International Peace Day: Planting the Peace Pole in Norlane

Brandon Dellow (The fOrT) & Simon Reeves (Urban Seed Norlane) plant a Peace Pole in Norlane

Brandon Dellow (The fOrT) & Simon Reeves (Urban Seed Norlane) plant a Peace Pole in Norlane

Celebrating peace in our lives, our neighbourhood, and our world, over 60 people gathered on Thursday September 21st in Norlane. Held on International Peace Day, and collaborately organised by 9 community groups, we were welcomed to Wathaurong country by Nikki and Norm, and energised by the community spirit alive in the neighbourhood of Norlane. Fantastic performances, a Free BBq, children playing, and plating Norane's first 'Peace Pole', contributed to a beautiful and inspiring event. 

It is important now more than ever that we continue to promote peace in our lives, our communities and neighbourhoods. It is encouraging to find ways we can commit to doing no harm to ourselves or one another, to encourage the learning of peaceful and nonviolent methods to transform all types of conflict and acknowledge that systematic forms of violence such as poverty affect all of our lives.

"By focusing not on what separates us but what binds us together as a single Geelong family, By opening our hearts, joining hands and reaching out to people we can move closer to obtaining peace, respect, safety, and dignity for all".
-Moshtagh Heirdari (former refugee)

Urban Seed 2017 Annual General Meeting

Announcement from our Annual General Meeting

We shared an electric night together at our Annual General Meeting on August 30th, where we were able to talk together, share amazing food prepared by the Norlane Team, and experience a firsthand glimpse of The Green Room, Melbourne CBD's 'Urban Seedlings’ project.

During the night, we made an important announcement; David Wilson’s role over the last 4 years as CEO is coming to an end, and this week he transitions into the role of Director of Education. This new role will build Urban Seed's ability to offer training and consultancy in Place Making and Community Development. We are very thankful for the last 4 years of David’s humble, wise, and passionate leadership, and excited about the possibilities of this role.

A New and Exciting Era

As Urban Seed enters a new and exciting era, with the opening of the Little Birdie Cafe in Norlane, the development of The Green Room social enterprise in Melbourne’s CBD, ongoing expansion of our Youth and Schools Programs, and ground-breaking Placemaking that is occurring across each of our neighbourhood sites; we are grateful to be welcoming Hany Messieh to our team as Interim CEO.

Welcome Hany!

 Hany Messieh join us as Urban Seed's interim CEO

 Hany Messieh join us as
Urban Seed's interim CEO

Hany has spent the last couple of decades working within the banking sector in Australia, the US, and Europe, and his expertise and experience are paramount for Urban Seed at this time. Having been on Urban Seed’s board for the past year, Hany has been moved by the passion of the Urban Seed mob, and is excited to journey with the organisation in this capacity, while the Board begin their search for a full time CEO.

As Urban Seed, we look forward to the next chapter in our story, journeying forwards with all of our stakeholders, neighbours, supporters, and friends, continuing to cultivate healthy and sustainable places of hope and inclusion.

Click here to download Urban Seed's 2016 Annual Report
 

Urban Spaces that Heal

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City dwellers have a higher chance of suffering anxiety and a greater likelihood of developing depression. With research showing the restorative effects of nature for people who live in urban areas, there's never been a more important time for the development of Urban Seedlings. Stay tuned for more information as we move closer to our 2018 Launch!

Read more about the science behind green urban spaces

What's new at Urban Seed (Nov)

What's new at Urban Seed (Nov)

HAS AUSTRALIA LOST ITS HEART?

Some are saying that Australia has lost its heart. It appears that this may be true when we consider the plight of refugees, the increase in numbers of homeless people, and the rising mental health issues (to name just a few of the social problems around us). Then there's the indifference, or even worse, the outright opposition to any humanitarian approaches to these issues. We hear in the media and in pub conversations words like "illegals", "dole bludgers", and "junkies" used as ways of dismissing the depth of underlying needs that people experiencing marginalisation experience.


But I am thankful that I get to hear the voices of a different Australia mixed in with these negative messages. I hear people like Jan, who was on a corporate educational walk a few weeks ago who, after hearing some of the back stories to people Urban Seed walks with, emotionally stated that she had never realised that it could be so bad and asked what she could do to help. She said that she felt deeply moved when she walked past people sleeping rough and she wanted to get involved but she didn’t know how. This opened up a good and caring conversation.