Ngara Institute

Ngara Institute – the Activists Think Tank

The Ngara Institute is a not-for- profit activist think tank which puts people, communities and the planet before increasingly predatory capitalism. We offer an intellectual and engaging space to critically reflect on how we can achieve a more just, peaceful and sustainable world based on the common good rather than private interest.

Politics in the Pub

Ngara Institute organised in 2016 a monthly ‘Politics in the Pub’ gathering in the Courthouse Pub Mullumbimby.  Each month a new guest speaker is invited. Around 180 people attend and it has become one of the Byron Shires most active regular political events. Visit the Ngara website for the upcoming program.

The Purpose of the institute is to:

  • provide a counter narrative to the views and opinions of Australian neoliberal think tanks;
  • foster critical thinking about local, national, and international issues such as peace, globalisation, diminishing democracy, climate change, financial greed and growing inequality;
  • work alongside other peace and justice organisations for a more equitable, non-violent and compassionate future based on social justice and human rights and pursuit of the common good;
  • assert and support values and practices that enhance the life of all species and ecosystems;
  • learn and apply indigenous world views to all areas of life;
  • articulate and encourage post-carbon- growth scenarios;
  • revitalise local-democratic civic cultures, neighbourliness and cooperative systems of production;
  • inspire and promote viable and workable solutions to the complex challenges we all face.



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Portable have just released their research on The Future of Death and Aging in Australia - Have a read, and come back and share what resonates/what triggers.

We'd love to hear your thoughts, perspectives, experiences.

Portable uses advances in design and digital technology to dramatically transform the lives of citizens and the wider public.

www.portable.com.au/reports/the-future-of-death-and-ageing

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Portable have just released their research on The Future of Death and Aging in Australia - Have a read, and come back and share what resonates/what triggers.

Wed love to hear your thoughts, perspectives, experiences.

Portable uses advances in design and digital technology to dramatically transform the lives of citizens and the wider public.

https://www.portable.com.au/reports/the-future-of-death-and-ageing

#deathandaging #lifedeath #cycleoflife #openconversations

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Stories in the Club Sunday April 14: Seeding Change - https://mailchi.mp/d505fe6c9028/nov-11-ngarainstitute-2124489

On the brink of extinction the Orange-bellied Parrot has been ranked as one of the world's rarest and most endangered species.

TAKE ACTION: Volunteer in the Winter surveys King Island and North West Tasmania.

18/19 May
27/28 July
14/15 September

birdlife.org.au/projects/orange-bellied-parrot-recovery/volunteer-in-the-winter-surveys

Orange bellied parrots fly off into the wild.
www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-24/orange-bellied-parrots-fly-off-into-the-wild/9668886

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On the brink of extinction the Orange-bellied Parrot has been ranked as one of the worlds rarest and most endangered species.

TAKE ACTION: Volunteer in the Winter surveys King Island and North West Tasmania.

18/19 May
27/28 July
14/15 September

http://birdlife.org.au/projects/orange-bellied-parrot-recovery/volunteer-in-the-winter-surveys

Orange bellied parrots fly off into the wild.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-24/orange-bellied-parrots-fly-off-into-the-wild/9668886

Photo Dave Watts

The Future, Leonard Cohen.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=D97OxHZzBeQ

Since his passing I have realized that he was not only a close friend but a life mentor. One of the most inspiring aspects in this regard was what one could call his heart bravery. It is, in my way of seeing, the highest form of courage. In fact, the word courage comes from the Latin coeur, meaning heart. Leonard’s special genius was his ability to communicate both the sorrow and the beauty of the world, even in the same sentence. He never looked away from either, not even in his final months when pain wracked his body. He had a twinkle in one eye and a tear in the other.

In those last years of his life, we had many conversations about climate chaos, as he knew I was studying the subject. He always listened intently and asked pertinent questions throughout our discussions. Although climate had not been his own focus (his was more a passion for world politics), there was no surprise for him in seeing how close we are to the edge. He understood human nature and assumed we would do ourselves in. One need only listen to his song, “The Future” to know how prescient he was on the matter.

And yet, we laughed over all the years. Laughed like crazy. Leonard was a master of gallows humor, and I have a well-honed appreciation for that form as well. The power of gallows humor, and I highly recommend it in these times, is that it allows a sideways glance at the gathering clouds while one is still sipping tea in the garden. All of these small moments of recognition serve to accustom our awareness to difficult realities, to hammer at the chains that bind, to allow us to let go a bit. In sharing gallows humor, it is also comforting to know that your friend sees the tragi-comedy as well. There is an amortizing of the burden when we share a heavy load.

Courage is often confused with stoicism, the stiff upper lip, bravado that masks fear. There is another kind of courage. It is the courage to live with a broken heart, to face fear and allow vulnerability, and it is the courage to keep loving what you love “even though the world is gone.”

Catherine Ingram, Facing Extinction

#courage #climatecrisis #lostspecies #onthebrink #poetry #sorrowandbeauty #catherineingram #facingextinction #froginapotThe OFFICIAL video clip for "The Future", single from the 1992 album of the same name. -- INTENTIONALLY BLEEPED -- (c) 1993 SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (Canada)...
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What a fantastic share. Thank you so much 💓🙏✌️

Love that last paragraph. We need that kind of courage these days.

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