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.
Most of us are taught to consume, so why are some of us discarding much of what we own in favour of a simpler life? Keegan gets to the heart of what it means to be a minimalist, and the results are surprisingly (ful)filling.
Ravi is a survivor of Australia’s No Advantage Asylum Policy. He 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.
Sydney-based artist Ramesh Nithiyendran talks to our editor Alexandra Havas about the limits of art as activism, the politics of gender, and how normalising representations of the phallus can help to dismantle some of its power. Filmed by Thomas Hellier.
Kuhen Nagappan explores how his passion for traditional Bharatanatyam dance has helped him find moments of freedom, and make sense of his experience as both a racial and sexual minority. Filmed by Alfred Pek.
Stigma around sex work still exists, and it will continue until we begin to recognise sex work as a job like any other. Entirely led and staffed by sex workers, Scarlet Alliance believes that sex workers should be the experts in their own lives. Filmed by Joanna Cabot.
Madolyn Garnham from Clovelly made a New Year's resolution last year to eliminate plastic use, and to keep things simple and sustainable. From homemade toothpaste to a practical compost system, she shares her tips on how to lead a zero waste life. Filmed by Joanna Cabot.
Pokies machines are highly addictive, and the New South Wales government is addicted to the massive revenues they bring in each year. But when the machines themselves can suck anyone in, somebody is bound to lose. Keegan speaks to Tom Lawrence, co-founder of Proudly Pokies Free, about the perils of the pokies.
"Life is rad, but it's actually really shit sometimes. That's when you need your buddies in the ocean the most". Following a simple recipe of saltwater therapy, surfing and fluro, co-founder of OneWave Grant Trebilco moves us.