Monthly Archives: August 2011

Racism is one of humankind’s intractable problems

Our Managing Director, Priscilla, wrote a guest blog post for the Centre for Social Impact about All Together Now’s partnership with The Body Shop.

The Body Shop, with its national reach of 83 retail stores, provided an amazing opportunity to ignite conversations about racism between store staff and customers. The intention of these conversations was to provide people with a better understanding of racism and feel confident about speaking up when they witness it.

Read the full article on the CSI blog…

Become an ambassador

Do you know someone who supports cultural diversity in the local community? Nominate them to be a People of Australia Ambassador:

As part of Australia’s new multicultural policy, the Prime Minister has announced the Australian Multicultural Council will appoint 40 People of Australia Ambassadors.

Ambassadors will champion inclusion and provide ‘grass roots’ input to the Australian Multicultural Council and to Government.

Preventing racism using social marketing

Like all not-for-profit organisations, we’re occasionally asked about how we put our mission into practice. Our mission states that:

We aim to eliminate racist behaviour in Australia through innovative, evidence-based and effective social marketing.

Specifically, people want to know about “social marketing”. We define social marketing as the application of commercial marketing principles, tools and technologies to achieve benefits for society.

Racism in our pockets and handbags

“Racism online means that racism in classrooms, workplaces and communities moves from onto our screens into our pockets and handbags.”

— Outgoing Race Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, addressing the National Press Club yesterday. He said the number of complaints made to the Australian Human Rights Commission about online racism has doubled in the last couple of years.

Recently seen in Melbourne

Thanks to Jennifer Kulas for taking this pic 🙂

If we are not born racist how do Australians become racist?

A hot topic on our Facebook page over the past week has been “If we are not born racist how do Australians become racist?”. Some of the answers from our Facebook friends include:

* ignorance
* social conditioning
* fear of the unknown
* learning racism from older family members and others in the community
* the media
* Australian history
* politicians
* lack of leadership