The Push Up Challenge Founder
Each year, new research shows increasing levels of stress, anxiety, isolation and depression in society. The problem is growing and yet the research is clear: better connection and stronger social relationships are the way forward.
iyarn was established to connect people through simple, powerful and flexible check ins. Purposeful check ins encourage expression and provide others with the opportunity to understand. They are a safe space where people can be vulnerable and their stories can be heard.
iyarn was inspired from the word Liyarn of the Western Kimberley Saltwater people on the
Dampier Peninsula, who ‘yarn’ together and connect through conversation.
When the community connects they ask, “How is your liyarn” a path leading into a
deeper conversation that can be explained in a variety of ways.
Having been inspired from the Non-indigenous founder's experience with Indigenous Australia and particularly the Bardi people from One Arm Point community, iyarn has resources provisioned for Indigenous advancement. These will be allocated to Indigenous-lead NFP or Social enterprises over time. Advisors to this investment are Indigenous leaders from around Australia including Professor Len Collard, Nolan Hunter and Barbara Bynder along with our network of Indigenous organisations we are in partnership with.
If you are an Indigenous lead organisation or registered Non-For-Profit organisation we have community rates for the use of iyarn for clients support, data collection and evaluation. Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org to hear more about how we can support.
Lockie created iyarn's platform to facilitate safe spaces for people to come together to have meaningful conversations. He's worked with businesses, organisations and community groups across Australia to create the safe spaces to truly connect.
Lockie Cooke was awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Western Region of Australia in 2015 and has represented Australia at the UN, G20 and CHOGM. He is the founder of the Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness Foundation (ICEA) and is a past board member at the School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia. Lockie previously represented Australia for sprint kayaking.
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Dr. Paula Robinson
Dr Simon Knight
Science indicate the best pathway to influence our happiness is to devote more time in building relationships. The human brain is wired to connect with others purely for survival and wellbeing. Evidently, having some form of connection with others has proven to be an active ingredient influencing how we feel and perform (Desmond, 2020).Learn more
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