Josh Moorhouse grew up in Onkaparinga Hills, South Australia, just ten minutes from where he spent his teenage years in Ramsay Place - A vibrant, but often challenging community space, known to locals as The Green Area.
A creative at heart, Josh spent five years as a performing jazz pianist and educator before experiencing a lethal emotional crisis in 2017. His turning point occured that same year when he became involved with Onkaparinga Youth just before the launching of the Onkaparinga Youth Enterprise Hub - a space, situated in Ramsay Place, for creatives, changemakers & innovators under 30.
Josh undertook mentorship in the principles & practice of community development. He began testing these new methods, and less than a year after his suicide attempt in 2017, Josh had completed the Bendigo Community Bank: Fleurieu Future Leaders Program, and significantly contributed to OYEH winning a national award in Economic Development through Community Collaboration, for which he was officially acknowledged by the mayor.
Experimenting with creative intelligence & innovation methods to design & test useful processes and experiences for meaningful action through addressing underlying factors that may inhibit a person from/create the conditions for navigating life from the edges,
Some of Josh's work can be highlighted through his involvement with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation in the co-design & testing of new ways to equip communities to be first responders before, during and after mental health crisis.
Exploring ways in which individual & communal wisdom may be crafted into compelling communication that alters awareness and disrupts discourse through experiences that connect, empower & inspire,
Josh is a natural storyteller who shares the wisdom of insight and observations from his life experience and working alongside small community groups to adress complex social challenges and continues to document his life online (@joshmlife) to share his thoughts and demonstrate his evolution from the edges.
Executive Member of the OYEH Steering Committee, Co-Founder of community-led intiative FLYP (The Fleurieu Leaders Youth Program) Recipient of the 2020 Onkaparinga Youth Recognition Award and two-time nominee for the Seven News Young Achiever Awards (Leadership),
Some of the labels associated with Josh are Social Innovator, Survivor, Creative Changemaker, and Social Entrepreneur.
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