The Thinking Environment Foundation Course

Melbourne Event

October 20 & 21

Group size: 10 participants Max.

“The quality of every thing we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do first.  The quality of our thinking depends on the way we treat each other while we are thinking”.

Nancy Kline

Equip yourself with the skills to transform interactions and generate superb connection, thinking, and action over a two-day intensive workshop.

You will learn how to practically create thinking environments, by applying Nancy Kline’s research, spanning over 30 years.

Some of the outcomes you can expect from attending The Thinking Environment Foundation Course

  • A structure to generate better ideas, solutions and decisions
  • Make diversity, inclusion, collaboration and creativity a reality
  • Have greater quality and productive working relationships
  • Create an environment where people feel valued and as a result will do their best work

One of the trainings with the best ROI I have ever attended.  Easy to implement and immdeiate results.
Egon Zehnder – Consultant

The results from some clients

  • A saving of 62% of meeting time
  • A creative agency improved its industry ranking by 32% in four months
  • A pharmaceutical company achieved a 44% reduction in their decision-making costs
  • A Research team saved a month’s work of in a 30-minute discussion.

Your accredited facilitators

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Candice Smith – The Thinking Field

Candice thrives on shifting the quality of human interaction and creating new stories for the future of work, people and planet.

She was trained by the founder of the Thinking Environment methodology, Nancy Kline and is a Time To Think Faculty member.  She works with a range of organisations and individuals in contexts of societal change and transformation, and her organisational experience spans over two decades.

M: +61 404 276 460
E: candice@thethinkingfield.com
W: thethinkingfield.com

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Vanessa Porter – All Of You

Vanessa’s passion is helping clients carve out the time and space to focus on what really matters to them, their people and their stakeholders.

She is an accredited Time To Think Facilitator and a member of the international Collegiate. Prior to establishing her own business, Vanessa held senior executive roles for major global companies, across industries and markets.

These include McDonald’s, Disney Stores (UK),  Staging Connections, National Rugby League,  and the Australian Retailers Association. Her focus has been cultivating positive workplace cultures and developing talent.

M: +61 408 024 596
E: vanessa@allofyou.co
W:  allofyou.co

For more information about the course contact either Candice or Vanessa and visit the website  www.timetothink.com/thinking-environment/

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Investment 

Corporate $1,875 plus gst
Non-Corporate $1,475 plus gst

Secure your spot

email  diana@thetoxicfox.com for the registration form and the brochure

 

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2016: Ethical Awards : $32,500 prize pool

Submissions Close 5:00 pm – 15 September 2016

 

winner announced 20 October 2016

 

Moral Fairground has been a driving force in creating awareness and raising the profile of fair trade, and ethical business and consumer practices throughout the local communities and business sectors Australia wide. Through their many diverse events, they have reached hundreds and thousands of people, have created a community of conscious traders and consumers, and have inspired hundreds of advocates to take action in helping the fair trade movement gain more support in the community.

 

This year, Moral Fairground is going to hold the 4th Ethical Enterprise Award and the Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition to recognise and celebrate Australia’s most inspirational enterprises.

The Ethical Enterprise Award is open to any existing Australian business or organization of any size that delivers innovative work with positive social, environmental and economic impact locally and/or internationally.

The winners will receive the following prizes:
  • 1st Prize: $10,000 cash
  • 2nd Prize: $7,500 cash
  • 3rd Prize: Professional business coaching from One10 founder and entrepreneur Geoff Gourley worth $15,000.
Award applications for the awards open on the 1st of July 2016 and winners will be announced at the Ethical Enterprise Award dinner in Melbourne on 20 October 2016. Application deadline is at 5pm, September 15, 2016.

Apply Here 

Good Luck

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Reduce eWaste ReUse Technology

Inspiring Peeps

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Introducing Mardi Brown and Cat Harding

 

Why we give a damn

We are all entitled to basic needs, yet some of us spend our days fighting for food, shelter, safety, water, medication, sanitation, education, care, connection – and sometimes even fighting for our lives.

Having travelled extensively in developing countries and working to build, run and fund an outreach school in Cambodia over the past 12 years – the team at PonyUp understand the senseless gap between those who have it all and those who dig through the dirt to find their next meal. It’s impossible to ignore. It changes you.

