Fair Trade Event Trail Events

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Fair Trade Events happening around Melbourne

The Fair Trade Event Trail encourages individuals, groups and business to be part of the Victorian Fair Trade Festival and celebrate Fair Trade during the Fair Trade Fortnight from the 8th of May to the 22nd of May 2015.

Here are just a few of the initiatives taking place around Victoria, we encourage people to get involved and celebrate with us.


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Networking Event: “Responsibility In Business: Best Practices and ways to Improve”

WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
TIME: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: Nest Coworking, 829a High Street , Thornbury, VIC 3071
SPEAKER: Veronica Munro, Be Bold Consulting
PRICE: $20 Adult and $10 Concession / Member

Event Category: Ethical Business Workshop

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 Networking Event: Responsibilities in Business: Best Practices and ways to Improve Flyer

A business networking event for leaders and entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate and discuss their ethical business practices. Veronica Munro of Be Bold Consulting will be discussing and presenting three case studies of responsible businesses:

Martin Gleeson of Arktisma, a founding B Corp
Ben Burge of Powershop and Meridian Energy Australia
Benedict Sheehy, Co-Founder & COO of Branded Trust Assurance Systems

Veronica has a strong background in environmental sustainability. She helps companies adopt socially responsible practices and achieve a return on their investment for the benefit of their workers, community and environment. Veronica is well versed in B Corp certification and Trusted Organisation certification.
Light refreshments will be served, together with a great opportunity to meet and network with other like-minded businesses and individuals.

 


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Project Fusion

WHEN: 8 – 22 May, 2015
WHERE: RMIT University, Brunswick Campus, BLD513 window display
PRICE: FREE Entry
RMIT, School of Fashion and Textiles, BA Textile Design, year 2 students in collaboration with Five P Venture. An evolving display of student design research and process.
In progress work from a design brief that asks students to use their textile design skills to explore a juxtaposition of local and global fashion trends creating textiles and garment concepts for traditional Indian artisan techniques and silhouettes.
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Fair Trade from Morning to Night Exhibition

WHEN: – 22 May, 2015
WHERE: Good to Go Cafe, Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD
PRICE: FREE Entry
The purpose of this exhibition is to demonstrate how easily accessible fair trade products are and how they can be incorporated into your everyday life through simple everyday consumer choices; from the first cup of coffee in the morning to a nice cosy sleep on fair trade bed sheets at night. The installation will provide consumers with information about a selection of fair trade products, while also providing information about the social story behind the products.

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Friday Night Documentaries

‘Food Chains’

WHEN: Friday 15 May, 2015
TIME: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
WHERE:  Northcote Town Hall Rooftop
PRICE: $25 Adults and $20 Concession / Member

Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply systems and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. The film follows an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionising farm labour.

Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain.

Food Chains Special Guest: Daniel Kinne is a coffee farmer, chairman, and a founding member of the Highland Organic Agricultural Cooperative (HOAC) in Papua New Guinea. Daniel will be joining the panel for the evening thanks to Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand..

Learn more about Daniel Kinne

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Fair and Positive Change Film Series – Food Chains Flyer

The evening will include nibbles and a panel discussion with:

Molly Harriss Olson, CEO, Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand
Daniel Kinne, Coffee Farmer, Chairman, Founding Member, Highland Organic Agricultural Cooperative, PNG
Nick Rose, Project Coordinator, Food Systems, Australian Food Alliance
Katherine Gokavi – Whaley, Spade and Barrow
Kirsten Larsen, Director, Open Food Foundation and Open Food Network

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‘Not Business as Usual’

WHEN: Friday 22 May, 2015
TIME: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
WHERE:  Northcote Town Hall Rooftop
PRICE: $15 Adults and $10 Concession / Member

Not Business as Usual showcases the world’s leading subversive businesses and their mission to redefine what it means to be successful.

Providing a broad overview of the growing B-Corp movement, Not Business as Usual shows how, by putting people and planet on an equal footing with profit, businesses can change the world for the better. The evening will also include a panel discussion.

