Ethic of Thriving

Woman selling crafts at market. Photo: Gordon Harrison-Williams.

The Ethic of Thriving is the undercurrent of all our projects and drives what we do. It is a reimagining of the relationship between service providers and those they seek to serve, recognising mutual learning and relationship building. It centres the individual as the expert in their own lives and recognises that wellbeing and thriving occur within connected and empowered communities.

Here are some of our community development initiatives utilising the Ethic of Thriving model for individual empowerment and social transformation.

Handmade Matters Mentorship

Handmade Matters is boutique chair making studio in southern Tasmania. Operating under the guidance of master craftsman Jon Grant, Handmade Matters champions the pleasure and fulfilment that comes from hand tool woodworking. Jon’s classes are laced with chair making history, the use of vintage tools, and a deep connection to the timbers that grow in Tasmania’s glorious temperate forests. Jon will mentor a select number of students to craft their very own chair and indulge in rewarding conversations with a talented teacher, skilled craftsman, and warm soul.

Each year Jon mentors a select number of students to craft their very own chair under his direction at no charge. This extraordinary opportunity is designed to increase accessibility to the unique art of chair making. It encourages those who may otherwise not be able to afford, or access, such a course to engage in this beautiful craft.

Handmade Matters was recently featured on ABC Hobart.

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Community Advocacy and Power Program

Citizen Tasmania in partnership with the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre delivers CAAP an intensive training program with participants of a refugee background, who are paired with and trained by professional mentors to develop skills in public engagement, communication, management, and leadership for grassroots social change. Tasmanian graduates are supported by Citizen Tasmania and the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre to lead advocacy projects within their community. CAAP 2021 participants developed the 2021 Refugee Wellbeing Tasmania Survey to mobilise refugee communities and create change.

If you are a Tasmania from refugee background please fill out the survey.

Citizen Power Podcast

How do we connect with ourselves and heal the world? The shift from apathy to activism is available to all of us in a podcast that delves into the human rights challenges of the 21st Century. Citizen Power explores transformational leadership as a catalyst for positive social change. Enabling communities to shift from apathy to activism.

The 2.0 version of this podcast series we will be sharing lived experience stories of Re-settlement, Culture, Intergenerational Conflict and Trauma through the voice of young women, Barsha and Mon, who re-settled in Tasmania as refugees from Bhutan. The purpose of this podcast is to enable global connection by sharing refuge experiences.

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