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THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR KICKSTARTER A SUCCESS! We believe a revolution is the solution to ending bullying, and make a real impact on global suicide rates and the wellbeing of young people! Did you miss out on pledging for your copy?
THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR KICKSTARTER A SUCCESS! We believe a revolution is the solution to ending bullying, and make a real impact on global suicide rates and the wellbeing of young people! Did you miss out on pledging for your copy?
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Welcome to the revolution!

The Bullying Revolution
The Bullying Revolution

Bullying is the leading cause of concern reported in wellbeing surveys by children and adolescents in primary and lower secondary school.

For over 40 years, research and interventions into bullying behaviours have not significantly reduced the rates of bullying globally. When the pioneers in this area first started their work, it was because they could see children suffering from the behaviour of other kids towards them. Even though this was often dismissed as being “just a part of life” or as being a normal part of childhood that kids would “get over” in time, they could see that kids were being really harmed by it. Thus, anti-bullying work started because people wanted to stop kids being harmed.

But over time, perhaps because they didn’t have much success, the direction of research shifted. It was as though researchers began to question the usefulness of their work. Questioning if maybe they were measuring bullying wrong, so they tightened definitions and focussed their research on measurement. Or maybe there would be some answers in perpetrator factors, so they focused their research on investigating the personality factors of people who bully others, or of people who are victims of bullying. They drifted towards finding causes of behaviour, and away from stopping the harms that were caused, and lost their way.

Have we lost our way?
Have we lost our way?

 

As a result of this shift in direction, all the interventions and solutions that have evolved from research in recent years have been targeted at finding ways for kids to get better at handling bullying - building their resilience, developing their social skills, and toughening them up to defend themselves against bullying - while almost no research at all has been put into the possibility that ending bullying in the first place is an option. World leaders in this field don’t seem to believe that it’s possible to stop bullying.

We believe that change is possible, and that just because something seems impossible does not mean that it is; it just means we haven't found the solution yet. And we don't find the solution by giving up. We believe that we need more than new strategies and interventions. We need a new perspective. We need to take a great big step back and look at this whole situation differently.

We need a revolution!
We need a revolution!

 

Why?

We started The Bullying Revolution as a social change project, and it has grown into a global social enterprise. We had been working with kids in schools, kindergartens, in early intervention, and in counselling settings for many years, and over that time we saw many children who had suffered from bullying and its effects. Over time, we became very frustrated with a system that was focused on building life rafts and sending kids out into tsunamis.

HMAS Disaster Waiting To Happen
HMAS Disaster Waiting To Happen

 

We have seen first hand, time and time again, the impacts that bullying has on kids. We care about bullying because people are hurt by it. We care about kids developing anxiety and depression and mental health issues. Chidlren are nine times more likely to develop depression if they've been bullied, and three times more likely to commit suicide if they’ve been bullied. Their self worth plummets, they lose their confidence, they lose their hope for the future, and in far too many cases, they lose their lives. Suicide is the leading cause of death of young people in Australia. More kids die from suicide than from drownings, cancer, drugs, or car crashes... in fact, more young people in Australia die from suicide than car crashes, drownings and all cancers combined! This is a massive issue, and something we don't want any children to have to face.

Bullying has devastating effects on kids' wellbeing.
Bullying has devastating effects on kids' wellbeing.

 

Around half of all children and adolescents report having experienced bullying. We aim to get the bullying rate down to zero percent. That is our mission:  to create a world that is free of bullying. Although that may sound impossible, we aim to continue working towards it until we achieve it.

We have often heard people who are the world leaders in this field say things at conferences such as, “I think we all know that bullying is a part of life that we can never eradicate completely.” We challenge this attitude as defeatist. We refuse to accept that the best way (some even argue the only way) to deal with bullying is to teach kids to get better at tolerating it. This approach and belief system hinders and prevents real change.

We like things that are impossible because we believe that impossible just means that we haven’t found the right answer yet to make something possible. We need to get creative to find a solution. 

What if a world without bullying is possible?
What if a world without bullying is possible?

 

Creating a revolution

Part of our vision at The Bullying Revolution is to find and connect with a community of people who, like us, believe that we can end bullying.

