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Leyla Acaroglu is a designer, social change agent and sustainability provocateur who is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of disruptive design, sustainability and education. Her 2014 TED Talk has had over a million views, she is an author, award winning designer, and the founder of the Un-school of Disruptive Design. She is into disrupting the way we share and gain knowledge, food systems and the status quo. She founded Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators with which she won a host of awards for her projects (ie: The Design Play Cards, The Secret Life of Things, The Game Changer Game and the handbook Make Change). Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change and is currently a visiting scholar at New York University. WEBSITE >
Adam Morris is one of Australia’s most respected Creative Directors and designers. Creative Director, co-founder of Studio Thick, Adam is a veteran Creative Director, having held some of the country’s most coveted senior creative posts; as Creative Director at DT, Digital Creative Director for the Ogilvy group in Melbourne and Digital Director at Cornwell.
Through his proficiency in information architecture, user experience design and digital marketing, Adam has led multiple award-winning projects for the world’s most successful brands across Europe and Australia.
Adam is a co-founder of Thick. He is passionate about the power of design to improve people's lives, and guides our clients through relevant and effective design processes to ensure their experiences, services and products deliver genuine and meaningful value.
Award winning designer Trent Jansen focuses on producing sustainable designs, with pieces that can connect with the user and bypass the disposable mentality of many of today’s modern designs. In addition to many awards and accolades he was the joint winner of the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award in 2008 and the 2010 Edra Design Residency at Space Furniture – a residency established to cultivate local talent and bridge the manufacturing gap by connecting Australian designers with world-leading Italian manufacturers.
In late 2004 Trent Jansen opened his own studio in Sydney, Australia. Jansen’s practice is for the most part focused on creating honest and poetic sustainable design, developing pieces that aim to maintain a lasting relationship with their user. This work becomes a life long companion instead of a disposable thing, fostering meaningful relationships through the honesty and personality that this work possesses.
Trent Jansen’s work has been featured in such design publications as: I.D. - ‘The International Design Magazine - New + Notable 2008’, &Fork - ‘100 of the World’s Most Interesting Product Designers’ - Phaidon Press Limited, 2007 and Open Doors - ‘Fresh Thinking in Australian Architecture and Interiors’ - Ripe Off The Press, 2007. WEBSITE>
As day job, Jess leads the 202020 Vision – a collective impact campaign that is increasing and improving urban green space by 20% by 2020. Jess is founded Grow it Local - campaign that seeks to improve urban and suburban food resilience by encouraging small-scale urban farming through bribery (amazing dinner) and cheap tricks (very good-looking people). Grow it Local is also the vehicle through which Jess realised her vision of doing 80s Garden Aerobics in full fluoro lycra alongside Costa Georgiadis during a busy lunchtime in Swanson Street. She is theTEDxSydney food curator. In 2012 she introduced the idea of crowd-farming, and in 2015 she based the day’s menu around the idea of ‘rebel food’ to discourage supermarket diets and broaden the food spectrum to include bugs, weeds, ugly food and wasted cuts of meat and seafood.
She co-created the Elizabeth Street Gallery, a ‘guerilla’ long-form photo essay gallery located (initially illegally) on an ugly wall on Elizabeth Street. She has worked with lots of interesting groups, businesses and agencies including Republic of Everyone, Right Angle Studio, AMPlify, Librarians, local council, State Government. She has won some awards. WEBSITE >
In 2007, after turning down his dream job offer as a corporate high-flyer, Simon moved from Australia to South Africa to immerse himself in his true passion: development aid. There he discovered that the biggest problem faced by NGOs and social entrepreneurs is a lack of funding. Since then he has launched three social businesses of his own, all focused on revolutionising the way society thinks about and engages in philanthropy.
Simon’s latest venture is an ethical home products company. Its flagship product is Who Gives A Crap, an environmentally friendly toilet paper that uses 50% of its profits to build toilets in the developing world. He is also well known for his work as co-founder of Shebeen, Australia’s first non-profit bar. Shebeen sells exotic beer and wine from the developing world with the profit from each sale supporting a project in that particular drink’s country of origin.
Simon’s work has been written up by The Standford Social Innovation Review and The New York Times. In 2010 he became Australia’s first Fellow of The Unreasonable Institute, in 2011 he was recognised by The Age’s Melbourne Magazine as one of Melbourne’s Top 100 Most Influential People, and in 2013 he was shortlisted for Young Australian of the Year. WEBSITE >
Photo credit:Francesco Vicenzi
Melbourne-based electronic producer Monkey Marc writes sonically rugged, politically charged music in his solar-powered studio (that he build in a shipping container) by day, and plays it on his solar-powered soundsystem by night. For over 15 years, Monkey Marc has worked with indigenous youth and elders in more than 30 communities around Australia. He has run songwriting, music recording and video editing workshops, using hip hop, reggae and rock music and music videos as an outlet for creativity in these remote communities.
Marc has pioneered Transfer of Knowledge projects, which transform traditional Dreamtime stories into modern songs. This helps to strengthen, preserve and reinvigorate sacred indigenous knowledge. WEBSITE >