Category: In the Village

  • How to learn everyday superpowers

    What do you do when you have the passion and potential to change the world, but don’t know how to start? Maybe you have expert knowledge and a vision for a better future, but you can’t do it alone. So how do you get others to help make it happen? Do you have superhuman skills to achieve all that?

    Each year the Future Makers Fellowship welcomes change makers, political influencers, digital storytellers, social entrepreneurs and, in their words, “f**k givers” who are asking themselves exactly those questions.

    Recently I spoke to the Facilitator of the Melbourne Future Makers program, Matt Wicking, about how their program is nurturing leaders who can tell clear, compelling and informed stories that inspire their audiences to think and act.

    Matt says, “The Future Makers Fellowship has been running for 12 years. It’s a life-changing personal and professional development program that builds skills, confidence and communities.” Matt adds, “We want to inspire our participants to embody their role as resilient and positive change-makers.”

    Every graduate goes on to lead in their own way and supports each other as they create change.

    For example, there is Cameron Elliott, who is creating meaningful community with The Weekly Service, and Sally Hill who is designing and delivering purpose-driven events with Wildwon, and Ellen Sandell who is the State MP (Greens) for Melbourne, and Eyal Halamish who is giving the people more voice in our democracy with Our Say, and Katerina Kimmorley who is bringing power and light to India with Pollinate Energy.

    And for every alumnus who is running a new enterprise, or holding down a high-powered visible role like those above, there are many more who are having an impact within community groups and corporates, not-for-profits and other organisations.

    Matt explains that a significant part of the fellowship program is a week-long retreat for both the Sydney and Melbourne fellows to focus on their Media, Communication and Storytelling skills. Matt and his team have carefully assembled a welcoming space where participants feel challenged, supported and energised.

    For the last five years, Luke Hockley from Midnightsky has joined the retreat, working in groups and with individuals to help the fellows find their purpose, realise the power of storytelling, and become an authentic communicator.

    Luke uses his creative and communication experience, as well as knowledge on how to think and move in cooperation with our design in order to perform at our best. Matt observes that Luke, “gently shapes and shifts participants out of where they are, so that they can take risks in a safe and skilful way”.

    Matt says that Luke’s workshops help the participants “see their passion more clearly and get out of the messy drama and noise that we all experience”. By finding clarity in the complex, the Future Makers fellows develop life-long skills to make better decisions, spread ideas, and have a lasting impact on the world.

    Now that sounds like everyday superpowers I reckon we could all learn.

    Applications to the Future Makers Fellowship close on November 18th

     

    By Cressida Bradley

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  • Learning How to Learn – Nathan’s response…

    Small group sitting in a circle learning

    A couple of days after coming along to our monthly workshop ‘Learning How to Learn’ one of the participants, Nathan, sent me the following email. I think it captures beautifully the spirit of the session and what I had hoped people would walk away with so I thought (with his permission of course) that I would share it…

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    Hey Luke,

    The learning to learn workshop has stayed with me. I have been actively doing things wrong in order to gain more insights into what I am doing. For example, I went on a 60km hike over the weekend. I focused on balancing my head on my neck on my body. At the end of the hike, I started getting all sorts of new soreness due to walking with new form. Instead of getting frustrated with my aches, I let myself walk with poor form to see what I was doing. Then, I would modify, such as pushing off with my calves instead of my knees/quads. I spent most of the hike focusing on my form, which is pretty cool. At the same time, when I get tired of focusing on form, I let myself slack – another thing I learned from the session. I have a choice!

    Thanks,

    Nathan
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    So that’s what Nathan thought…if you would like to check it out you can find the next workshop dates etc here

    Thanks

    Luke
    Artist, advisor, coach.
    I find the real problem, make the difficult easy
    and tell a great story.

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  • Together Lightly – a performance

    Sarah Rudledge sitting in studio 1 at Midnightsky looking at one of her floating sculptures

    Sarah Rudledge artist in residence installation performance event.
    Last month a group of us had such fun tending to a gentle herd of levitating balloons, led in a workshop by Sarah. This Friday Sarah is building on that experience by turning Together Lightly into a performance.

    Friday 28th August 2015. 6.30-8pm.
    Free – limited places available.
    The doors open at 6.15pm. The performance starts 6.30pm.

    BOOK NOW!

    This event is part of our monthly Inspiration Bridge. On the last Friday of every month Midnightsky hosts a creative event to bridge you from your week into your weekend. It’s a way of getting some creativity in your life. Our goal is to create connections between artists and every day people in a way that is easy and inspiring.

    Keep the last Friday of the month marked in your diaries as we reveal the next Inspiration Bridge just a few days before it happens. The places are always free but limited, so we recommend that you book quickly!

    It’s going to be lots of fun.
    Cheers
    Luke
    Artist, advisor, coach.
    I find the real problem, make the difficult easy
    and tell a great story.

    PS: This project is part of Midnightsky’s Creative Program which encourages people to reflect on the world they live in. The Creative Program is supported by our service offerings. Buying our services helps your organisation succeed and it creates experiences that make the world a better place. Win, win.

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  • Inspiration Bridge – the last Friday of the month

    The joy of saving a balloon.

    Drum roll please…

    I’d like to introduce you to Inspiration Bridge.

    On the last Friday of every month Midnightsky hosts a creative event to bridge you from your week into your weekend. It’s a way of getting some creativity in your life. Our goal is to create connections between artists and every day people in a way that is easy and inspiring.

    Keep the last Friday of the month marked in your diaries as we reveal the next Inspiration Bridge just a few days before it happens. The places are always free but limited, so we recommend that you book quickly!

    See you there.

    Ps: check out some images from our first Inspiration Bridge event – Together Lightly.

    Luke
    Artist, advisor, coach.
    I find the real problem, make the difficult easy
    and tell a great story.

     

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  • Together Lightly – again.

    Sarah Rudledge sitting in studio 1 at Midnightsky looking at one of her floating sculptures

    We had such a great time last time we that we thought we had better do it again!

    So put August 28th 2015 in your diary and stay tuned (it will be an evening event again…fyi), as once again places will be very limited.

    Luke
    Artist, advisor, coach.
    I find the real problem, make the difficult easy
    and tell a great story.

     

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