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Author: Narelle Lemon, Inger Mewburn, Tseen Khoo and Jonathan O'Donnell

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The Whisper Collective is inspired by art collectives who, through the ages, have come together with shared purpose and vision. We value openness, generosity and kindness and search out others who share these values.We want to be the kind of academy we want to see: inclusive, empowered, engaged and kind. We have been holding small networking events in Australia since 2015 and COVID-19 has inspired us to open these to the world. Enjoy our conversations from #Whisperfest events and specially curated episodes about various topics of studying and working in higher education. The Whisper Collective is bought to you by the Whisper Collective: The Research Whisperer team, Tseen Khoo and Jonathan O’Donnell, Narelle Lemon from The Wellbeing Whisperer via Explore & Create Co, and The Thesis Whisperer, Inger Mewburn.
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Join: Narelle Lemon, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia Malgorzata Powietrzynska, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, USA Linda Noble, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, USA Joanna Higgins, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Suskya Goodall, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Catherine Hoyser, University of Saint Joseph, USA Jane Dalton, University of North Carolina, USA This IN CONVERSATION event explores the myraid of contemplative practices that can be engaged with as scholars to support our individual and collective wellbeing including mindfulness, poetry, art making, and holistic education. Recorded on the 30 June 2022 as part of a collection of events to celebrate launching the book series: Wellbeing and self-care in higher education: Embracing Positive Solutions. You can find details here: https://www.routledge.com/Reflections-on-Valuing-Wellbeing-in-Higher-Education-Reforming-our-Acts/Lemon/p/book/9781032081496You can watch the event here: https://youtu.be/MxS0lEoz2QkDownloadables to support connection to the book series: http://www.exploreandcreateco.com/downloadables
Join: Narelle Lemon, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia Bertha Chin, Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak, Malaysia Borneo Bron Eager, The University of Tasmania, Australia Kay Hammond, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand Megan McPherson, The University of Melbourne This IN CONVERSATION event explores how our story telling widens the conversation about wellbeing and self-care in higher education, not just individually, but collectively. We provide hope. We share with compassion. Both of which we would argue we all require as we reframe our identity in higher education where wellbeing and self-care are a part of what we do, not ignored, an add-on, or something we do when we have reached exhaustion, burnout or even worse. Recorded 29 June 2022 for a collection of events to celebrate launching the book series: Wellbeing and self-care in higher education: Embracing Positive Solutions. Find out more at: https://www.routledge.com/Wellbeing-and-Self-care-in-Higher-Education/book-series/WSCHEYou can watch a video of this event here: https://youtu.be/U1sY6D_0Cv0 Free downloadables available here: http://www.exploreandcreateco.com/downloadables
Join Narelle Lemon, Wellbeing Whisperer/Swinburne University of Technology, Australia and Katherine Firth, The University of Melbourne, Australia for this recording of the IN CONVERSATION event as part of the book launch tour to celebrate the launching of the series Wellbeing and self-care in higher education: Embracing Positive Solutions (Routledge).  This conversation was designed for writers, researchers and PhD students from any discipline in higher education with a focus on the how, what and why of writing well and being well. Recorded on 21 June 2022 as part of the Book Launch for the series Wellbeing and self-care in higher education: Embracing Positive Solutions (Routledge) found at https://www.routledge.com/Wellbeing-and-Self-care-in-Higher-Education/book-series/WSCHEFree downloadables can be accessed here http://www.exploreandcreateco.com/downloadablesA video of this event can also be accessed here https://youtu.be/_0016VO--W4Follow the series progress here: http://www.exploreandcreateco.com/book-series-wellbeing-selfcare-in-higher-education
Welcome to this episode where we are joined by:Narelle Lemon, Swinburne University of Technology, AustraliaAminda O’Hare, Weber University, USA Pattie Pryma, Mount Royal University, Canada Michelle Tichy, Rollins College, USA Emma MacGregor, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada Kristina Turner, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia Siobhan O’Brien, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia In this IN CONVERSATION event we engage deeply and explore relationships in higher education from varying perspectives, disciplines and career stages. Drawing on notions of care, belonging, rejuvenation and ripple effects, we share insights into how enacting self-care is not selfish but relational. This event was recorded 23 June 2022 as a part of a collection of events to celebrate launching the book series: Wellbeing and self-care in higher education: Embracing Positive Solutions. You can find the book series at: https://www.routledge.com/Wellbeing-and-Self-care-in-Higher-Education/book-series/WSCHEFree downloadables can be access here: http://www.exploreandcreateco.com/downloadablesAnd you can watch the video of this event here: https://youtu.be/VDJFF7sdf_EFollow the series progress here: http://www.exploreandcreateco.com/book-series-wellbeing-selfcare-in-higher-education
Podcasting, eh? Everyone and their pandemic puppy seems to be making podcasts these days. To crowd the bandwagon even more, Research Whisperer Tseen Khoo (La Trobe University) invited some fab poddy colleagues to  help her create this meta-resource: a podcast about podcasting, through a researcher lens. In this episode, there's talk of the pros and cons of podcasting for a researcher, and it includes tales of  joyous, productive connections as well as professional vulnerability (and even terror). Tseen's savvy and uber-nerdy (in the best possible way) guests are Lauren Gawne, Ryan Gustafsson, and Inger Mewburn. This podcast was created as a resource for La Trobe University's RED team as part of their 'Communicating your research' program. Editing and production support was provided by Inger Mewburn and Matt Smith (@nightlightguy). Links: Lauren Gawne (@superlinguo)Lingthusiasm (podcast with Gretchen McCulloch)LingComm conference (Linguistics Communication conference)Superlinguo (Lauren's blog) Communicating Research: An online self-guided slide set Ryan GustafssonCall Me By My Name Project (podcast with Lee)Adopted Feels (podcast with Hana)  |  Website |  Instagram |  Facebook Inger Mewburn (@thesiswhisperer)Software and platforms mentioned by Inger in this episode: Riverside (recording software). For recording, alternatives are Zencastr or  Squadcast. For editing audio: Descript On the Reg (podcast with Jason Downs) Academics Talk about The Chair (podcast with Narelle Lemon, Megan McPherson, and Anitra Nottingham)
