Our foundation, Think+DO Tank's Foundation, is currently raising money to open the doors on a beautiful and innovative project, LOST IN BOOKS, a multilingual children's bookshop, creative learning and language acquisition hub, with a twist. LOST IN BOOKS will also host a women's cafe where women can access bilingual workers skilled in providing assistance, including crisis assistance to women experiencing family and domestic violence. To watch our story, click here.
The Motion Room (formerly known as The Thinking Room) is a project that has now well and truly spread its wings, transforming from an idea into a practice!
The Motion Room is a long-term project based in the communities of the Green Valley or 2168 Postcode in Liverpool, NSW.
It aims to explore the nature and quality of public spaces, and the extent to which local communities can contribute to making shared spaces more ideal.
It is a collective experiment in how the built environment can contribute to wellbeing, social cohesion, belonging and community. It uses creative strategies – participatory performance, film and installation – to invite the communities into conversation with one another; to build their skills; and to give them the tools to shape their own neighbourhoods and futures.
Think+DO Tank Foundation is working in close partnership with Powerhouse Youth Theatre, local service providers including Liverpool Women's Resource Centre, Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre, South Western Sydney Local Health District and the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
This project is supported by the financial assistance of the Australia Council for the Arts (Community Partnerships) and the Scanlon Foundation.
Against the Tide (formerly, History's Mirror) is an interactive, immersive and participatory public art and heritage interpretation work that explores time and remembering along the Parramatta River in Sydney. A team of artists are working alongside community members, Aboriginal custodians of the waterways, and historians to enliven the stories of the River from today and yesterday, and to ask what it is to remember.
Against the Tide is currently in production. You can learn more about the project and how to participate in its creation at www.againstthetide.net.au.
Think+DO Tank's purpose is to engage local residents and stakeholders with integrity,in a way that encourages popular participation and that produces meaningful community-led guidance for our clients.
We are excited that Parramatta City Council will soon launch the materials on a Creative Commons Licence.
The training program was the product of experimenting with young people in community and school settings; and with migrants and refugees preparing themselves to assume Australian citizenship. We developed an innovative and "hands on" approach to giving participants an active understanding of governmental structures and ways in which they could participate in public life.
Congratulations to Tanya Owen (Community Capacity Building Officer) and her colleagues at the Parramatta City Council for supporting and developing this innovative program, soon to be released to help all of us to take a more active part in public life in Australia!
Back in September, 2013 we established a charity, the Think+DO Tank Foundation, through which we are running our community and cultural projects, with your support of course! We are transitioning that work across from Think+DO Tank to the Foundation.
We are thrilled to have this way of experimenting alongside people in the community.
We have made a website for the Foundation that you can find here for your viewing pleasure!
Please stay in touch and follow our progress there.
You can also support our work with a tax deductible donation here. We deeply appreciate all the support we receive - whether a cash donation or the offer of some of your time. You're welcome to become part of our work!
We developed an evaluation and effectiveness strategy in close collaboration with the Commission's Race Discrimination Team and the Age Discrimination Team.
Think+DO Tank was retained from June - September 2013 to help the Parramatta City Council explore what belonging means in its local government area, and how best to 'take its temperature' from time to time. We worked to develop a set of five indicators of belonging that will contribute to a broader framework of social indicators in support of Parramatta City Council's community strategic plans.
SHOUT! Young Women with Voice was developed and delivered by Think+DO Tank for the Australian Women's Coalition between April 2012 - May 2013.
SHOUT! was designed to raise the volume on young women's voices in NSW and the ACT.
In 2008, Jane Stratton, Director of the Think+DO Tank, was the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers in Sydney. She developed an innovative program for Indigenous youth in the Greater Sydney Area called How Big Are Your Dreams?. She led the program for the University of Technology, Sydney; Tranby Aboriginal College; and Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers until December 2011. You can learn more about the program here.
We all have conversations that change our minds or that cause us to pause and to reflect on things, a conversation that affects us personally.
Talkback! is a digital media arts project that has trained young people in Bankstown in a new skill while giving them the opportunity to tell a story about “belonging” to a broader public.
The Think+DO Tank proposed a series of consultations with high school students in the Bankstown Local Government Area for the Bankstown City Council. The workshops were carried out between 1 September – 30 November 2009. We worked with over 250 students to uncover their desires for Bankstown, what they value in their communities and to educate them about the role of local, State and Commonwealth governments. A report was provided to Council in January 2010 and we look forward to helping Council to implement our recommendations.
Trading Places is a soundpiece of young people’s connections to Bankstown.
Trading Places is installed in a custom-built cut out screen that lets people inhabit a stereotyped image of a young person in the Bankstown area even while those stereotypes are blown open by the voices of the young people themselves. The screen is brought to life by a Lebanese young man mad on cars; a young Muslim woman in hijab; a highly fashion conscious Vietnamese young woman; and an African young woman with a younger sibling.
How might students who are just embarking on their passage through high school ensure they have the choice of a university education?
Do the stories that each of us carry around with us matter? Are they merely distracting noise in our heads, or something that might allow us to connect with other people?
In 2008, Jane Stratton (Director, Think+DO Tank) was Head, Corporate Social Responsibility at Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers.
In 2008, she brokered and designed a personal clothing and support service developed at Gilbert + Tobin and delivered in partnership with Job Futures for women job seekers provided by women already in the workforce. Gilbert + Tobin staff participated by providing:
- professional clothing
- personal support and mentoring
- career coaching to assist women successfully re-enter the workforce or gain their first job in Sydney’s CBD.