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.
Empty The Tanks is a worldwide anti-captivity event that provides a peaceful platform for activists to speak out against an industry that exploits captive dolphins and whales. Monique exposes the cruel tradition that propelled Empty The Tanks' founder, Rachel Carbary, into activism.
In college, Caitie Gutierrez had a vivid dream about bees that inspired her to remain open to life's risks despite the possibility of being stung. Now the curator of The Bumblefly Effect, an intersectional and global community of creatives committed to breaking the stigma around mental illness, she's taking small steps to create big change.
"Without NITV consistently showing positive images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, there is very little opportunity for non-Indigenous Australians to see our world." NITV's new animation Little J & Big Cuz is historic. Focusing on Australian Indigenous kids' transition to school, Tanya Orman discusses how it helps to demystify and celebrate Indigenous culture.
Criminal lawyer Adam Richards and his 13-year-old son Ned walked from Adelaide to Canberra earlier this year, and presented a petition urging the Federal Government to end "mandatory indefinite offshore detention of refugees". Alfred explores what inspired this act of protest from two everyday Australians.
"Where can we see real intimacy? Real love-making? Real bodies? Real pleasure? Where can we see people in their power facilitating their own pleasure and knowing that they deserve it?" Using photography and written word, Aimee explores how resisting socially sanctioned understandings of normalcy, beauty and female pleasure inspired her collaborative photography community the Is This Real Life Project.
"Society was unconsciously telling me that people with names like mine could not be writers." In her childhood, cultural and environment factors left Yen-Rong feeling ambivalent towards writing. Now a young Asian Australian writer, she challenges the industry's lack of representation by pushing for more diversity in publishing.
"Growing up, we didn’t have much. We had what we needed, but the church always received the benefits of our parents’ hard work – even their unpaid labour." Drawing upon her personal experience of being raised as Pentecostal, Sharon investigates the labour relationship between the church and its faithful followers.
Part two of our miniseries. Ravi was detained in Nauru and Victoria for over 3 years. Upon his release in 2016, Ravi launched his poetry anthology 'From Hell to Hell' and continues to speak out on behalf of those who remain incarcerated in Australia’s onshore and offshore mandatory detention centres. Filmed by Alfred Pek.