In the last couple of years we have been fortunate to be able to share some of our ideas and our approaches at conferences and world forums. We have spoken of some of the challenges we see in the world of anti-bullying work, such as how the focus of research has taken us off course and further away from our objective to end bullying, and how changes to the definitions and measurement of bullying has contributed to statistical improvements that we see in the bullying research while the lived experience of people in the real world is that nothing is really changing.

World Anti-Bullying Forum, Stockholm, 2017
World Anti-Bullying Forum, Stockholm, 2017

 

After the World Anti-Bullying Forum in Stockholm this year, where we presented on challenges with definitions of bullying in research, people told us that every session they attended after ours they saw through a different lens. We gave them a different context through which to appraise the research and information they were hearing, and whether it was focused on the right things - to harm and wellbeing, or to definitions and numbers. It gave them a different filter.

We are not asking you to throw away everything you know about bullying. In the first instance, we just want to give you a tool to help you look at it differently.

UnBullying

UnBullying is about uniting people for revolutionary change. It’s about connecting and engaging with people who are ready to embrace or consider a new approach, or are ready to accept that that way we’ve been doing things hasn't been working, and that it’s time to look at the problem differently.

We wrote this book with the idea of being a resource, as well as an introduction to The Bullying Revolution and our approach. It gives a bit of insight into the things we see needing to change and some of the ways that we think we can create lasting sustainable change in the world of bullying.

UnBullying: Uniting for Revolutionary Change
UnBullying: Uniting for Revolutionary Change

 

UnBullying is also primarily about the wellbeing of kids. Ultimately, that is what it is important. Why do we want to end bullying? Why is bullying a problem? The reason we want to end bullying is because people are being harmed by it. Lives are being ruined. We care about bullying because we care about kids - we care about their lives and their wellbeing and their happiness. 

Our approach to ending bullying is through creating a global culture of kindness. We see a united world free of the negative effects of bullying behaviours where kindness, compassion, equality, empathy, and understanding are valued and celebrated as the norm rather than the exception. Where we teach kindness instead of punishing mistakes.  Where we educate through our example as adults and role models. 

Creating a culture of Kindness
Creating a culture of Kindness

 

Do you want to help kids? Do you want to really make a difference? If you do, this is your chance. Change is possible. In fact, it’s inevitable. We really just have to choose the kind of change we want.

Rewards

When we talked about crowdfunding the production of UnBullying, and creating rewards, and what might make people interested in pledging for a copy of our book, our discussion led us to the realisation that this is not actually about the book. It is not about whether people buy one copy or three copies or five copies of a book. It is about whether they feel equipped and informed and educated and engaged enough to be ready to make a difference or to want to make a change.

A revolution is the solution!
A revolution is the solution!

 

UnBullying is targeted to a varied audience - parents, teachers, school authorities, mental health practitioners. Anyone who is interested in understanding a new approach to bullying will find something useful in this book.

As such, we have created rewards that will appeal to a wide range of interested revolutionaries. Parents, teachers, schools, corporations. Some of these include autographed copies of the book, virtual chats with the creators, workshops, professional development packages, and school sponsorship options.

Funds and Schedule

We need to raise $10000 to fund the creation, publication and distribution of UnBullying. We are aiming to have this book out in time for the start of the new school year. We would love to have your support to share our approach and grow the revolution so we can make a huge impact on as many lives as possible, help as many kids as we can, create a culture of kindness, and make a really big difference towards bringing the global bullying rate down to zero.

Thank you!

From all of us at The Bullying Revolution, thank you for your support of our work and our project, and for helping us make UnBullying possible!

Risks and challenges

The risks of this project are very low. We have completed the content and design, and are working with editors and printers regarding publishing and distribution.

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    Pledge AU$ 10 or more About $7

    VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE!

    Support The Bullying Revolution so we can publish UnBullying and share our message. Help us start a revolution and create a world where children can grow up without being beaten down by bullying.

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    Pledge AU$ 20 or more About $14

    THE BOOK! BECOME A REVOLUTIONARY!

