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Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
7 March, 6 – 8pm

Design in Motion: Sustainable Cities

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Last year it was announced that China was ‘banning’ its intake of Australia’s recycling. Most Australians didn’t even realise that their recycling was being sent 7000+kms away. With some councils simply being unable to afford recycling, and instead finding quick fixes by sending reusable materials to landfill, where does this leave the future of Australia?

Is this a problem for our government to solve? Or an issue that needs to be spearheaded by corporates and everyday Australians?

Join us for a deep dive into how we as a nation can solve this crucial issue through accessing design. Three experts in the industry will present their solutions and answer important questions such as:

  • How do we save our recycling efforts from going into landfill?
  • How can we create a permanent solution?
  • Where can we reuse these materials?
  • Are there any countries leading the way?
  • Is it up to the government, corporations or individuals?
  • And most importantly, how do we transform this crisis into a opportunity?

You’ll learn to:

  • Solve issues in your everyday, at work or in your business with design thinking skills
  • Have an understanding about design and how it can be used for the greater good


About the Instructors 

Annika Scott: Sustainability Strategist, Oz Harvest 

Annika believes in making the world a better place by reconnecting people with the value of food. Driven by the fact we can’t keep treating our planet and its finite resources the way we are, she has spent the last six years working in sustainability and food waste prevention. She has worked at the circular economy advisory body WRAP in the UK and now as Sustainability Strategist for OzHarvest. Understanding the complexities of food waste from farm to fork, she is helping to pioneer change as a valued member of the steering committee for the National Food Waste Strategy, Open Cities Alliance and the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre. Annika thinks food waste is a really dumb problem to have and is committed to helping businesses and people put this valuable resource to better use.


Parry Raines: Founder, Climate Girl 

Parrys is a 23-year old consultant, entrepreneur, director, international public speaker, intergenerational connector, law student and four-time Australian representative to the United Nations Environment Programme.

At the age of 14 Parrys founded her first business, Climate Girl, as an educational storytelling tool to spread awareness of environmental issues and sustainability to young people. The primary focus is educating young global citizens, inspire and empower them to take action locally on sustainability issues that ultimately benefit the communities they live in.

Since then, Parrys has educated thousands of young people in the schoolyard and business leaders in the boardroom about the importance of sustainability and social entrepreneurship. She has collaborated with international corporates, charities and social enterprises to highlight the importance of solution based approaches for creating a sustainable future for future generations through an intergenerational approach. In 2017 Parrys completed her law degree as she is passionate about climate justice.

Parrys is a non-executive Director of the Future Business Council representing the next generation of sustainable, ethical and innovative business, and was the inaugural CEO of the Future Business Generation (FBGen) which provides the platform for young people to discuss today’s solutions for tomorrow’s issues.

Parrys currently works as a consultant with EY in the Climate Change and Sustainability Services team advising clients on their sustainability strategies, including amongst, other key issues, waste.


Sara Rickards: Co-Founder, Futuregiving, Fuckgiving

Sara is a connector and advisor of all things that unlock human potential and create connected and conscious communities, but most of the time you will find her in wild places on an adventure.
Her real world projects can be found in peer reviewed academic publications exploring; transformative learning, sustainable development in the built environment, systems design and impact measurement.

She is the Co-Founder and Chief Doer of Futuregiving and Fuckgiving. In a previous life she was the Education For Sustainability Manager at Macquarie University, Co-host for the Un-school of Disruptive Design and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.


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