MELISSA BREEN

COMING SECOND AND OTHER PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS

"My message is: everyone's fighting a battle that we know nothing about, so being kind is the most important thing we can do for each other."

DIRRUM FESTIVAL #CBR19

FACES OF CHANGE

The 2019 Dirrum Festival featured some of the most high profile and engaging speakers in Australia. Thank you to everyone who attended #dirrumfestival!

 

SPEAKERS

MUSICIANS & MARKET

 
 

VIDEOS

Valerie Browning | Lessons from the Afar | Dirrum Festival #CBR19
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Valerie Browning | Lessons from the Afar | Dirrum Festival #CBR19

Maalika trained as a nurse in Sydney. Almost by accident she landed in Africa straight after. It was 1973. Now it is her home. ​ Her husband, Ismael, is an Afar elder. The Afar are pastoralists and follow their herds of sheep, goats cattle and camels across the Horn of Africa. The Afar region is one of poorest places on earth where temperatures regularly hit 50 degrees and one in three children die before the age of five. ​ Drought and disease and hunger are not new. Hardship for the Afar almost seems normal. Four rainy seasons being reduced to two is a new cruelty. Living at the margins is challenging at the best of times, but with climate change, it is now extreme. ​ Should the Afar be able to continue their ancient nomadic way of life? And can they? Does climate change, international boarders and erratic local governance make it all but impossible? What have we to learn from the Afar? ​ Maalika has been described by Channel 9’s 60 Minutes’ as “one of our unsung national treasures." She was a part of the very first speaking panel at the inaugural Dirrum event in 2013. - - - Video produced by Stella Martin, Radford College - - - #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019 Faces of Change | 17 August 2019 For more information about #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019, visit https://dirrumfestival.org/cbr19 - - - #dirrumfestival is an artefact of Dirrum Dirrum, a movement encouraging young people’s engagement in service to the common good. Dirrum Dirrum is a way of seeing others and ourselves bound in respectful relationship, standing in a wide circle of compassionate engagement. It acknowledges a common ground and is an active choice for life beyond the smallness of self-interest. Dirrum Dirrum is the sound of red in Ngunnawal language: the colour of blood and earth. For more information about Dirrum Dirrum, visit https://dirrumdirrum.org/about - - -
Kevin Hines | Be Here Tomorrow | Dirrum Festival #CBR19
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Kevin Hines | Be Here Tomorrow | Dirrum Festival #CBR19

Kevin Hines is an outspoken suicide prevention advocate, best-selling author, global public speaker and award winning documentary filmmaker. Whatever it is that pushes a person to jump off of the Golden Gates Bridge, less than 1% survive from it. Kevin is part of that percentile. His story is remarkable and miraculous. ​ What he discovered in himself and other survivors is transformative; "The moment my feet left the rail I knew I wanted to live." ​ Ever since that day in 2000, Kevin has dedicated his life to unearthing the reality behind suicide, building networks of people to resolutely declare, no matter what takes you to the rail, suicide isn’t the answer; ‘be here tomorrow.’ ​ Kevin’s testimony creates hope. He is honest about his mental illness, as well as the pathway to managing and living with it. Kevin has a remarkable range of achievements, including multiple features on network giants like CNN, ABC, BBC; a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioural Health; The Clifford W. Beers Award which is the highest honour from Mental Health America; a Lifesaver award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; as well as holding a number of seats on international boards including the International Bipolar Foundation. His film ‘Suicide: The Ripple Effect’ has won international acclaim and multiple awards. - - - If you or anyone you know needs help, contact- Lifeline on 13 11 14 (https://www.lifeline.org.au) Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 (https://kidshelpline.com.au) - - - #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019 Faces of Change | 17 August 2019 For more information about #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019, visit https://dirrumfestival.org/cbr19 - - - #dirrumfestival is an artefact of Dirrum Dirrum, a movement encouraging young people’s engagement in service to the common good. Dirrum Dirrum is a way of seeing others and ourselves bound in respectful relationship, standing in a wide circle of compassionate engagement. It acknowledges a common ground and is an active choice for life beyond the smallness of self-interest. Dirrum Dirrum is the sound of red in Ngunnawal language: the colour of blood and earth. For more information about Dirrum Dirrum, visit https://dirrumdirrum.org/about - - -
Sophia Hamblin Wang | Doing Well and Doing Good | Dirrum Festival #CBR19
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Sophia Hamblin Wang | Doing Well and Doing Good | Dirrum Festival #CBR19

