Yep, all your favourite social media channels are probably only feeding you what you already like according to your age, gender, location and behaviour. Kinda creepy, kinda handy (and we often forget it’s happening).
But it might mean we don’t see too many diverse opinions and thoughts that help us expand and challenge our way of thinking. If you want to break out of the echo chamber – expand who you follow or even follow things you disagree with or wouldn’t normally be into!
We’ve put together an extensive (but not exclusive) list of some young Aussie people doing great things in the world to help you start to expand your digital bubble.
Robert Gillies + HoMie / @homie.com.au
Robert Gillies has devoted himself to building a social enterprise that makes a difference to some of our most vulnerable citizens, all while studying a few degrees on the side. As you do! He co-founded Homeless of Melbourne and works to change negative attitudes towards homelessness through his clothing store HoMie. Along with selling very nice apparel, the label also provides funding, apparel, training and employment to people experiencing homelessness, and has a dedicated HoMie Her stream to support female victims of domestic violence.
Vanessa Marian / @vanessamarian_
Vanessa is passionate about dance and people, and bringing the two together. She’s the founder of Groove Therapy: an initiative that offers dance classes in Melbourne and Sydney, and has now grown into a suburban outreach program that caters to refugees and migrants. She’s also started to incorporate conversation and public speaking skills into her hour-long classes but the focus remains on health, developing rhythm, extending movement, and having a sweet groove.
Paul Gorrie / @paul_cj_geezy
Paul is a proud Gunai/Kurnai man who believes it is a cultural responsibility to be pushing for climate justice for Indigenous peoples in Australia and around the world. He is involved in Seed: Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network, connecting young people to protect country and fight for climate justice. Paul also brings his skills with music and film into the mix.
Sigrid McCarthy / @siggimcc
Sigrid is endlessly passionate about driving positive change in the Australian fashion industry, stemming from a frustration in the way we produce and purchase the pieces in our wardrobe. She’s got a day job with Ethical Clothing Australia, and spends the rest of her time as Editor of Intent Journal. Intent opens up an honest dialogue on the ethics of fashion, and encourages a conscious and responsible approach to our fashion industry at both a national and global scale.
Patrick Mills / @balapat
Pat Mills is a professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA. He was also raised between Thursday Island in the Torres Strait and the land of the Ynunga people in South Australia. He’s a talented athlete and vocal advocate for Indigenous inclusion in sports, with a desire to raise awareness of his own culture and upbringing. Bonus fact: of all the Australians who’ve played in the NBA, he is the first Indigenous person to play in the NBA finals.
Domini Marshall + Her Words Series / @herwordsseries
Domini’s Her Words Series gathers the stories and experiences of people who identify as women, inclusive of all ages, ethnicities, sexualities, abilities and backgrounds. Her Words aims to push past the surface conversation on what it means to be female, and instead crack into important, constructive and inspiring challenges facing women in the world today.
Janelle Silver + Heart + Hands Store / @janellesilver
Janelle’s online offering is a total feel-good-feed, she shares stories and contemplations from her daily life as well as illustrations of affirmational mantras and positive teachings. She manages to use line and colour as a way of reimagining some of our most difficult feelings — like a sweet candy pick me up but for your eyes and soul. All her products are available online as heartfelt keepsakes and artworks, so you can bring some of her sweetness into your own home too.