conversation - i'm sure we'll get on to a lot of stuff!

      March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ah SH*T! I work on Tuesday evening

    March 12, 2013

  • Jacqui S.

    Can't wait to learn about the taboo topic :P

    March 12, 2013

  • Dean Rees-Evans M.

    Nestled within all the problems of the world, lies the seeds of its solution. The desire in all humans to have a good life is the starting place for a sustainable solution. We all think, that is fact, how we act on that thinking can make a huge difference and bring about a real and tangible change in this world.

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • Dean Rees-Evans M.

    I am sure the evening will be highly stimulating whatever the topic :O)

    February 13, 2013

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