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For the entirety of 2020, I’m talking with outstanding Change-makers from across the world to find what songs drive them to achieve their full trouble-making potential. Each month I’ll share snippets of what comes up.

Why Music?

Because it makes us feel things. Since the beginning of time, music in one form or another has been used to get us pumped, focused and/or reflective. This is no different. It’s worth exploring what music helps you to get in the right headspace to achieve the different things that you want to get done in a day.

This Month

Following an outstanding interview she did for…


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#CompassionateTroublemaking

At the start of the year, I wrote about my ‘5 Plans To Make Mischief in 2020’. Like many, COVID-19 has thrown a curveball at these plans of mine, but with some slight adapting, the coming weeks and months can still be productive ones. Here’s how I plan to do it and how you can too.

Activism is all too often seen as something for those who are intelligent, creative, or are directly affected by a situation. While I can understand where the origins of these thoughts lie, they also act as a block to each of us finding that…


Pandemic Response

The number of COVID registered deaths up to 1st May sits just under 36,000. 8,000 (29%) more than previously suggested.

These results do not include those who, because of limited testing available, have passed away with symptoms but with no +ve test result.

We can also look at all deaths above what would be expected year-on-year as norm. This shows a staggering increase of 50,000.

It would be foolish to say these are all because of COVID but with no other large scale reason for the difference, undiagnosed COVID is likely to have had a role.

This would mean that…


#CompassionateTroublemaking

Since Mass-Social Isolation began a couple of weeks, work meetings have been kept alive through virtual spaces such as Zoom and Google Hangouts. In this transition, it’s easy for us to lose sight of the nuances that differentiate sub-par meetings from the amazing ones. As we look to make the most of these opportunities, it is crucial that we explore what our ‘best selves’ look like in these spaces and support others to do the same.

1. Assign A Facilitator

This is something that nearly always happens in meetings to keep things on track, but it’s often done subliminally. It’s often that the person…


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Social Mixology

Social Mixology

We tend to simplify the idea of interaction. You just chat with people and you either get on or you don’t, right?

The reality, unfortunately, is much more complex, especially in our current ‘social distancing’ world. There are so many moving cogs from how each individuals day has gone so far, to misinterpreted wordage and the sense of anxiety that comes from trying to impress another.

But sometimes, just sometimes, something special comes out of the woodwork and in these times of difficulty, it’s so important for us to pay attention and celebrate these attempts to bring people together in…


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#CompassionateTroublemaking

For the entirety of 2020, I’m talking with the best Changemakers out there to find the music that drives and inspires them to achieve their full trouble-making potential. In the first edition, I shared 10 of my favourite songs and Maff Potts, Camerado Extrodinaire, curated February’s. To close out March, we get an insight into what drives the fearless & fabulous Rhian Monteith.

Why Music?

Because it makes us feel things. Since the beginning of time, music in one form or another has been used to get us pumped, focused and/or reflective. This is no different. …


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Community Connection

Our current social climate is on edge, to say the least, but through the pain and anxiety, has come fantastic, creative and deeply moving ideas to get us through. Here’s a whopping 30 of them:

  1. Acknowledge your fears, worries & needs — This is a really scary time for so many and there’s no real getting around that. Writing down or talking through fears and worries with someone we trust can help us to differentiate between ‘useful’ and ‘unuseful’ thoughts while putting things into play to work off of the useful thoughts and meet our needs.
  2. Get Advice With…


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Viral Pandemics aren’t new, taking a quick look at ’10 Of The Worst Pandemics In History’ proves that. However, something about the Corona Pandemic of 2020 feels different. From panic buying to an increase in Xenophobia and Anti-Asian Racism, social interactions appear to be at a heightened risk. In a world already facing the resurgence of the far-right. large economic inequality and an already heightened loneliness pandemic, we’ve got to act.

But, as the CDC explores, any actions we take need to be done in the most responsible way possible, for we are all at risk of transmitting the virus…


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#COMPASSIONATETROUBLEMAKING

For the entirety of 2020, I’m talking with the best Changemakers out there to find the music that drives and inspires them to achieve their full trouble-making potential. In the first edition, I shared 10 of my favourite songs. For Februarys edition, I got to delve into the mind of the supremely talented, inquisitive and graceful Maff Potts from Camerados.

Why Music?

Because it makes us feel things. Since the beginning of time, music in one form or another has been used to get us pumped, focused and/or reflective. This is no different. …


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Grassroots Publishing

Hi Medium-ers (there must surely be a better suited term!). I’d like to start by saying that there is so much on Medium that I’ve come to love over my 2 years on here - The web and app interfaces are pretty damn good; the breadth and quality of content is top-class; and the peer-to-peer interaction reminds me of my old days as a content creator on Youtube, MSN Groups and the short-lived debate platform ‘Ticckle’.

But what I really love about Medium is summarised expertly by founder Ev Williams in his 2017 article ‘Renewing Medium’ss Focus’:

We set out…

Waistcoat Dave

@CompassionateTroublemaking founder. #Writer, #Camerado & #SocialAlchemist interested in #Dissent & #Wellbeing in #ChangemakerCommunities. He/Him

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