Sophia is a woman working the innovation and entrepreneurship landscape. She weaves together five impressive threads: COO of a company that transforms carbon dioxide into building products, operations manager of a global health innovation database, Curator of the World Economic Forum’s youth volunteer group Global Shapers Canberra, Ambassador for the charity OzHarvest Canberra and Co-founder of a cohousing project aiming to improve housing affordability for young people. That’s right. Impressive. Sophia shares not so much ideas about what we need to be doing but can reflect on what is actually happening. She is passionate about driving change: “Most of my work is looking at the big picture. Developing new solutions to the major challenges facing society is the most important and exciting part of being involved in innovation.” It can be a bit irksome sometimes listing all the amazing things about a person, but you do want to know the one you are listening to is actually the real deal. So, learning that Sophia runs a company that transforms carbon dioxide into building materials is not so much about puffing her up, but pointing to her feet that are on the ground. Taking Australian innovation to the world and working with global industries like steel and cement to view their carbon dioxide emissions as a resource and not just a harmful waste can make a significant impact on emissions and create new global markets. - - - #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019 Faces of Change | 17 August 2019 For more information about #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019, visit https://dirrumfestival.org/cbr19 - - - #dirrumfestival is an artefact of Dirrum Dirrum, a movement encouraging young people’s engagement in service to the common good. Dirrum Dirrum is a way of seeing others and ourselves bound in respectful relationship, standing in a wide circle of compassionate engagement. It acknowledges a common ground and is an active choice for life beyond the smallness of self-interest. Dirrum Dirrum is the sound of red in Ngunnawal language: the colour of blood and earth. For more information about Dirrum Dirrum, visit https://dirrumdirrum.org/about - - -
Ian Chubb | From My Generation to Yours: Good Luck | Dirrum Festival #CBR19
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Ian Chubb | From My Generation to Yours: Good Luck | Dirrum Festival #CBR19

Recipient of six honorary doctorates and now fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Ian Chubb has been a successful advocate for government and industry support of teaching and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics over many decades. Throughout his career, he has made significant contributions to improving the infrastructure for scientific research. ​ We asked Professor Chubb numerous important questions. One for example, “Why does science fail to be a convincing argument?” His response: “...people have many reasons to hear what they want to hear and disregard what they don’t... scientists mostly do science, not story telling ... sceptics only have to sow doubt.” ​ It was a privilege to have Professor Chubb as one of the key presenters for the Dirrum Festival Canberra 2019. His talk was challenging as it is urgent and visionary. As a long and passionate advocate for excellence in education, evidence based decision making and multidisciplinary collaboration, his talk covers some of the present and coming challenges. - - - Video produced by Stella Martin, Radford College - - - #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019 Faces of Change | 17 August 2019 For more information about #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019, visit https://dirrumfestival.org/cbr19 - - - #dirrumfestival is an artefact of Dirrum Dirrum, a movement encouraging young people’s engagement in service to the common good. Dirrum Dirrum is a way of seeing others and ourselves bound in respectful relationship, standing in a wide circle of compassionate engagement. It acknowledges a common ground and is an active choice for life beyond the smallness of self-interest. Dirrum Dirrum is the sound of red in Ngunnawal language: the colour of blood and earth. For more information about Dirrum Dirrum, visit https://dirrumdirrum.org/about - - -
Ahed Tamimi | Introduction by Elise Northcote | Dirrum Festival #CBR19
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Ahed Tamimi | Introduction by Elise Northcote | Dirrum Festival #CBR19

An introduction to Ahed Tamimi by Elise Northcote. Subscribe to the Dirrum Dirrum YouTube channel and like Dirrum Festival on Facebook to be notified when Ahed Tamimi's video is made available online. https://youtube.com/dirrumdirrum https://facebook.com/dirrumfestival - - - Ahed Tamimi is a Palestinian eighteen-year-old activist who has been able to spread her message throughout the international community. Growing up in Israeli-occupied West Bank, her father Bassem organised frequent protests in her small village Nabi Saleh. In November 2012, images of then eleven-year-old Tamimi during a protest confronting Israeli soldiers went viral. Tamimi became known for her activism work in the years that followed as further videos of her family’s protests spread, including her at fourteen years old biting the hand of a soldier as he attempted to arrest her brother. In December 2017 Ahed’s fifteen-year-old cousin was shot in the face with a rubber bullet during a demonstration and put into a medically induced coma. Soldiers then entered Tamimi’s home and she was filmed slapping, kicking and shoving them. She was later arrested for assault and the incident attracted international interest and debate. During her imprisonment videos of her being interrogated circulated, which showed male officers commenting on her appearance and threatening to arrest her friends. Tamimi was sentenced to eight months in prison after agreeing to a plea bargain and was released on 29 July 2018. She earned her high school degree while in prison and now wishes to study law to “hold the occupation accountable”. A mural of Tamimi was painted by two Italian artists upon her release. Both artists were subsequently arrested and forced to leave Israel. With flare ups in the Palestine-Israel conflict in Gaza in May this year, Tamimi, described as the next ‘Joan of Arc’ and ‘Rosa Park’, is a continued symbol of resistance and hope for her people. - - - Video produced by Stella Martin, Radford College - - - #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019 Faces of Change | 17 August 2019 For more information about #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019, visit https://dirrumfestival.org/cbr19 - - - #dirrumfestival is an artefact of Dirrum Dirrum, a movement encouraging young people’s engagement in service to the common good. Dirrum Dirrum is a way of seeing others and ourselves bound in respectful relationship, standing in a wide circle of compassionate engagement. It acknowledges a common ground and is an active choice for life beyond the smallness of self-interest. Dirrum Dirrum is the sound of red in Ngunnawal language: the colour of blood and earth. For more information about Dirrum Dirrum, visit https://dirrumdirrum.org/about - - -
Caitlin Figueiredo | What we need in 2030 | Dirrum Festival #CBR19
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Caitlin Figueiredo | What we need in 2030 | Dirrum Festival #CBR19