Fair and Positive Change Film Series – Not Business as Usual Flyer

The evening will include a panel discussion with such speakers as:

Tom Quinn, Executive Director, Future Business Council
James Meldrum, Founder, Whole Kids
Joel Cranshaw, Founding Director, Clearpoint Counsel

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FREE Presentation Event

‘Fair Trade Connected’

WHERE: Thursday, 21 May, 2015
TIME: Session 1 – Open from 12.00pm for a 12.30pm start (12.30pm – 2.00pm)
WHERE: Level 3 Lecture Theatre, RMIT University Design Hub, Building 100, Cnr Swanston and Victoria St, Melbourne
PRICE: FREE

Presented by Alexandra Doughty, The Décologist
Presented by Chris Hartley, Executive Director, Fair Trade Association

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Exploring ways in which design and social innovation are increasing the impact of Fair Trade.

In this engaging and inspiring event the public will be taken on a journey of Fair Trade: exploring how Fair Trade engages with diverse and complex situations by utilising design and social innovation as an approach for change.

  • Learn about the principles which form the foundation of Fair Trade and how they connect with social and design intent.
  • Learn stories from social enterprises and design initiatives engaged at the grass-roots of the movement.
  • Learn how to support Fair Trade as a responsible and ethical consumer.

Alexandra has worked directly with fair trade based social enterprises in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines; developing products and production processes, whilst maintaining the value and significance of cultural elements embedded within the design and making process.

Through The Décologist, Alexandra continues to research and engage with fair trade and social enterprises globally, inspiring consumers, retailers, and designers to support Fair Trade and socially responsible décor, textiles and other products for the home. Alexandra is an associate member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) and supporter of Fair Trade Australia & New Zealand. http://www.thedecologist.com.

Chris has overall responsibility for all aspects of the Fair Trade Association’s work, including defining and pursuing the organisation’s strategic vision and working with partner organisations. Chris has an extensive background working in the not-for-profit sector, particularly in the area of the human rights. Most recently, Chris was Senior Policy Officer with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, where he coordinated the organisation’s human rights law reform work. Previously Chris has worked as Coordinator and Solicitor at the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service. His work with homeless communities lead to his receipt of the Community Centre NSW Award and to his nomination for the Law and Justice Foundation’s Law Medal.

This program is delivered in partnership with MAKE+CONNECT, a study program within the School of Industrial Design, RMIT.

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Laneway Learning Classes

Ethical Consumption: Be a daily do gooder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Principles of Fair Trade

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Bush Toys – Native Grasses Handicraft

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Colourful Palm-Sized Baskets

Colourful Palm-Sized Baskets

EVENT 1: Ethical Consumption: Be a daily do gooder
WHEN: Tuesday, 19 May, 2015, 6.30pm
WHERE: Embiggen Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
PRICE: $14.00

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Sustainability is where people, the environment and economics meet.

As consumers we all want to make good sustainable choices, but the quality and value should be great too. Did you know that the cheapest option is not always the worst for the environment? Did you know that you can buy beautiful designer products that empower disadvantaged people? There is a lot of info out there and many environmental terms are technical and confusing. This class will teach you about the “good stuff” to buy with a few simple guidelines.

What will we cover?

These takeaway tips will help you make small but meaningful changes in your consumer habits by arming you with killer resources that will empower you to buy part of the solution and consume ethically.

  • Understanding sustainability,
  • The product lifecycle explained,
  • What’s hot and what’s not (good product choices),
  • The power of our dollars,
  • Tips for being a do-gooder just by shopping.

Who will be teaching?

Georgina Lewis is a product designer with a passion for stuff that the world actually needs. This is her website: www.thegoodstufflist.com. She has worked across the manufacturing and retail industries for over ten years so knows the realities of designer product manufacture. Georgina also designs and makes furniture and lighting under the brand Olio Objects Design.

