Papermaking elevates social inclusion and hope

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#socialinclusion, #paperworksinc, #givehope blog (1)

 

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

#socialinclusion, #paperworksinc, #givehope

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Less = More | creating a new wedding culture

Planning a wedding? Consider sustainable, ethical and minimal options

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Less stuff more meaning 

why we give a damn

In recent years, the trend towards wedding consumerism has led to many questioning the traditional wedding. With an average wedding spend of $35,000, it’s not surprising that some couples are choosing to return to smaller, more intimate weddings. Here at LSMM we celebrate we’re all about inspiring new wedding traditions. We would love to see weddings become an event with a deeper purpose, a force for social change. Let’s bring back the minimalist wedding, the intimate gathering, and the elopement. Where the wedding becomes a community affair and guests bring a plate. Or where guests give experiences over things. Where the day becomes a representation of the values the couple stands for, such as looking after our global family, leaving a lighter footprint, or being hands-on in giving back to a cause they are passionate about.

what we do

We’re a wedding blog with a difference. At LSMM we value simplicity and substance over the pretty details, and feature weddings where couples have scaled back, consumed mindfully or have given back. Wedding blogs are often a bride’s source of inspiration when it comes to wedding planning, so we’d love to bring small, intimate weddings to the forefront, and celebrate the difference these weddings are making in caring for our earth and people. Currently, we are also working on an ethical gift registry where couples can choose artisan and fair-trade products supporting social enterprises, incorporate charitable giving, take eco-getaways, or volunteer on their honeymoon.  We’re instigating a grass-roots movement around ethical weddings which we hope will simply become the new normal.

why it matters

Because our planet and global village are calling for some TLC. Couples planning a wedding have huge consumer power, and with 120,000 weddings/year in Australia, a change in wedding culture will make a tangible difference. Here’s to world changers!

 

Founders:  Sandra Henri and Amy Wilson

 

Sandra Hendri co-founders of Less Stuff More Meaning

Sandra Hendri co-founder of Less Stuff More Meaning

 

Field Trip | Youth | Make Your Mark

The Field Trip

Youth leadership, youth employment,
youth group Australia

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We asked met Paul Kooperman at the 2015 Purpose.do conference and asked him – Why he gives a damn..

 

We met Paul Kooperman through the Purpose.do 2015 conference and asked him why he gives a damn.

Why?

  • Young people want to find their passion, peers and path.
  • Young people need meaningful employment
  • The world needs givers, initiators, innovators, instigators and drivers
  • We all have extraordinary potential we need to fulfill 
  • We get what we give and benefit from empowering others to benefit
  • We need leaders to create more leaders
  • Communities need proactive contributors
  • We create opportunities for ourselves by creating them for others
  • Young people need positive role models, but can also be great role models for others
  • Kids have ideas about how the world should be and can be empowered to express and action their ideas

 

 

What do I do? The Field Trip is a weekly program which runs every Sunday 3:30-5pm in various locations. The program is about young people finding their passion, peers and path and feeling empowered to be our next generation of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, philosophers, philanthropists and leaders. It matters because if not now, then when? If not us, then who?

It matters because if not now, then when? If not us, then who?

The Field Trip Founders: 

  • Paul Kooperman, an author, playwright and screenwriter with significant experience in leadership, management and community development and
  • Beth Heflin Cauvel, currently managing the Study Abroad Program at Shepherd University.
15 kids from Macedon Ranges are teaming up with a Men's Shed and architect to design and build a cubby house, which will be auctioned off and all proceeds given to homeless charity Urban Seed. Bridget (12) and Lauren (10) Bourke; Liam (11) and Logan (9) Johnston; Arie Sawyer (11); Chloe (11), Lily (9), and Zak (10) Hansen at work on the cubby. Picture Jay Town.

