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Cartoons from the current issue of Australian Options. The issue considers fairness, the crisis in capitalism and Basic Income -‘an idea whose time has come?’ Visit the website to subscribe.

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‘The number of Australian school children seeking help from homelessness services has increased by more than 80 per cent over the past three years, according to new data analysis.’ Almost 40,000 school children sought homelessness help last year posted on the Pro Bono news website.

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The November New Internationalist Scratchy Lines cartoon. For the Australian New Internationalist site, blog and shop, click here.

 

 

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The magazine Australian Options has been appearing four times a year for over 20 years. Issue 84, Spring 2016 is now out with articles on Brexit, the Chilcot Report, the economy, inequality and more. Each issue has a cartoon commentary.

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From today’s Pro Bono News federal budget coverage here is the Kneebone cartoon. Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison handed down the 2016 federal budget last night and this is what it looked like (not really… and I should have put in Overseas Aid as a negative peanut – read about aid CUTS here!).

A short animation for Russell Deal’s new business Metaphors Ink. As many people will know, Russell is a legend, the founder of St Luke’s Innovative Resources, a world renowned publisher of conversation-building card sets and books for social workers, psychologists, counsellors and all human services practitioners.

The soundtrack was created by Tom Kneebone.

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This is an illustration for one of the new Forest and Wildlife Discovery Trail signs, at the Free The Bears Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue centre, near Luang Prabang, Laos. This sign will explain the role of umbrella species:

‘Just as umbrellas protect people underneath them from rain, umbrella species keep their Lao forest wildlife friends safe from extinction. Poach or kill umbrella species and the balance of the whole forest is upset, but keep them safe and everyone’s a winner!’

Here is a link to an earlier sign drawn up for the Free The Bears trail.

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The Local Government Managers Australia (SA Division) 2014 conference Active Citizenship – The Future of local Government had a facilitated ‘World Cafe’ as its final session. There were two tables for each of five key questions and participants ‘speed dated’ their way around the tables; the responses to the questions reported back to the conference at the end of the hour session. It is an intense brainstorming process and an effective way of collecting the feelings of the group, at the end of a conference, on the main issues.

Although I do cartoon/illustrate as a form of recording at conferences I don’t specialise in graphic recording – recording people’s responses on the spot, in real time, in a coherent graphic. There are a number of very skilled graphic recorders around. So for me, I needed to do some preparation for recording the responses at the end of the Active Citizenship ‘World Cafe’.

Knowing the five questions beforehand, I was able to get a graphic in mind for each. The facilitator suggested basing them on conference’s ‘people tree’ poster image – a great suggestion as it was a good image to borrow and play with. Once the session started I moved around, listening in on each table, to get a feel for what was being said. From this I saw that three of my graphic ideas seemed to fit, but I had to rethink the other two. In the times when participants were changing tables I drew up my images on butcher’s paper – leaving room to add in the actual responses. This paid off. Although it was a rush as the reporters read out their lists, I was able to get down most of the responses to each question, incorporating them into each graphic.Here are three of them…

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