Caitlin Figueiredo is an award-winning social entrepreneur who is a significant advocate for gender equity and young female empowerment. She is the founder of Jasiri Australia, which is a self-defence and leadership initiative for women experiencing gender and racial discrimination and for survivors of violence. This company fits right on the boundary between environment and technology, bringing the two together for the greater good. A few of her many notable accomplishments include being listed on the Forbes 30 and under 30; being named a Global Climate Change maker for Gender Equality by Michelle Obama; being an ambassador to the Alannah and Madeline Foundation; and being the youngest winner of the Australian Westpac/Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence. ​ Caitlin describes herself as a ‘passionate change maker’ and believes every person deserves the same opportunities, regardless of their background and beliefs. As a strong leader, empowered to shift the focus towards equity and empowerment, Catlin’s great interest lies within creating inclusive opportunities for the marginalised, especially the young. - - - Video produced by Stella Martin, Radford College - - - #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019 Faces of Change | 17 August 2019 For more information about #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019, visit https://dirrumfestival.org/cbr19 - - - #dirrumfestival is an artefact of Dirrum Dirrum, a movement encouraging young people’s engagement in service to the common good. Dirrum Dirrum is a way of seeing others and ourselves bound in respectful relationship, standing in a wide circle of compassionate engagement. It acknowledges a common ground and is an active choice for life beyond the smallness of self-interest. Dirrum Dirrum is the sound of red in Ngunnawal language: the colour of blood and earth. For more information about Dirrum Dirrum, visit https://dirrumdirrum.org/about - - -
Melissa Breen | Coming Second and Other Pathways to Success | Dirrum Festival #CBR19
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Melissa Breen | Coming Second and Other Pathways to Success | Dirrum Festival #CBR19

Melissa Breen is the current record holder for the Australian Women’s 100m sprint. She took the title from her idol Melinda Gainsford-Taylor in 2014 with a time of 11.11 seconds. She is a two-time Olympic sprinter - competing in London and Rio - and six-time Australian National Champion. Melissa is a Canberra girl, a student of St Anthony’s Primary and St Mary MacKillop College. She started running aged 5 with the Tuggeranong Little A’s saying the event “picked me” as the 100m is the “shortest race and it was over the quickest!” Melissa is a champion athlete and a remarkable person. Her experiences of doing her best and being the best but not quite internationally the very best has meant success and anguish in fair measure. Australian sport warmly embraces those on the podium, especially on the international stage. Not quite making this platform can be experienced as failure. Melissa’s long-spanning career has seen her battle with mental health both on and off the track, an experience that has formed Melissa into a powerful advocate for mental health. She is passionate about reaching out and making a difference on resilience and wellbeing within the Canberra community. Melissa is the real deal. Her talk is for all, and is entitled "Coming Second and Other Pathways to Success." - - - Video produced by Stella Martin, Radford College - - - #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019 Faces of Change | 17 August 2019 For more information about #dirrumfestivalCBR 2019, visit https://dirrumfestival.org/cbr19 - - - #dirrumfestival is an artefact of Dirrum Dirrum, a movement encouraging young people’s engagement in service to the common good. Dirrum Dirrum is a way of seeing others and ourselves bound in respectful relationship, standing in a wide circle of compassionate engagement. It acknowledges a common ground and is an active choice for life beyond the smallness of self-interest. Dirrum Dirrum is the sound of red in Ngunnawal language: the colour of blood and earth. For more information about Dirrum Dirrum, visit https://dirrumdirrum.org/about - - -

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