Can social change be achieved in 60 seconds?

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Created in 2017 and made accessible worldwide in 2018, the social media platform ‘TikTok’ continues to be owned by the Chinese company ByteDance and allows content creators to create short-form visual content covering various topics. The top categories of content made in 2020–2021 were ‘funny videos’ (48%) , ‘personal updates’ (47%), ‘memes’ (39%) and ‘coronavirus news’ (28%) (GlobalWebIndex, 2021 in BusinessOfApps, 2021).


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Plug in your headphones and turn up the volume you fantastic troublemaker you.

For the entirety of 2020, I’m talking with outstanding Change-makers from across the world to find what songs drive them to achieve their full trouble-making potential. Each month I’ll share snippets of what comes up.

Why Music?

Because it makes us feel things. Since the beginning of time, music in one form or another has been used to get us pumped, focused and/or reflective. This is no different. It’s worth exploring what music helps you to get in the right headspace to achieve the different things that you want to get done in a day.

This Month

Following an outstanding interview she did for…


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With access to public spaces limited and group gatherings cancelled, is it still possible to be sociopolitically active?

At the start of the year, I wrote about my ‘5 Plans To Make Mischief in 2020’. Like many, COVID-19 has thrown a curveball at these plans of mine, but with some slight adapting, the coming weeks and months can still be productive ones. Here’s how I plan to do it and how you can too.


Pandemic Response

COVID-19 has killed so many and forced grief into the lives of countless others. The year-on-year death statistics shows this out even more than previously thought.

The number of COVID registered deaths up to 1st May sits just under 36,000. 8,000 (29%) more than previously suggested.


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Team meetings have been forced into Virtual Space (as has everything else), so how do we make the most of it?

Since Mass-Social Isolation began a couple of weeks, work meetings have been kept alive through virtual spaces such as Zoom and Google Hangouts. In this transition, it’s easy for us to lose sight of the nuances that differentiate sub-par meetings from the amazing ones. As we look to make the most of these opportunities, it is crucial that we explore what our ‘best selves’ look like in these spaces and support others to do the same.

1. Assign A Facilitator

This is something that nearly always happens in meetings to keep things on track, but it’s often done subliminally. It’s often that the person…


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Social Mixology

Looking to have a good time in this troubling period of ‘Social Distancing’? Well fear not, The Compassionate Troublemaking Roadhouse is on hand to guide you

Social Mixology

We tend to simplify the idea of interaction. You just chat with people and you either get on or you don’t, right?


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Plug-in your headphones and turn up the volume to the next helping of life-affirming, emotionally driven tracks from a fantastic troublemaker.

For the entirety of 2020, I’m talking with the best Changemakers out there to find the music that drives and inspires them to achieve their full trouble-making potential. In the first edition, I shared 10 of my favourite songs and Maff Potts, Camerado Extrodinaire, curated February’s. To close out March, we get an insight into what drives the fearless & fabulous Rhian Monteith.

Why Music?

Because it makes us feel things. Since the beginning of time, music in one form or another has been used to get us pumped, focused and/or reflective. This is no different. …


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Community Connection

We’ve got to make the most of this stressful & worrying time. Here are some creative ideas on how.

Our current social climate is on edge, to say the least, but through the pain and anxiety, has come fantastic, creative and deeply moving ideas to get us through. Here’s a whopping 30 of them:

  1. Acknowledge your fears, worries & needs — This is a really scary time for so many and there’s no real getting around that. Writing down or talking through fears and worries with someone we trust can help us to differentiate between ‘useful’ and ‘unuseful’ thoughts while putting things into play to work off of the useful thoughts and meet our needs.
  2. Get Advice With…


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On ‘Social Distancing’ & why it’s more important than ever before to look out for each other.

Viral Pandemics aren’t new, taking a quick look at ’10 Of The Worst Pandemics In History’ proves that. However, something about the Corona Pandemic of 2020 feels different. From panic buying to an increase in Xenophobia and Anti-Asian Racism, social interactions appear to be at a heightened risk. In a world already facing the resurgence of the far-right. large economic inequality and an already heightened loneliness pandemic, we’ve got to act.


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#COMPASSIONATETROUBLEMAKING

Plug-in your headphones and turn up the volume to the next helping of life-affirming, emotionally driven tracks from a fantastic troublemaker.

For the entirety of 2020, I’m talking with the best Changemakers out there to find the music that drives and inspires them to achieve their full trouble-making potential. In the first edition, I shared 10 of my favourite songs. For Februarys edition, I got to delve into the mind of the supremely talented, inquisitive and graceful Maff Potts from Camerados.

Why Music?

Because it makes us feel things. Since the beginning of time, music in one form or another has been used to get us pumped, focused and/or reflective. This is no different. …

Waistcoat Dave

@CompassionateTroublemaking founder. #Writer, #Camerado & #SocialAlchemist interested in #Dissent & #Wellbeing in #ChangemakerCommunities. He/Him

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