Oxfam staff protesting in Melbourne with big smiles and colourful signs.

Our 10 favourite #ClimateStrike protest signs

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From clever and hopeful, to the funny and angry, our favourite signs from the #ClimateStrike

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Cycling with Grace in Malawi

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We know that education gives young people a path out of poverty. But the pathway to education is, quite literally, long and bumpy in Southern Malawi. So we’re breaking the cycle of poverty with… well, with cycles.

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Poster design to change the world

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The Oxfam Schools Program has released a new, interactive, online and free educational resource, which explores the power of posters to change the world. Read the inside story behind the illustrator and design.

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Schools in Action: Tully State School Close the Gap on Indigenous Health Inequality

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Students at Tully State School in Northern Queensland were given ownership over their National Close the Gap Day event, and managed to grab the attention of their entire community.

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Being a young Aboriginal woman in Australia today

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Close the Gap campaign lead, Tom Widdup, finds out how — despite continued high levels of Indigenous disadvantage, and a disconnect that still hinders relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia — Danielle and many young Indigenous Australians like her are working to overcome these barriers.

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How can students ‘take action’?

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You and your students are fired up about an issue — global poverty, Indigenous rights and equality, ethical fashion, the broken food system — whatever it is that’s got you going. But how do you translate that passion into action?

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Close the Gap School Instagram Competition. Photo: Peter Izzard/OxfamAUS

Can one student’s Instagram post change the world?

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In its second year, the Close the Gap Instagram competition received more than 140 entries from across the nation. And when you hear the stories of our winners, it’s clear the challenge is much more than mucking around on social media, or even being heard on issues of national importance.

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10 photos that rocked last year’s Close the Gap student photo challenge

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Instagram may have a reputation as a breeding ground for selfies and photos of brunch, but in March there’s a reason to put those filters to good use. This year’s Student Photo Challenge is running from March 16-20. More details are available in the National Close the Gap Day How to Guide.

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Photo: Peter Izzard/OxfamAUS

Back to school, back into action.

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Welcome to Educating for Change, Oxfam’s brand new Schools Program blog. You might remember us as Educators shaping change. Sorry it’s been so long. We’ve taken some time off for soul-searching, had a little work done, and we’re back better than ever.

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Design for Change has been changing

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It’s been a busy few months at Design for Change. A new website, a whole host of new design concepts tackling fair trade and Indigenous health, and an exciting new conversation series called Troublemakers, coming to a city near you.

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3things has a whole new look!

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We’ve just launched a brand new website, designed to give young people their daily fix of inspiration to change the world, wherever they are. Fully mobile-responsive, 3things.org.au will curate the best and most interesting social change ideas and trends from around the world.

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Vibewire + 3things do FastBREAK

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Sunday morning was epic. I don’t usually say that because, let’s face it, Sunday mornings usually involve me feeling a little under the weather (through no fault of my own of course!) But last Sunday morning really was amazing. We were super excited at 3things to be sponsoring the supersized version of Vibewire‘s fastBREAK this month. And with a […]

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Ethical Fashion Season is here!

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It’s been a few weeks of catwalks, convos and clothes inside out – and with the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, MB Fashion week + Fashion Revolution Day, it seems like the perfect time to go behind the seams and talk ethical fashion. Welcome to 3things’ Ethical Fashion Season – a celebration of compassion fashion, ethical clothes, sartorial sanity, […]

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Fancy yourself as a bit of a closet designer?

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Our trusty friend the air conditioning unit can’t be the only solution to combating climate change. The stark truth is that climate change is happening now, and it’s making the world hot and hungry. Yes friends climate change has a direct effect on…Food glorious food. But we need decent weather to grow the stuff – […]

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Student Activism, Swingin’ Sixties Style

What is it about the 60’s at the moment? Youth program staff members recently held a John and Yoko style bed-stunt in front of a crowd of hundreds, Oxfam turns the big 6-0  (no grey hairs yet!) and students have been combing up their beehives and brushing off their flares in the name of some […]

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Have yourself a Very Ethical Christmas

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Oooh! Can you smell that? That intoxicating mix of mango, suncream and pine trees tickling our nostrils? It must be December. ‘Tis the season to be jolly and we’re getting caught up in the festive cheer, stocking up on fair-trade goodies  and chuckling at the behind the scenes videos of errant chooks and calves clucking […]

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If Only All Great Discussions Could Happen In Bed

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It’s the oft-posed hypothetical: who would your ideal fantasy dinner party guests be? Oxfam’s Design for Change staff, never ones for conventionality, decided to take that one step further last week and plot who they’d like to be in bed with.

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Repurpose your formal dress!

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by 3things blogger Emily Chantler Five creative solutions to repurpose your formal dress once your end-of-year evening is over! Revive it A great way to repurpose your formal gown is to give it a makeover. With the most basic of sewing skills, you could add some embellishments to your dress—a row of sequins or jewels […]

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Oxfam UNIte Conference: an arena for new ideas

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By Heather Wortes – University of Woollongong student Oxfam University group members from around Australia joined forces at a three day conference in Sydney last week. Students came from as far as Perth and Brisbane to share their success stories from past events and to brainstorm ideas for campaigns and events in 2013. The university […]

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Dumpster diving for dinner

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By Tabitha Laffernis via 3things Dressed like a ninja in lavender Nikes and armed with an arsenal of plastic bags and dishwashing gloves, I was waiting for nightfall. In my living room were three of my closest friends, and we were brainstorming code names. She-Wolf, Raven and Lara Croft were all suggested, but we eventually […]

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Design for Change

Design for Change: creative solutions to global problems

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Are you a creative type looking to use your skills for good and not just hilarious internet cat memes? Whether you’re a designer or communicator, or just a doodler, dreamer or mad keen Photoshopper, there’s a way you can turn your unique way of looking at the world into something awesome that could actually change […]

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Oxfam is heading to Big Day Out!

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Live bands, scary rides and good vibes – these are just 3 of the many things we love about Big Day Out. We’re hitting Australia’s longest running festival again this year to talk all things food, and to ask music lovers what 3things they’re going to do to change the world in 2013. Oh and […]

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A Very Ethical Christmas

We’re dreaming of a green Christmas

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Santa’s filling his sack with fair trade products, Rudolph’s switching to organic carrots and the elves are campaigning for better working conditions. As we reach the final countdown to Christmas, we’re celebrating our very own ‘Christmas Special’ on the 3things website. We’ve gathered tons of useful tips, recipes and DIY guides to help make your […]

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Your new wardrobe? Photo: Prue Upton/3things

3things’ Ethical Fashion Month

Spring has well and truly sprung for our 3things team, and they’re celebrating with Ethical Fashion Month. From a DIY Clothes Swap Kit to interviews with ethical fashion folk, it’s all happening.

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