Questions about the class? Please email melbourne@lanewaylearning.com.

EVENT 2: Fair Trade Chocolate Tasting
WHEN: Wednesday, 20 May, 2015, 6.15pm and 8.00pm
WHERE: Captain Melville
PRICE: $14.00

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Strictly for chocolate lovers only. In this class we will taste the most romanticised food item and educate you on what influences its flavours. We will demystify the process of turning cacao into chocolate, looking at the myths and facts behind it. But above all you will leave with the sweet taste on your palates, chocolate couveture in your pockets and sweet memories.

This is a class for chocolate lovers who want to have a deeper understanding and better appreciation of the product. With chocolate becoming more and more popular impress your friends with your knowledge of chocolate. Not only will you be able to understand more about this amazing food item but you will also leave having tried many different chocolates from different regions.

What will we cover?

We will cover the process of how cacao is made into chocolate from the plantations to harvest and its processing and discuss and taste the different by-products within this process.

We will discuss how to taste and appreciate the flavours of couveture by trying a number of different couvetures from different regions.

Chocolate has many health myths and we will help you understand what is fact and what is fiction surrounding these. Any questions you may have regarding chocolate will be answered!

Who will be teaching?

Xocolatl Artisan Chocolates and Café is a small family business that aims to produce couveture bonbons of the highest of quality. Christos and Tina are a father-daughter team who love to share their passion for chocolate. With many chocolate courses, being done and also taught by the duo they are a wealth of information that they are willing to share with their fellow chocoholics.

Questions about the class? Please email melbourne@lanewaylearning.com.

EVENT 3: The 10 Principles of Fair Trade EVENT CANCELLED
WHEN: Tuesday 19 May, 2015, 8.15pm
WHERE: Embiggen Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
PRICE: $14.00

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What’s it all about?

Many people have heard of Fair Trade/Fairtrade but few are aware of the principles behind the Fair Trade Movement. The World Fair Trade Organisation sets 10 Principles that Fair Trade organisations and Fair Trade products must meet in order to receive accreditation. This session will explore each of these principles and provide some practical tips on how you can promote Fair Trade in your local community.

What will we cover?

We will start by taking about what is Fair Trade and why it is so important. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world but it directly affects consumers everywhere.

Then we’ll discuss what are the requirements, standards for a product to be considered Fair Trade and what are the overall aims of this organisation.

We’ll end the class with some tips to help promoting Fair Trade and make more informed decisions when shopping as well as challenges and opportunities in the future.

Who will be teaching?

Chris Hartley is the Executive Director of the Fair Trade Association. Chris has overall responsibility for all aspects of the Fair Trade Association’s work, including defining and pursuing the organisation’s strategic vision and working with partner organisations.

Chris has an extensive background working in the not-for-profit sector, particularly in the area of the human rights. Most recently, he was Senior Policy Officer with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, where he co-ordinated the organisation’s human rights law reform work. Previously Chris has worked as Coordinator and Solicitor at the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service. His work with homeless communities lead to his receipt of the Community Centre NSW Award and to his nomination for the Law and Justice Foundation’s Law Medal.

Questions about the class? Please email melbourne@lanewaylearning.com.

EVENT 4: Bush Toys – Native Grasses Handicraft EVENT CANCELLED
WHEN: Thursday 21 May, 2015, 5.30pm
WHERE: 141 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
PRICE: $17.00 ($14.00 + $3 Materials)

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What’s it all about?

Using soft grass, colourful wool and some big buttons you can create anything from a small grass lizard to a mighty pair of buffalo horns, the possibilities are endless! Be ready for a fun and playful workshop.

Who will be teaching?

Adrienne Kneebone travelled to the NT as an ambitious, enthusiastic, energetic 19 year old. She was always drawn to nature so fell quickly in love with the life style and what it had to offer. The rich colour and skill in the Indigenous Basketry was so incredible: she was in love! She spent many years mastering pandanus basket weaving on my own at a remote community. She created a Community Capacity Building Project that enhanced welfare of a group of Western Arnhemland women though the encouragement and development of a body of contemporary fibre art.  The Pandanus Project took these women from Jogjarkarta Indonesia to Fed Square.

