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The Intersection now offers online streaming sessions during this time of COVID-19. See below for more details.

Online, Walks, Workshops & Intersections

For school students, workplaces and community groups

Every year The Intersection speaks to thousands of school students, workers and others, leading interactive walks around the city, running creative workshops and facilitating social intersections.

At The Intersection, we challenge you to meet the other, because diverse connection and empathy are vital to creating a liveable city. Homelessness, addiction and racism are symptoms of a deeper problem of disconnection. Most of us are unaware of our tendency to categorise humanity and our addiction to stereotypes.

Our experienced educators connect with their audience to engage at the level of each group. We use stories from the city, personal experiences and relevant statistics and to craft a powerful narrative that breaks through the stereotyping and categorising and invites human connection and empathy.

Your school, business or community group can book individual sessions, and we are also able to combine several sessions over one or more days as part of a retreat day or city experience programme.See below for a list of online sessions, walks, workshops and ‘Intersections’ on offer. For enquiries & bookings information bookings@theintersection.org.au.

Information about All Sessions

- Capped at 30 participants. Recommended group size 20 to 25.
- Sessions range between 60-120 minutes in length
- Costs are between $250–$445. All costs do NOT include GST. Contact us if budget presents a challenge.
- There are a maximum of 9 session slots per day (depending on session choices), and more with sufficient notice

The fees for our walks and workshops support the work of The Intersection and are necessary to help cover our costs, however, we do not want them to be prohibitive. Please contact us if you have budgetary constraints.

Please email bookings@theintersection.org.au for further information.

Online

Streaming Sessions: A New Experience, A New Form

Stream the Neighbour

We now offer new streaming, facilitated experiences for your students that bring elements of our A Most Liveable City Walk and our Meet The Neighbour session into your classroom or home-teaching situation.

Timely, deliverable and motivating. These sessions help students to stay connected with the rest of society in a time of physical distancing, and is an opportunity to advance their connection with people beyond their normal circles.

This will have benefits for their wellbeing as well as benefitting our city and society. This type of engaging discussion and connection will positively impact the culture of your students towards empathy.

Stream The Neighbour will also provide work for people experiencing marginalisation, and help us create a healthier city together.

COVID-19 and social isolation forces us to truly see why our wellbeing is tied to that of another.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

PHYSICAL DISTANCING + SOCIAL CONNECTION

A Most Liveable City Online

Video and Live Q&A

Unit 1: A Most Liveable City Online is a 30 minute streamable version of key parts of our Most Liveable City Walk, filmed on location in Melbourne's CBD with live Q&A. It examines issues of homelessness, isolation, stereotypes and community through story telling and engaging discussion.

Featuring filmed on-location key content from our popular and impactful CBD-based Walk: A Most Liveable City, this engaging 30 minute video is presented by Evan Morgan and live-facilitated by one of our expert educators. The video and discussion explores societal issues such as homelessness, stereotypes, social hierarchy, judgement and isolation through story telling and open questions, and during the video the students can send questions via chat to our expert educator for further conversation.

Total run time approximately 50-60 minutes (can be adjusted to your timetable).

This session runs for 50-60 minutes depending on your scheduling requirements, and costs $250 (plus GST) for a group of up to 30 students. We strongly recommend smaller class sizes for the best experience. It may be booked as a standalone session. 

For enquiries & bookings information email bookings@theintersection.org.au or make a booking request.

Suitable for Year 9+ students.

Stream the Neighbour

Live Streamed Panel with ‘Neighbours’

Unit 2: Stream The Neighbour — allows your class to have a live-streamed, facilitated conversation with people with lived experience of marginalisation, homelessness and other relevant themes, who are ready to share their stories with your students, and one of our expert educators.

This session must be booked as an add-on or upgrade to A Most Liveable City Online.

The video and discussion of A Most Liveable City Online is followed by panel discussion with a small group of ‘Neighbours’, facilitated by our educator.

