Posts Tagged ‘forum’

Fair Food at Fed Square

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on August 20th, 2013

21 August , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm


From The Locavore Edition:

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the doom and gloom of our current food system. Amidst the pressure from foreign imports, climate change and the supermarket duopoly, we want to discover the silver lining; the hope and innovation amongst it all, and the people who are forging the way towards a Fair Food future.

As part of Fair Food Week and in partnership with the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, we are setting out to explore some of the major steps that need to be taken to build opportunity, resilience, sustainability, health and ethics back into our food system. The Fed Square Locavored Series curated by The Locavore Edition and held at The Edge at Federation Square gets to the heart of the matter, identifying the rising stars driving the future of food, farming and culinary culture. This is an unmissable Fair Food Week event with great speakers, important stories and local spirit.

And don’t forget, you can choose a ticket which includes a copy of The Field Guide to Victorian Produce, our handy guidebook which helps locavores find growers, producers and providers.

>>> For tickets and more information visit The Locavore Edition.


EcoCity Food Forum: Melbourne

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 7th, 2013

22 March , 2013
9:00 amto5:00 pm

ecocity forum

EcoCity Food Forum Melbourne

Doing Something Good

Friday, March 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Healthy food systems are the foundation for healthy lives, communities, economies and ecosystems. In order to build a future for Melbourne in which we can all thrive, we need a food system that is sustainable, resilient and equitable.

Doing Something Good in partnership with City of Melbourne, are hosting a one day forum for those working toward a better food system. We’re bringing together people and organisations from across the food industry, with health and environmental advocates, government representatives and community members to:

  • discover socially innovative and sustainable initiatives transforming food systems in Melbourne, across Australia and around the world
  • envision what a sustainable, resilient and equitable food system for Melbourne might look like
  • discuss what we can all do to create opportunities, enable success and accelerate change
  • learn how we can better cooperate, collaborate and coordinate our efforts
  • make plans for individual and collective action

The EcoCity Food Forum is perfectly timed to take place immediately after the National Sustainable Food Summit in Melbourne, and will give participants the chance to continue building valuable connections, knowledge, capability and opportunities.  Based on the design of successful ‘Unconferences’, Gathering ‘11 and CoMConnect (also with the City of Melbourne), The EcoCity Food Forum will be a full day of participant led conversations, presentations, workshops and planning sessions with passionate change makers and thought leaders from all over the city, around the state and across the country.

Find out more and register at

Friday, March 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Locavored Series: The Foodpreneurs

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 6th, 2013

13 March , 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm


Innovative business minds reshaping the food scene

Opinionated, risk-taking, sassy and wise, our speakers will share how they’ve succeeded while all around them food sector start-ups struggle to survive. The food industry is as much about ideas as it is ingredients. Who are the foodpreneurs revolutionising the future of local food system?

Get to know some of the smart people and innovative approaches reshaping the future of food and farming. Look at how collaboration, branding, design and social media are cracking open new markets and winning the hearts and minds of the populace as we hear from an avocado grower, a rice paper roll queen, the president of a regional food group, a food box entrepreneur, a social media guru and the man who saved an abattoir.

The Fed Square Locavored Series curated by The Locavore Edition and held at The Edge at Federation Square gets to the heart of the matter, identifying the rising stars driving the future of food, farming and culinary culture. This is an unmissable Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event with great speakers, important stories and local spirit. And don’t forget, you can choose a ticket which includes a copy of The Field Guide to Victorian Produce, our handy guidebook which helps locavores find growers, producers and providers. Join us as we reconnect consumers and producers!

6pm, Wednesday March 13
The Edge, Federation Square
cnr Swanston and Flinders Streets,
VIC, Australia.
Tickets available online at I Wanna Ticket –

Please note you must pre-book tickets. You cannot purchase tickets at the door. Entry $25 OR Entry including The Field Guide to Victorian Produce $40

10% of ticket sales will go towards Sustainable Table’s funded projects.

Do You Know What Your Home is Doing Right Now?

Posted in Events, Movements by Mark Ogge on March 1st, 2013

4 March , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm


Do You Know What Your Home is Doing Right Now? – BZE Discussion Group 6.30pm Monday 4th March.