Knowing all too well the pain point of donor fatigue, we found a way to provide individuals and businesses with a simple and non-monetary opportunity to contribute beyond themselves via unwanted, second-hand technology, knowing that this action will better the future of those who need it most.

What we do

PonyUp for Good is a new social enterprise. Our mission is to provide a simple process for socially minded companies and individuals to turn unwanted, second-hand technology (phones, iPods, laptops and tablets) into charitable currency. We collect unwanted technology, provide a free and secure data cleansing service, sell the technology to wholesale partners and donate 50% of the profits to annual charity partners. We are making it easy to be nice when you upgrade your device.

By-product benefits of this process include; the reduction of e-waste, the clearing of cupboards and drawers across Australia, the provision of much required second-hand technology to those not in a position to afford it new and a warm fuzzy feeling for all those who PonyUp for Good!

Why it matters

Each year more than 5 million Australians upgrade their phones – 48% put the ‘old’ technology into drawers, just in case. Most of them are never used again and eventually become toxic landfill. More than 4 million computers are sold in Australia each year, 88% of these also end up in landfill.

We’re PonyingUp for Good because we have the opportunity to build a business that gives to others compassionately and ethically and has a bi-product of reusing technology and reducing the 18 billion tonnes of e-waste contributing to Australia’s landfill. It’s about conscious capitalism at its root.

We asked ourselves, ‘how can we use our education, knowledge, networks and resources to build a company that directly benefits others with meaning and environmental impact?

Who are the Founders?   Cat Harding & Mardi Brown

Cat is a communications and project management professional with over 20 years experience across a multitude of industries. She has launched music careers, dressed 20,000 people for the Commonwealth Games and managed communications projects for London Underground, Pacific Brands and CitiPower and Powercor.

Cat has two beautiful girls and wants to come home every day proud of the impact she has made in the world so she can teach her children that one person with the right attitude can make a difference.
Her dream is to make ‘PonyUp’ as much the common vernacular for what you do with redundant technology as Googling has become the term for how you search for information.

Mardi is motivated by a need to contribute positively, helping drive meaningful change for those who need it most. You will often hear her asking, ‘for what purpose are we doing this?’

Mardi is a trained Behavioural Specialist and has worked as Head of People & Culture with TEDxMelbourne, and in her own consultancy has helped businesses develop strategies and standards for their own workplace cultures. With a degree in Business/Marketing and 15+ years experience leading teams as a senior marketer across HR, Tourism & Hospitality in both Australia and North America.

Since 2009, Mardi has held the role of Co-President of Act, Change, Educate (ACE), who manage the Happy School project in Cambodia. ACE provides primary education, secondary school scholarships, vocational training and pathways to employment for some of the country’s most disadvantaged young people.

Mardi loves getting her hands dirty in every part of PonyUp’s growth. Her mission: To get everyone in Australia PonyingUp their old devices when they upgrade, to help those in need!

Website & social details

Website:   http://www.ponyupforgood.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ponyupforgood/

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Ponyupforgood

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BROTHABOY | Opportunities For Indigenous Students

Inspiring Founders

Andrew Taylor - creating opportunities for Indigenous Community

Introducing Andrew Taylor

Why I give a damn
As a proud Aboriginal man, I have seen many young people drop out of school and lose their way in life.  I want to help them stay at school, get a job and have a productive life.

What I do
At Brothaboy we employ 20 Aboriginal School Based Trainees each year in a Cert II in Retail or Creative Industries.  The students get involved in designing our streetwear clothing and man our online and retail shop.

Why it matters 
Our trainees get real work experience that helps them get and stay in a job when they leave school.  As part of the Brothaboy alumni, we continue to provide mentoring and someone to turn to if life gets tough.

Founder  Andrew Taylor backed by Ausum Initiatives

“BROTHABOY represents the independent, innovative and 

empowered modern Indigenous community;  turning talk into action.”

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Pitch Competition for Social Entrepreneurs

Submission Date: 15 September 2016

Pitching Date: 20 October 2016

The Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition is for social entrepreneurs  still at the early stages of their business-planning and need mentoring and support so that their business idea becomes a reality.

