Saturday, August 11, 2012

2 Hands, Take 3 and 5 Gyres

Life has taken a beautiful turn. I am meeting extraordinary people and learning so much about socially responsible entrepreneurial activities in Sydney. I met Take3 founderTim Silverwood, who is such an inspiration. I met Tim by phoning up Digital Eskimo to ask them about their Do Gooder campaign website, in the hope that I could set up a site which raises awareness and funds for organisations like 5Gyres and Two Hands who dedicate their efforts to ocean microplastic pollution. And wow! That was a great phone call, I spoke with Candice and was invited along to an excellent evening of food, conversation and inspiration at the 'Along Came Polymer' dinner held at Brave Cafe in Bondi. An utterly awesome evening, where I got to talk to some lovely people. Great to finally discover my tribe in Sydney. People who really care about the world we live in. I met the environment officer Jody Savage from Waverley council (who has had a fascinating career travelling the world from Kenya to Sydney as a Marine conservationist.) The spokesperson from Transition Bondi was there too. I'm hoping to get to the next Transition meetup with another new friend, Isabelle who runs La Source.

uLab's Groundbreaker

At the Fishburners event, I met an architecture student from UTS Vida Asrina, who very kindly invited me to a public workshop which was part of the 'Groundbreaker' series. What an inspiring event - run by the UTS u.lab. "Subcultures are the lifeblood of the city. They bring together unsuspecting allies and inject new trends, habits and hideouts continuously into the urban ether. If subcultures have traditionally emerged organically, at what point is intervention useful? What supports and what hinders an urban subculture? What are the barriers, challenges and opportunities to help subcultures emerge and thrive? How can we embrace originality and foster creative entrepreneurship to sustain great subcultures?"

Fishburners Event

Social Entrepreneurs ROCK! Thanks to Mike McKay and Amanda Wise, I was lucky enough to attend a really inspiring Sunday afternoon at Fishburners. (And, nope, not sure where that name came from) Fishburners' office is a great, open plan shared office space for entrepreneurs, sole traders, freelancers and startups. The event we attended was the early development of a TV pilot involving a range of Social Entrepreneurs pitching their ideas (yep, like Master Chef but with socially responsible startups). I haven't had such an inspiring afternoon in years! I met so many excellent people...blissful. I hope that some of the concepts that were pitched to us, do come to fruition. It was great to see Cheryl Kernot there as one of the judges. Altogether awesome...and one of the trustees of the Awesome Foundation was there too - what more can I say!

Crows Nest Popup Launches

It took a year of work and then Jane Greenop and I handed the project over to North Sydney Council. There are now 8 artists using two empty shop spaces in the heart of Crows Nest as part of a pilot Empty Spaces initiative in North Sydney. The launch evening was great. Mayor Genia McCaffery did an opening speech for each of the two venues and the night was well attended. This Picasa album shows all the empty spaces in the Crows Nest area and also has a range of photos from the launch of the popup shops. Full article and photos here at the Empty Spaces site.