Help us bring Charles Eisenstein to Melbourne for a special event

Charles Eisenstein is one of the world’s leading advocates on why and, importantly, how we can transition to a sustainable economy. The Understandascope has invited Charles to Melbourne for one night only, to speak at a public forum on 22 January 2015, and we need your help to make it happen!

Please support our crowd funding campaign to help bring Charles to Melbourne. 

The Understandascope is gifting all our labour to organise the event, and Charles is gifting his time. We need your help to cover the remaining costs and offer Charles a gift in turn.

For more info on the event, Charles, booking tickets, and how you can support the crowd funding campaign, click here

This event follows the Understandascope’s Sustainable Living Festival event of 2014, ‘If continuous growth is unsustainable, but ‘de-growth’ is unstable, what to do?’ featuring Dr. Richard Denniss, Executive Director of The Australia Institute. To download the podcast or video from the ABC’s Big Ideas, click here.

Please get behind the campaign, and pick up your tickets in the process if you can make it on the night!

With thanks from all of us at the Understandascope.

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Claire Dunn in conversation with Anthony James

Claire Dunn, author of the brilliant My Year Without Matches, appears in conversation with Understandascope Convenor, Anthony James, on Thursday 25 September, from 6.30 at Embiggen Books, opposite the Wheeler Centre in the city. 

In the tradition of Wild and Tracks, My Year Without Matches is Claire’s story of how she left the city and found her soul. Disillusioned and burnt out by her job with The Wilderness Society, Claire quits a comfortable life to spend a year off the grid in a wilderness survival program.

For more info on the event, click here.

For more info on the Claire & the book, click here.

 

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Congratulations to FOE’s Cam Walker

Congratulations to Cam Walker from Friends of the Earth, the Inaugural Frank Fisher Award winner at Yarra’s Sustainability Awards. A fitting winner.

The Understandascope also presented Cam with a copy of Frank’s book, Response Ability, and Honorary membership of the Understandascope Society.

Cam is pictured on the far left, receiving the award from Understandascope Convenor, Anthony James, and Frank’s eldest son, Tim Fisher.

For more info on this & other awards, click here.

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Dave O’Neill presents the Inaugural Frank Fisher Award

Frank Fisher at his home away from home, Richmond Train Station
Join stand-up comedian, actor, writer and radio personality Dave O’Neil for the 2014 Yarra Sustainability Awards Night community celebration, including the presentation of the Inaugural Frank Fisher Award.

5.45 for 6-9pm, 11 September 2014

Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford

The Frank Fisher Award has been established to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to several areas of sustainability in Yarra. The Award aims to build on the legacy of the late Professor Frank Fisher. It also aims to remember Frank’s constant querying of his own views and understanding, and his efforts to respond kindly yet provocatively to the range and web of understanding around him.

For more info & to RSVP, click here.

Our ongoing thanks to everyone at Council and in Yarra for making these awards happen … for all they represent.

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Launch of the 2nd edition of the NCS Journal

Available free for download now

The 2nd edition of the NCS Journal is now out! Freely available for download here now.

It features a selection of some of the most thought provoking papers by students from the past two years of Swinburne’s Graduate Certificate in Sustainability. And is edited by the Convenor of the Understandascope, Anthony James, with Terrie Hamilton-Smith and a wonderful team of assistant editors.

Topics range from fair trade coffee to bottled water, beauty to antibacterial products, food waste to iPads, self-storage facilities to residential aged care, and Russell Brand’s call for revolution to the not so trivial topic of toys.

This edition is dedicated to Frank Fisher, who first proposed the Journal as a way of showcasing some of the more effective and liberating approaches to our most persistent problems.

To download the papers, or for a look at brief summaries of the papers and their authors, click here

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Donate to the annual Frank Fisher Memorial Appeal

Professor Frank Fisher, founding Convenor of the Understandascope

Further the legacy of Professor Frank Fisher

The Frank Fisher Memorial Fund was launched in 2012 in honour of Professor Frank Fisher, to further his legacy through the education and sustainability programs of Understandascope.

