Humans of the World Unite

Humans of the World Unite! #humansingeelong were thrilled to recently catch up with Humans of Singapore @humansofsg and @Humans of Bournemouth, UK. It was an opportunity to connect and share amazing ideas. Unfortunately, I just missed catching up with Cathy of @Humans of London who had a work commitment but we are corresponding via email. Each of these inspirational groups aim to create a better world by featuring heart-warming and inspirational stories on the locals of their cities.

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Pictured here are Eun and Sidd from Humans of Singapore. Sidd took over running the project from a friend and Eun, who has just moved to Singapore, is keen to help. She had a brilliant idea – ‘it’d be great to get all the Humans of/in from all around the world together for a conference where we could learn from each other.’ Let us know if you’d like to sponsor that one!

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Mangroves from the Water, Zahidah

As an artist I see the importance and the beauty of the mangroves. I feel connected to nature, with a sense of responsibility to protect them by producing art highlighting their beauty and importance.  I’m very much aware that mangrove forests contain some of the highest carbon eating stocks of any forest type ( Also, that the forests cover around 2 per cent of the 2,000 kilometres of Victorian coastline (  Mangroves are important; the trees and the associated sea grasses are very effective in reducing carbon from the air and providing us with oxygen in our age of global warming.’ We hear from Artist Zahidah Zeytoun Millie.

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‘My family and I have been living in Geelong since last July having moved from the UAE.  I have started kayaking on the Barwon River; in Geelong, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads; and also upon Swan Bay.  I have also visited the mangroves of Corio Bay.  I’m in search of the mangroves in order to sketch them using water colours. Interestingly, I find myself having to pick up plastic bags, just as I used to in the mangroves of the UAE.

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The One that was Different, Brooke

It’s National Youth Week. ‘The message I wanted to get out there, is that stereotyping and discrimination is wrong. Everyone is different in their own way and it’s ok to be different.’ We hear from Brooke Blaney (pictured here) who wrote the children’s book ‘The One that was Different’. ‘My lead character April has orange hair. Some of the other kids tease her but everything is turned around when April discovers that so many of the kids are different. You just don’t always see it.

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‘I knew what I wanted to Inquire into for our Grade 6 Exhibition at Highton Primary. I wanted to find out more about stereotyping. We also had to choose a way to take action. Initially, I thought I could write an article for the popular UK magazine MC1R which is all about Red Heads. MC1R is known as the red hair gene. But then that’s not the group of people that need convincing, so I went with a children’s book to pass on the message that stereotyping and discrimination shouldn’t happen.

‘I came up with the idea of using fingerprints for my characters because they are all different, they express individuality and uniqueness. The text is a mixture of story and speech bubbles.

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Blues Boot Camp, Wayne

‘The young people we have each time are inspirational! Blues Boot Camp is a two-day workshop engaging 30 – 40, 13-25 year-old students. We encourage teamwork, communication, and cooperation. It’s about music industry skills including OH&S, group and ensemble tuition, we talk about marketing, responsible use of social media, stagecraft, sound reinforcement, song writing and of course – performance. The public outcome is a performance with both students and tutors.’ We hear from founder Wayne Jury.

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‘It started while I was the Music Director of the Echuca Winter Blues Festival. The first Blues Boot Camp was in July 2009 in Echuca just prior to the festival, in fact we opened the festival with the Blues Boot Camp concert featuring all the participants. It was a full house.

‘There were a lot of teenagers in the district with a passion for music but not a lot of avenues to express it. I was bringing 150 musicians to Echuca for the festival and I thought let’s get a few musicians a few days before the festival and we’ll do some workshops for those teenagers. This year will be the 10th anniversary!

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A Zero Waste Event.

Here’s a real treat for locals, a fun family concert – ‘Western Australia’s Formidable Vegetable Sound System (FVSS) are the world’s most triumphant experiment in ecological electro-funk-swing, busting out energetic, quirky mashups of speakeasy-style antique-beats with live ukulele, hyperactive horns and the principles of permaculture…’ And they’re coming to Freshwater Creek! Friday 13th April 5 – 9.30pm. Have a fun filled night out, dancing to permaculture tunes in The Farmer’s Place garden and celebrating all the goodness in our community! Geelong Sustainability and Transition Streets Geelong are proud to be making this a Zero Waste Event.

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FVSS played recently at the National Permaculture Conference in Canberra. In February they played for the launch of David Holmgren’s new book ‘RetroBurbia’ at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne.

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Organisers tell us ‘This outdoor event and will go ahead rain, hail or shine. Just not lightning… cos that’d be dangerous. Please come dressed suitably for a Freshwater Creek Autumn evening. BYO picnic rug! The Farmer’s Place is a licensed venue, so please don’t BYO food or drinks. Food stalls will be onsite with a range of fresh, local, seasonal and sustainable treats.

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A Fresh Legacy, Kyrstie

‘Visiting Italy had always been a dream. My passion for cooking fresh, homegrown food won me a trip there. I loved being immersed in the Italian culture.’ We hear from Blogger and Author, Kyrstie Barcak of Highton. ‘I started my blog Grow fresh, Cook Fresh, 6 years ago. My passion sparked from wanting my children to grow up without eating the additives and preservatives that are present in food. I’m part of the ‘go back to basics’ movement.’

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‘We lived in Melbourne when my first son was born and I spent 3 years trying to grow vegies. We had 2 acres in the Yarra Rangers but nothing would grow there because the gum trees sucked all the goodness out of the soil.

‘This block where we live now was a blank slate apart from a couple of fruit trees. The soil is rich and fertile. I love being in the garden and cooking homegrown organic produce for my kids. I started sharing recipes and planting information and practised my love of photography on the blog. Recipes for brands paid to keep the blog going. After 3 years of blogging I won the trip to Italy. My husband and I were in Florence for my Birthday, it was magical and we enjoyed a month over there being immersed in the culture. I’d studied Italian at school and going to Italy had always been my No 1 dream.

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Reimagine – the world according to children’s books

Looking for something to do with the kids over the school holidays? The Geelong Gallery is featuring a delightful exhibition of Australian children’s book illustrations. It’s called ‘Reimagine – the world according to children’s books’ and showcases acclaimed Indigenous and non-Indigenous illustrators. The Gallery is open daily 10am – 5pm and entry is free.

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Works range in scale from intimate to immense. Geelong Gallery is thrilled to premiere an exceptional, major new work by local illustrator, Robert Ingpen. (Pictured here). Some of the most recognisable characters from the history of children’s stories and nursery rhymes including Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Toad of Toad Hall, Humpty Dumpty, Pinocchio, the Tin Man, Bunyip Bluegum and the hairy Peruvians who voyaged in the artist’s own creation, the Poppykettle are painted across almost seven metres.

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