Jill Jordan, a great Australian passes

JILL JORDAN: I think they just couldn’t be bothered with us. They thought we were a mob of fools, I think. It’s really only been through doing the sorts of things that we’ve done, by getting involved in starting co-operatives and so on and really having an economic impact on the town that probably many of them have changed their minds. After I’d been living up here for about a year I sat on a knoll up at the top of the valley up here. It’s a funny thing to say, but I swear that the land spoke to me and said, “You need other people here to help you look after this.” And it was at that stage that I decided that I would form a community.

From Australian Story http://www.abc.net.au/austory/transcripts/s355648.htm

 

Jill Jordan was not some wooly-headed idealist but a very practical person

Jill’s factors for sustainability in community enterprise.

  • Sound financial base
  • Good management
  • Flexibility (to change with changing needs)
  • Broad base of members to encourage/maximise involvement
  • Accessible training opportunities
  • Ensuring people are doing what they love to do
  • Valuing everybodies contribution.

 

I never met Jill Jordan but her work in Maleny inspired thousands of Australians including myself.

 

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Jill’s vision inspired many community projects here in Maleny and many other towns including around the world. We just had a brainstorming session last tuesday to keep the members involved in keeping the Maple St Co-op and Upfront Club Co-op Cafe/Venue providing quality services to the community.
    I’m proud to have worked beside her boundless energy.Support co-ops in your town if you want to effect change!

    • I apologise for not really listing Jill’s quiet achievements. It was quick post because I had just found out that somebody who I had admired for a long time had passed away and I felt that Jill should be better known.

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