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October 2015 Newsletter
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Right now, at Make a Change, we’re exploring how change happens by activating public and unused space in regional communities.

This will be done through Places for Change a large forum community discussion, hosted in Bendigo next week. 

There we’ll be exploring how individuals, community groups and business can activate space, with some great regional examples from Bendigo and beyond.

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For us 'Active Spaces' means better health, social inclusion, economic activity, celebration, and the simple joy of gathering!

For stories on regional communities activating spaces read Make a Change Blog.

Share your stories about special places and significant events on Outside the Square Facebook Page.

In our monthly Changemaker Showcase, Marcus Westbury of Renew Australia is speaking to us about how he made significant change by creating a process that grew into Renew Newcastle!  While Sarah Brown of Purple House has activated a space to provide health in a culturally sensitive setting.
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Read about the benefits of creating a neutral engaging space to activate ownership of issues and positive solutions. Read More

Happy Changemaking from Karen Corr and the Make a Change team.

Watch our street talk video with locals on memorable moments and favorite places in Bendigo.

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Welcome to our Changemaker Showcase. 

Do you know someone making change happen in your community or business? 
Share their story with us & we will profile them in our next newsletter
Sharon Brown
Sarah Brown of Purple House has activated a health space to provide health in a culturally sensitive setting. This health space is intentionally set up to be run by the patients and their families as a home away from home.

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Marcus Westbury is coming to Bendigo for Places for Change
Marcus Westbury, founder of Renew Newcastle, is a specialist enabling the ideas of others. The success of activating unused buildings has resulted in the regeneration of a regional city.

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Outside the Square Event

Thursday 15 October

Places for Change invites Bendigo to its second conversation in the 2015 Outside the Square Active Spaces series.

It's time to get creative and re-think our public spaces. 
From old churches to parks, laneways and car parks, get involved and transform our city for a night or forever!

Guest speaker is Marcus Westbury, founder of Renew Newcastle, presenter of ABC1 documentary Bespoke and author of Creating Cities.

For more details or to register visit our website.



How government can make a change in community

How Government can Make a Change in Community

Partnering with community requires a neutral space and an engaging format. Make a Change shows you how.

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Bendigo Library

What is Places for Change?

So what is Places for Change? It is places like the amazing Bendigo Library

Bendigo Library is an iconic space for Bendigo, that has been creatively activated to be more than a library.  

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Handle Bar

Places Activated by Community

Described as a garden bar on its Facebook page, Handle Bar is a hidden open-air quadrangle surrounded by the rear walls of inner Bendigo business.

It’s Bendigo’s newest activated space for the (over-18s!) Bendigo community. Read more
The Morley Johnson Building

Places Activated for Social Inclusion

Radius is activating one of Bendigo’s most central historical landmarks, the Morley Johnson Building.

The four floors of this building are to be home for Bendigo’s most ambitious social enterprise yet, offering employment and training for people of all abilities. Read more

Thank you Bendigo Advertiser for the image.
The Discovery Centre

Imagining how to Activate Spaces

The Discovery Centre Bendigo is all about inspiring your scientific curiosity. The team that bring you playful learning experiences are imagining how to activate an unused courtyard wedged in between two car parks, out the back of the centre.

"We are dreaming up an outdoor art experience with a science flavour. Sculpture, water, and light! The sky's the limit," says 
Ann Lansberry of the Discovery Committee of Management. Read More
Art Postcards in Bendigo

Art Postcards

Check out new art by young and emerging regional artists transforming Bendigo Market Place into a temporary gallery from the 13th to 31st of October.

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Karen Corr travelling Australia

Being a Changemaker and Travelling in Australia

On my recent trip around Australia, I met many inspiring changemakers. 

Patrine from Bridging the Landscapes (pictured) said that at times making a change can be so isolating, and it was so great to meet up and have the opportunity to chat and connect with like-minded people realising that she is not alone. 
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Make a Change in Education

Make A Change in Education

I was recently invited to deliver some guest lectures for La Trobe University education students. 

The topic of my lecture was 'Teachers as Changemakers'. My intention was to have students get present to the difference they can make as a teacher, learn a process to create change projects and come away with new inspiration and ideas to make a change. 
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Karen Corr

Outside the Square 2016 an Invitation

People have been writing to me asking me to respond to the recent events in my home town Bendigo. On a personal note I have been disheartened by the unrest in our community and have been working out how best I can positively contribute and how together we can create a long term solution.
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Local Lives and Global Matters

Local Lives Global Matters

I am pleased to be presenting at this conference with Jumpleads NFP colleague Sharon Seyd. Looks like a great event and worth attending!

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