Save the Wilderness: synthesise everything

Two contrasting views of our relationship with nature emerged at last night’s Circular Economy Meetup at the Precinct in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Founder of GreenKPI, Johanna Kloot, painted a picture of the circular economy as recognising that all our resources come from the land, “everything you have eaten, worn or used today is a product […]

Abundance thinking switches on social enterprise

Visiting professor Jay Friedlander brought his abundance approach to social enterprise at CQ University in Brisbane last night, Monday November 4th. Hosted by Dr Tobias Andreasson of CQU and Emma-Kate Rose of QSEC, Professor Friedlander outlined his Cycle of Abundance and the Social Enterprise bootcamp that he runs. “Many approaches to sustainability have focused on […]

Young female entrepreneurs seek roadmap

I had the honour and privilege of meeting a dozen young women interested in business with purpose at the QUT Foundry last week. Organised by HerHub, the event was billed as “Beyond the circular economy” and promised to navigate the Circular Economy, the Performance Economy, the Sharing Economy and other terms that confront and confuse […]

Waiting, waiting for the patient investor

Canadian Social Enterprise guru, David LePage is in Australia, helping the local sector build capacity to take advantage of the huge amount of capital looking for a productive outlet in hard times. Commenting on the low-interest environment and generally unpredictable economic output he noted that “The problem for social entrepreneurs is not finding investment, it […]

The power of the coach

Geoffrey Wade knows the power of coaching; he delivers it to his corporate clients for a living. He spoke at the invite-only Connect Collaborative in Brisbane last week, sharing some of the research that informs his practice and some of the lessons he has learned. Surprising to many in the room, including this little black […]

The Anti-Shop is in the precinct

Introducing herself as the Anti-Shop, Jacq Driscoll told a Circular Economy meetup in Brisbane’s T.C.Bierne Startup Precinct that her mission is to empower people to make, fix and share stuff, instead of buying new goods. She said that she had worked on the shop floor assisting customers for about three months when she asked the […]

Circular economy funding needs oversight, suggests Responsible Wood

With governments funding startups in the social enterprise and circular economy space there is a need to keep an eye on the outcomes being delivered, according to representatives of Responsible Wood. Mark Thomson and Jason Ross have worked with the timber and paper industry to developed agreed frameworks for marking wood-based products as sustainable. As […]

The best and worst of recycling

Agricultural use of single-use-plastics dwarves domestic use, Jenny Brown of Envorinex told a crowd of forty at The Precinct in Brisbane last night. The good news is that the company which she founded and heads as managing director, is doing something about it. A manufacturer of plastic goods for industrial and infrastructure applications since 2003, […]

Growth, or not, and a little Wisdom

A public discussion on the Post-Growth Future for Business held at University of Queensland generated far-reaching discussion last Friday, 7th June. Hosted by Dr Cle-Ann Gabriel, who is researching business models for sustainability, the event outlined the reasons for considering an end to growth, the challenges that poses for business and some approaches that can […]