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OMG it has been so long since I have updated the blog.

A lot has happend. I’m still with Volunteering Qld and my work there is very rewarding and exciting.

I have delivered the Natural Disasters Resilience Leadership project in Cairns, Ipswich, Mackay, Charleville, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Gatton and will soon be delivering it in Moreton Bay, Gympie and Fernvale. The project has resulted in some wonderful outcomes for these communities and it has been a real pleasure to meet all the inspirational community leaders working hard to make their communities a better place in the face of natural disasters. For more info visit: http://www.emergencyvolunteering.com.au/home/ or watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeJ12U32gog&feature=plcp

I have been to Christchurch, New Zealand and Sendai, Japan to take part and present at the UNESCO Looking Beyond Disasters Youth Forums. Both times I was fortunate enough to bring along an amazing film crew from Digital CinematiX HD(made up of my extremely talented friends: Salvador Cantellano, Owen Novello and Hayley Low, which are the same team to have been doing a lot of work documenting some of my and Volunteering Qld’s other projects) and we have started an amazing documentary film project which explores the amazing work being done by young leaders working in disaster affected communities. Check out the summery videos put together at the end of each forum:

Christchurch, New Zealand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX9WnHt57P0&list=PLBC2CEC70CC02F798&index=14&feature=plpp_video

Sendai Japan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyOZv5boLvU&feature=youtu.be&hd=1  

One of my other projects has been a Multicultural Affairs Qld funded project to increase opportunities for international students to volunteer. As a part of this project I have been developing information kits, online resources, workshops and master classes on the subject which can all be found at . For more info visit: http://www.volunteeringqld.org.au/web/index.php/policy-research/menu/university-student-engagement/international-student-volunteer-initiative

As part of my work I have also been delivering presentations and seminars at different forums, symposiums and conferences including:

– National Volunteers Day 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zgd5PEIPoo 

– Engage Australia’s 2012 Conference on community engaged learning (2012)

– Volunteering Qld’s Innovate Symposium (Dec 2011)… Watch my presentation on creative engagement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPygCYWJxlE&feature=relmfu

– Volunteering Qld’s Innovate 2.0 (2012)… watch my promo for my part of the symposium: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l0QxVfz0f8&list=UUF0MOrS6iFXZD1DlK2cMKLQ&index=3&feature=plcp

Sadly, my arts practice has fallen by the wayside for now but my work has still got a bit of attention and I have been involved in supporting other emerging artists and artsworkers on the gold coast:

– Crossing Divides/Palm Beach Youth Music Venture “HARVEST” doco project which I helped develop and get funding, videos:  http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB55E0F6F9A9E5285&feature=plcp

– My work was included in the LOVE IS HERE project: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Love-is-Here-Book-Launch-and-Exhibition/191128420925370

– LMTD space article on my work: http://lmtdspace.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/tal-fitzpatrick-with-paper-and-knife/

– Flat White Spaces exhibition no.1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCAxbW_90eM

Finally – a shout out to the Rabbit and Cocoon crew who are making all of the Gold Coast’s creatives wildest dreams come true, check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xq9EPuj9YY&feature=related   –   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl24FH5HRcI&feature=relmfu

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