3things - We can change the world

3things is a movement for global goodness. We believe if each of us take small positive steps, together we can make some big changes.


So whether you've got 3 minutes, 3 weeks or more, you can do 3things to change the world...

An initiative of Oxfam Australia.


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things to help change the world

When and what should you donate to Charity?

By: Guest Blogger, posted in: Students Poverty Volunteer
11 Aug 2014.
3things intern Jemma recently had a discussion with a friend about volunteering and charitable giving: is it better to accumulate wealth and donate once you have a reasonable living surplus? Or should you give small amounts now when you can? Are people responsible enough to make the decision on how much they need to live, and when they could afford to give some back to charity? Jemma explores these questions and looks at ways you can still contribute to making change, even if the purse strings are a little tight! Read the full story »

In other H&M Melbourne store opening news…

So the big news on the sartorial Australian grapevine outside of Fashion Week is that H&M had its grand opening in Melbourne on Saturday 5th April. Exciting? You bet. Ethical? Well they did just bag the title of Etisphere Institute’s “2014 World’s Most Ethical Company”. But a flash award doesn't always necessarily translate to substance - our fashion blogger Chloe goes behind the seams to find out just what this means and how ethical this Swedish powerhouse actually is. Read the full story »

You're never too old for a little homework

Being a refugee is hard enough, let alone being a refugee child at a new school, in a new language with a different language and schooling system. Organisations around New South Wales are helping refugee children adapt to their new educational environment by creating places where people can volunteer their time to help these kids with their homework. It's a wonder how something so simple as having someone to help you do your homework can help so much. Read on and find out where you can help! Read the full story »

Stuff we learned from the sixties...

By: Ali C, posted in: Students Uni Indigenous
03 Mar 2014.
The sixties taught us a few crazy things... cryonics, mashed potato could be used for more than food, and that beehives weren't just for bees. It feels like we’ve come a long way since then, but today our constitution still does not recognise over 40 000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, and still allows for discrimination based on race. Find out why this is a big deal and some other crazy 2014 fads that we'll look back on with equal amazement (except the cronut. The cronut is amazing. The cronut is here to stay). Read the full story »

Help Close the Gap with a Snap

By: Annalise, posted in: Tech Students health Uni Competitions Indigenous
18 Feb 2014.
If you’re into Instagram, you may have noticed little things called photo challenges taking the world by storm. We're getting in on the act, running an Instagram photo challenge 'specially for students during National Close the Gap Day. Get snap-happy, and you could get insta-famous AND win awesome prizes! Read the full story »

Hanging with the Rangas & Other Volunteering tales

Volunteering overseas is something I’ve always said I would do - many a time have I typed the words into Google and spent a few hours indecisively scrolling through possible destinations and projects only to shut the whole window down and convince myself it’s something I’ll organise later - either when the timing is more convenient, I’ve saved a bit more money or I’m ahead on my uni work. I know I’m not the only person who does this – so many friends have told me of their endeavours to volunteer overseas only to fall back on the tried and tested excuses of above – all the more reason why I was so impressed when Matt came into my work in search of travel-sized shampoo because in two short weeks he was off to Borneo to volunteer with orangutans. Here he talks to us about his incredibly (and sticky!) adventures. Read the full story »

What have spoons got to do with Indigenous rights?

By: Rose Macdonald, posted in: Students Uni Indigenous
23 Jan 2014.
When ordinary people achieve extraordinary change, what's the secret to their success? We're going on a video hunt to find out what the magic combination is and hear the stories of those who fought for change to Australia's most discriminatory policies facing Indigenous Australia. First stop, we chat with Lilon Bandler, one of the youngest activists in Australia's most successful (and legendary) Referendum ever - back in 1967. Read the full story »

To Do: Change The World (from your laptop)

What has been on your to-do list this summer? Become a cooking whizz, with culinary skills to rival the likes of Jamie Oliver? Explore new places with friends on days off? Hit up as many festivals as humanly possible? What about changing the world? Understandably, some things seem more achievable than others but if changing the world seems a bit too ambitious for a summer project, never fear. 3things has found just the thing to help you make the changes you want to see... all from the comfort of your laptop. Read the full story »

The 1DTake Me Home Tour

3 things and One Direction have a lot in common: very good looking and hordes of adoring fans (!) More importantly, we're both about doing small things that have big positive impacts. Because of this, we were invited along to the 1D concerts to spread the Oxfam message of sustainable and ethical living. Our volunteer Rosemary, a very adoring fan, was there and gives us the full wrap up of the night. Read the full story »

Constitutional Recognition of the First Australians – fixing our incomplete national story

By: 3things, posted in: Politics Students Uni Indigenous
02 Oct 2013.
Our Constitution – the document that legally defines Australia as a nation – is missing a crucial part of the Australian story: there’s not one mention of the tens of thousands of years of history of the First Australians, nor the unique contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to make today. Read the full story »

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