Welcome to this episode with Narelle Lemon and Desiree Dickerson. This episode was recorded on Monday 23rd Nov 2020, it was the third session on day one of WhisperFest 2020, and our first fireside chat.The focus of this discussion was on perfectionism, burnout and imposter syndrome in higher education.  Some things we talked about were the discussion on perfectionism and how we respond to what we notice in ourselves, recognising the cost, and being gentle on oneself with a curiosity
This fireside chat with Dr Tseen Khoo  and Dr Kylie Ball about why academia shouldn’t be a competition was recorded on Thursday 26 November 2020 as part of Whisper Fest 2020. Tseen and Kylie talk about the hyper-competitiveness of academia and how we can resist being held hostage by it. They’ll discuss the creation of their blogs and their philosophy (Kylie’s Happy Academic and Tseen’s Research Whisperer), Kylie’s research on highly productive and happy research teams, and why sharing is better for everyone in academia.Like you may wish to investigate further are: Kylie Ball (Founder, Indago Academy, Melbourne)www.indagoacademy.com | @kylieball3 | LinkedIn Tseen Khoo (Academic and co-lead for Research Whisperer)https://tseenster.com/ https://researchwhisperer.org/author/tseen/ @tseenster  
One way to take back control is to set up a consultancy or other business that builds on your skills and background. This session gives you the low-down on how you can do this, and what it’s like to shift into this space. This podcast episode is a discussion between Inger Mewburn and Tim Cahill a successful consultant and the Managing Director, Research Strategies AustraliaIt was recorded on Thursday the 26th of November, 2020, the last day of Whisperfest. Whisperfest was a four day, online event featuring lots of people we knew, sharing what they were passionate about with our audience.'Rich academic, poor academic' was a three hour Q&A session - there were two more hours where Inger and Narelle talk about side hustles and we interviewed Craig Davis about his insights into being a start up mentor. This is the third part of a series of three podcasts which captures this relevant and interesting conversation.Services and products mentioned:Research Strategies AustraliaTim Cahill - Managing Director - Research Strategies AustraliaPart one to this series - side hustles Part two to this series - start up mentor 
What can a side hustle look like? How might you leave academia? What’s possible when starting your own business? This podcast episode is a discussion between Inger Mewburn and Craig Davis about their successful side hustles, being an entrepreneur, and how to bust a move out of academia. Craig shares his insights into being a start up mentor.It was recorded on Thursday the 26th of November, 2020, the last day of Whisperfest. Whisperfest was a four day, online event featuring lots of people we knew, sharing what they were passionate about with our audience.'Rich academic, poor academic' was a three hour Q&A session - there were two more hours where Inger and Narelle talk about side hustles and an interview with a successful consultant. This is the second part of a series of three podcasts which captures this relevant and interesting conversation.Services and products mentioned:Craig Davis Canberra Innovation Network - Empowering EntrepreneursPart one to this series - side hustles 
How to we make a living in a profession that offers so much fragmented and casual work? One way to survive is to think about diversifying with a side hustle!. This podcast episode is a discussion Inger Mewburn and Narelle lemon about their successful side hustles.It was recorded on Thursday the 26th of November, 2020, the last day of Whisperfest. Whisperfest was a four day, online event featuring lots of people we knew, sharing what they were passionate about with our audience. Narelle tells about her one on one coaching and workshop teaching, as well as the line of products that she sells via her website explore and create coInger talks about how she supports the expenses of hosting the Thesiswhisperer through affiliate marketing, book sales and workshops.They both talk about the various expenses involved in running a side hustle and answer audience questions about how to manage time and IP conflicts while holding down a full time academic job.'Rich academic, poor academic' was a three hour Q&A session - there were two more hours where we interviewed a start up mentor and a successful consultant. This is the first of a series of three podcasts which captures this relevant and interesting conversation. Services and products mentioned:Explore and Create Co workshops and coaching Explore and create co Card decksThesiswhisperer booksThesiswhisperer workshopsSquarespace (webhosting platform)Stripe (online payment system)Vellum (for producing lovely print on demand and ebooks)Evernote
In this fireside chat with Associate Professor Tamson Pietsch, a historian and expert on the history of universities, Inger asks lots of questions about the future of the university. Recently, Tamson produced an award winning podcast about the impact of Covid on Australian universities called 'The new social contract'. Tamson's deep knowledge of how higher education took the shape it has now sheds new insights on what the future might be. This is a wide ranging chat about all aspects of university funding, research, mission and, of course, collegiality. Tamson Pietsch is Associate Professor in Social and Political Sciences and Director of the Australian Centre for Public History at UTS. Her research focuses on the history of ideas and the global politics of knowledge, with a particular focus on universities and other institutions of knowledge. Tamson is the author of "Empire of Scholars: universities networks and the British academic world, 1850-1939" (Manchester, 2013) and the co-editor of "The Transnational Politics of Higher Education" (Routledge, 2016). She is currently leading an ARC project on expertise in interwar Australia and writing a book about international education and American empire in the 1920s. Tamson received her DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar and then held a Junior Research Fellowship at New College and lectureship at Corpus Christi College. Prior to coming to UTS, Tamson was ARC DECRA Fellow at the University of Sydney and Lecturer in Imperial and Colonial History at Brunel University, London.You can find out more about Tamson on her UTS profile, her Cap and Gown blog or follow her on Twitter @cap_and_gown.
