Have you ever tried to learn something new and felt suffocated in jargon?

Hi, I’m Rachel, a freelance writer with a knack for translating complex concepts. I’ve written to translate financial and political information into plain English, but now as I begin my Bachelor of Science, majoring in Ecology & Zoology, I’m looking to simplify science.

Maybe you’re not sure exactly how quantitative easing works and why it matters. Or perhaps you’re thinking of buying a property off the plan, but heard you could end up owing the bank money and have NO idea how that works. Or maybe you’re confused as to why Climate Change can make the earth both warmer AND cooler?

Whatever it is you’re trying to understand, it’s likely there are millions of others who are also stuck in the dark.

Why Bother Translating Complex Concepts?

These are important topics yet systems of oppression and elite authority figures in powerful positions continue to use complicated terms. If the everyday person is unable to learn complex concepts about how society works, all we can do is place blind faith in politicians and corporations.

As we enter what looks to become the sixth mass extinction, open education is more important than ever before. Unless these complex concepts are translated into plain English, we will never be able to change the way the system works.

We need to start democratising knowledge, and empower the working class. It’s the only way to restore the power imbalance that industrial capitalism has created.

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