Active Hope Circle

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Active Hope Circle

Active Hope Circle

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How do you respond to the Climate Crisis? Where do you find your inspiration and energy to make it happen?

This Active Hope Circle is a place to engage with the way you’re feeling about the world and your place in it.  You’ll discover helpful ways to open conversations about Climate and re-energise yourself and others, to move beyond stuckness, fear, grief and despair into reclaiming a sense of hopeful action.

During the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Explore your personal response to the Climate Emergency.
  • Learn practices that can sustain yourself and others in times of despair.
  • See your work and your role with fresh eyes.
  • Identify action steps for walking your hope out into the world.
  • Create a community of Active Hope with other coaches from around the world.


What is Active Hope?

Active Hope is a mindset and set of practices that invites each of us to turn up and turn toward the challenges confronting us, rather than closing down and turning away. It is a way to transmute the difficult emotions we may feel about the state of the world into generative, hopeful actions.

In doing so, we develop courage in holding space for others to do the same, so that rather than perpetuating a negative cycle of fear, numbing or nihilism we carve a path of hope with our actions.

The concept of ‘Active Hope’ is based on the work of Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone, who co-authored a book of the same name.

What is an Active Hope circle?

The format is based on traditional talking circles, which support participants to give voice to what’s in their heart and on their mind, and to listen deeply and openly to that of others.

These practices come from ancient roots. They have been used in indigenous cultures over millennia as a method for communities to move through difficult times, together.


Why should you attend?

When we bring our fears into the open, they lose the power to haunt us.” Joanna Macy

The Climate Crisis often feels overwhelming. For many people, there are few spaces – at home, work, or with friends – where we can face our concerns and acknowledge the weight of what we’re feeling.

This Active Hope circle will be a place to listen and share in community with others. The practices we’ll do together build resilience, preventing us from getting stuck in negativity spirals, and instead, strengthening our resolve to discover and play our part in addressing concerns about the world.


What to bring

  • Generous listening skills
  • A commitment to participate
  • Journal / paper, pen
  • An item you found in nature that is of significance for you.

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Event Timezone Reference - Sydney, Australia

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Presenter/Host Bio

Alice is a Sydney-based innovation coach, facilitator and social designer working at the heart of social-environmental change. Her consultancy, Humanise This, supports pioneering teams and leading change-makers to envision, embody & enact change, and develop the social scaffold to confidently walk that change out into the world. In early 2020, in response to Australia's Bushfire Crisis, Alice organised a series of Active Hope Circles to help change-makers who were feeling hopeless and helpless in the face of the disaster, rediscover a sense of hope, community and resilience. In recent months, Alice has been supporting Chris Johnstone and Joanna Macy (the co-authors of 'Active Hope') to develop the forthcoming 2nd edition of the book.

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Matt Wicking is a facilitator, activist and artist and a passionate advocate for the connections between the personal, the political, the natural and the cultural. His current mix of work includes: hosting and speaking at purpose-driven events; facilitating critical conversations; running environmental leadership programs; training not-for-profits in the art of pitching for support; and providing sustainability advice to arts and cultural organisations. Matt is also singer and songwriter with Melbourne band, The General Assembly, where his music acts as a creative, vital response to living in an unsustainable culture. More at and

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Event Language - English

Posted By - Alice Howard-Vyse

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Date And Time

Mar 4, 2021 @ 11:00 AM (AEST) to
Mar 4, 2021 @ 01:00 PM (AEST)


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