We want to be the kind of academy we want to see: inclusive, empowered, engaged and kind. We promote this through our joint project: The Whisper Collective. We are:Inger Mewburn from Thesis WhispererNarelle Lemon from the Wellbeing Whisperer and Explore and Create CoJonathan O'Donnell and Tseen Khoo from The Research WhispererThe third episode in this series of  the Whisperfest series: is 'a workshop' with Narelle of the Whisper Collective and Dr Michelle Tichy (Rollins College, USA) . Welcome to part 2 of the first session of day 1 of Whisper Fest 2020. This is a recording of the session "Please put your mask on first: Self-care as self healing". Positive psychology and contemplative practices inform this interactive session where we highlight what wellbeing and self-care is for those of us working in higher education. We dig deeper into a toolbox of resources that can support you, us, and we. This podcast episode captures the last two thirds of the session with  Narelle and Michelle focusing on strengths, the value of nature, micomoment meditations,  postive emotions, and the value of reflection for appreciation. Part 1 can be found in episode 2.  
We want to be the kind of academy we want to see: inclusive, empowered, engaged and kind. We promote this through our joint project: The Whisper Collective. We are:Inger Mewburn from Thesis WhispererNarelle Lemon from the Wellbeing Whisperer and Explore and Create CoJonathan O'Donnell and Tseen Khoo from The Research WhispererThe second episode in this series of  the Whisperfest series: is 'a workshop' with Narelle of the Whisper Collective and Dr Michelle Tichy (Rollins College, USA) This session was recorded on the first session of day 1 of Whisper Fest 2020. This is a recording of the session "Please put your mask on first: Self-care as self healing" . Positive psychology and contemplative practices inform this interactive session where we highlight what wellbeing and self-care is for those of us working in higher education. We dig deeper into a toolbox of resources that can support you, us, and we. This podcast episode captures the first third of the session with  Narelle and Michelle focusing on what wellbeing and self-care are with practical meditations offered and the unpacking of self-compassion.Part 2 of this session continues in episode 3.  
The Circle of Niceness

The Circle of Niceness

2021-02-2654:19

We want to be the kind of academy we want to see: inclusive, empowered, engaged and kind. We promote this through our joint project: The whisper collective.The first episode is the first in the Whisperfest series: a 'fire side chat' with all the members of the Whisper Collective:Inger Mewburn from Thesis WhispererNarelle Lemon from the Wellbeing Whisperer and Explore and Create CoJonathan O'Donnell and Tseen Khoo from The Research WhispererThis session was recorded on Wednesday the 25th of November, 2020. It was the evening of day three of Whisperfest - a four day, online event featuring lots of people we knew, sharing what they were passionate about with our audience. Hundreds of people turned up for the sessions. I think it’s fair to say by this session we were all a little tired after so much zoom! We took the theme of ‘the circle of niceness’ and expanded on what it means for us and how we enact it (or not) in our everyday academic lives. We cover a lot of ground in this discussion, from love to bullying, from academic writing to neoliberal university politics. Loosely this conversation is about the power of networks and networking, but not - you know - in an icky way (as Tseen would say).Note: Jonathan drops the F-bomb about half way through and Inger lets rip with a bit of salty talk, so we gave this one an Expicit rating. If you are listening with kids in the car, take that under advisement!A note on Audio: this session was recorded via Zoom. While most of it is good, there is a bit of a crackle on Inger's end. The connection to Canberra was not great that day it seems!Links to content mentioned in this episode:Academic assholes and the circle of nicenessNarelle's circle of niceness explanation and mind mapAcademic ArroganceHow not to be an academic asshole during Covid (Inger's post on toxic positivity)
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