Thermal Imaging Secrets Revealed! As a volunteer with the Bayside Climate Change Action Group, Tim Forcey has conducted energy assessments on over 30 homes, many with a thermal imaging camera. Tim will reveal the many thermal secrets that our homes have been keeping from us – until now! Vermin in the roof, 42 degree bedroom walls at 11 AM, electrical equipment gone mad, the deep dark inner workings of heat pumps! Roll up, roll up!

Tim Forcey has been employed for over thirty years as a chemical engineer working at Exxon Mobil, BHP Billiton, Jemena, and the Australian Energy Market Operator. Tim was a major contributor to BZE’s Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) 2020 Stationary Energy Plan and is currently working with the Buildings Plan team.

Time: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 4 March 2013

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

LIVE streaming of this event will be available for those that cannot attend in person.

>>> For more info on the discussion group see the Beyond Zero Emissions website.

Transitions Film Festival 2013

Posted in Events, Movements by Jessica Bird on February 14th, 2013

15 February , 2013 10:00 amto23 February , 2013 10:00 pm


TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL, 15 to 23 February 2013
“See the change you want to be in the world”

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 February 15-23rd at Federation Square, ACMI and Cinema Nova. The program also features introductions and panel discussions with international filmmakers and Australia’s sustainability leaders. Key guests include Bob Brown (former leader of The Australian Greens), Drew Hutton (Lock The Gate), John Wiseman (Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute), Anna Rose (AYCC) and Velcrow Ripper via satellite (Director of Occupy Love).

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. To encourage low emissions transport, audience members riding bikes to Cinema Nova screenings will receive cyclist’s concession prices.

Important Dates:
Federation Square Free Screenings: 15-16 February 2013
Cinema Nova Program: 17 -23 February 2013
ACMI Shorts: 18 February 2013

>>> For more information and to view the program visit the Transitions Film Festival website.

Creative Suburbs Forum

Posted in Events by Jessica Bird on February 12th, 2013

15 February , 2013
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

6. Creative Suburbs

Are growing, liveable cities and neighbourhoods achievable? Join this interactive forum to find out.

How old will you be in 2040? What sort of place do you want Melbourne to be? It is now obvious that Melbourne’s population will continue to grow. It is also obvious that climate change will have a major effect on how we live. The changes to our lives, and costs, are likely to be significant. Think: transport, electricity, gas and water. However, population growth can be comfortably accommodated, and can positively lead to thriving communities within existing urban growth boundaries. Many of the necessary processes and technologies already exist. The catch is: we must effectively plan now.

That’s where you come in. This is not just a matter for the government, developers, and planning ‘experts’. This forum gives you the chance to nurture the positive ideas, put a blowtorch to the negative ideas, and learn about what can be done to maintain Melbourne as a sustainable and liveable city.

Forum collaborators include: Urban Design Forum, Urban Rethink, Heart Foundation, Deakin University and Planning Institute of Australia and Creative Suburbs.

When:  2pm – 3pm, Friday 15th February
Where: The Shed
River Promenade, Fed Square
>>> This forum is being held as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, check the website to find out more.

Return to Royal Park: Community Consultation

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on August 31st, 2012

The City of Melbourne and the Department of Health are working together on Return to Royal Park, a project to reinstate parkland on the site of the former Royal Children’s Hospital, on the corner of Gatehouse Street and Flemington Road, Parkville.

The first phase of community consultation was held over a six week period in March and April 2012. During this phase the community told us their ideas and vision for the reinstated parkland. This information was summarised in the Community Consultation Feedback Report and was used to inform the Return to Royal Park Ideas Plan.

We are now inviting your feedback on the Return to Royal Park Ideas Plan during a second phase of community consultation. The second phase of consultation will start on the 15 August 2012 and will run for four weeks, finishing on the 12 September 2012.

A design for this parkland is expected to be complete in 2013 and the parkland reinstated by the end of 2014.

>>Go to the website for more information.

Inclusive Growth, Welfare and Development Policy: International Forum

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 29th, 2012

29 June , 2012

This one-day Forum will be hosted by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence. The Forum aims to bridge the divide between welfare and social policy, and development practice through the prism of ‘inclusive growth’.

