Social Innovation Change-makers Festival 2014

18 October, 2014

Social Innovation Sydney helps change makers connect with one another and build networks to drive social innovation. We connect people with ideas to people with skills so that they can create new ventures together.

Every social innovator wants to the world to change, but none of us control how different the future will be. Can you creatively engage with the futures you hope for and those you fear to develop and refine your vision, rather than being paralysed by indecision? We believe you can. This one-day workshop take participants on an imaginative journey into four futures they will co-create, then brings them back to right now with renewed purpose and a clearer focus.

Where: UNSW Art and Design, corner Green’s Road and Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney NSW
When: 9.30am - 4pm Saturday 18 October, 2014.
Cost: $25 + BF
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Give a fork!

Host a Give a Fork! event

The whole month of October

Australians throw out over $8 billion worth of food – that’s 4,000,000 tonnes – every year. Make a difference by getting your friends or family together anytime during the month of October to host a waste free meal and show ‘em how it’s done! You’ll also be raising funds to help Sustainable Table educate Australians about how to buy into a more sustainable food system. So what are you waiting for? Sign up to host your own Give a Fork! Meal and set your ticket price, or buy a ticket to attend a friend's event.

Where: Your house, your friends house, or even for a picnic in the park! Some cafes and restaurants (listed on the Give a Fork website) are also participating.
When: Technically, it's the whole month of October, but why not have one anytime?!
Cost: A $5 tax-deductable donation is the minimum required to register with Sustainable Table. Registering includes an option to allocate your own costs as well.
Click here for more info.

National Ride2Work Day 2014

National Ride2Work Day 2014

15 October, 2014

Ever thought about swapping your usual commute to work with an invigorating bike ride, or need a bit of encouragement to hop back on after the chilly winter months? Then give the National Ride2Work Day a go. More than 15,000 workers across the country are expected to steam to work under pedal power on the day. Join those celebrating a long held love of the bicycle or be among those discovering the health benefits of a good cycle.

If you’re in the Melbourne area and want to use pedal power to help those in need, take part in Bupa Around the Bay – Ride for a Child in Need. It will be held on Sunday 19 October, and there are varying distances around Port Phillip Bay so all ages and abilities can take part.

Where: Community events and breakfasts are being held nationwide on Ride2Work Day.
When: Wednesday 15 October, 2014.
Cost: It’s free to register for both events.
Click here for more info.

Adventure Filmmaker Bryan Smith

28 September – 14 October, 2014

Behind every great National Geographic story there is a great storyteller. National Geographic Live is delighted to present extraordinary adventurer Bryan Smith live onstage in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong this spring. An award-winning filmmaker, adventurer and conservationist for the National Geographic Channel,Bryan Smith will share exhilarating adventures and gripping moments from his assignments in the world’s most remote and dangerous places, showcasing never before seen images and film footage.

Perth Sun 28 September Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre
Bookings: 1300 795 012 |
Melbourne Sat 4 October Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Bookings: 1300 182 183 |
Sydney Sat 11 October Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Bookings: 02 9250 7777 |
Wollongong Tues 14 October Uni Centre, Wollongong University
Bookings: 02 4228 0300|

Undress Runway

Undress Runway in Brisbane

11 October, 2014
The mission of Undress Runway is to make sustainable fashion the default. Here's your chance to se new life given to pre-loved garments, and examine the practices of some of the best ethical fashion labels. The Undress Runway features established and emerging sustainable designers, as well as vintage labels. Celebrate the brilliant work of sustainable designers from around the world, and help create public the demand for a fashion industry that values sustainable practices.

