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Josh Fergeus

Josh Fergeus

Victoria, Australia

Josh is a lifelong social justice advocate and environmental campaigner. A published academic author and CEO in the social services sector, Josh teaches Masters level social policy at Melbourne University.

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Josh is a lifelong social justice advocate and environmental campaigner.

Josh is a CEO in the social services sector, and has worked developing innovative solutions to complex social issues for more than 15 years.

A published academic author, Josh teaches Masters level social policy at the University of Melbourne.

Josh is an elected local government Councillor, and a trustee and board member of several non-government organisations.
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Hope and Disappointment

Surviving life as an activist

Climate change. Inequality. Corruption.

Hope and Disappointment will explore common experiences faced by those tackling these and other modern challenges, providing strategies for survival as a progressive person in 2020.

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Synopsis

You see things slightly differently. You see how you'd like them to be, and struggle to accept how they are. Sometimes you're upset, sometimes you're angry. You seek out fellow travellers and try to create meaningful change. You might think of yourself as an activist, a change-maker, or just someone who wants the world to be a better place.

Life as a change-maker is marked by hope and disappointment. As we enter the 2020s, humanity faces climate change, increasing inequality, and the impending collapse of capitalism. Thanks to exponential technological advances, activism has become both easier and harder than ever before. Social and economic justice, environmental sustainability, peace and democracy don't just happen. They're rare. And when they are realised it is because of people like you and me. Just people. For those of us who don't believe the status quo is good enough, life can be challenging.

Individuals wishing to create positive change face myriad challenges, from bans on protests to the risk of being hounded by tabloid newspapers. Hope and Disappointment will explore how the desire to see progressive change can impact on our day to day life, and strategies for surviving life as an activist. It will ponder how to stay sane and functional in an unjust world, and how to create and sustain meaning in the world of Trump, austerity, facism, and the climate emergency.

I want to share the wisdom and experience I've gained from 20 years of activism across three continents, including leading not-for-profit organisations, campaigning for climate action, advocating for society's most vulnerable people, working in research and academia, and as an elected local government councillor.

Sales arguments

  • An established progressive activist and respected leader in the non-government sector, I want to share what I've learned over 20 years of campaigning for change
  • I regularly engage with community groups, experienced activists, and people just wanting to make a small local change - I want to share my reflections on their collective wisdom
  • A leading progressive politician and a leading feminist academic will contribute a foreword
  • While a number of books tell stories of the activism of others, few engage with the activism of the reader. Of these, most focus on 'how to' campaign or conduct activism, and almost none engage with how activism can make you feel, and the pitfalls as they relate to your day-to-day life, passion and ability to be happy and content.

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  • Optimism: reflections from a life of action (Bob Brown, 2014, published by Hardie Grant). In this book Brown presents vignettes from his life in activism and politics. Hope and Disappointment will deal with the realities of activism for day-to-day people, exploring the challenges for people who may be inspired by people like Brown.
  • Lost Connections (Johann Hari, 2018, published by Bloomsbury). In this book Hari explores underlying causes of depression and melancholy in modern societies. Hope and Disappointment, while not addressing depression, will explore how the desire to create positive change and being faced with constant barriers can cause melancholy and disconnection. This links with one of Hari's key causes of depression, a lack of meaningful engagement.
  • Hope (Tim Costello, 2012, published by Hardie Grant). Costello shares stories he has encountered, reflecting on the importance of love, faith and life. While not focused on activism, Costello is a key advocate for social justice, and his desire to create a better world mirrors the desires of the audience for Hope and Disappointment.

Audience

Hope and Disappointment will be for people who want to make a difference - to their street, their city, or the world. It will help them to feel less isolated, and to contextualise and understand their experiences.

Advance praise

"Josh's experience shows that when you stand up for your values there's more people standing behind you than you might think. This is especially true for those of us who have lived in the suburbs our whole lives, where it can often feel like you're pushing against a strong conservative tide."

"I can't wait to read this book, and if you pre-order now, you can help bring it to life on this link below. I know Josh and he's a hard-working, super committed dude, so I have no doubt this will be a terrific companion to the ever-frustrated but ever-fighting leftie."

"Josh is one of the nicest humans I have ever met. He also has an enormous capacity for advocacy, and for the foster care movement that helped to raise him. He's following in his mother's footsteps, taking on her journey, pushing the boundaries. I wish we could clone him"

"Sure to be a fantastic read and an essential resource for people who aim to do good in these trying times."

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250 copies • Partial manuscript.
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  • Update #8 - 2021 - year of the book! Dec. 27, 2020

    Hello subscribers,

    Thank you for sticking with me and this project through 2020!  It has not been the year any of us expected.  An understatement ...


  • Update #7 - Hope & Disappointment update July 19, 2020

    Hello subscribers!

    I hope you are keeping well in these strange and stressful times.

    The Hope & Disappointment journey continues, and I will endeavour to keep you ...


  • Update #6 - COVID-19 and publishing April 22, 2020

    Hello subscribers!

    COVID-19 has hit the publishing industry in some very strange ways, and not necessarily in the ways I would have expected.  For Hope & Disappointment  ...


  • Update #5 - Final negotiations Jan. 4, 2020

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    Thank you once again so much for pre-ordering Hope and Disappointment!

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  • Update #4 - Where to now? Nov. 22, 2019

    Thank you once again so much for your support.  With your help we've got this project into negotiations with several publishers!

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  • Update #3 - Final days!! 161 pre-orders and counting Oct. 24, 2019

    The final third of the campaign has arrived, and Hope and Disappointment has secured 161 pre-orders and interest from 4 publishers!

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  • Update #2 - 161 pre-orders and counting Oct. 11, 2019

    The final third of the campaign has arrived, and Hope and Disappointment has secured 161 pre-orders and interest from 4 publishers!


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  • Update #1 - 4 days in, 50 pre-orders! Oct. 6, 2019

    Thank you SO much for your support!

    With your help Hope and Disappointment has reached 50 pre-orders in less than 4 days!  

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