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Environment, Design Mathew Bate
Garments For The Grave

Death. It’s a sensitive topic that often gets locked inside a box and buried underground. Dr. Pia Interlandi’s practice, ‘Garments For The Grave’, uses clothing as a tool to lift the taboo surrounding death. The designer works with terminally ill and dying clients to create biodegradable clothing which they are laid to rest in.

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Technology, Health Mathew Bate
Dr. Gopi Krishna Vijaya: Morals & Technology

Earlier this year we caught up with Dr. Gopi Krishna Vijaya. He holds a PhD in physics and has devoted most of his life to the relationship between humans and the development of technology. He had just flown over from the US to run the Moral Technologies Forum (organised by Seed Australia) in Melbourne on morals, technology and how to be a good human in our digital era. Covering the historical development of technology, the way we think and modern education, Dr. Gopi Krishna Vijaya discusses the intrapersonal relationship between humans and the technologies that we have created.

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Design, Business Lisa Cugnetto
Don't Sell Me Gender

The future is not female. The near future, yes. But ultimately, we hope, the future is gender parity - an equitable existence amongst all people. Social movements that strive for gender equality and female empowerment are crucial to achieving this. But there’s another piece to the parity puzzle that has the power to effect massive social change. It’s advertising.

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Reground: Turning Waste Into A Resource

Reground turn coffee waste into a valuable and sustainable resource. We sat down with Reground’s co-director, Kaitlin Reid, who is so passionate about creating the circular economy that if it were up to her, there’d be compost bins on every street corner. As we eagerly emptied our coffee cups the conversation quickly moved from sustainable waste management to initiating large-scale behavioural change.

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Impact, Business Mathew Bate
What Is A Social Entrepreneur?

Objective models of impact, or social enterprise, are notoriously elusive beasts; they’re hard to find and even harder to replicate. Will Dayble, the founder of the Fitzroy Academy and a lecturer at the University of Melbourne, gives us an insight into personal standards for impact so that we can debunk some of the confusion about social entrepreneurship.

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Food, Environment Mathew Bate
Indigenous Foods: Swallowing Our History

Being able to learn from and understand Aboriginal culture, as well as process Australia’s unpalatable history, should come way before you learn how to correctly peel a bunya nut. “You can’t eat our food if you can’t swallow our history,” said Bruce at this year’s urban agriculture conference in Melbourne.

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Food, Design Nikki Stefanoff
Anna Glansén: The Future of Biodegradable Food Packaging

Food has become the new frontier for the convergence between emerging technology and sustainability. For Anna Glansén, one half of Swedish design studio Tomorrow Machine, this means innovating new ways to present and package food. From a smoothie container made from seaweed to a self cleaning bowl made with nothing but cellulose, Anna is pioneering the future of sustainable food packaging.

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Arts, Health Lisa Cugnetto
Art with Heart: Open Canvas

Walking to work one morning, Daniel Rath saw a homeless man painting. Interested in his work, he struck up a conversation with the man about his art and life. That brief encounter inspired Rath to establish Open Canvas, a social enterprise that empowers artists who've experienced homelessness, a disability, or other adversity to exhibit and sell their artwork and art-related merchandise.

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Design, Health Nikki Stefanoff
CRISPR/Cas9: Transhumanism and Designing the Living

Ollie Cotsaftis, founder and design director of the future ensemble, sessional academic at RMIT Architecture and Design, artist and Doctor of Genetics (PhD) talks us through the world of CRISPR and its potential usage for the future of both healthcare and design.Ollie Cotsaftis, founder and design director of the future ensemble, sessional academic at RMIT Architecture and Design, artist and Doctor of Genetics (PhD) talks us through the world of CRISPR and its potential usage for the future of both healthcare and design.

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Lucy McRae: Body Architect

Lucy McRae is fascinated about the relationship between humans and technology and through her art, filmmaking and work with institutions like NASA and MIT explores how science is slowly reconstructing our body and what that means for our future existence. 

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