    Be among the first to get an autographed soft cover copy of UnBullying! This book will change the way you think about bullying and show you why we need a revolution in the field of anti-bullying. You can be part of the solution and help save kids from the harmful outcomes of bullying.

    Includes:
    • One copy of UnBullying
    • Personally signed by the authors
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    Pledge AU$ 40 or more About $29

    REBEL REBEL! 2 BOOKS!

    The solution is a revolution - help save kids from the harmful effects of bullying. Get one autographed soft cover copy of UnBullying, and give one to a friend. Share the message and grow the revolution for change. We can end bullying through social and cultural change. Change is possible.

    Includes:
    • Two copies of UnBullying
    • One for yourself, and one for a friend
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    Pledge AU$ 60 or more About $43

    INCITE CHANGE! 3 BOOKS!

    Why stop at two? Grab three autographed soft cover copies of UnBullying. One for you, and one for your school principal and your child's teacher! Most school bullying policies are ineffective and focused on punishment, rather than on educating kids to create a culture of kindness. The more schools that learn about this approach, the faster we can create real and sustainable change - reducing rates of bullying and improving wellbeing outcomes for our children.

    Includes:
    • Three copies of UnBullying
    • Keep one for yourself, and gift the others to your school!
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    • Our appreciation for your contribution to the revolution!
    • You'll feel awesome for improving kids lives!
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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $72

    GROW THE REVOLUTION! 5 BOOKS!

    Grab a handful and share them around with other teachers or parents. With five autographed soft cover copies of UnBullying, you can share the message as a first step to uniting for revolutionary change. Schools tend to take action as they hear from more and more parents - show your school you mean business and won't accept non-action and outdated bullying policies.

    Includes:
    • Five copies of UnBullying
    • Keep one, gift the rest to other parents or teachers
    • Personally signed by the authors
    • Our appreciation for your contribution to the revolution!
    • You'll feel awesome for improving kids lives!
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    Pledge AU$ 200 or more About $144

    REVOLUTIONARY SCHOOLS PACK (10 BOOKS)!

    School Principals and P&C committees - buy UnBullying for your teachers! Ensure all your teachers are versed in this revolutionary approach. You won't look back and your children and school community will thrive in the changed culture. You'll receive 10 autographed soft cover copies of UnBullying that you can use as a basis for professional development training.

    Includes:
    • Ten copies of UnBullying
    • Personally signed by the authors
    • Excellent PD resource for teachers
    • Create a culture of kindness in your school
    • Our appreciation for your contribution to the revolution!
    • You'll feel awesome for improving kids lives!
    • Save $50 (RRP after Kickstarter is $25AUD)
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    Pledge AU$ 250 or more About $180

    SCHOOLS "THANK YOU" PACKAGE (10 BOOKS)!

    School Principals and P&C committees - buy UnBullying for your staff and get your teachers schooled in this revolutionary approach. This is a great PD resource, and your children and school community will thank you for making the change.

    Want to shout your support from the rooftops? In addition to receiving 10 autographed soft cover copies of UnBullying for your staff, we'll recognise your school's support by printing your school's name in the book with our special thanks, and publishing it on our website.

    Includes:
    • Ten copies of UnBullying
    • Personally signed by the authors
    • Excellent PD resource for teachers
    • Create a culture of kindness in your school
    • Save $50 (RRP after Kickstarter is $25AUD)
    • Save on postage!
    • Our appreciation for your contribution to the revolution!
    • You'll feel awesome for improving kids lives!
    • Your name printed in the book with special thanks!
    • Your name published on our website with our thanks!
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    Pledge AU$ 250 or more About $180

    REVOLUTION SPONSORSHIP PACK (10 BOOKS)

    This is an opportunity for your company to give a local school, or your child's school, a gift that has the potential to change countless lives for the better. You can sponsor a school's professional development and their teacher training by purchasing this package for a school of your choosing.

    But bullying is not just an issue for schools or for children; it is a societal issue, and change starts with all of us. We can all learn from this new approach to understanding bullying and helping to create a world free of the harm that is caused by it. You can buy this package for your company's leadership team and staff!

    Either way, you'll get 10 autographed soft cover copies of UnBullying to help educate your staff or your school's teachers in this revolutionary approach. We'll also name your company in the book and on our website in recognition of your support.