Neighbours are people who have life experiences or expert knowledge of marginalisation, homelessness, drugs & alcohol, mental health, LGBTQIA+ — people who your students might not normally engage with — and who are ready to share their stories and insights with your students via streamed, monitored small group conversations.

All Neighbours are carefully selected, trained and have valid WWCCs.

Students are invited to ask their own questions (guidance is provided) via video or chat. They will hear personal stories that challenge their perspectives and open their eyes to the lives of others very different to themselves and yet will find commonality and connection. They will encounter the other, and perhaps find that in some ways we are all the same.

Booking Unit 2: Stream The Neighbour employs people who have and currently experience disadvantage – and helps keep The Intersection alive in this challenging period.

The total session runtime for Unit 1 + Unit 2 is approximately 90 minutes.

A minimum of 2 consecutive sessions must be booked when booking Unit 2. Unit 1 can be booked as a single session, Unit 1 & 2 are only available together.

The cost for both Unit 1 + Unit 2 is $375 (plus GST) per group of up to 30 students. We strongly recommend smaller group sizes for the best experience for your students.

The fees for all our sessions sustain the educational and community work of The Intersection, and are necessary to help cover our costs, however we do not want them to be prohibitive. Please contact us if you have budget constraints.

For enquiries & bookings information email bookings@theintersection.org.au or make a booking request.

Suitable for Year 9+ students.

Walks

Experience the city first hand

A MOST LIVEABLE CITY

Melbourne is known as one of the worlds most liveable cities.
With coffee, arts, footy, trams, and graffiti, whats not to love?

WELL
1 in 10 of us will experience homelessness in their lifetime
1 in 5 of us drink at harmful levels,
1 in 4 are lonely and
2 in 3 of us neither know or trust our neighbours.

Clearly all is not well.

So who is Melbourne liveable for?

Our experienced educators will take students on a journey through different perspectives of our beloved city. As we move through different places we invite observation and tell stories questioning the stories that aren’t told. We unpack themes of stereotyping, power, connection and empathy; and discuss issues such as homelessness, addiction, colonisation and disadvantage.

Where you stand determines what you see. Come and see our city through different eyes.

This walk runs for 90 minutes and costs $425 (plus GST) for a group of up to 30 students.

For enquiries & bookings information email bookings@theintersection.org.au or make a booking request.

Can be provided at a level suitable for Grade 5/6 students

TRESPASS TO BRANDALISM (Graffiti)

Melbourne is world-renowned for graffiti and street art. Historically controversial, irreverent and subversive vandalism. It is still a crime and yet paradoxically it has been embraced by mainstream, corporate and pop culture.

The graffiti and street artist once was a vandal with creative resistance to authority which gave them an outlaw status. The artist’s position in society was on the margins as graffiti questioned the status quo. Through breaking the law, graffiti questioned the laws of the city. It pushed boundaries and trespassed.

Today graffiti artists are receiving commissions and advertising campaigns worth thousands of dollars. Historically a generator of political change and now a big part of Melbourne’s urban landscape that has far more in common with advertising than trespass.

In this walk, we will take look at some of the stories that we find ourselves seeing in Melbourne. We will visit some of Melbourne’s best-known spots for graffiti as well as notable historic and architecture spaces.

This walk is aimed at High School students in Years 11-12, workplaces and community groups. It runs for 2 hours and costs $445 (plus GST) for a group of up to 30 students (can also be adapted to run for 90 minutes). 

For enquiries & bookings information email bookings@theintersection.org.au or make a booking request.

Workshops

Go deeper into the challenges

EMPATHY

WHERE YOU STAND DETERMINES WHAT YOU SEE

Empathy is the ability to step into another’s shoes, to look at life from another’s perspective. By transforming our sympathy into empathy, we may begin to see as others do. This is easy with friends, but to empathise with a stranger is much harder. But, as the unknown becomes known, we may see that we are all the same. This insight empathy brings makes it a tool for change, having the power to transform ourselves and maybe even some of the biggest issues facing our society.

