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Subtle Disruptors

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By his own admission, John Chambers likes action. In the times I have chatted with him and seen him speak, his energy and desire to create positive change emanates out of him. And positive change is what he is enabling through his life’s many
Nature can provide inspiration to many of us, but it’s been particularly significant to Naturepreneur, Ian Banyard, who been discovering how reconnecting with the natural world is key to saving both ourselves and our planet. In our first Subtl
It was an unexpected act of generosity that enabled the organisation led by this episode’s guest to be in the position it is today. A donation of a property in Melbourne’s Toorak over 50 years ago is now impacting a large number of people, all
I reach down and touch the dirt and realise that it has been days, or perhaps weeks since I have made this simple contact. I wonder about this and remember the joy I once experienced as and child of playing in the dirt. Along with the theme of
Something happened to me when I was about 8 years old – I somehow developed a belief that I was not creative, that I could not draw. I stopped drawing from that point on and dreaded going to art class each week. Flash forward 30 years I am sit
I find the idea of solo consulting appealing. Something about backing myself in. About have a degree of self-direction and autonomy. In some ways, I find this liberating way of working manifesting more in the organisations I work in: employees
I attended a workshop last year where I learnt about the elements that go into creating a space where people can access their best thinking. It is a framework called The Thinking Environment, created by Nancy Kline based on 40 years of researc
Thinking about organisational structures and organisational design are two of my interests, and gratefully I also get paid to implement these ideas through my job as a consultant. That’s why it was excellent to talk with Jason T Smith, founder
Deep listening is a theme that has emerged from the last few conversations. Listening is about slowing down, about building empathy, and deep respect for another human and their thinking being. This week my guest is Luke Hockley, and the theme
The implications of a 2-degree rise in temperatures had never really sunk in for me. Needless to say, neither had those of a 3-degree increase or 5-degree increase. Listening to a conversation at The Wheeler Centre recently made the potential
As he listens, Oscar enables the speaker to uncover meaning inside them they were previously unable to articulate. And he is on a mission to enable millions to interact in this way.
Lina Patel plays well with edges: between joy and ferocity; between what is permitted and what is possible; and between power and purpose.
Gilbert Rochecouste has played an enormous, behind the scenes role in shaping Melbourne to be the city it is today.
For forty years David Holmgren has been part of a worldwide movement of subtle disruption through co-originating permaculture. His latest book is a handbook on how to apply permaculture principles to the living arrangements most of us occupy to
Garry Williams has navigated his way out of the corporate world, through General Assembly, Inspire9, FuckUp Nights Melbourne, and now working to help nurture Melbourne's innovation community at the University of Melbourne.
Women are becoming the dominant driving force of many economies. From education, to salaries, to being the decision maker on purchase: women are turning the tables. But business is slow to catch on, with many brands still connecting to the masc
Stories of impending doom can have a numbing and resigning impact. But there are changes we can all make that will not only help create a movement that averts environmental crisis, but can enable us to live more connected, flourishing and well
Most organisations have a mission statement, vision statement, values, and now even a purpose. But as useful as they are in setting the direction of an organisation, they can be very difficult to recall without having them in front of you. They
There is a gender imbalance amount female entrepreneurs and business founders. One Roof is a coworking community designed specifically to help correct this, designed with intentionality to meet the needs of women in business leadership.
Kyrstie's book, Grow Just One Thing, is a perfect way to describe subtle disruption. If we are able to make one small change, the benefits of that change can be disproportionate to the change, and enable us to bring many other positive things i
Leather tanning is an ancient craft, which uses ancient tools and is embedded with ancient rituals and wisdom. Josh McLean is one of the people around the world preserving tanning, and using it as a way to help us reconnect with who we are.
In an age where we are told that technology is helping us connect in one way, and disconnect in another, The Good Karma network is helping neighbours connect in person, and help each other, using tech tools accessible to all of us.
Will probably has many audacious goals, but two that I know about are to travel to Mars, and to make a quality alternative education financially accessible to the masses, which he is currently doing through the Fitzroy Academy.
Rachel is embodying many of the themes running through this show: abundant living with frugality; connecting with other whole-heartedly; work on and with nature; and focusing on personal wellbeing.
Xian Han has decided to take on the momentous trend of ever increasing personalisation we all experience in our digital world. She has founded Refni, a start-up aimed to help people become aware of, and expand the boundaries of, their filter bu
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