Community Philanthropy News | 9 November 2020

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Have you heard of “zozobra”? The word may be unfamiliar, but the state of disorientation it describes, a feeling that you can’t make sense of what’s happening, has been a common experience for many of us this year.

In this articlethe authors explain that the term refers to a peculiar form of anxiety that comes from being unable to settle into a single point of view, a sense of having no stable ground and feeling out of place in the world. Like when we suddenly find that the world around us is on fire, and we are struggling with a pandemic and recession. It comes from “cracks in the frameworks of meaning that we rely on to make sense of our world”, frameworks that are not maintained by individuals alone, but by our community.

While the article references the US presidential election, it also resonates strongly for our context. It is a great reminder of the vital role of community connection for our well-being.

With that in mind, it is great news that COVID19 now appears to be under control around our country and we are moving towards ‘COVID-normal’, even in Melbourne. Who knew that simply catching up with a friend could be such a brilliant experience? It’s one of the lessons from 2020.

In this week’s webinar, we will explore the lessons of 2020 for Community Foundations. We are sure that all ACP members have something to contribute to that conversation. If you’re not already registered for the session, use the link below to sign up and join your peers on Wednesday for an hour of shared sense-making.

Warmly,

Gerlinde Scholz
Executive Officer

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