 Why Apply?

The aim of the early entrepreneurial pitch competition is to provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity to present your idea to four business and social entrepreneurial leaders who are influential in the community and who have the mentoring skills and resources to support an entrepreneur or enterprise to make a concept a reality.

  • Win coaching & mentoring from mentorship from Phil Vernon of Australian Ethical and Geoff Gourley of One10.
  • Gain valuable pitching experience at the Ethical Enterprise Conference.
  • Pitch your idea to a room full of passionate supporters of ethical enterprise – who may want to support your idea to become a reality
  • Free ticket to Ethical Enterprise Conference 2016 where you can learn & build networks

Application for the Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition here http://moralfairground.com.au/early-ethical-entrepreneur-pitch-competition-2016/

Good Luck 

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Moral Fairground Monthly Networking Event

FRI 26th AUGUST 2016

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When: Friday 26th August, 2016
Time: DOORS OPEN 6.30pm for 7pm START
Where: Docklands Library 107 Victoria Habour Promenade, Docklands VIC 
Adults: $27.12 per person
Member: $21.89 MFG members / student concession

Light food & Refreshments will be served, together with a great opportunity to meet ‘One on One’ and network with other like-minded businesses and individuals.

Bookings are Essential – (only 120 spots available)

 

 

 

Ethical Enterprise Conference 2016

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Aromababy skincare inspired by the birth of a baby

Raffaele Caputo a researcher, writer and editor recently met Catherine Cervasio, the founder of Aromababy, at an event and inspired by her story he wanted to share it.

When Catherine Cervasio fell pregnant for the first time, she was concerned she would have to use skincare products on her baby that contained unnatural ingredients.

Her previous life as a fashion writer and developer of a range of products based on essential oils had given her some experience in skin care products and she knew the majority were synthetic with a petrochemical base.

Through her research, Catherine discovered many products were linked to skin complaints such as eczema. However, of greater concern was the presence of paraffin in some skin creams and bathing oils, as it had the propensity to affect hormones.

“With the birth of my baby on the horizon, these issues really set the alarm bells ringing,” says Catherine. “I thought if there are no alternatives available, then everybody is compelled to use the same kinds of products. This was the inspiration for developing something that was unusual in the cosmetics industry at the time.”

This was more than 20 years ago. Catherine gave birth to a strong and healthy baby boy, and to Aromababy, an organic skincare range for babies. She was so confident about the virtues of her products that she tested them on herself and her baby.

But it wasn’t an easy road ahead for Catherine. Along with the demands of caring for her baby, she had to raise finance, source a reputable manufacturer and, most importantly, educate potential suppliers and consumers because what she was developing at the time was so new.

She tapped into the maternity and paediatric medical profession.

“I was so passionate about making a difference that I actually went straight to the midwives, patient consultants and maternity ward managers and talked to them because their expertise is not only in delivery but also in caring for babies and mothers around the time of birth,” Catherine says.

“They were really quite surprised at my discoveries; and because I had extensive research to back these up, I felt they were listening to me, and realised that maybe they needed to offer mothers a choice rather than only the conventional, supermarket-type formulations.”

Based on her research Catherine formulated her products specifically for sensitive skin and babies – using ingredients such as certified organic calendula, evening primrose oil and natural vitamin E but with no animal products, petrochemicals, sulphates, added colour, artificial fragrances, silicone, or paraffin. Today, Aromababy is a multi-million dollar business, with a premium range of natural personal care products for both mother and babies.

 

RC pic 1Writer: Raffaele Caputo is a writer for Present Company Included, a member of the Briarbird team, a Melbourne-based online consultancy firm, and is co-editor of the online film journal Screening the Past.

Papermaking elevates social inclusion and hope

Inspiring Peeps 

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Why I give a damn:  Loneliness underpins so many social ills. Through breaking down barriers to social inclusion, I hoped to create a richer social experience for marginalised people through opportunities for meaningful occupation. My daughter is living with a disability, so I understand the effects of marginalisation on an individual and their families.  I feel that people with disabilities need valueable social roles in the community so they can be seen as contributing to the society like everyone else – not to mention how it improves the self-esteem and self-worth of marginalised people.