Where: Factory One, 91 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane, Qld.
When: From 5pm, Saturday 11 October, 2014.
Cost: $26 for general admission, or $68 for eco-luxe (VIP) including a drink on arrival, gift bag and runway side seating.
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Vitality Show 2014

Glow with Vitality Show 2014

10 – 12 October, 2014

Learn from the industry experts at the launch of Vitality, a Sydney show packed full of health, wellness and beauty experiences. With seminars, interactive demonstrations, advice and one-on-one consultations, there’s plenty to explore. Discover new fitness trends, sample healthy food products and learn about new beauty regimes. The Queen of Hip Hop Yoga, Sammy Veall of Yoga 213 will be running upbeat hip hop demonstrations, the founder of the Healthy Ingredient Bannie Williams will be on hand to show you how to create a sustainable, healthy and balanced lifestyle, and former Vogue beauty editor Sigourney Cantelo will reveal essential beauty tricks and tips. You'll also be able to learn about the art of aromatherapy, hair styling and the latest MicroZone skin treatments. It’s a great event for any woman wanting to discover a more holistic, balanced and healthy way of living.

Where: Royal Hall of Industries and Hordern Pavilion, Sydney.
When: Midday on Friday 10, – 5pm on Sunday 12 October, 2014.
Cost: A Single Day Pass $20, Ruby VIP Pass $50, Diamond VIP Pamper Pass $99.
Click here for more info.

For your chance to win one of 5 double-passes to the show, email before midday on Wednesday 8 October and tell us in 25 words or less why vitality is important to you.

Bindi Irwin talks at Floriade, 2014

Bindi Irwin talks at Floriade, 2014

4 & 5 October, 2014

Bringing her bubbly personality to the iconic Floriade flower festival, Bindi Irwin will present six workshops at the Inspiration Hub during Family Fun Week. Inheriting her parents' passion for animals, Bindi says it is "so exciting to be part of Family Fun Week at Floriade with all my fellow Wildlife Warriors... and I'm looking forward to being a part of all the incredible activities and displays that Australia's biggest celebration of spring is famous for". Family Fun Week has a range of activities for kids, so it's the perfect opportunity to catch Bindi passing her love of nature onto the next generation.

Where: Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT.
When: Family Fun Week runs from 29 September to 5 October, and Bindi will be talking on 4 & 5 October.
Cost: Entry to Floriade is FREE!
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National Swap Day

9 October, 2014

National Swap Day is coming up around the country! There are plenty of surprises in store and it's always a great event for introducing your friends to the concept. Bring up to six items that are seasonally appropriate, clean, and free from noticeable faults to swap on the night. If you haven't been to a swap before or need a reminder about how things work, check out these tips for swap events.

Where: Events around Australia!
When: Between 6pm - 8pm, Thursday 9 October, 2014.
Cost: Various.
Click here for more info about a swap in your area!

Blue Mountains Festival of Walking 2014

Blue Mountains Festival of Walking 2014

20 September – 19 October, 2014

Strap on your boots, take a deep breath of fresh air and step into the month-long Festival of Walking in the Greater Blue Mountains, NSW. Ranging from self-guided street walks to fully-supported wilderness hikes, the series of events caters to nature-lovers of all ages and fitness levels. Explore the one-million-hectare World Heritage Area on an Eco Walk to the Three Sisters, a hike through the Glow Worm Tunnel or a trip to Katoomba to experience the Slow Food movement. You can also learn about the stunning local flora and fauna and the importance of protecting this remarkably pristine wilderness. It’s the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience a generous dose of the rugged Australian outdoors. The Festival of Walking is a celebration of the beauty of nature, the health and wellbeing benefits of getting outside and walking, an acknowledgement of Aboriginal culture and homage to the heritage and conservation of this special region.

Click through for more details and to see a gorgeous gallery of photos of walking in the area.


September 26, 2014

NICOLE FOSS of The Automatic Earth will share her practical views on how to prepare for the twin threats of Peak Oil and Climate Change. Nicole is solution-oriented, not fear oriented. She will give us an in-depth analysis on why we are facing the limits to growth and provide useful strategies for local communities and households on how to prepare for fossil fuel shortage and economic collapse. In her talk, Nicole will cover: Energy Return on Investment ("EROI") - The Elephant in the Room!, why localised action is worth the effort, how to prioritize local investment in the real economy, barter networks, time-banking, tool and seed libraries and gifting, Permaculture and food security and examples of how existing communities around the world are succeeding with similar strategies.

Where: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern, Sydney, NSW.
When: 5.30pm, 26th September, 2014.
Cost: $39
Click here for more info.

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