We’ve been busy over the last six months with projects continuing, two new projects starting out and several under construction. Here are our latest projects to reach the implementation stage, as well as two that are under construction:
In November 2016 we ran a roundtable on the potential for algal farming to contribute to solutions for a range of problems we face. The project team, including Julian Cribb, Ian Falconer, Graeme Pearman and Australia21’s Bob Douglas and Paul Barratt, is now working on a report from the roundtable.
In September 2016, Dame Marie Bashir launched the Australia21/FearLess essay volume on trauma-related stress in Australia. Former AFP Commissioner and former Australia21 deputy chair, Mick Palmer, is working with Australia21 to plan a 2017 round table of first responders on the issue of trauma-related stress.
The team of teachers at Cowandilla Primary School in South Australia has been piloting a drug education program, inspired by our 2014 Smarter about Drugs forum and supported by Australia21’s illicit drug law reform champion and President of the Drug Law Reform Foundation, Dr Alex Wodak, and Australia21 Director, Deb Lavis.
The empathy project, under the leadership of Australia21 Director Dr Lynne Reeder, is branching off into exciting new areas with the establishment of MEC Australia, a network to connect the dots in the mindfulness, empathy and compassion space. To be officially launched soon.
And projects or follow-up events that are under construction:
We’re planning an early 2017 launch of the report from our third illicit drugs roundtable. The project team, including former AFP Commissioner, Mick Palmer, and Australia21 Directors, Alex Wodak, Bob Douglas, Paul Barratt and Lyn Stephens are working with the roundtable participants to finalise the report.
Our Honorary Youth Advisors, Luke Hutchins and Rebecca Bunn, along with the YA21 committee, YA21 co-chair and Australia21 Director, Peter Yuile, and Executive Officer, Anne Quinn are developing a project to find out how young people are faring in the changing world of work. We’re looking for funding and hoping to roll the project out in 2017.
We hope we’re helping to shape a better future for all Australians!