15 kids from Macedon Ranges are teaming up with a Men’s Shed and architect to design and build a cubby house, which will be auctioned off and all proceeds given to homeless charity Urban Seed. Bridget (12) and Lauren (10) Bourke; Liam (11) and Logan (9) Johnston; Arie Sawyer (11); Chloe (11), Lily (9), and Zak (10) Hansen at work on the cubby.
Picture Jay Town.

 

Every person born into this world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique. It is the duty of every person to know and consider that she is unique in the world in her particular character and that there has never been someone like her before. For if there had been someone like her before, there would be no need for her to be in the world. Every single person is a new thing in the world and is called upon to fulfil her particularity in the world.

Martin Buber

 

#MakeYourMark #YouthLeadership #YouthEmployment #YouthGroupAustralia  

Website:  www.thefieldtrip.co     

email: info@thefieldtrip.co

Twitter: @thefieldtripp  

Instagram @the_field_trip 

Facebook: thefieldtrip2015 

The latest Field Trip project :

This term Field Trip members aged 10-24 are becoming the authors of their own lives, writing the book “Where I Live” about their homes, towns, lives, communities and world perspectives. An intimate insight into how kids think, feel and express themselves.

Where I Live”  check it out and or  buy it

Penh Lane | empowering people through business

We believe in honest design, fair trade and empowering people through business

Penh Lane – beautiful products; handcrafted with love.

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Jewellers from Khmer Creations with Jane Darbyshire. (L-R) Sela, Jane, Aza and Kunteah.

 

We give a damn because everyone has the right to enjoy their job, be paid fairly for their time and effort, but above all, everyone should have the opportunity to grow and explore what they want in their career and ultimately be fulfilled – people shouldn’t have to work just to get by. We also give a damn about our stylish customers! Everyone should have access to ethically made, high-quality products and be happy with the knowledge that the producers have earned a fair wage, in fair conditions and have loved every minute of their work.

What we do

We partner with artisans in Cambodia to produce ethical fashion products for the Australian (and international) market. We bring stylish fashion to you and ensure the artisans benefit from your exquisite taste.

Why it Matters

For a great number of Cambodians, there are limited opportunities for safe, satisfying and rewarding employment. Many people, especially vulnerable women, only have the option of entering exploitative industries such as forced sex work or garment factories to earn an income. Through trading with Cambodian social businesses, we help to drive the demand that fosters a fair and rewarding system where everyone benefits, including the customer.

Directors:  Jane Darbyshire, Terry-ann Holloway and Matt Linfoot
Penh Lane – beautiful products; handcrafted with love.
We believe in honest design, fair trade and empowering people through business.

Ali Capp | Sustainable Style | Women Weaving

 #communitytocouch #womenwhoweave #sustainable #style

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My name is Ali and my social business, The People’s Fabric.

I give a damn because I’m not sure how not to give a damn. I used to think how easy life would be to turn a blind eye on injustices in the world however I have only been fulfilled by the people I have met on this path, who continually inquire, consider and unapologetically take action for what they believe.
What do you do 
I founded The People’s Fabric, sourcing traditionally woven fabrics through women’s economic empowerment programs in West Borneo and incorporating them into my own line of ethical homeware products such as cushions and throws. Each piece is accompanied by a profile of the weaver and an outline of the woven motif’s meaning in Dayak culture.
Why it matters
In partnership with a women’s weaving cooperative and a not-for-profit organisation, we provide pathways to financial independence for women through initiatives such as communal savings groups. Not only does this provide women and their families with a more sustainable income, it also means they are less likely to rely on other sources of income that may degrade the environment, such as work in logging, palm oil and animal trafficking.
Founder: Ali Capp
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Ruby Silver | #GirlsForGirls | Education |India

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My name is Jess and I run a social enterprise called Ruby Silver that supports the education of women and girls in India. We are connected to Social Traders and Good Spender.