At The Intersection, we strive for an empathetic world. Our two decades of work in Melbourne have brought us into contact with the stranger (homeless/addicted/marginalised) and inspired us to imagine what life is like for them. These acts of empathy have helped us to see ourselves in them and discover our shared humanity. We invite you to step into another’s shoes with us and see life from their perspective. This session draws on The Intersection’s ongoing empathic work to challenge and inspire students to not only have empathy themselves but use it as a tool to inspire change in the world.

This session runs as a 90 min workshop and costs $395 (plus GST) when hosted at our CBD venue. It can also be offered onsite at your school or another venue for $395 (plus GST) plus travel costs — with a discounted per-session price available for 2 or more bookings on the same day. It is highly recommended that groups also participate in our “A Most Liveable City” walk, and compliments our Laneway Cricket & "you+me+us" workshop. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.

For enquiries & bookings information email bookings@theintersection.org.au or make a booking request.

Can be provided at a level suitable for Grade 5/6 students

us+them=we

People are hard to hate close up: move in

We sort ourselves into like groups, allowing us a sense of belonging and connection with like-minded people. But this can also create a division of 'us and them' and a mentality of, you're either with us or against us. At The Intersection we believe that right now we need to not live in a divided world and that we need to embrace difference and diversity for our own growth, health and healing.

In this workshop, we will begin to re-humanise the other, through a series of interactive activities, media and discussions. Discovering that people are hard to hate close up and that strangers really are fiction.

This workshop runs for 2 hours, costs $425 plus GST, and is only on offer to those students who have participated in a "A Most Liveable City?" walk and compliments our "Empathy" workshop.  

For enquiries & bookings information email bookings@theintersection.org.au or make a booking request

Intersections

An opportunity to connect, and meet the other

Laneway Cricket

Enjoy a game of backyard cricket in the city’s backyard — a laneway.

Through the intersection of a game of cricket and a laneway, you will be asked to meet the other. Invite a stranger to join and see what happens when different people come together to play sport. Barriers, assumptions and stereotypes get removed and broken down. No more are we a homeless person, business person or school student, we are just people; neighbours sharing a game of cricket.

This game is umpired by one of our oldest friends who has struggled with many of the issues discussed in our A Most Liveable City walk.

This session runs for 90 minutes or 2 hours, costs $445 plus GST, and is only on offer to those students who have participated in a “A Most Liveable City” walk. It also compliments our "Empathy" workshop.

For enquiries & bookings information email bookings@theintersection.org.au or make a booking request.

Meet The Neighbour

Meet the Other

At The Intersection, we recognise that curiosity is key to empathy. To understand the different ways that people see that world requires more than just imagination, it requires exploration and inquiry into real people’s experiences.

We have developed a unique new session called Meet The Neighbour — students can meet one of 10 people who have experienced disadvantage or discrimination in Melbourne, in a 20 minute collaborative conversation.

Meet The Neighbour creates safe spaces for dialog where topics can be discussed openly. We take you on an active journey of empathy building, dissolving the stereotypes that divide us and discovering that, underneath, we are all the same. This opportunity to connect with and learn from people in all walks of life reveals to us the transformative power of empathy and connection as tools for personal and social change.

For enquiries & bookings information email bookings@theintersection.org.au or make a booking request.

Walking Empathy

Hear a different story

This session invites you ‘walk in the shoes of another’. A self guided experience of chose your own adventure. Follow the map and interactive audio around the city to hear a different story of people living and working in Melbourne.

For enquiries & bookings information email bookings@theintersection.org.au or make a booking request.

Economic Challenge

This session invites you to consider how different people experience something as simple as buying lunch. What can we learn by stepping into someone elses shoes for a lunch time? Do different forms of currency have the same power? Is Australia’s Cashless Debit Card (or Healthy Welfare Card) a sign of equality or disconnection? Get out and around the city and experience it in a way that is new and opens your eyes to experiences beyond your own in this empathy experiment.

For enquiries & bookings information email bookings@theintersection.org.au or make a booking request.