||Thea (or just T)
Hi, my name is Thea. I was born in 1985 and I'm a Melbourne girl.
A few words about myself...
I still haven't outgrown my childhood dream of saving the world. Last year I finished my B.Comm (Public Relations) at RMIT University and I now work freelance in public relations and journalism. One of my jobs is with a partnership building organisation - that is, linking businesses and charities - and I wholeheartedly believe in bringing corporates and not-for-profits together to achieve change.
Where do I belong?
With people who I can learn something from.
What really gets me going and what makes me act?
Talking to people. The energy other people have to take action is contagious. When I hear about what my friends have been up to I start to think "what have I been doing all this time!?"
When I care about an issue, this is what needs to happen in order for me to do something about it:
Time. That's the main thing. Then I need to get all my facts straight and work up the courage to believe that I can actually make a difference. Then all it takes is some support to get things going.
This is what I would most like to change about my area:
I would like to stop the growth of the very hungry Chadstone Shopping Centre that seems to want to consume everything surrounding it until it becomes a gigantic manifestation of the greed in our capitalist society. Am I allowed to say that? What I really mean is that I wish we as a community could reduce our impact on the environment. I would like to see local residents walking more and taking advantage of the convenient buses and trains we have nearby. We should also improve our local recycling service and expand it to include local businesses.
My first reaction when I hear something I don’t agree with is:
I like to hear more and ask questions so that I can really understand what's being said. Listening to an opposing view often strengthens my arguments against it but other times it changes my opinion by getting me to consider things I otherwise wouldn't have thought about.
This is what I think is the difference between caring about something and doing something about the things I care about:
I'll take the word of The Lorax (Dr Seuss) on this one. It's true that "unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not." But it counts for nothing if you don't do something. Caring is just the starting point, bringing people and resources together to achieve change is what we really need to do.
These are my ‘action’ role models:
Close to home, I'd say my friend Stef. It doesn't matter where we are, whenever she sees the plastic rings of a six-pack littered on the ground, she picks it up and tears it up so that no wildlife will get caught up in it. And then there's Bob Brown, what a brilliant person he is. He takes action but he also makes the time to talk to people, hear their ideas and help them get involved.
What makes me laugh?
Just about everything. I laugh when I'm happy.
My life motto:
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi.
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This is it, no turning back now.
I'll be volunteering on community health and education projects in Guyana in February 2008. I'm completing a team-based assignment with Youth Challenge Australia. I can't wait!
I set up a webpage at http://www.myspace.com/theatoguyana
Please add me as your friend!