From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too - until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life.
A downloadable PDF "Who me, ageist?" outlining how to start a consciousness-raising group is available here. Another version of this PDF is available from the Radical Age Movement (see below).
In the first comprehensive book on the World Café, co-founders Juanita Brown and David Isaacs introduce readers to this simple yet powerful conversational process for thinking together, evoking collective intelligence, and creating actionable results.
Interested in convening and hosting a World Café? These free resources will guide you through the process:
1. Set the context 2. Create a hospitable space 3. Explore questions that matter 4. Encourage everyone’s contribution 5. Connect diverse opinions 6. Listen together for patterns and insights 7. Share collective discoveries.
Who me, ageist? provides an outline of how to set up and run a group aimed at raising consciousness of the issues of ageism.
Unless we confront the ageism in and around us, we lay the foundation for our own irrelevance and marginalisation. The critical starting point is to acknowledge our own prejudices, because change requires awareness. That’s where consciousness-raising comes in. Confronting ageism isn’t just a matter of personal well-being. It’s a social justice and human rights issue.
Ageism refers to discriminatory or prejudiced behaviour and attitudes towards people based solely on age.
Through conversation, consciousness raising, mainstream and social media, presentations, and social action, The Radical Age Movement seeks to build a movement dedicated to confronting ageism in all its forms whether it be discrimination in the work place or marginalisation of older or younger people in decision making and purposeful participation in all aspects of civic and community life.
Within our society, elders’ talents and experiences are largely untapped; their collective wisdom gained over decades of living lies fallow. As conscious elders, we inherently know that we can do much better. We have the benefits of time, talent, experience and know-how to guide the needed transformations.
The vision of the CEN is to initiate a cultural shift whereby conscious elders reclaim their place in providing education, wisdom and guidance within their communities. Elders become catalysts of a social movement in which all generations collaborate in evolving changes for our common betterment.
This is a place where innovative minds from around the world meet to explore, document, and spread creative insights that are shaping a new way of talking and a new way of being as we adapt to a longer life span. How can we be useful to ourselves, to each other and to our communities?
This site provides a way of searching for volunteering opportunities in Australia.
There is a great deal of satisfaction that comes from making a difference to people in your local community. Volunteering offers many other rewards too. You can learn new skills and gain valuable experience in a wide range of areas that may or may not be related to your paid work. It's also a great way to meet new people who share your interests.
This site provides a way of finding volunteering opportunities in Tasmania, Australia. Volunteering is proven to have a positive effect on mental and physical health, as well as being a potential pathway to employment. As Tasmania’s peak body, Volunteering Tasmania’s mission is to create an environment which promotes and sustains effective volunteerism. As a result, they help to improve and sustain our wonderful community and the people within it.
This paper introduces an innovative community approach to promoting mental health and well-being for men: Men's Sheds. In Australia, Men's Sheds have provided an opportunity for men, and people who work with men, to engage their concerns in a partnership mode and in a non-pathologising manner. This has practical implications in the areas of social connectedness, mental health and suicide prevention.
Men's sheds are now established as part of the health infrastructure that supports programs to improve men's health and well being.
The focus of Mensheds Australia is on building the sustainability of men's sheds. We believe that the sustainable shed will have assured financial resources and that their own commercial activities will be an important element. Men's sheds are a social enterprise that create value and that value should form the basis of assured revenue from those that benefit from shed activities.
TasMen is a community organisation based in Tasmania run by volunteers. TasMen is self-funded and independent. Our purpose is to strengthen our wider communities by supporting and promoting the mental health and wellbeing of all men. We do this by providing safe, non-judgemental places where men can share, learn and develop friendships and wider networks.
Globally, White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women. Originating in Canada in 1991, White Ribbon is now active in more than 60 countries. In 2003, White Ribbon was brought to Australia through UNIFEM (now UN Women).
Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organise a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. Meetup's mission is to revitalise local community and help people around the world self-organise. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organising themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.