What does a changemaker get up to during the day? Natasha Akib, this month’s Changemaker of the Month, shares with us the behind-the-scenes of her busy life.


8:00 Jump out of bed! Actually, I’m afraid to admit that I probably first check email, Twitter, Trello and Facebook for StartSomeGood. As an international organisation there are often alerts and emails from our international community who are busy changing the world while I’m snoozing away in Australia.

8:30 Yoga/Pilates The 7 minute workout in my backyard accompanied by my darling bunny rabbit, Yoda!

Natasha yoga with rabbit

Yoga with Yoda the rabbit

9:00 Head to the station and take the train to coworking space, Hub Sydney, where I work with Digital Storytellers. Today I’m bringing a lot of gear (pullup banner, flyers and other goodies) with me for the StartSomeGood masterclass at Vivid Ideas which is happening in the afternoon.

Natasha on train

On the train to the city

10:00 Team meeting with Digital Storytellers! Check in on current projects such as Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Australia Tibet Council, Stories of Impact Film Festival, Transplant Australia + more!

Digital Storytellers team

With the Digital Storytellers team, going through edits for Transplant Australia films.

12:00 Have lunch (guiltily at my laptop) check in on StartSomeGood projects and campaigns.

12:30 Head over to the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) to setup for the Crowdfunding Masterclass presented by StartSomeGood CEO Tom Dawkins. Have a great time meeting creative and socially minded people who want to start some good!

Natasha Vivid

Setting up for the Crowdfunding Masterclass presented by StartSomeGood CEO Tom Dawkins.

4:00pm Head over to NSW Parliament with Dee & David from Digital Storytellers to film Reconciliation Parliament. This year the focus is on Justice Reinvestment – an awesome concept which looks at preventing incarceration, particularly for Indigenous Youth.

Natasha filming at NSW Parliament

Filming the Reconciliation Parliament at NSW Parliament.

8:00pm Wrap up filming and head back to Hub Sydney for a late night Thai dinner and de-brief with the team!

Natasha Thai dinner

Thai dinner with high-fives all round!


Changemaker of the Month for June 2014Natasha Akib is Activate28’s Changemaker of the Month for June.

As Changemaker of the Month, Natasha receives 3 things:

1) A chance to plug her work (she’s choosing to promote the crowdfunding platform, StartSomeGood)

2) A coaching session on a topic of her choice (she’s opting to improve her decision making skills), and

3) Donate28 money

What’s Donate28, you might ask? :) During the month, I donate $28 from every Activate28 webinar or coaching program sold. At the end of the month, Natasha will receive whatever is in the Donate28 kitty to spend on whatever she likes. But there’s one twist … she must spend the money on self-care or celebration.

To find out more about Donate28, click here (including how to nominate future Changemakers of the Month).

And to discover exactly what Natasha will spend her Donate28 money, read her interview here.