Design for Change

Design for Change is a unique and collaborative online space for designers, writers, thinkers, inventors, believers and changemakers to forge creative solutions to global problems.

This year, Oxfam Australia and the NSW Environment Protection Authority invite you to harness the power of design and communications for social change and come up with solutions to reduce food waste in Australian homes. Anyone with design, writing or marketing skills can respond to the challenge and potentially have their work turned into a national campaign. Read more about the brief here http://www.designforchange.org.au/

The Green Ball

February 23, 2013

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The Green Ball is Australia’s first Green Carpet Event – a glamorous celebration of sustainable food, fashion and fun, created by Melbourne’s own sustainable events company, Grassroots Productions.

This new exciting, not to be missed event takes place Saturday 23rd of February 2013, as part of the Sustainable Living Festival calendar. The Green Ball will be held in one of Melbourne’s best kept venue secrets – a stunning bluestone heritage building overlooking the Maribyrnong River, quietly nestled amongst the lush wetlands of Pipemakers Park. This unique venue also offers picturesque views towards Flemington Racecourse and the city, a mere 6km from the CBD.

More Information http://www.thegreenball.com.au/

Design Play Cards

Design Play Cards

The Design Play Cards challenge, inspire and explore the opportunities for change through designing for sustainability with over 50 full colour cards!

Solve real world ‘wicked’ problems with the Design Problem cards​, be inspired by solutions in action with the Design Inspiration cards and discover opportunities for change with the Design Strategy cards.

 

More Information http://www.designplaycards.com/

RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA

February 26, 2013 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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Arts in Action in partnership with Do Good Radio and the Transitions Film Festival presents a screening of RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA, a riveting film directed by Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief, about a Bedouin woman’s journey to become a solar engineer, power her village and re-wire the minds of her traditional Bedouin community. Rafea, is one of two women from Jordan chosen to travel to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate women from around the world are trained in six months to be solar engineers. If Rafea succeeds, she will be able to electrify her village, train more engineers, and provide for her daughters. But can she overcome all the obstacles that stand in her way?

This film not only highlights the importance of using sustainable energy to improve conditions for the rural poor, but also argues the importance of providing education to women who are purposely selected for the program because they are the ones invested to  stay and improve the conditions of their communities.

More information http://artsinaction.com.au/rafea-solar-mama-by-mona-eldaief-jehane-noujaim/

WWF Earth Hour Creative Awards

February 18, 2013 4:00 am to March 11, 2013 4:00 am February 18, 2013 4:00 am to March 11, 2013 4:00 am

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WWF  Creative Arts Award are looking for inspiring projects – within the visual or performance arts – exploring environmental concerns, and offering audiences new ways of understanding and engaging with the issues.

Perhaps an artist with a new vision of our relationship to nature. Or a theatre group dramatising the social impacts of climate change. Gain public recognition for your great work and inspire reflection and action in the community. Apply now!

Image: Ghost Nets, winners of the Creative Arts category, WWF Earth Hour Awards 2012 © WWF-Australia

Transition Film Festival

February 15, 2013 11:00 pm to February 23, 2013 11:00 pm

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Featuring an amazing line-up of films including Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant’s feature narrative Promised Land, the Sundance Institute’s A Fierce Green Fire and the highly anticipated Chasing Ice, the Transitions Film Festival runs from the 15th to the 23rd of February at Federation Square, ACMI and Cinema Nova in Melbourne.

The program features introductions and panel discussions with international filmmakers and Australia’s sustainability leaders. Key guests include: Velcrow Ripper via satellite (Director of Occupy Love), Bob Brown (former leader of The Australian Greens), Anna Rose (AYCC), Drew Hutton (Lock The Gate) and John Wiseman (Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute).

Transitions Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing powerful, inspiring and ground-breaking films from around the world that highlight the awe-inspiring global transformations that are taking place every day. Covering topics such as social entrepreneurship, energy politics, climate change, social justice and technological innovation, the festival hopes to inspire the transition to a sustainable world. Ride your bike to the films and receive cyclist’s concession prices!

More information http://www.transitionsfilmfestival.com/