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Do bicycle advocates need to act like Hollywood?

Rachel Smith's picture

What does Hollywood have to do with bike riding? Rachel Smith says we all need to get involved in collecting data if we want to see our dream of more people cycling come true.

Last week @Coxy tweeted me his dream; a cycleway on Brisbane’s Sylvan Road. I replied “Create an action plan of the things that you can influence & control – ignore the ones you can’t – then let’s meet for coffee”. “Not entirely sure what I can influence or control” he replied. Which got me thinking, if we really want our cycling dreams to be realised we need to work together to make them happen.

My friend Inke works in Hollywood. In the movies every last and final detail is researched to the last degree – no rock is left unturned. Everything that can be researched is researched.

So, do bicycle advocates need to act like Hollywood?

Yes, I think we do.

Conversation at the end of a life well lived

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Watching a loved person die is painful and confronting. Don Campbell urges patients and their families to have their own difficult conversations in advance to help doctors provide compassionate care at the end of a life well lived.

How to be a bettertarian

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There are so many choices around food available, which makes it complicated for consumers to purchase sustainable products. Rebecca Sullivan explains how as a bettertarian she makes better nutritional choices that integrate the land, the animals and the people.

Integrate self care into health policy

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The current health care system is under enormous pressure. Deon Schoombie, Executive Director of the Australian Self Medication Industry, wants a national conversation on how self care can be more fully integrated into our health care policy.

Our voice. Our impact.

It’s National Youth Week (NYW) from 4 to 13 April 2014, the largest celebration of young people in Australia. Thousands of young people aged 12-25 from across Australia get involved in NYW each year.

Chained to a desk? Your health is in danger

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Sitting at a desk all day can have serious long-term effects on your health. Andre Smith looks into ways to ease the stress of sitting all day.

Meat Free Week: Whither the farmer?

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Australians are invitited to give up meat this week to think about our meat consumption and the impact on our health and the environment. Eleanor Nurse from the animal protection institute Voiceless says it’s time to start having a conversation about the provenance of our food.

In defence of shyness – but there’s a downside

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Being shy can be quite charming, but also isolating. Leicester Warburton says that when we look up, smile and show a genuine interest in people, we realise we are not alone.


Coaching conversations – The intention to give attention

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In our busy lives it is rare that we take the time to engage meaningfully with each other at the workplace and at home. Organisational coach Clive Leach says that being present and suspending our own agenda and needs for a few minutes is an act of kindness that has benefits for both giver and receiver.

Mental health in Australia and abroad

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In our western society, happiness and contentment are not a given. Cameron Jennings would like to see a more holistic approach to the root causes of depression and a united effort by health professionals and those involved with mental health in Australia.