Frank was named Inaugural Australian Environmental Educator of the Year in 2007, in recognition of three decades of pioneering work in the field.

For more info about Frank & to make a tax-deductible donation to the Frank Fisher Memorial Fund, visit the Swinburne University Alumni website here.

100% of your donation goes towards furthering the legacy of Professor Frank Fisher. Please feel free to contact us to express what you prefer your donation be dedicated to.

For more info about what your donation may go towards, click here.

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Apply for the 2nd Annual Frank Fisher Paid Internship at MEFL

Apply to MEFL by 11 June 2014

MEFL (Moreland Energy Foundation) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the second annual Frank Fisher Memorial Internship. The Internship was created in 2013 to provide an opportunity for a promising student or recent graduate to gain work experience in a dynamic independent community organisation working closely with the Moreland community offering a range of services and programs to ensure a sustainable future.

MEFL seeks an enthusiastic advanced year-level student or recent graduate of a sustainability-related tertiary qualification for this paid internship to work with MEFL staff to capture the impacts of our projects on-the-ground, and translate those into policy and advocacy priorities for MEFL.

For more info & to apply, click here.

Nominations close on Wednesday 11 June 2014.

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Nominate now for the Inaugural Frank Fisher Award at the City of Yarra

Frank Fisher at his home away from home, Richmond train station. Photo: Anthony James

Nominate yourself or someone else by 5 June 2014

The Frank Fisher Award has been established to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to several areas of sustainability in Yarra. The Award aims to build on the legacy of the late Professor Frank Fisher. It also aims to remember Frank’s constant querying of his own views and understanding, and his efforts to respond kindly yet provocatively to the range and web of understanding around him.

Nominees will have engaged and inspired people around them and demonstrate qualities of mindfulness, insight, humility and civic spirit.

To nominate yourself or someone else, click here for more info.

Nominations close on World Environment Day, Thursday 5 June 2014.

Our ongoing thanks to everyone at Council and in Yarra for making these awards happen … for all they represent.

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Glenferrie Festival of Ideas

Making Glenferrie a Sustainable Community

Join us for the 1st panel discussion of this year’s Festival of Ideas, with Understandascope Convenor Anthony James, Swinburne Leadership Institute Research Fellow, Samuel Wilson, and Yarra Riverkeeper Ian Penrose, to explore how to make Glenferrie a sustainable community.

12 – 12.30pm, Sunday 4 May, Swinburne Gardens, 24 Wakefield St, Hawthorn

Free entry, with full program & map available here

Presented in partnership with Swinburne University and OASES Graduate School

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New residential short course – the Tao of Sustainability

This one-week intensive residential course is designed to challenge popular misconceptions & develop a deeper understanding of how we can achieve truly sustainable societies. During the week expert facilitators will help you develop your knowledge, thinking & practice around all aspects of sustainability, including transport, energy, waste, food, biodiversity, community, business, economics & their inter-connections.

The Tao (or ‘The Way’) series of courses are led by Anthony James, Convener of the Understandascope, and were developed with the late Professor Frank Fisher, an acknowledged doyen of sustainability & Australia’s Inaugural Environmental Educator of the Year.

The Tao of Sustainability offers an intensive learning opportunity exploring new concepts & practices of sustainability held in a safe community environment where participants are encouraged to share their stories and experiences as part developing our understanding of sustainability.

When: Sunday 13 October 3.30pm, concluding with dinner on Saturday 19 October

Cost: $1,050 inc all accomodation, food, day trips, & materials.
Early bird registration: $950 before 27 September

The Tao series of courses are popular & as numbers are strictly limited we recommend early registration of interest.

For more information click here
To register your interest, contact Anthony James, on 03 9819 3502 or via email

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