In Real Life is an organisation that gives online communities the opportunity to do offline good by coordinating volunteer community service projects which coincide with technology, media and gaming conventions all over the world.
Imagine hanging out with your mates, eating some food, taking photos - laughing, loving, living - all the while; contributing. IRL Org enables online communities to take their online comradeship’s offline to do incredible and beneficial things in communities central to them during convention periods.
IRL Org is in its inaugural year and will kick off with its first community service event in Austin, TX on Monday, July 8th in conjunction with RTX, the gaming and online media convention created by Rooster Teeth!
Myself and an incredible woman by the name of Christa Gary, are working with several local non-profit organisations to place many volunteers on one-day service projects including park and habitat restoration for the City of Austin, conservation projects with Austin Creative Reuse and helping the Sustainable Food Center get settled into their new facility, to name a few.
We’re reaching out to you to submit an Expression of Interest using this form to help us gauge how many amazing people we’ll need to group up, assign to special sites and most importantly - cater for! You will then go on our contact list so you hear it first when more information is released and of course, for when the event comes closer.
Christa and I realise that this opportunity to foster a real-life sense of kinship within our online communities while contributing to the greater good is invaluable, so your contribution to such a project will not only mean the world to us - but together, we’ll find ourselves making a difference, and isn’t that what community is about?
With In Real Life, we do the leg work - you have the fun. So, if you’re interested and have some time on Monday, July 8th in Austin, TX then please take the two seconds to submit your Expression of Interest form through to us and stay tuned here, on Tumblr, on Facebook or on Twitter, for more information.
Also, do you know there is this thing called rickrolling..? I am apparently about 2 years late to the party and I have NEVER been rickrolled! Full story can be found in the next episode of the RTOZcast :)
I think this needs to change. Your move, my friends.
There are very few of you who know that I went through the SISTER2sister program (an initiative of LCEF) - a program designed to assist young "at risk" women. I was 17 when I became a part of the foundation and I have remained as an ambassador for the charity, speaking about my experiences and my transformation in order to show people what you can become when someone has faith in you; when someone believes that you can be the person you want to be.
I don't know where I would be without Jessica. She means the absolute world to me and I genuinely think that if it wasn't for her initiative and my mentor, Sally (who I was matched with in the program), I would most likely not be here today.
I only ask that you take the two seconds to please vote for Jess as this award will increase awareness of a charity so deeply woven into my heart and that has changed so many lives of young women who deserve to feel the sense of belonging so many of us take for granted.
I'd really like to knowWhat's going on in your lives right now? I know you're probably crazy busy, but I do miss all of you a lot and as I'm working on so much at once, I miss a lot of what's going on in your lives. I feel sort of disconnected from you all and with the new site layout, I know I'm missing out on important things.
Mostly, I miss my friends from here a ton and I want to know that you're doing well, are safe, happy and feeling positive
Australia Day 2013Yesterday, January 26th, was our nations day of celebration, affectionately known as Australia Day.
Australia Day commemorates the establishment of the first settlement at Port Jackson, now part of Sydney, in 1788.
As a strong advocate for Indigenous rights, I usually don't enjoy Australia Day. Actually, for a lot of the morals I keep close to me, I don't usually enjoy Australia Day. Usually, it's a national day of lets-get-drunk-and-trash-the-earth (yay Australian land!) or lets-get-drunk-and-start-a-racist-riot-or-fight and mostly lets-all-celebrate-how-we-fucked-over-the-original-custodians-of-the-land-with-absolutely-no-acknowledgement-to-them-being-here-prior-to-us.
This year though, I got to spend it with some incredible people who I believe are some of the most outstanding Australian citizens I know - some of the Sydney based members of Roo Teeth! These people remind me that while every country has it's bad eggs, it also is full of some exceptional people who prove that love, kindness and friendship are the heart of our existence. I had a blast at the amazing fireworks and laser show on the harbour in Sydney and I was blown away by the Indigenous representation and acknowledgement on the day. A huge congratulations to the wonderful men and women voted Australians of the Year for the various fields - that'll be me one day.
I was taken aback to see that Shane Phillips - an Aboriginal leader, was named Australia's local hero. I've worked with him before, very briefly, and he's an incredible inspiration to young indigenous people in the Sydney region. Something that stood out to me in his speech on the Harbour before the fireworks went something along the lines of "Don't write yourself off, kids. Even if someone else has written you off - never write off yourself. You're worth so much more than that and I can't wait for you to realise it." I thought it was exceptionally inspiring and motivating.
Akram Azimi was also named Young Australian of the Year (a title I aim to gain within the next 5 years) for his work with Indigenous communities in the Kimberly (Western Australia) and his speech was also very appropriate for the day and, in my opinion, a nationally televised expression of the mindset our nation should be taking on board. He nailed it on the head when he said something like "We're all a part of the Dreaming now. Each one of us is a part of the story of our country. Our land has a pulse and a spirit and we each, as individuals, make up that beating heart."
So, a huge thank you to everyone who came along to the 2013 Australia Day SydARTST gathering - you made it a really great one for me!
For more information on Australia Day, you can go here :)
2013 - The Year of CaitiI haven't made a Christmas or New Years journal yet as I have been blessed in the abundance of opportunity I have been presented with from day one of 2013, but for you; I'll keep this short.
Firstly, I got a job - finally. I start tomorrow, but never thought that day would come. I had a phone interview, a job interview on Christmas Eve, one on New Years Eve and then another a few days later, so after all of that I'm glad I actually got it!
I spent Christmas with my family and was absolutely spoiled. I always say "no presents" and it some how gets translated into "ALL THE PRESENTS!" so I walked away with books, gift cards, pretty smelling things, jewellery, trinkets, DVDs, chocolate and more. It seems that the more adamant I am about not wanting gifts, the more gifts I get! Also, a special shout out to @manofchance for the very special Rooster SpeakSecret Snowman gift I received from him!
New Years Day, I spent with my beautiful cousin and her incredible family. I have written and rewritten this part of my journal but nothing will sum it up. I was so so sad to say goodbye to them (as they're travelling around Australia at the moment) but then I realised how lucky I was to feel so sad about waving goodbye to a little girl who had to be pried off me. To have that kind of love in your life is a truly special thing and I feel incredibly blessed to be so adored, and to feel that same adoration for them. Don't forget to give your sisters tons of cuddles from me, @spartiswar!
So, keeping this short, basically I have deemed this year: The Year of Caiti. Last year was fucking terrible, but this year has already proven to be exactly what I hoped it would. I'm doing research into some processes I believe need to be changed in high schools, Roo Teeth will be hosting more events than ever before but most importantly, I feel so positive about 2013.
I know it's going to be an amazing year full of love, kindness, achievement, challenge, opportunity and fun - and I can't wait to share it with you all.