Jess Exton : Co-Founder : Ruby Silver with Gulafsha, Bushra, Muskan, Abdulla and Jupdta

Jess Exton : Co-Founder : Ruby Silver
with Gulafsha, Bushra, Muskan, Abdulla and Jupdta

why I give a damn

I give a damn because the girls that we support give a damn. I’ve known most of the 70 kids at Nav Jagriti NGO in Delhi since 2009 and despite coming from large families where education is not a priority, I’ve seen them fiercely strive to give their all in school. These girls are becoming an inspiration to their families and communities through their dreams to become teachers, nurses, doctors and mothers. The NGO gives them access to school but it is their determination and enthusiasm for life which is why I give a dam about supporting them.

what I do

I co-foundered and manage Ruby Silver, a social business which uses 100% of its profits to purchase and deliver educational resources to NGOs in India. My team and I manage 100% of our supply chain, from jewellery design and sales in Australia to the purchase and delivery of resources to NGOs in India, as requested by them. We aim to show our customers that they significantly contribute to supporting education every time they purchase from Ruby Silver; just 20 sales will purchase a warm blanket each for 63 children, allowing them to sit on the floor to study and to sleep well during winter.

why it matters

Giving girls the chance to attend school is not only important for them, but lifts their entire community. These young women are smart, strong and excited to learn. Ensuring that they are able to complete school and are supported throughout challenges them to dream big and work hard. It matters because these girls are going to be great.

founders names – Jess Exton and I work very closely with my business partner Yogen Kumar

Links:

Website  |     Instagram   |   Facebook

#rubysilver  #girlsforgirls  #sterlingsilver #GoodSpender  #SocialTrader

treeHIVE + Michael Norton

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What inspires me to do what I do?

I deeply care about this beautiful planet we live on, and my dream is that we can find a way for people and planet to thrive together. I believe we must evolve individually and collectively for this to happen, and my inspiration comes from helping people to live and work more consciously.

What do I do?
I’m a coach and facilitator specialising in Career Change, Leadership Development and Cultural Transformation.   I inspire and support my clients with powerful human development tools that enable them to discover their full potential. I work with a diverse range of tools and modalities including Positive Psychology, Signature Strengths, Mindfulness, the Enneagram, Emotional Intelligence, Neuroscience and Nature Connection.

 

 

 

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Super Sensitive Skin Inspires… Paleo Skincare

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Crystal Fieldhouse

“I have super sensitive skin and struggled with acne and dermatitis for over 15 years.”

Failing to find a moisturiser that met my personal standards and didn’t irritate my skin or flare up my skin issues, I started making my own, with great results. But knowing the frustration, shame and embarrassment that many people with problem skin go through, I wanted to help others in the same situation as myself.

Which led me to spend 12 months researching and developing our unique range of Ecology moisturising creams.

The Ecology Creams are designed to mimic our skin’s natural oils, they are simple and made by hand with carefully selected high quality and organic ingredients. Our products are definitely outside the box of conventional skincare …and the amazing thing is they work!  We’ve helped hundreds of people all over the world, who report softer, smoother, calmer looking skin.

It started with moisturisers and now at Ecology Skincare we offer a range of simple, natural skincare products that are perfect for people with sensitive skin and skin issues like eczema, dermatitis and premature ageing.

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What Inspires the “Buy The Change” Co-Founders

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Buy The Change

Srey Oun lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

She was the victim of an acid attack 15 years ago that completely blinded her. She keeps her face covered because it is severely disfigured. This tragedy could have stopped her but it didn’t. Using only her sense of touch she crochets beautiful bags. Her niece sews in the linings and zippers. Because of her partnerships with Buy The Change and other social change based companies, she is able to support herself, her daughter and her elderly mother. She is committed to keeping her daughter in school and the Buy The Change Foundation has given her grants to help make that possible.

Srey Oun is seen with her daughter and Buy The Change co-founder, Shanan Bunzendahl in this photo.

Every product we sell is hand crafted by a woman working to empower herself and her family. With income and education for the next generation, everything is possible. Our job is to connect these amazing women with our amazing socially conscious customers who want to use their buying power to change lives.

 

www.buythechangeusa.org