TFS018 Vinita Baravkar | Bhumi Organic | It’s a movement

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Our lives are a journey,  layered by experiences.  We have the ability to change….

 

Vinita Baravkar – Bhumi Organic Cotton

 

TFS Kim Morrison – Twenty8 coming soon

Coming soon – The file will be sent to the sound editor – this weekend. Belatedly

Today I am delighted to introduce you to Kim Morrison, founder of Twenty8 chemical-free skin care and essential oils. She is a health and lifestyle educator, environmental health coach, author, aromatherapist, and set a world record in ultra-marathon running representing Australia.

Kim is passionate about helping women to challenge their potential, take responsibility for their health and well-being, overcome obstacles and acknowledge their strength and beauty by taking good care of themselves.

 more…to come...

Favourite book 2016:

Exhausted To Energised by Dr Libby Weaver

 

Links

 

Hashtags: #twenty8  #selfcare28  #takecarebekind

 

Kim’s Qualifications

  • Dip. Wholistic Aromatherapy
  • Kinesiology, Reflexology
  • Dip. Homeobotanical Therapy
  • Dip. Remedial Therapies, Hons
  • Dip. Fitness Leadership, PT

 

Kim Morrison, Twent8.com

 

 

Hannah Parris | Mighty Good Journey | Start Some Good | TFS014

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Switch your undies to feel Mighty Good and Start Some Good

Today’s guest, Hannah Parris, is the founder of Audrey Blue, one of the first GOTS-certified (that’s short for Global Organic Textile Standard) fashion brands in Australia. Hannah is also co-founder of Mighty Good Undies, an organic cotton underwear brand launching at the 2016 Berlin Ethical Fashion Show.

(pssst….you can help ensure Hannah gets to Berlin to Start Some Good by supporting the Mighty Good crowd funding campaign Switch Your Undies and Change the World before it closes on May 22, 2016)

With a PhD in Institutional Economics and expertise in tinned tuna and industrial supply chains, Hannah has learnt about the fashion industry the hard way. However, her well-honed research skills in public policy, her interest in organic cotton and the impact of our clothing choices on the environment and society have underpinned her drive to make a difference in the fashion world.

Listen in and learn more about Hannah’s passion and purpose as we discuss:

  • Why Hannah chose certified organic and Fair Trade.
  • Her tips for getting certified, and the costs involved in the certification process
  • How our clothing choices have an environmental and social impact
  • Why her current focus is on the Mighty Good Undies
  • Changing the direction of Audrey Blue
  • The power of partnership and how she makes it work
  • Developing the brand and the personality of Mighty Good Undies, and the crowdfunding campaign on the Start Some Good platform
  • Manufacturing their products through a Fair Trade supply chain in India
  • Pricing strategy to compete with mainstream Australian brands
  • The importance of sticking to your strategy and changing tactics when necessary

Quotes:

“I started with cotton because it is an extremely important crop to millions and millions of people around the world.” @MightyGoodUndie

“Certification is important to the consumer. From a consumer’s perspective, you can’t tell the difference between a conventionally grown cotton product and an organic cotton product.” @MightyGoodUndie

“I rely on the certification process to ensure that my supply chain is ethical and is sustainable as it can be.” @MightyGoodUndie

“Use certified supply chains to simplify the process of becoming certified.” @MightyGoodUndie

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the last 12 months is the power of working with others.” @MightyGoodUndie

“That’s when it starts to become a real choice for people when ‘price’ is taken out of the equation. Organic becomes a more realistic option for people” @MightyGoodUndie

Three Learnings:

Certification is a valuable external verification

It provides transparency and gives consumers a lot of confidence. However, with every standard, comes strengths and weaknesses. It’s important when looking at your supply chain is to be clear about each member’s motivation. Is it for transparency and credibility or is it for money? Please know who you’re dealing with!

Taking on a partner is fantastic

Have the difficult conversations and ask the hard questions. Make sure you both take the time to understand each other and know you’re both coming from the same place when it comes to values, objectives, expectations, and attitudes.

Be clear

Be clear on why you’re doing what you’re doing. Be true to your purpose and strategy but at the same time be flexible and be prepared to change the tactics you use to achieve your goals.

Episode Resources:

Media:

ABC News,  Cosmopolitan,  Daily Mail,  and Huffington Post   

Gratitude

Music:

Sung by Vince Jones   Old Mother Earth Knows link 

Written by Horace Silver

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Geoff Manchester | Intrepid Travel | Conscious Business |TFS013

 

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Twenty-five years ago, two mates took a bunch of friends and an ex-council truck from Australia and travelled throughout Africa.

