Five strategies for flourishing in political change

Feeling election fatigue already? Esther Anatolitis’ new book Place, Practice, Politics is an indispensable caution against political disengagement, offering galvanising arguments among moments of joy.
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Look after yourself. Look after one another.

Be nourished by what you do. Eat well. Stay fit. Don’t eat lunch at your desk. Don’t eat or exercise with that rushed feeling like something’s more important. Nourish your body as well as your mind.

Take time to reflect. Establish a reflective practice as part of your work. Don’t buy into the ever-increasing rush that means decisions are made poorly. Make time for deceleration.

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Esther Anatolitis is one of Australia’s most influential advocates for the arts. She is Deputy Chair of Contemporary Arts Precincts, the team behind Collingwood Yards, and Honorary Associate Professor at RMIT School of Art. Esther has led arts and media organisations across all artforms, and her consultancy Test Pattern focuses on creative practice, policy and precincts, as well as advocacy and public value. A hallmark of Esther’s arts leadership career has been her tenacious civic engagement, ensuring that artists’ voices and arts issues feature prominently on political agendas. This work has ranged from strategic development and private advice to public events, regional marginal seat forums, candidates’ debates, specialist workshops and Australia’s first advocacy training program for the arts. A prolific writer, Esther’s work regularly appears in literary journals, newspapers, and across the arts and design media. Her book Place, Practice, Politics is published by Spurbuch. Follow her on Twitter: @_esther.