Drawing upon the expertise of leading international policymakers and academics in the field, the Forum will explore the following salient themes:

  1. Critiquing the theoretical underpinning of growth and development
  2. Examining welfare state perspectives on inclusive growth and social/economic development
  3. Presenting lessons learned and best practices from developing and developed economies

These themes will be explored at four sessions during the one-day Forum titled:

  • The Inclusive Growth Paradigm
  • Inclusive Growth and Development
  • Inclusive Growth and Welfare
  • Development, Welfare and Policy Practice
Friday 29 June 2012

Public Lecture Theatre Old Arts Building, University of Melbourne

$60 per person including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Register at

For enquiries contact Tamsin Courtney

Implementing Gross National Happiness: The View from Bhutan

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 14th, 2012

28 February , 2012
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

Image from Gross National Happiness Centre Master Plan

Gross National Happiness (GNH) is Bhutan’s balanced development philosophy which seeks to integrate equitable and sustainable socio-economic development with environmental conservation, cultural promotion and good governance.  In this forum Isabel Sebastian and Tim Fischer will provide an overview and update of work in Bhutan to implement the Gross National Happiness approach including implications for government policy making, business and community. They will also outline plans for the new Gross National Happiness Centre to be developed in Bumthang, Bhutan as a practical focus for exploring and learning about the principles and practice of GNH.

Isabel Sebastian is a member of the Prime Minister of Bhutan’s Advisory Committee assisting with program development for Bhutan’s GNH Centre. Isabel has more than 20 years international experience working with business, government and community organisations to promote and implement sustainable development and sustainable tourism policies and practice.

Tim Fischer AC is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. In addition to his recently completed role as Australian Ambassador to the Vatican, Tim has an ongoing role as Australia’ Special Envoy to Bhutan. He is co-author, with Tshering Tashi of ‘Bold Bhutan Beckons’.

The event is free but space is strictly limited so please RSVP to: Emma Joughin,

Date: Tuesday 28 February 2012
Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm
Venue: Matthaei Room (Lower East Dining Room,) University House (Bldg 112), Parkville, The University of Melbourne

FORUM: Climate Change, Culture + Cuisine

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 21st, 2011

28 November , 2011
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

Can we eat our way to a biodiverse future? The future of sustainable food lies in a complete rethink of how humans relate to the natural environment through collective engagement.

Carbon Arts and Arena Project Space invite you to join the Cross(x)Species Adventure Club and engage with New York based artist / engineer /activist Prof Natalie Jeremijenko, chef Mihir Desai and guest speakers to explore how we can use the creative potential of science , modernist cuisine and the imagination to connect food production to healthy ecologies.

Monday 28 November 2011 6.00 – 7.30 PM

Arena Project Space I 2 Kerr St Fitzroy, VIC, 3065

$10 Pay at the door, Concession rate available

Drinks by donation

Cross(x)Species Adventure Club challenges us to expand the idea of the food web, in order to imagine edible interventions that go beyond sustainability to actually augment ecological health. Like the web 2.0 of the food systems, the Cross(x)Species Adventure Club guides us towards participatory, DIY and multi-platform foodsystems. Become an u-farmer, sample edible cocktails with other creatures at the Melbourne Museum, learn how to make buffalo ice-cream from nano-crystals. Come re-imagine, re-incorporate and re-contextualise our collective food future through the course of a tasty communal adventure. Join us and invest in a biodiverse future!

Natalie Jeremijenko (born 1966) is an artist and engineer whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. She is an active member of the movement, and her work primarily explores the interface between society, the environment and technology. She is currently an Associate Professor at NYU in the Visual Art Department, and has affiliated faculty appointments in Computer Science and Environmental Studies.

Based in Melbourne, Carbon Arts is a new platform for projects and ideas experimentation in the arts and sustainability. We generate collaborative and creative solutions for a changing climate by working across the arts, science, technology and economics. At the heart of our practice is the belief that creativity is essential in making the transition to a sustainable future, and that the journey should be playful, fun and rewarding.

For more information on all events visit: Or phone Arena: 416 0232