This was the germination of Intrepid Travel, a responsible travel business that now has six specialist tour operators and 17 destination-management companies employing more than 1500 staff in 25 offices around the world.

Each year, they take over 250,000 travellers to more than 100 countries on all seven continents.

My guest today is Geoff Manchester, one of the two mates who co-founded Intrepid Travel with the aim of creating experiences that benefit all stakeholders: travellers, staff, communities and the environment.

The conversation starts with Geoff explaining why Conscious Capitalism and becoming a certified B Corp is important to him and Intrepid Travel.

From there, we go on to discuss:

  • How Intrepid Travel got started and what pivoted them towards responsible travelling
  • The four pillars of conscious capitalism:
    • Purpose beyond profit
    • Stakeholder orientation
    • Conscious Leadership: Leading from behind
    • Culture: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”
  • Managing people from different countries with different cultures within the Conscious Capitalism framework
  • Recruiting for culture versus recruiting for skill
  • Choosing which social projects to support
  • Partnerships
  • The three main hurdles Intrepid Travel has faced
  • Geoff’s tips for people wanting to start their business as a responsible entity

Quotes

“The four pillars of conscious capitalism really reflect our business.” @GeoffManchester

“Companies will need to become B Corporations because B Corp certification will assist the consumer to decide who they want to spend their money with.” – @GeoffManchester

“Conscious leadership is much more about leading from behind.” – @GeoffManchester

“Give people the understanding that they can think for themselves.” @GeoffManchester

“Be focused on getting culturally correct people because you can teach them the skills you need.” @GeoffManchester

“Keeping up with the technology involves a huge investment all the time, and it never seems to stop.” @GeoffManchester

“It’s not a matter of going to new countries but a matter of doing new styles of travel.” @GeoffManchester

Episode Resources

Hacks and Insights

  • Culture eats strategy for breakfast: if you haven’t got your culture right, you have no hope of implementing your strategy.
  • Think long term – and don’t compromise for the short-term gain.
  • When taking on partnerships, pay attention to the culture and make sure your values are aligned.
  • And finally I really love the research, outlined in book Firms of Endearment, that found conscious businesses significantly outlast and outperform those that don’t adopt these philosophies.

 my email contact hello[at]thetoxicfox.com 

Gratitude – I am very grateful to…

Music:

Sung by Vince Jones   Old Mother Earth Knows link 

Written by Horace Silver

 support team: Tim Hallowell

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Luke Tan | Conscious Consumption | Vegan | TFS012

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Imagine growing up and being called a double scoop of ice cream with a cherry on top – the cherry being your head?

This is what the kids at school used to call today’s guest, Luke Tan, and it’s one of the many memories that have inspired him on his journey. An obese and sick child, Luke has been to some very dark places, including suicide, but thankfully he chose to change tracks and pursue a career in health and fitness.

Passionate about conscious consumption through plant-based athleticism, Luke – a vegan bodybuilder who has won many competitions – is the founder of three brands:

  • the Awake Method
  • the Evolved Generation
  • Live Green Live Lean

He is also a personal trainer, author, and connector of like-minded professionals.

In 2015, Luke and his wife Emily moved from Australia to Singapore to launch programs to help others in Asia to make a difference to their health through conscious consumption, specifically plant-based consumption.

Join Luke Tan and me as we chat about:

  • What conscious consumption means to him and what conscious athleticism is
  • Leveraging his work through social media
  • His health issues as a child
  • His aha! moment, depression and the effects
  • Why he chose veganism
  • Evolved Generation: a collective of vegan professionals
  • His role in World Vegan Day
  • Partnering with plant-based cafe, Supercharger Emporium
  • AWAKE Method: Awareness, Why, Action, Knowledge, Expression
  • His target market
  • The joys of working in Singapore
  • Business challenges: leading the team and growing his brand
  • The real challenge: quieting the noise and finding what’s important that will move him forward
  • The power of following your heart and focusing on your passion

Quotes:

  • “Believe that you are actually the change and you can create change.” #LukeTan @livegreenlean
  • “We’re living as if we have unlimited resources.” #LukeTan @livegreenlean
  • “In this day and age, this is where conscious consumption really plays a part regarding focusing on solutions rather than problems.”#LukeTan @livegreenlean
  • “Change really starts with what you have on your plate.” #LukeTan @livegreenlean
  • “Our food choices have a direct impact on our long-term health, the environment, and the treatment of animals.” #LukeTan @livegreenlean
  • “More and more doctors in the U.S. are looking at plant-based nutrition as a viable alternative to long-term health.” #LukeTan @livegreenlean
  • “You can not only thrive as a plant-based vegan athlete, but you can really excel and be a competitive athlete as well.” #LukeTan @livegreenlean

Episode Resources:

Luke’s manifesto: we, not I; solutions not problems; collaboration not competition; mindful not mindless; feminine not masculine energy.

