Spur Projects exists to make it an easier option for men to take positive action than to suicide.
It's is an evolving idea: We believe that to tackle the rate of suicide amongst men in Australia, bold new approaches to suicide prevention are required.
Suicide remains the leading cause of death for men aged 14 to 44, and 80% of all suicides are men.
We also know that the risk of suicide diminishes drastically with help and support. For many men, however, seeking help and support is not always an easy thing to do. We're here to change that.
Assemblus helps organisations to be both wildly successful at what they do, whilst also creating significant,sustainable and positive social impact.
Assemblus is a not-for-profit organisation that primarily focuses on two things:
Creating social impact whilst simultaneously growing business happens not in spite of each other, but because of each other. It’s balancing the head and the heart.
I like to experiment with few little side projects.
Below are a small sample of such flights of fancy...
What would you say to the future version of you? What would you want to say to the future version of someone else? These are the questions at the core of Future Postbox.
An online tool, it allows you to write a letter that is then time-capsuled and automatically email or posted in 12 months time.
Some use it as a journal, some as way of tracking goals, others use it to send sonnets of love to (what will hopefully continue to be) their true loves.
What's been the best or worst day of your life?
For someone out there in the world, today is the best day of their life. For someone else, today is the worst day of their life.
Best Day / Worst Day is a celebration and commiseration of all the good and bad days; the loves and loses; the achievements and challenges. It's a reminder to cherish the good days when they’re around and that the bad days are not only temporary, but also an opportunity to learn and grow.
How has your day been?
Get the Antidote is a physical game of speed, strategy and survival. Welcome to post-apocalyptic Brisbane.
Civilisation has crumbled and zombies rule the streets. The last remaining survivors have heard rumours of an antidote located only kilometres away that could potentially cure the zombie virus. Retrieving the antidote is the survivors' only hope for a future, though when the only asset against raging zombies is a pair of shoes, it may prove a little difficult....
The upside of working a lot in the not-for-profit space that you have to learn a whole range of skills yourself if you don't want to have to pay the outsourcing costs.
Little by little and night after night of crying over broken code I think I've finally cracked the basics.
Like every other chump who owns a camera, I've deluded myself into thinking that that makes me a photographer.
Clearly, this isn't the case, but I do like to dabble in photography & videography whenever I can.
I graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with First Class Honours, and so composition remains my original love. Over the years I've drifted into other areas I'm just as passionate about, but I still continue to work on the odd project here and there.
A bold new approach to suicide prevention
What would you say to the future version of you or someone else?
Crowdsourced stories from around the world.
The world's largest, real-time mental health survey
We don't need to redefine it. We need to undefine it.
Really, the main point of this site is to act as a pseudo-resume. So, as tacky and self-aggrandising as it is, below are some of the recent awards and accolades I seem to have accumulated. Yeah, I've been pretty jammy....
Laureate Global Fellows are young social entrepreneurs who have pioneered cutting-edge solutions to urgent societal challenges. Each year, 20 youth leaders are selected for this distinction through a partnership between the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation and the International Youth Foundation through its YouthActionNet program. Fellows benefit from leadership training, networking, advocacy, and funding opportunities.
AMHF is an alliance of organisations, service providers and individual men and women, actively engaged in or interested in addressing the physical, psychological, emotional, intellectual, educational, social, spiritual, sexual and relationship needs of men and boys in Australia and any other issues that impact on them.
The Global Fellowship is an innovative, educational program that focuses on learning experiences to created real global impact. 15 Fellows are selected from around the world who are creating deep social change using music as the catalyst for change.
Young Social Pioneers is a unique leadership program dedicated to unleashing and celebrating the brilliance of young Australian social changemakers. The year-long program invests in and supports inspired changemakers aged 18 to 29. It provides mentoring, rigorous peer learning, skills development, leadership inquiry and international connections so that they can create deeper impact.
Lee Crockford is passionate about instigating social change through innovation, the arts and education. He is both the CEO of Spur Projects, an NFP working in the area of men's mental health and suicide prevention, as well as Lead Assembler with Assemblus, an NFP working to amplify sustainable, social impact within organisations.
Lee is also a former Global Laureate Fellow with the International Youth Foundation and recipient of the Australasian Men's Health Forum's "Youth Contribution Award".
With a background in project development, he has worked around the world, exploring new ways of thinking and delivering content. Lee is an alumnus of both the Foundation for Young Australian's "Young Social Pioneer" and Do School's "Global Music Fellowship" programs.
An experienced facilitator and speaker, Lee has presented and mentored in numerous countries on social change, mental health, entrepreneurship, innovation, education and arts for organisations including yLEAD, FYA, English Pocket Opera Company, Queensland University of Technology, Youth Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council, UQ Medical School, Creative Enterprise Australia and R.E.A.C.H. (Regional Excellence in Artistic and Cultural Hubs).
He was also (once) a cohost on channel Ten's "The Project".
Lee is the founder and co-founder of a number of side projects including Future Postbox, Best Day / Worst Day and Get the Antidote. He has served as Vice-President of Optiminds and business advisor for both Enactus and the Community Service Learning Lab at the Queensland University of Technology.