Ethical Living Blog

 

Sabina Wills on sewage plants, creative cartoons and keeping Victoria beautiful.

Sabina Wills – not only is she the CEO of Keep Victoria Beautiful (one of Australia’s oldest environmental groups with a rich history in community reward and recognition), she is also a creative cartoonist and founder of the Aim High Aim Zero cartoon series.

With both a civil engineering and fine arts degree, Sabina started her working life at a sewerage treatment plant and is now a CEO.

Throughout her journey she has used cartooning as a way of telling stories and having fun; Sabina believes that everyone is creative and wants to reignite the creative spark that so many people have lost in their lives!

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Melanie Yap: Global Nomad and Social Impact Specialist

Be it from Canberra to Papua New Guinea, London to Singapore or Cook Islands to Melbourne, global nomad and social impact specialist Melanie Yap has been making waves internationally.

Melanie is the Director of Social Impact for Ellis Jones, an award-winning research, strategy, communications and design agency in Melbourne.

Her passion for social impact is infectious and her unwavering drive to affect change is a force to be reckoned with. I caught up with Melanie to hear more about her journey, and what a ride it’s been!

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Megan Davis – the journey from couch surfer to communications extraordinaire!

Moral Fairground’s Ethical Enterprise Conference is the perfect time for enterprises, big and small, to come together and share their story.

But what about those who are yet to find their voice? Cue the amazing Megan Davis.

As mentioned last week, we are going to be bringing you weekly guest blogs in the lead up to the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2018, highlighting the stories behind the speakers. For those looking to find their voice or articulate their story, keep reading as this is for you.

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Tom Dawkins on opening the first co-working space in Australia, getting creative at Burning Man and the Formula for Crowdfunding Success.

Whether it’s in the middle of the dusty deserts of Black Rock, or from a small café in Melbourne, Tom Dawkins, Co-Founder and CEO of StartSomeGood, is constantly creating new opportunities for startups to succeed.

As mentioned last week, we are going to be bringing you weekly guest blogs in the lead up to the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2018, highlighting the stories behind the speakers.

For Tom, being a ‘starter-upperer’ has clearly come naturally, having founded three non-profits by the time he finished university. Tom is a legend in the startup scene, not just because of his own successes, but because he has helped so many find their own success, a lot of the time through very effective crowdfunding.

More from Tom below…
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As the Ethical Enterprise Conference draws closer, the team at Moral Fairground are so excited to start sharing with you some of the inspiring speakers who will be gracing the stages in just about two months’ time.

A quick Google search will tell you plenty about our speakers, but in the lead up to the Conference, we wanted to dig a little deeper and share with you a few things you may not already know about these incredibly inspiring people.

Read on for our first guest blog for 2018’s Conference below, bought to you by Dr Kaushik Sridhar…
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We, the Year 9, Be More team at St Monica’s College, Epping believe that fair trade is important as with it the world becomes a better place in which justice and sustainability become the centre in creating a decent and dignified working area for farmers and labourers.

Fair trade is important in the developing world for farmers and workers as it provides them with fair terms, decent working conditions as well as having better prices and creating a local sustainability.
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Emily and Melissa started their journey towards Leo Strange in very different places and were brought together by truly serendipitous experiences in India. After hearing their story and seeing their samples, its hard to believe they only met a few months ago.

Emily © 2017 Zev Weinstein

Emily has over 10 years experience in the fashion industry, predominately in High Street fashion. During this time she began to realise the serious social and environmental impacts of the fashion industry and started identifying potential areas for change. While in Northeastern India Emily volunteered with a friend’s grassroots educational Charity, the One Love Project, based in Pushkar. Here she met a family that had lost their factory in a fire, and started producing kimonos with them from Sari waste. In this experience Emily saw potential to effect change and became motivated by a desire to work closely with villages in India.

Melissa’s journey with fashion begins at a young age but pauses when her sewing machine catches fire at around the age of sixteen. Following this she spends some time travelling the world and arrived in India, where she opened up a cafe. While running the cafe Melissa worked closely with women in the local community and saw potential for supporting their empowerment through providing employment. This experience of working and living in India inspired her to impact change in these communities through social enterprise. It is also here, surrounded by the amazing textiles traditions of India, that her passion for creating garments was reborn.
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When I was asked to contribute to this ethical living blog with a few thoughts on sustainability, I thought it would be an easy feat. These days we frequently hear the words ‘sustainability’, ‘ethics’ and ‘fair trade’ used freely, and at times, interchangeably.

 

The sustainability that we most talk about most often is the definition of sustainability adopted in the 1987 publication Our Common Future – also known as the Brundtland Report. According to the report:

“[Sustainability is] development that meets the needs of present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Our Common Future, 1987).

It’s meaning is simple and straightforward: to be sustainable, we must make sure that what we do today will not disrupt the wellbeing of tomorrow.

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St Monica’s College is a very special school. It is one of few schools that has dedicated Coordinators of Social Justice and Sustainability who both have generous time allowances to do their work. We are a school dedicated to making this world a better place and promoting care for creation. It is no wonder then, that we are a Fairtrade Accredited School. (more…)

 

– by Antony DiMase

One of the biggest myths in sustainable architecture is that somehow it costs more to build a green building.  Leaving aside the lifecycle cost and social impact of not building green – this myth ought to be challenged.  The common thought amongst developers is that green buildings cost about 15% more than regular buildings and that the consultant costs are much higher.  As such it is difficult to justify building less of what you need to be more “green”.   Sure we all want to do the right thing – but as George Osborne told the British Parliament in 2011 “We’re not going to save the planet by putting our country out of business”.  Closer to home – think of a school committee trying to justify not building a new classroom in order to be more sustainable – it simply is not going to happen. (more…)

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