Four top insights from today’s episode.

  1. Choose the people you surround yourself with carefully.
    Make sure you avoid the energy vampires.
  1. Turn down the noise that is distracting you.
    Focus on your passion and follow your heart.
  1. Take small steps.
    Celebrate the milestones as each will be a positive reference for your next goal.
  1. BELIEVE. Believe you are the change, and you can create the change.
Bio
Luke is an author, coach and vegan athlete that has won international awards. Also the founder of Evolved Generation, the brand strives to promote plant-based health and fitness through conscious athleticism. He specialises in helping professionals achieve sustainable fat loss and long-term health while making a difference.
Awards
  • 2015 Crossfit Bukit Timah Games, 1st Place
  • 2015 Plantbuilt Team Captain (Male bodybuilding)
  • 2015 Naturally Fit Games (Austin, Texas), Physique Novice Class, 1st Place
  • 2013 ANB (Victoria) Fitness Model (O30), 2nd Place
  • 2013 IFBB Physique competitor
  • 2010 INBA (Victoria), placed 2nd Runner-Up (Novice) and won ‘Best Routine/ Poser

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Music:

Sung by Vince Jones   Old Mother Earth Knows link 

Written by Horace Silver

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Martin Gleeson | equality | social justice & a 4 day week | TFS011

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Today’s guest is Martin Gleeson, a co-founder of The Electron Workshop and Serversaurus, two companies that sit under the umbrella of Arktisma, which is one of the founding members of the B Corp movement in Australia.

Serversaurus, which promotes an equitable workplace, was the first 100 percent carbon-neutral Australian web-hosting company, partnering with Greenfleet Australia in 2007 to offset their carbon emissions. They’re also part of the One Percent for the Planet movement, donating one percent of their sales to environmental causes.

We recently changed hosting to Serversaurus primarily because they’re a B Corp, and we’re working towards achieving B Corp accreditation.

Join our chat as we discover and discuss:

  • Martin’s awareness of a fair workplace at the age of 12 and why he gives a damn
  • Principles of a fair workplace: respect, autonomy, equality
  • Treating people the way you expect to be treated
  • The psychology and effects of men asking for higher wages than women
  • Pushing equality between men and women in the workforce
  • The advantages of working four days a week
  • Creating a more equitable workforce and other issues they need to face
  • About the B Corp movement and why they chose B Corp
  • How to become a B Corp: Learn the process of becoming one!
  • Getting help from The Intern Group
  • Resources small businesses can tap into (business templates and handbooks)
  • Martin’s advice for success in business partnership
  • Processes and channels they’ve used for effective communication
  • Various challenges they’ve faced and solutions they’ve applied
  • Organisational tools they use (Apple Calendar, Highrise CRM)
  • The demographics of clients they serve
  • What makes Serversaurus different from other web hosts
  • The company’s green initiatives
  • How they’re supporting their employees to engage in environmental causes

Quotes:

Money is the oxygen of business.

Treat people the way you expect to be treated and that should be the default position.

If you’re negotiating something, the first person to get their deal on the table is the one who is going to do best out of it.

You say you’re B Corp then they know what you’re about. It’s a shorthand way for sharing your values.

The key to any effective relationship is communication.

Don’t be afraid. Be prepared to be yourself and to put your values and your ethics way upfront.

We worry more about the opinions of people that we don’t respect than those that we do.

Episode Resources:

Three tips and insights:

  1. Do the things you know have to be done to keep the business going. Do these first and don’t avoid them just because you’re not good at them or you don’t like them. (i.e. admin and sales)
  2. Communication is very important. Set up daily, weekly, monthly, and annual catch-ups that not only reflect on the what’s happened in the past but also focus on strategies and tactics for the future.
  3. Don’t be afraid to put your values and ethics way out in front and keep them.

Gratitude – I am very grateful to…

Music:

Sung by Vince Jones   Old Mother Earth Knows link   Written by Horace Silver

and my support team.

