(Think+DO Tank Foundation): Leads The Motion Room project and its backbone organisation, the Think+DO Tank Foundation Jane holds First Class Honours degrees in Politics and Law (ANU, National Undergraduate Scholar) and a Masters of Law (New York University; International Human Rights Fellow). She has worked as a public policy advocate, human rights activist and educator for diverse organisations including the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Human Rights Watch, Australian Human Rights Commission, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Thailand), International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Diplomacy Training Program and the University of New South Wales. She is the author of community guides to human rights and international law (State Library of NSW). Her purpose is to work with local communities to strengthen their capacity to address their own everyday challenges and to understand the deeper drivers of those challenges. She does this through the arts, leading projects that marry high calibre artistic practice with strong social policy analysis and community development principles. Jane believes that participation in the arts can create the conditions for individual and collective transformation. In 2013, Jane began to produce large-scale public arts projects independently (Against the Tide: A Highway West and The Motion Room).
Afaf Al-Shammari, Community Development Worker, Think+DO Tank Foundation, The Motion Room
Afaf is a local resident of the 2168 Area. She was born in Kuwait and came to Australia with her family almost 20 years ago. She was training as an educator before leaving her country. Since arriving here, she has attained English and graduated from Western Sydney University as a provisional psychologist. She is now training to be registered and is committed to working with migrant and refugee communities in Australia to make their transition into Australian life more manageable. Afaf joins our team as a community development worker to promote participation in The Motion Room amongst newly arrived and Arabic speaking communities in the 2168 area.
Afaf’s position is funded with the support of Multicultural NSW.