This time last year, I had just attended the Queen and Adam Lambert concert in Melbourne, with my sister and two awesome pals from my childhood. It was definitely a kind of magic.
On my flight home, due to a 40 minute lay-over in Singapore, I had to go into quarantine on my return to Phuket, and then the whole family had to go into quarantine too – I was popular 😊. It wasn’t long before the entire island of Phuket shut down for a few months.
Do you remember that time? I remember being stunned for weeks at the huge, dramatic shift in the world. I couldn’t stop reading, watching, learning, and of course, here we are nearly 12 months later, and I still feel a little stunned – mainly at how crazy this time has been. Mainly at how crazy humanity has been in facing up to this crisis.
This initial period of being stunned was the reason I started doing my Weekend Reads. I saw the Infodemic start. I saw the sharing of information, opinions, ideas and different narratives that I knew would make this situation worse. I wanted to play my part in trying to counter the obvious damage being done.
Did I make a difference? Well I believe you only have to change one mind or one heart to make a difference, so yes, I have. I think we can all contribute and make a difference, by raising our voices and sharing meaningful information with the world – especially verified information when it comes to Covid19 and other issues that hit the headlines this last year.
I’ll also continue with my Weekend Reads, because knowledge is everything. Unity is everything too, but when the information channels are so opposing, it’s hard to even imagine unity is possible. However, if we stand a chance of making it through this crisis, we have to come together. I will always believe we can. You?
I’m very grateful to Gina Romero this week. First this article was published: Unconventionally: The Many Voices of Andrea T. Edwards
And then today, we went live with our interview. Let me know what you think when you have a chance to watch it? Thank you Gina. And please everyone, subscribe to Unconventionally and support the work Gina is doing for women all over the world.
Finally, I published this blog this week. If you know anyone in the mental health space, please pass this to them. We need them speaking up and active, helping to address this issue – Calling all mental health professionals to lead socially
Before you scroll, please, if you can donate, donate, donate!!! Some suggestions World Food Program., UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , Kiva.org, Soi Dog Foundation. If you can afford to be generous, now is the time to help your fellow human.
Our community is working hard to ensure no one starves at this time: Phuket Opinion: Feed the hungry
Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
Making Peace With Nature | UNEP – UN Environment Programme tks Samantha Gayfer
No, frozen wind turbines aren’t to blame for Texas’ power outages tks Michelle Giamusso Regal
Should Zoos Still Exist or Not? The Arguments For & Against Zoos tks Vicki Kiely
My new climate book is almost here tks Sally Foley Lewis
Bill Gates on avoiding a climate disaster – tks Tim Wade
Alan Kohler: What the hell is going on with vaccines and quarantine? tks Phillipa Edwards
Ted Cruz Is No Hypocrite. He’s Worse. tks Patrice Robinet
Business and Technology
Why I’m not on Clubhouse (and why I’m torn up about it) tks Andy Lopata
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Is rape ever going to become a man’s problem? tks Phillipa Edwards
Podcast: Brené with Melinda Gates on The Moment of Lift – well worth a listen
Passion, humour, history
Your big break tks Kerrie Phipps
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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