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Carolyn Tate | Courage to standup for future generations |TFS009

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The Slow School of Business…

Melbourne-based The Slow School of Business is a people-powered learning community with a global focus on driving business with purpose. The school seeks to help build purpose-driven and prosperous organisations to collectively make this world a better place.

With more than 14 years business experience, Carolyn has written four books, including Conscious Marketing. She loves to quote that 87% of people are making a ‘dying’ at work instead of a living.”

Today, Carolyn shares with us the school’s strategic transformational learning principles such as learning by doing, how to build a business plan on a tree, and having a deeper understanding of why you are here.

Join our chat as we discover and discuss

  • What is The Slow School of Business? And why it exists!
  • The Slow School collective
  • The school’s five core principles:
    • Courage
    • Consciousness
    • Compassion
    • Connection
    • Co-creation
  • The Power of Conscious Marketing and what it is
  • Carolyn’s journey from following a traditional business model to launching The Slow School of Business
  • The importance of starting your business with an open mind
  • Their biggest challenges in a start-up business
  • Why being naive is great in starting a business
  • The person Carolyn would choose as her mentor – if she could choose anyone.
  • Finally, what’s on Carolyn’s bucket list this year

Quotes

  • If we don’t change what’s wired in business, in capitalism, in government, and in institutions and hierarchies around the world, then we’re not going to have a future and a planet to live on. @carolyntateco @slowschoolofbiz
  • Have a mind and a business that’s open to everything, that’s scouting for the opportunities, and closed to nothing! @carolyntateco
  • By focusing on purpose and people, and building a product together, you can then build a prosperous business. @carolyntateco @slowschoolofbiz
  • We [@slowschoolofbiz] have a very clear vision of millions of people in businesses working on purpose. @carolyntateco
  • @slowschoolofbiz is a business school that teaches the purpose principles. @carolyntateco
  • What we teach are the human skills that are required to adapt to this volatile and uncertain world. @carolyntateco @slowschoolofbiz
  • We have to unlearn everything we’ve been taught today and learn new ways of being in the world and being in business. Essentially, that is why we – @slowschoolofbiz – exist.  @carolyntateco 

Episode Resources

Three insights

  • Understanding what you don’t do is as important as understanding what you do do.
  • Your business and personal values need to be aligned.
  • Find yourself a community of like-minded people to keep you motivated and inspired.

Bonus

Have a mind that is open to everything and closed to nothing.

A question for discussion/comment

How do you find the balance between having an open mind to everything and closed to nothing but at the same time, not chase the bright, shiny objects?

Gratitude – I am very grateful to…

Music:

Sung by Vince Jones   Old Mother Earth Knows link   Written by Horace Silver

Launching support team:

Timbo Reid | Small Business Big Marketing | twitter @TimboReid

Daryl Missen | LinkedIn  | twitter 

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Nick Savaidis | Etiko | Fair Trade | Impact Investing |TFS008

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Today’s guest Nick Savaidis is the Founder of Etiko (clothing), and Jinta Sport, (sports equipment), ethical brands committed to fair trade, traceability, and sustainability.

Since establishing these businesses in 2005, Nick has been awarded numerous sustainable and ethical awards.

Released on the eve of the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the 2016 Australian Fashion report – The Truth Behind the Barcode reviews the practices of many iconic brands in sold in Australia. This is the third report and once again Etiko has been awarded the A+ rating.

Nick’s awareness of social justice began at a young age. Growing up, he witnessed inequality in his home and in his community where his mother, and other women in the neighbourhood, were poorly compensated for the garments they sewed for high-end brands.

After working as a high school teacher, and in a remote aboriginal community, Nick decided to draw on the experience he gained in each of these jobs and combine it with his passion for social justice to develop a for-profit social enterprise/business that creates a positive social impact.

Join our chat as we discover and discuss:

  • How Nick’s interest in fair trade inspired by his family’s struggles when he was young
  • Yurrampi Crafts: sourcing local t-shirt designs of aboriginal art
  • From distributing the No Sweat brand to developing his own brand
  • The use of organic cotton and sustainable rubber, and becoming the first non-food company in Australia to be Certified Fair Trade by FLO
  • The Australian Fashion Report created in response to the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh
  • The benefits of GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and Fair Trade US accreditations
  • Minimum wage vs. living wage
  • The steps they are taking to become investment-ready
  • Market demographics and strategies for reaching their market
  • The power of social media in building their brand
  • The challenge of encouraging people to apply their values to their purchasing decisions
  • Profit sharing and giving back to communities
  • The importance of setting up a board of advisors or mentors
  • The impact of working with a team to help grow your business