EVENT 5: Colourful Palm-Sized Baskets EVENT CANCELLED
WHEN: Thursday 21 May, 2015, 7.15pm
WHERE: 141 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
PRICE: $17.00 ($14.00 + $3 Materials)

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What’s it all about?

Weaving is a traditional skill from ancient times: put it to use to create a colourful modern basket that fits into the palm of your hand!

Who will be teaching?

Adrienne Kneebone travelled to the NT as an ambitious, enthusiastic, energetic 19 year old. She was always drawn to nature so fell quickly in love with the life style and what it had to offer. The rich colour and skill in the Indigenous Basketry was so incredible: she was in love! She spent many years mastering pandanus basket weaving on my own at a remote community. She created a Community Capacity Building Project that enhanced welfare of a group of Western Arnhemland women though the encouragement and development of a body of contemporary fibre art.  The Pandanus Project took these women from Jogjarkarta Indonesia to Fed Square.

 Thank you to Laneway Learning Melbourne melbourne.lanewaylearning.com


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Be an Agent for Change – Fair Trade Exhibition

WHEN: 22 May, 2015
WHERE: RMIT, Industrial Design Building, CBD
PRICE: FREE Event

Be an Agent for Change will be an exhibition which highlights different fair trade principles and how they can be applied to everyday contexts and consumer considerations.


Evolve Fair Foodstore

 

Evolve Fair Foodstore – Fair Food Documentary

Evolve Fair Food Store’s Fair Tea

Proudly screening ‘Fair Food’ The Documentary

WHEN: Sunday 17 May, 2015
TIME: 3.00pm – 5pm
WHERE: Evolve Fair Food Store, 64-68 Monbulk Road Belgrave, Melbourne

Some of you may or may not be familiar with us at Evolve Fair Food Store. Based in Belgrave, the foot of the Dandenong Ranges, we are a family café, store and space, with a passion for food, ethics, fair trade, organics and community. We are would love you to come and visit us, if you haven’t done so already and hopefully this event is your chance to do so.

We would like to invite you to an event that takes you behind the beautiful food we devour and asks the question #wheresmyfoodfrom. Can you honestly say that you know your food? Do you know where did it came from? Who grew it? How it was made? How did it get to you? And is it all natural or what’s been added?

Evolve Fair Food Store is challenging you to question what exactly you eat. Food feeds us, fills us, fuels us, keeps us alive, however too often people eat without knowing where their food has come from and what is actually in it.

To help drive this initiative and in conjunction with Moral Fair Ground’s “Fair Trade Festival” we invite you come along to our Fair Tea to be held in our newly renovated studio space.

Please RSVP via email and join us for a fair afternoon tea of healthy sips and snacks. If you would like to get involved, give a talk, bring some information, donate, please let us know. Otherwise, feel free to bring a friend or more, an inquisitive, open mind and a care for what’s fair.

We look so forward to having you join us.

Tahli, Denise and the Evolve family

64-68 Monbulk Road Belgrave 3160, p 03 9754 1437

evolve4life.com.au e: info@evolve4life.com.au


Fair Fashion Installation

Fair Fashion Installation

WHEN: 8th – 22nd May, 2015
TIME: Open
WHERE: Fracture Gallery, Federation Square (TBC)

The event will be an installation in the form of a series of mannequins dressed in garments by mainly Melbourne based fair trade and/or ethical fashion designers, all with a link to fair trade or a unique ethical angle. Each garment will have details about the production process and the people who made the product, as well as the story behind the product or company. The mannequins will remain in Federation Square for the duration of the fortnight.

The event aims to educate consumers by showcasing fair trade and ethical fashion brands and the stories behind their products and illustrate the importance of supporting fair trade and ethical fashion brands that don’t exploit people and the environment for profit.