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World Refugee Day: Messages of Warmth

20 June, 2017 Many people, looking back on their family history, will see someone who sought safety. A great-grandmother who delivered her children to safety during the World Wars, a soldier granted political asylum because he didn’t want to kill, or a family fleeing persecution in their home country.… Read more ›
June 14 is World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day

14 June, 2017

Facilitator, donor, and daughter of a recipient Kate Turner reflects on the importance of giving blood and why your next milkshake could be a matter of life and death.

When I was sixteen, I donated blood for the first time. I wasn’t hugely nervous – a few of my friends had been before, and our school had encouraged it at assemblies and in homeroom.… Read more ›
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Private Empire

23 April, 2017

Every month, we look at a non-fiction book chosen to challenge your perspective on the world, teach you something new and/or just plain entertain. Read along with us, and let us know what you think.

Steve Coll’s Private Empire tells the story of ExxonMobil, the multinational oil and gas company with an annual turnover greater than the GDP of most countries.… Read more ›


A Shifting Democracy

18 April, 2017

Howdy y’all! My name is Karen, and I’m convening UN Youth Australia’s inaugural American Political Tour! With my incredible friends – my team – Laura, Farouk, and Sean, we will be taking sixteen delegates to North America in January 2018.

In three weeks, we will be looking at the interaction between local, state, and federal politics in the US to understand how a state’s identity can become a Democrat or Republican stronghold.… Read more ›


Why I Hate Talking About My Summer

15 April, 2017

You know that feeling, when you return from a trip and people ask you, “How was it?” and you just don’t know what to say? It’s frustrating, because you want to convey to them just how amazing it really was, but don’t know what words to use to say it.… Read more ›


The Middle East Experience: Conflict Made Real

14 March, 2017

She was only 10. She was not a terrorist. She did not know what this war meant.

This January I spent two weeks in Jordan and Israel as a volunteer on the Middle East Experience. It was a chance for 16 high school students to see some of the biggest problems our world is facing and learn about the humanity in a conflict so often reduced to little more than statistics.… Read more ›


The Empathy Exams

02 March, 2017

“Metaphors are tiny saviours leading the way out of sentimentality, small disciples of Pound, urging “Say it new! Say it new!” It’s hard for emotion to feel flat if its language is suitably novel, to feel excessive if its rendering is suitably opaque.”

― Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams: Essays

How do you explain what empathy is?… Read more ›

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