In the lead up to Christmas, many charities and organisations gear up for their Christmas-time appeal. And we gather that many of their employees, not unlike Santa's little elves come Christmas-time, bear the brunt of it.
So we wanted to tell them we understand, and we're here to help. In a fun 'lil way. Here's the piece we made. Enjoy!
* to be sung to the tune of "Twelve Days of Christmas"
It was colourful, culture-rich and beautifully heart-warming.
And attended by diverse and inspiringly
talented cooperative housing members and leaders. Something like this was apparently a first for the sector. Well done, Common Equity NSW!
The day-long festival was filled with food and performances,
art and awards, and stories and successes. And it showcased all
that has been achieved through cooperative housing. The last two
years have been a time of tremendous change and turnaround for
both the organisation and the sector. Chris Hayes MP, Federal
Member for Fowler, was present to officiate the event. And it
also received SBS and ABC
The celebrations opened with an airing of stories of individuals with changed lives since joining a cooperative housing community (watch the videos under "Latest Work" down below!). We were glad to have been a part of bringing those to life! And it was inspiring for us to see the difference this organisation has made for people.
We're proud as punch to have worked with Common Equity, and fulfilled to think we played a part, at least, in helping bring an awareness to cooperative housing as a contemporary, community-driven, values-based housing solution.
Our very first write-up on Eco Citizen Australia
Eco Citizen Australia did a
little write-up on us, which we love! They're an online
publication that informs, inspires and connects people
with all things eco. Do head over and check 'em good folks out at
"Advocating change through positive action and clear communication, the Coalition of Mischief aims to help not-for-profit and 'socially aware organisations' achieve their goals. Comprising mischief makers Kevin Bathman and Zara Choy, the organisation assert to keep things light, while keeping their eyes firmly on the big picture."
Bake Night at Mischief Capital
Walnut & Olive Bread, Raisin Loaf, Poppy Seed Bread and Nut & Apricot Cob. Yummmmm! We hosted a Bake Night
and chatted a lovely evening away with a bunch of social
change folk. Check out more pictures here.
We have Mischief socials from time to time, with a different theme each time. So if you're in Sydney and fancy hangin out, drop
us a line. We'll happily put you on the invite list.
Common Equity NSW
Theresa, Hinemoa and Micheal are cooperative housing members whose lives have turned around since they joined their cooperative housing. We made a series of videos to bring to life their stories.
When Theresa and her family arrived in Australia, they struggled with housing affordability. Theresa founded a housing cooperative called 'Whispering Hope' that allowed her to raise her four sons in a secure and stable environment. She now supports her neighbours and others with low incomes or disabilities and is passionate about increasing awareness of the socially responsible housing model.
"I'm thinking of me, sleeping so peacefully in my bed knowing that someone is cold out on the street, shivering and hungry. They are falling into the cracks. So let's help them, let's give our help to these people. That's what I find most fulfilling…to help someone in need."
Hinemoa believes that education is the gateway to success. After five years as an active member of the Whispering Hope cooperative, she was elected Chairperson and with the support of CENSW is undertaking a range of courses in technology, English language and management skills which has boosted her self-esteem and career opportunities.
"I never wanted to be a leader. But now I can see that I want to progress in that sort of field. We'd love to help people with a lot of children…that are overcrowded in their houses. We need more houses to give more services and help the families in need."
Emoh Rou was Sydney's first cooperative housing establishment, home to a range of artists that were not able to afford stable housing close to city with studio space. Due to the financial pressures of renting, Micheal had not considered starting a family before living in a coop. Now he has the security of a long-term tenancy for his family, with space to develop his career as an artist.
"We've have workshops for stenciling, painting... a lot of community activities happen here. Now that we’ve openly declared that we’re artists here, in whatever field that may be, I think that there’s more opportunities locally for the [cooperative] to get involved with the broader community. And we’ll all benefit from seeing our presence... being more recognised and appreciated."
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District - STI Campaign for Backpackers
A campaign we did for the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District has been released. See if you can spot the posters and booklets at hostels or backpacker accommodation, travel publications and operators around Sydney.
The campaign helps provide information about STIs, especially its
risks while travelling, and also supplies information about services
and costs relating to sexual health checks for backpackers in Sydney.
The Chindian Diaries
Being of mixed Indian and Chinese parentage, Kevin has been battling with the issue of belonging through his life. The Chindian Diaries, a celebration of personal stories and shared community, is both a personal journey of finding identity and a way to bring to others, Chindian and non-Chindian alike, the unique cultural heritage of being Chindian.
"Eventually, my great grandfather found out and he was infuriated, he even called my grandfather 'Hak Kuai', which means black devil. Grandmother Ang embraced Indian culture by learning how to speak Tamil and cooking Indian cuisine for her neighbours. At that time in the 1930s, a Chinese woman speaking Tamil in the markets was unheard of."
This project is for those who identify themselves as a Chindian (Indian and Chinese heritage). It aims to capture the forgotten stories of both cultures and the 'time-worn Chindian stories of taboo love, in a cross-cultural phenomenon unique to post-colonial southeast Asia.'
In our race for progress, we often forget many things about our past. Many forgotten stories about how our parents met, their struggles of coming from different cultural background. If we don't capture those stories, it will forever be forgotten.
Coalition of Mischief submitted a few T-shirt designs for Burma Campaign's
competition and won! The designs were meant to draw attention to the
situation in Burma. Check
them out here.
We got groovin' with Bollywood Queen, an event held to provide a
non-judgmental environment where GLBT South Asians could connect and
claim their identity. Watch
the video we created.
Pop Up Bride
Pop-up Bride got us to help with their brand identity. Inspired by
true stories of arranged marriages in contemporary Australia, the
show explores both traditional and contemporary notions of arranged
marriage, and the role of family and romantic currency in the digital
age. Premiers October 21st at the Marrickville Town Hall. Check it
Sack Alan Jones
Like everyone else, we are appalled by Alan Jones, so we did this
funny meme/ad for Sack Alan Jones and Destroy the Joint. See
it here. ps. The petition was a major success. Check it out at
Show Us Your Wolloomoolloo
We created the branding for Show Us Your Wolloomooloo, a project
aimed at generating cross-community conversation by creating an inspiring,
informative and fun connective space for all -- from public housing
residents to the homeless, and home owners and local businesses. Visit the website here.
Did you know slavery happens here? Neither do many people. We produced
a little booklet for Anti-Slavery Australia (ASA) to help make this
known. ASA are specialist legal research and policy centre who work
to abolish slavery, trafficking, forced marriage and extreme labour