From gatherings in community halls, to the corridors of Parliament, and the boardrooms of business, people have power right across the spectrum to raise their voices and fight for a fair and just society.
Insight 15 – People taking power is out, with loads of inspiring articles describing the many ways this is being done right across Victoria.
Senator Ricky Muir talks about the power of representing the voices of real people in federal Parliament, particularly those who have experienced poverty and disadvantage.
Emma King talks about the power of the community sector to be society’s ‘fifth estate’ equal in stature and influence to other domains traditionally seen as wielding power – the government, the media and the courts.
Victorian Yorta Yorta man Ian Hamm highlights the great strengths of Aboriginal communities, and how recognising these can help bridge the gaps.
Lisa McKenzie introduces readers to The Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project, which has helped community members connect, listen to each other and develop programs to help overcome poverty in the state’s north.
Human rights advocate Joumanah El Matrah shares her views on the power of advocacy, and discusses the inner strength advocates need to succeed.
Alan Attwood describes how The Big Issue has worked for 20 years with “people who are used to being invisible”, building community resilience, self-esteem and opportunities.
Professor Tony Vinson talks about the importance of having hard evidence and a clarity of purpose when advocating for stronger communities over the long term.
Many other pieces also touch on the power of business, the justice system, the microfinance industry, online democracy, young people and the community sector as a whole to help people overcome poverty and disadvantage.
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A big thanks to all our fantastic authors and contributors who have made this edition of Insight possible. We hope that in reading through their articles, you will feel empowered to take power and keep striving for a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, prosper and live a good life.
We hope you enjoy this excellent edition of Insight – People taking power.