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 […]

Dick Smith and Geoff Ebbs discuss degrowth

Entrepreneur and adventurer Dick Smith is no stranger to controversy. Over the years he has threatened to run against Tony Abbott, as well as starting a range of ventures that can only be described as profit for a purpose. Dick Smith foods for example was set up with the sole purpose of keeping Australian food […]

Schoolkids stump speakers at Climate Week Event

Questions from students and millennials went unanswered last night at the first of the Climate Week Speakers Series held by CitySmart at the State Library in South Brisbane last night (Tuesday). Questions from students and millennials went unanswered last night at the first of the Climate Week Speakers Series held by CitySmart at the State […]

Discussion thrives at Griffith Circular Economy event

Over fifty delegates kicked off a lively discussion about the role of the Circular Economy for small business at Griffith University, Southbank, yesterday, Thursday, 30th May. The Queensland Small Business Week Event #QSBW had businesses grilling government, academics and practitioners about tools to implement the strategies discussed, government support for innovation and long term impacts […]

Thriving in a low growth economy: Say what?

Wages growth, inflation, interest rates and unemployment are at all-time lows. Traditional economic models are not working. How can small business thrive in a low-growth economy? Many small business owners find it unhelpful to engage with macro-economic policy. It seems largely irrelevant to our frame of operation. Throughout the rise and fall of empire, fashions […]

The Small Business advantage

Globalisation, online competition, energy prices, low economic growth: we are all aware of the challenges. Small business has a natural advantage, however. We are embedded in our community and have the opportunity to build and reinforce our networks of stake holders. Great Notion, Griffith University and the Circular Economy Labs have put together a networking […]