    Includes:
    • Ten copies of UnBullying
    • Personally signed by the authors
    • Excellent PD resource for teachers and employees
    • Create a culture of kindness in your school or workplace
    • You'll feel awesome for improving kids lives!
    • Our appreciation for your contribution to the revolution!
    • Your company's name printed in the book with thanks!
    • Your company's name published on our website!
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    3 BOOKS! AND YOUR NAME IN PRINT!

    Want to be recognised for your support but don't need 10 copies? This is an opportunity for individuals to have their contribution to the revolution for change in the bullying world recorded for posterity. You'll get three autographed soft cover copies of UnBullying, and we'll acknowledge your support by printing your name in the book with a special thanks, and publishing it on our website!

    Includes:
    • Three copies of UnBullying
    • Personally signed by the authors
    • Keep one, gift the rest to other parents or teachers
    • Our appreciation for your contribution to the revolution!
    • You'll feel awesome for improving kids lives!
    • Your name printed in the book with special thanks!
    • Your name published on our website with our thanks!
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    Pledge AU$ 350 or more About $252

    AUTHOR VIRTUAL CHAT (+ 3 BOOKS)!

    This is a great opportunity if you want to find out more about how you can help create a revolution in the anti-bullying field and make a real positive and sustainable change in the lives of countless children. This reward includes three autographed soft cover copies of UnBullying, as well a half hour virtual chat with one of the book's authors and founders of The Bullying Revolution.

    You choose the focus of our chat - the foundation of our social enterprise and background to this book, a discussion of the approach we presented at the World Anti-Bullying Forum in Stockholm, or practical tips and advice on how to get your school or workplace policies aligned with this philosophy. These are just a few ideas of topics we'd love to chat with you about!

    Includes:
    • Three copies of UnBullying
    • Personally signed by the authors
    • Keep one for yourself, and gift the others to your school!
    • Half hour virtual chat with the authors!
    • Create a culture of kindness in your school
    • Our appreciation for your contribution to the revolution!
    • You'll feel awesome for improving kids lives!
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    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About $361

    3 BOOKS! VIRTUAL CHAT! NAME IN BOOK!

    Take things to the next level with a one-hour virtual chat with one of the authors and founders of The Bullying Revolution. You'll get three autographed soft cover copies of UnBullying, as well as a full one hour conversation with us about anything and everything that needs rethinking and reimagining in the bullying world! We'll also acknowledge your support for the revolution for change by printing your name in the book with a special thanks, and publishing it on our website!

    Includes:
    • Three copies of UnBullying
    • Personally signed by the authors
    • One hour virtual chat with one of the authors!
    • Our appreciation for your contribution to the revolution!
    • You'll feel awesome for improving kids lives!
    • Your name printed in the book with special thanks!
    • Your name published on our website with our thanks!
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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About $720

    REVOLUTIONARY SCHOOLS PD PACKAGE

    This is an opportunity for schools to level up their pledge to get an awesome value for money professional development package while making a huge difference to the lives of their students and the culture of their school community.

    In return for your contribution to the revolution, you will get a 2 hour workshop for up to 20 staff. This package also includes 5 autographed soft cover copies of UnBullying.

    Your workshop will be tailored to your staff's professional development needs in line with our approach and philosophy, and represents a saving of over $1000 (based on our usual pricing for PD workshops and training).

    Do you own company and would like to sponsor a school? Corporations can buy this reward and donate it to a school of their choice!

    The workshop can be delivered to any school in the region (city and suburbs) of MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, and is a limited availability reward (3 only on offer).

    PLEASE NOTE: This reward is also offered Australia wide at an additional cost to cover airfares and accommodation for 2 presenters ($1500).

    Includes:
    • 2 hour professional development workshop
    • Workshop tailored to school's training needs
    • For primary or secondary school teachers
    • Create a culture of kindness in your school
    • No travel costs for schools in Melbourne and surrounds
    • Available Australia-wide if travel costs paid
    • Great value and massive savings off regular pricing
    • Five copies of UnBullying
    • Personally signed by the authors
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