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What am I up to?

23 Oct

You may have noticed an unusual blog post yesterday. If you did, you’re probably wondering “what work? what testing? what’s going on?”.

I’m working on a really exciting campaign!
There’s this really, really cool challenge that gets people – yes people like you! – to experience what living below the poverty line is like, so that through their own experiences, they can educate themselves and others about poverty. Oh yeah, and in turn raise funds for some really cool education work that (a) furthers that awareness here in Australia and (b) helps break the poverty cycle for people in AsiaPac!

For an inspiring organisation
I’m working with an organisation of under 26-year-olds, in Australia, looking to end global poverty. The same people behind the Make Poverty History amazingness. It’s a really cool volunteer organisation. It’s… The Oaktree Foundation!

We’re doing really cool things!
By primarily focusing on the experience of the participants (and the donors, we can’t forget them!), particularly as they use the online platform from which we run the campaign, we’re planning changes here and there to make it more useful, engaging and more integrated.
As part of this, I’m spending time brainstorming, researching, talking to people, and testing out other existing experiences – the last of which is why I posted such a random post yesterday. The great part is that it’s both fun and challenging to reach out to real people and use their insights to drive our work – it helps us know we’re going in the right direction.

Why should you care?
Because I’m excited about it!
But also, because you could help us out… yes you! Although the campaign is being run in early 2013, we’re on the lookout for all sorts of interested people to help it be a success. Maybe you could test out what we’re working on, let us pick your brains, or better still!, help us connect with your workplace to help grow the campaign.

Do let me know if you can spare an hour or two 🙂

Terrific Turbulence

13 Oct

India was great.

After many challenging yet enlightening months in India, I returned home to a new project, new residence, and new mindset. I am very grateful for the experiences I have had whilst overseas, and for the many new friends made – come visit me soon, okay!*

I don’t wish to cheapen the experience by summarising what the best, worst or most challenging moments were. I think I shared just enough in previous blog posts to provide at least a little insight to my strange life over there.

Nor do I want to undervalue the worth of those experiences. Instead, all I feel I might safely say is: please see it for yourself. But make a note not to see only the “tourist” side of India. Go experience real life. The good life, and the not so good. Talk to people. Really, really see India for yourself.

*Please note: that was not a question.

But being home is better.

Going back on my word a little, I will say that one of the best things about spending a longer time in India is that it has given me an interestingly different perspective on the things that surround me back home. Seemingly simple things like the quiet traffic or the drinkable tap water have become a source of comfort. The personal space is relieving. But the price of groceries… a damn shame.

Reenergised through all of this, I’ve started on a new project – a really exciting campaign – that you will hopefully hear more of soon. For now, trust that jumping between lives and projects is a little turbulent, but mostly great fun.