Canvas for Change

Issue #02: By Tenille Gilbert. Impact.

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tenilleI have hit a funny stage of life; a stage that many of you may have already experienced, that some of you may be currently experiencing and that the majority of you will experience at some point.

It’s that stage post the societally depicted journey of life through school, onto further education and then… well, I mean, that’s where it ends. Or at least where it ends for me. I’ve never been one to do things exactly according to script, and so the classic next stages of getting full-time work, buying a house, having a family etc. etc. are a little far from the path that I hope to choose for myself. So it would seem that now is the time to start making some big decisions, to start shaping my own future, and that is where it gets a little scary from my perspective.

For as long as I can remember I have felt some kind of undeniable pull by the universe (or some greater force) to make a difference to this world that we live in. It’s impossible at this time to ignore that humans have created some pretty sad realities for both their fellow humans and the earth. And although at times I wonder if life would be a little easier and if my mind would run at a lower level of stress if I didn’t let these realities bother me, the truth is that they bother me greatly and that I have no intention of standing back and watching them happen.

I joined Crêpes for Change in my second year of uni, with a few volunteer experiences under my belt but other than that very little understanding of where I was heading or how I wanted to make my mark on the world- let’s be honest these wonders haven’t exactly been clarified as yet. However, the idea that a group of young people (average age of about 21 at that stage) could decide that they could make a difference to a significant issue, solely fuelled by passion and an undeniable will, made for the most motivating and exciting environment that I have ever stepped into.

This team is full of some of the most beautiful and inspirational humans that I have ever met, and this is what acts as a constant reminder to me that, although I don’t always feel as if I am making ‘enough’ of a change to the world as an individual, I am a part of a group of people who care deeply and that I am certainly not alone in my efforts to make a difference. That’s pretty cool.

Questions often enter my mind, especially in this tricky time of changes and decisions, as to if I am ever going to reach the high levels of ‘success’ that I have long set for myself (yes I am a chronic over-thinker and am chronically hard on myself). Maybe it’s all about challenging and improving yourself to allow yourself to be the best person you can for this world? Maybe it’s about making changes to your local community and focusing on one issue? Maybe it’s just about doing what feels right?
I’m still not sure, I’m not sure that I’ll ever quite be sure. But what I am sure of is that surrounding myself with others who are motivated and willing to work towards change is one of the best ways that I can feel optimistic about the future of this world. The team at Crêpes for Change, our wonderful partners at Launch, the inspiring young people from the Launch Foyer and the NT Social Change Summit participants (just to name a few), allow me to continue to work towards being the best person I can be and having the best impact that I can. For those of you who are on a similar journey to me, I hope that by opening up about my fears and desires, you may be at least a little liberated to sit within your own uncertainties as you are reminded that you are certainly not alone, and that it is with the power of a team that we can really start to shake up this world.

Katie Mitchell- you’re up.

Issue #01: By Ben Manassah. Media and Marketing.

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What’s this all about?

fe779362-638c-4819-9f16-7f08b8dc5388You have all bought into something cool, a movement led by young people. We think we’ve really ticked the box when it comes to having a great band of volunteers.

As I’m sure you all know the nature of the team Facebook page is ‘talking shop’. Getting people to cover last minute shifts. Announcing new projects. This is a new platform for something different.  What I know is that a lot of you are doing really cool things inside and outside of Crepes and we want to give you the opportunity to talk about it.

Off the top of my head I know Tommy has a burgeoning career as a famous instagrammer, Maeve is part of this amazing mentoring program with Scarf and Levi would love to just talk footy with someone.

We called it the canvas because it really is just your space to write a bit about either a topic you’re really passionate about, something cool your portfolio is working on even somewhere in the world you want to jet off to.

We are going to try it as a monthly project- with a single author penning an open letter to the rest of the team (and to be posted it on a blog if you’re comfortable with us doing so). And then as they sign off they nominate the next author. There’s no obligation to write of course if you aren’t comfortable and the onus is on the previous author to make sure there is someone lined up to write the next instalment.

This is by the volunteers, for the volunteers. Let’s get to know each other a bit better.

Well, whose up next? There’s one person I know at CFC who would probably be bursting at the seams to want to share so I’ll get it out of the way.

Tenille Gilbert- you’re up.