Creating sustainability from the inside out

sustainability

“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our stories is the bravest thing we will ever do.” Brene Brown

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Dr Linda Wilson photo credit: Beth Jennings

Why I give a damn: I give a damn because I have people contacting me every day about the toxic environment they have inside themselves. Old emotions, patterns of behaviour, resentments, guilts, hurts, regrets, etc. They know these emotions no longer serve them but cannot seem to shift. I give a damn because I have seen these same courageous people change their inner environment and blossom. This then transforms the environments around them, at work, at home, socially. When we deal with ourselves, everyone benefits. In this space, I can make a difference, and I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to do so.

What I do: I am a corporate wellness consultant and stress management specialist helping individuals use their minds to change their brain. This includes the latest neurological research and a deep understanding of how we learn. It is a wholistic approach to creating sustainability. Sustainability is what we as individuals and businesses need to survive – as are flexibility and creativity. We access these things through a relaxed mind. I do this through corporate training, mentoring, private consulting, through my book ’Stress Made Easy – Peeling Women off the Ceiling’, through my wellness practice in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne and on my weekly radio show.

Why it matters: The only place we have any true power or control is right here, right now within ourselves. Imagine the difference we could make to the world if the best version of ourselves showed up in every situation.    It matters because when we bring more of our healthy, happy, creative and productive selves to the table what we create are happy, healthy and creative homes, workplaces and communities. There is no more blame, just taking responsibility and creating change where it is needed.

Founder Dr Linda Wilson

Where to find Linda   Website  | Email  |  Facebook | LinkedIn

#makingselfcareeasy   #itssafetoletitgo   #changeyourmindtochangeyourbrain

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Circular Food is part of this change

Inspiring Peeps 

 

The environment is a major passion
for the whole founding team.

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Meet social entrepreneur & founder : Steve Morriss, Circular Food

Why I give a damn:  I read a relevant ancient Chinese Proverb just this morning –

“if we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.”

For the population of earth, where we are headed is not a prosperous future. Something needs to change. Circular Food is part of this change.
We give a damn because we want a bright future for generations to come. We give a damn because we want to “sit on our rocking chairs” at the end of our lives and feel good about being part of a solution, rather than resigning ourselves to the fact that we are the problem. We give a damn because without a healthy planet, what else is there to strive for?

What we do: Circular Food is a startup social enterprise, with the intent of reducing organic waste and improving soil health.

We take in organic waste (primarily food waste), blend it with other products such as organic compost, and process that waste through commercial scale worm farms to produce a high-quality organic fertiliser.

This fertiliser consists of essential elements for healthy soil, in a readily available form for plants.
Right now, we collect all of the food waste from a local Turkish restaurant, making it (as far as we know) Melbourne’s only zero food waste restaurant.

Why it matters:  Soil health is an extremely important issue for the world. Farms globally are under immense pressure to feed a growing population. For this reason, the use of chemical fertilisers has become a vicious cycle which farmers simply cannot financially afford to break. Unfortunately, the result of this continual chemical use is eroded, nutrient depleted soils, which cannot sustain growth on its own. This is not how nature intended it.

Food contains all of the nutrients needed to produce another plant. Food waste sits in landfill and rots, releasing harmful methane and CO2 emissions, when it should be back on the soil replenishing it for the next crop. Circular Food is restoring this natural cycle, by turning organic waste into a plant ready fertiliser.

We supply urban gardeners, hobby farmers, hydroponics growers and commercial farms.

Founder:  Steve Morriss. The founding team includes Chloe Morriss and Robert Scherini, as well as a team of other supporters.

Based: Melbourne, Australia. Our factory is in Somerton, north of Melbourne.

#innovation #foodtofertiliser #agtech

How to get in touch |  Circular Food Website  | Facebook 

#TDI #TwoFeet   TDi has been a huge learning opportunity for all of us. When we started the Circular Food journey, we didn’t identify as a social enterprise.

Now we wear those colours with pride.

The TDi team, as well as our fellow two-feeters, have helped us to define our business and our intent.

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My passions are the well-being of nature, animals, and people.

Inspiring Peeps 

Introducing Dr. Mahdi Mason 

Dr Mahdi Mason passionate about Nature, Animals and People

 

Why I give a damn: My passions are the well-being of nature, animals, and people.

My passions have led me to work in, and complete a doctoral degree in environmental management, start up a blog on how we can lessen our impacts on the planet, become an energetic healer and write a book on how people can empower themselves. My business allows me to combine all my interests. It aims to help nature, animals, and people. Therefore, running my business fulfils me, while also helping the rest of the world.

What I do: The Earth Healing Hub offers workshops, articles, events and products designed to give people the tools and resources they need to go out and help the world around them. It also teaches people simple ways they can help not only the environment but animals, themselves and other people too.

It educates people on how much the natural world does for them and gives them reasons to appreciate it so that they want to look after it themselves. It reminds everyone that we are not separate from, or superior to, the environment, but very much part of a larger natural system. As such, it’s imperative that we take care of everything in the system, not just ourselves.

Why it matters: So many people know that they would like to do SOMETHING to help the world around them but feel powerless to do anything because they don’t have the knowledge or resources. The information my business provides allows people to act within their own means (i.e. not costing money or much time) to help the world on a daily basis.

Founder Mahdi Mason, Brisbane, Australia

#earthhealer #powerofyoubook #lovenature

How to get in touch   Website  |  Facebook |  Instagram  |  Blog

 

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Say No To Plastics : Eco Toys Healthy Lives

Inspiring Profiles

Why I give a Damn Jane McLeod

Introducing Jane Macleod and family

Why I give a damn:  I don’t want to my children to go through the suffering of an auto-immune disease like I have. I want to teach them by being a good example of how we can live a healthy and happy life by respecting and living close to Mother nature.

What I do:  I hire Eco-friendly wooden toys to my local town of Ballarat and sell them online Australia wide.  I also love to inspire other Mums to reduce the toxins in their family’s lives in easy, actionable and affordable ways.  I have also discovered that one of the most toxic things to a human is a negative thought and love to spread this message! In the future, I plan to help other Mum’s set up their own wooden toy hire business so together we can make wooden toys the norm again! #saynotoplastic.

Why it matters:  Our heavy use of plastics is having a detrimental effect on our health and the health of our planet. Wooden toys do not contain BPA, phthalates or heavy metals such as lead and mercury which can be found in varying amounts in plastic toys. These toxins have been linked to cancers, obesity, lower IQ and behavioural problems to name just a few!

Founder:  Jane McLeod

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BALLARAT: NON- TOXIC  WOODEN TOY  HIRE 

AUSTRALIA WIDE: AWESOME, QUALITY ECO TOYS FOR SALE 

 

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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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Aiesha and Anika Graduates of the program

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

#socialinclusion, #paperworksinc, #givehope

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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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#KisakuHeritage #ArtisanMicroEduLoan #keepthetsoriesgoing

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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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