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Featured image by Emily Kngwarreye – Big Yam Dreaming

notJack is a high-energy ressource and logophile. Unapologetically idealistic and yet hard-headed in its approach, notJack betters the lives of individuals and communities through words.


Based in Melbourne-town, notJack takes its name from its foundation project to protect a landscape of literary significance, the Moolort Plains.

The organisation combines the skills of project development, grants management, pilot and campaign coordination with varied formal qualifications. These qualifications span literature, language, and philosophy, fine art, rigging and dogging for the entertainment industry, industrial relations, advocacy in gender, diversity and identity, and postgraduate research.

From this seemingly disparate combination emerges the means to foster connections and realise the affinities between academia and community in rich and unanticipated ways. notJack is proud of its reputable advisory panel of writers and commentators, and ongoing collaborations with the University of Melbourne.

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”— Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love