Magazine article New Internationalist

Success Stories; FROM THIS MONTH'S EDITOR

Magazine article New Internationalist

Success Stories; FROM THIS MONTH'S EDITOR

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HOPE can be a powerful tool for change. Surprising then that after 20 years of activism, I only made this discovery in March this year. It was at the Brisbane Social Forum in Australia. On a hot Saturday morning all colours and voices within the political Left gathered under the trees and put aside their differences to explore their common ground. Sitting in a circle, 350 of us listened as, one by one, people rose to tell us about the workshops they would run - 80 in total - on everything from alternative economy to leadership in anarchism. Then Bridie got up with her workshop idea.

Bridie's 16-year-old sister was deeply depressed. She wouldn't go out. She didn't see the point. She believed that the world would end within her own lifetime. Bridie stood in the open space created by a circle of strangers and told us how her previous efforts to talk to her sister about this had failed. …

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