Every action is born of experience. The QUO curate stories that will help broaden our understanding of what is happening around us, and inspire action. Based on the lived experiences of our contributors, the stories here cover issues that are at the heart of our development as a community.
We all know that STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) fields remain dominated by men, particularly in the higher levels of academia. Samantha Nixon, PhD candidate at the Institute of Molecular Bioscience, talks about spider venoms as treatments for parasitic diseases in plain English.
"Do I help people relax? Yes I do, but we’re a research-based health profession and we’re doing much more than meets the eye." Our editor sat down with registered music therapist Tanya Marie Silveira to talk about why Australians need to give music therapy the acknowledgement it deserves.
"The reality is that I never know if a guy has swiped right on Tinder because he has read my bio and is genuinely interested because of what I’ve written, or because he’s seen an Asian girl and lights have either consciously or unconsciously gone off in his head." Yen-Rong explores how sexual racism affects her experience of online dating.
“In Pakistan I was paying for very expensive and terrible quality water. I soon found out that even then some 10 percent of the global population doesn't even have the quality of water that I have, and the quality of water I have is pretty bad,” Syed Mansoor's Water Democracy aims to help fight the global clean water crisis with a simple and affordable solution.
Clinton Pryor, a young Wajuk, Baradung, Kija and Yulparitja man, is only a few months away from completing his walk from Perth to Canberra to put First Nations' issues at the forefront of the national agenda.
“People have been telling our stories of resistance from a colonial perspective for hundreds of years now and I think it’s important for us to take back the narrative.” Anishinaabekwe activist Sarain Carson-Fox hosts RISE, a docu-series premiering on SBS VICELAND at 9:30pm on Thursday 27 July 2017. Filmed by Joanna Cabot.
"I think for me the purpose of art is not only to reveal our own truths, but to do it in a way that helps others find something in theirs." Creative and disability advocate Emily Dash tackles the themes of identity and public perception in PACT Salon 2: Skeletons and Self-Portraits.
"If you have a physical illness like a cold or the flu, nobody really hesitates to tell anybody. I feel like it should be the same with mental illness." The Bumblefly Effect is an intersectional collective of creatives committed to breaking the stigma around mental health.