About Erin O'Brien

As Chief Changemaker at Activate28, I spend my days with entrepreneurs creating change in their corner of the world: I coach super-busy social entrepreneurs how to use their time & energy wisely, I interview Changemakers of the Month, and I watch TED speakers rock the virtual stage (yep, lucky me gets to call this work!)

A Day in the Life of a Changemaker: Jones Ntaukira from Empower Projects

What does a Day in the Life of a Changemaker really look like? This month we’re going behind-the-scenes of TWO changemakers: Shanil Samarakoon from Empower Projects in Sydney, and his colleague at Empower in Malawi, Jones Ntaukira.

First up, we […]

By |July 16th, 2014|A Day in the Life, Changemaker of the Month|13 Comments

Decision-making coaching session with Natasha Akib

As Changemaker of the Month, Natasha Akib received a coaching session on a topic of her choice — Decision-making.
The Problem: A brain overflowing with decisions to be made!
Natasha said: “Working on so many projects and in multiple roles, there are […]

Interview with Changemaker of the Month: Shanil Samarakoon

Shanil Samarakoon, poet, author, speaker and social entrepreneur, grew up across the rich and diverse cultural landscapes of Botswana, Malawi, and then his native Sri Lanka, before settling in Sydney Australia in 2007 for his postgraduate education in Commerce.

However, […]

By |July 7th, 2014|Changemaker of the Month, Interview|0 Comments

Announcing the Changemaker of the Month for July 2014: Shanil Samarakoon

This month’s Changemaker of the Month is Shanil Samarakoon from Empower Projects.

To start us off, here’s Shanil’s TEDxMacquarie talk in 2012 called “Practicing Development as Freedom”. It weaves in Shanil’s personal story, including what prompted him to start his […]

By |July 3rd, 2014|Changemaker of the Month, Interview|0 Comments

Donate28 photo evidence: Di James gets help with social media marketing

Di James, Changemaker of the Month for May, decided to spend her Donate28 money on support from a social media consultant.

She enlisted the help of Kylie Smiley (pictured, left) from Newcastle Mobile Marketing Service to create some social media strategies.

Like […]

A Day In The Life of Natasha Akib (Changemaker of the Month for June)

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, […]

By |June 16th, 2014|A Day in the Life, Changemaker of the Month|0 Comments

A reminder for us changemakers …

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Changemaker of the Month: Natasha Akib from StartSomeGood

I’m excited to announce Sydney-based mover-n-shaker Natasha Akib as the Activate28 Changemaker of the Month for June.
This is a woman who keeps popping up in my cybersphere! Everywhere I look, there’s Natasha … back-by-popular-demand speaker at the Vivid Sydney […]

By |June 2nd, 2014|Changemaker of the Month, Interview|0 Comments

Changemaker Coaching session (Di James declutters her in-tray)

This month’s Changemaker of the Month, Di James, confessed to me that she’s always struggled with clutter — an overflowing in-tray, messy bookshelves, papers on her desk. She said that it’s hard to think clearly when her office had […]

The first time I hired a graphic designer (and how ugly perfectionism can be)

Have you ever hired a graphic designer? I shudder when I think about the first time I paid for graphic design work. Five years ago I needed a logo for my first business, Creating Space to Focus, and decided to fork […]

By |May 9th, 2014|Notes from a Recovering Perfectionist|0 Comments