Quotes 

  • “Business doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. It actually can be a positive thing.” @etikofairtrade #NickSavaidis
  • “Some accreditations allude to being ethical but when you scratch the surface, they’re guaranteeing the absolute minimum.” @etikofairtrade #NickSavaidis
  • “You can’t sell a t-shirt for $5 or $10 without exploiting someone in the supply chain.” @etikofairtrade #NickSavaidis
  • “We have proven you can create an ethical supply chain in fashion.” @etikofairtrade #NickSavaidis
  • “The reality is that if you’re a sustainable business, you’re not going to have much an impact on anyone’s life. I needed to become a generative business, one that generates social impact and profit. Without generating profit, we can’t generate social impact.” @etikofairtrade #NickSavaidis

Episode Resources:

Nick’s top tips :

  • Get yourself a team. Work with others, their strengths and partnerships. Not having resources will hold you back.
  • When considering accreditation, choose the one with the most clout to give your brand the most credibility.
  • If you have the drive and the will you’ll find the resources to make things happen.

Gratitude –

Music

Sung by Vince Jones   Old Mother Earth Knows link 

Written by Horace Silver

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Leena van Raay | Pedalling health and wellness | TFS007

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Promoting health and wellness through good food and cycling, Australian company Bike n’ Blend,employs your pedal-power to make your smoothies.

Founder Leena van Raay spent the first 10 years of her career as a scientist trying to get sick people healthy before making the decision to transition from a research labs and hospitals to focus on prevention rather than cure.

Established in 2011 with a single cycle, Bike n’ Blend today has a fleet of over 25 bikes across three cities, Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Basically, the company’s growth has doubled every year, and they’re planning to build another 25 bikes during the next 12 months.

Listen in to learn more about Bike n’ Blend the business; the power of a good team; the importance of getting good systems in place; accountability; the impact of having a mentor; the value of partnerships in business, and more.

 

Join our chat as we discuss:

  • Leena’s passion for promoting health and wellness
    • Why Leena gives a damn
    • Her dream of 100 percent of people cycling to work
  • The Bike n’ Blend biz
    • Bike n’ Blend pedal-powered smoothies – How do they work?
    • How Leena conceived the smoothie bike business
    • Generating the finances for her business
    • Her first event and how it was received by the public
    • Promoting the health and cycling message
    • How they get more people cycling – festivals and fun runs!
    • How they double their growth every year and measure their success
    • Little awesome winning moments that mean a lot!
  • Putting a good team and good systems in place
    • Staffing as the most challenging part of her business
    • How she put together a great team
    • The importance of delegation
    • Tips for creating good systems and processes
  • The power of mentoring
    • Mentoring as a key part of her success
    • Why and how Leena chose her mentor
    • How the mentoring works
    • Accountability as a critical aspect
    • Leena keeps a default diary – what is it?
    • Why you need to check your email just once a day
  • Partnership in business
    • Guidelines for selecting their partners
    • How Leena reached out to 30 different companies for her event
    • Presenting businesses with two package options
    • Companies using their product as a marketing tool
  • Things they would have done differently in the business
    • Saying “no” to so many ideas they get from other people and just focusing on what wor

Quotes to ponder:

“When you’re happy and healthy, you can just look after all aspects of your life more easily.”

“We really hope it sparks that interest and gets people on their bikes and thinking about cycling more.”

“It feels like you’ve got 20 hats in one day but I learned to delegate really quickly.”

“Whether you’re a team of one or five, get everyone involved in each step.”

“Sometimes it is the right person, but it’s not the right job for them.”

“It’s really hard for the business owner to let go and just trust but as soon as you do, it just works really well.”

“Keep doing what works and it makes you happy and just do more of it. That’s all you need to do.

 

Episode Resources:

Bike n’ Blend website

Catch ‘em on Twitter @bikenblend

Connect with Bike n’ Blend on Facebook and Instagram

Top 3 Insights – what are yours?

  • Document everything so everyone can be on the same page.
    • Get your whole team involved in the documentation and continuous updating of the manuals.
  • Have a good team.
    • Learn to delegate to your team and learn to really listen to what they say.
  • Set up a default diary to manage your time and
    • only check your emails once a day

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Gratitude – I am very grateful to…

Music:

Sung by Vince Jones   Old Mother Earth Knows link 

Written by Horace Silver

Launching support team:

Timbo Reid | Small Business Big Marketing | twitter @TimboReid

Daryl Missen | LinkedIn  | twitter 

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