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Inspirations, or what other people are doing

Each month, we shine light on organizations and initiatives that are truly representative of the work we hope to do and support in this world. (This is the part where you get to stop being a passive spectator and start putting all of your wit/intelligence/drive/skill to work.)

At The Collective Together we look to curate collaborative projects for good that are authored by other people as well. We’re looking for initiatives that people can actively participate in, that are about bringing people together at their heart, and that aim for social change. Organizations that exist to “do good” are often under-funded and overwhelmed, so this is one time where a small investment of your time can have a massive impact.

If you are someone who is looking for how to engage, even just a little, this is a great place to start. Maybe set yourself a challenge to complete each monthly project, or to share them if this isn’t applicable to your situation. And if you know of other incredible projects that we should feature, reach out to us. We have a soft spot for projects around mental health, social justice, public space, parenting, art and culture, equality and inclusiveness, but we’re open to different subjects and approaches.

Together we can build worlds that truly represent who we are as people and what we really need in our lives (not just what we are told we need).


March Inspiration

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What is The Secret Illness? It is a global community that explores the realities of living with obsessive compulsive disorder through the Creative Arts.

What is it’s purpose? OCD is an often mis-understood and trivialised mental illness. We want to change that.

How to achieve this purpose? By creating written, audio and visual expressions of what OCD means to those living with the disorder and developing a space where these can be shared with the OCD community and the wider public. 

How can you get involved?

Whether you’re living with OCD, are a parent or loved one of someone living with it, or you are a mental health awareness advocate, there are a number of ways you can get involved:

  1. Post on The Wall. Tell them “what you think” by posting on The Secret Illness wall. Here is how.

  2. Get involved with their live performance programme. You can submit written or musical work about your OCD that they can adapt for the stage, or let them know if you want to perform your work to a live audience.

  3. Have you written a poem or spoken word piece? Or composed some music inspired by your OCD experiences? Have them featured in The Salon. Here is how.

  4. Have you produced any paintings or illustrations inspired by your OCD? Exhibit them in The Gallery. Here is how.

  5. Would you like to work with their editor to produce a guest blog? Get in contact.

  6. Want to help make OCD less of a secret illness? Become a volunteer.


Past Inspirations

“Today, in America, two people charged with exactly the same thing will experience radically different legal systems based on the size of their bank account and the color of their skin. We’re on a mission to change this. We believe that paying bail for someone in need is an act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty. Over the next five years, The Bail Project will scale its immediate relief efforts to dozens of high-need jurisdictions and secure freedom for tens of thousands of people, while demonstrating that our approach offers an effective alternative to unaffordable cash bail.”



AMANDA SOUTHWORTH is a sixteen year old iOS developer, and a mental health and human rights activist (for real, guys). She is the creator of AnxietyHelper, which is a mental health guidebook that provides tools, resources, and info on various mental illnesses, and Verena, which is a security system for members of the LGBTQ+ community in abusive situations.