What we do: We host social hand papermaking workshops to facilitate opportunities for building friendships and we employ a small number of marginalised people in order to give them more opportunities for economic participation and choice. Our artisans manufacture stationary and seed tiles from locally harvested plant fibre (e.g. tulips after Floriade) and recycled textile (including denim jeans) destined for landfill.

 Why does it matter? Recently a Sydney morning Herald article pointed out that a 1/3 of Australians are feeling isolated and separate.  No wonder leading psychiatrist Dan Siegel describes isolation as an artificial prison. A chronic sense of loneliness can weaken the body’s immune system, leaving the body vulnerable to a range of illnesses and depression. Depression is fast becoming the leading cause of disability worldwide. In Australia, around 1 million adults and 100 000 young people suffer from depression in any given year. An estimated 45% of people suffer from depression at some stage in their lives – 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men.   Not only people with special needs are at risk.  A change in circumstance that contributes to social isolation, comes unexpectedly – the loss of a partner, the loss of a job, a car accident, a relocation, a long-term illness. We are all vulnerable.

We have two goals:

  • We want to help our community beat the devastating physical, mental and economic impact of loneliness caused by social exclusion. The first step is to change community perceptions. We believe when people from different backgrounds and abilities get to know each other, they become more tolerant of “otherness”, more open to friendship and more aware of the various issues at stake.  
  • Provide opportunities to develop better social skills, which could promote a person’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Increased confidence levels may also increase peoples employability, which in turn may reduce their dependence on health and social welfare structures. the xes

Founder:  Marja Rouse

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Kisaku | Indonesian Art and Craft

Meet Felicia and Lenny – Kisaku 

Why we give a damn

We founded Kisaku with two objectives in mind. Promote the tradition and assist the artisans.  We wish to promote and raise awareness of Indonesian rich culture and heritage. While we have lived away from home for more than 15 years, we can’t wait to introduce Indonesia’s rich culture to the world. Especially as we see that the age-old traditions have nowadays been creatively reinvented and transformed into modern everyday wear and creations. We also wish to assist the artisans and craft makers in Indonesia to gain access to skills-enhancing education. We believe that each and every one of us has a responsibility to take part to shape the future generation. At the same time, we also hope to support the community and preserve the tradition and heritage. We believe that the world will be a much better place if we all strive toward helping one another

What we do

Kisaku is an online store for Indonesian artisans and craft makers to showcase their tradition-inspired and heritage-infused fashion collections. We hope to provide them the access to the global market and help them reach a wider customer base who values fair trade products created ethically in a sustainable way.

Kisaku is derived from the Indonesian word “Kisahku” which means “My Story”. We are all about prints and patterns that carry with them stories of yesteryears told from generations to generations, creative and indigenous designs that accentuate our personalities and we’re all about lending a hand to the future generation who will keep our stories going.

At Kisaku, we work with passionate Indonesian designers and artisans specialising in crafting batik and other tradition-inspired /heritage-infused fashion collections. Our partners are exclusively selected for their commitment to quality and their passion for the culture, heritage and tradition. Their designs and creations are curated with love with detailed intricacies and full of meaning. They are also chosen for their ingenuity in crafting the fabrics and materials into modern wear to bring only the best for your next statement piece.

For every purchase through Kisaku, we set a part of our profit toward a MicroEduLoan that will allow the creative talents to access skills-enhancing programs.

Why it matters

We are confronted with the ugly truth – heritage will die and the tradition will be extinct if we don’t do anything.

More and more traditional craft makers are deciding to stop using their craft and traditional techniques, such as hand weaving and natural fabric dying, to create products, due to numerous factors. Most of these handmade and traditional crafts take a long time to create and are slowly replaced by mass production. Minimal insights into what products will appeal to the wider market, especially the younger generation, result in products being undervalued by the customers. Lack of access to broader marketplace also results in limited possibilities to sell their products. All these factors combined slowly push the artisans and craft makers to leave the industry, taking along skills, techniques and stories that were passed down from generation to generation.

Founders: Felicia and Lenny

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Quote   “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

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