YouTube Course Launch!

We are proud to present our latest educational project! If you are interested in writing for a better future, this will provide you with tips in how to do so effectively.

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Storytelling for a Better World

CC BYSA 2009 Dori

Our culture needs to change, our vision of the future needs to change. In this way people are readier to embrace what needs to be done to achieve a better world. Storytelling engages the whole person: their thoughts, feelings, and connections with the people they care about. It is an excellent way to help people to take appropriate next steps, rather than digging in and denying what is happening around them.

Various genres have arisen to meet the challenge: solarpunk, hopepunk, ecofiction, utopianism, and more.

This course discusses how storytelling needs to evolve. We explore what would genuinely make for a brighter tomorrow. Together students then learn and apply the tools which will help us all to share healthier visions of what our world can be.

Sign up for this course will be on Patreon by donation (any amount). More details to come! Just comment below if you are interested.

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Remake the Future

In 2019 Friends Institute organised Remake the Future to help raise awareness of many solutions that could help turn around issues to do with climate change.

Guests included:
Dr Petra Tschakert from the University of Western Australia
Antony McMullen, cofounder and director of Cooperative Bonds
Alice Drury, lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre
Josh McGee, convenor of Universal Basic Income Australia – Melbourne
Ben Howes, Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots Program
Katherine Phelps, founder and director of Friends Institute

Remake the Future poster
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Coexist – Writing for Change: Human Rights

Date(s) - 2017 February 12
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Owl and Cat Theatre



Friends Institute as part of the Coexist theatre series presents a workshop about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how to bring that to your scripts, novels, short stories, and more.

Places are limited, so book soon!

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My 2017 Wish to You All

2017 is opening with many challenges already in place.

I wish you the strength to find courage and to engage with events in order to create a world better than you found it.

I wish you the wisdom to be self-reflective and compassionate. Take the time to do what is thoughtful and kind.

I wish you to find greatness of heart, so that you exercise the capacity to include all humanity in your respect and goodwill.

I wish you an empathy that embraces all living beings, so that you work for their well-being as if they are the most treasured of family, because they are.

I wish you to be surrounded by a nurturing love that you give to yourself, so that you easily become the person you need to be in order to bring light to our times.

In friendship,


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Writing for Change

Date(s) - 2016 November 13
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Owl and Cat Theatre



As part of the Coexist series of events spend the day learning how to effectively write stories that inform, change people’s minds, and encourage action.

Learn about:

  • Writing beyond stereotypes
  • Researching your subject
  • Protecting those you write about
  • Keeping your storytelling engaging
  • and more

Bookings for the writing workshop are now closed. This event will be run again sometime in 2017!

Living with one another, living with all life.
Plays and discussions about
social justice and the environment.

The second Sunday of each month at the Owl and Cat Theatre will be dedicated to putting on plays, having discussions, and holding workshops about the prosocial and life-affirming.

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Young Adult Theatre

Date(s) - 2016 January 30
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

KereKere Green


If you are in your late teens to twenties, you are coming into a world with a lot of problems created by earlier generations. You are right to be concerned and you are right to want your concerns heard. Theatre is an important place to be heard because you can engage people’s thoughts and emotions, creating empathy for the circumstances of your characters. If you are interested in issues to do with the environment, social justice, and human rights and want to write and perform works that address these issues, contact us. We will soon begin meetings to create new works that grapple with these issues from your perspective.

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Cafe chat: The 17 Global Goals for Sustainability

Date(s) - 2015 November 21
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Breizoz French Creperie



On 27 November Melburnians will be joining the People’s Climate March. This is to support the acceptance of 17 UN proposed global goals for sustainability.

  • Want to know what those goals are?
  • Want to better understand them?

Join us for a relaxing brunch to discuss this historic effort to set the world onto a more humane and environmentally sustainable path to the future.


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Some International Exposure

Katherine Phelps was interviewed in relationship with Third Place for a British education site.

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What Creates Peace?
An exploration of the UN Declaration of Human Rights

Date(s) - 2015 September 20
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Hub - Docklands


What does the UN Declaration of Human Rights have to say to Australians today? How might we talk about human rights in every day language? Why not work together to figure out what it all means! A fun afternoon of learning, exploring, discussing, and creating!

Come along and find out how human rights play a core role in bringing about peace. Part of the UN International Day of Peace festivities.

Book fast! Limited seating: <>


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An exploration of the UN Declaration of Human Rights