OzGREEN has been acknowledged by the Buckminster Fuller Institute as amongst the top 10% of change-makers globally.
“In a pool of hundreds of entries from 136 countries, this is a significant achievement” said Sarah Skenasy from the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI). “OzGREEN is making an important contribution to the growing field of whole system design”.
“Thank you for sharing your work with us, and your inspiring commitment to answering Buckminster Fuller’s Challenge to: make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone” said Ms Skenasy.
“We are thrilled by this result” said Sue Lennox, OzGREEN Co-Founder and CEO. “It is fantastic to get global affirmation. We are especially excited to become part of the BFI Catalyst Program, which was our goal in entering the BFI Challenge. Through the Catalyst program we can access support from some of the world’s leading innovation and social change makers”.
“However some of those leaders are in our own community here on the mid-north coast of NSW. We would love to hear from potential partner organisations in the region” said Ms Lennox.
OzGREEN nominated the Youth Leading the World (YLTW) initiative for the prestigious global Buckminster Fuller’s Challenge.
YLTW is spinning an interconnected global web of change-makers, tackling the sustainability crisis together, through vision, innovation and community driven change.
By training and supporting people to run YLTW in their own region, our proven deep-change-fast process has grown ten fold, now benefiting over 100 communities globally. The YLTW model has also enabled us to minimise costs and carbon footprint. Real time live online facilitator training has made the initiative accessible even to remote communities. By training and supporting local people, YLTW becomes locally owned, driven and sustainable in the long term.
YLTW begins with an annual 3-day youth eco-leadership congress conducted in multiple locations connected by digital media, where youth design their own projects:
INFORM: local and global sustainability challenges and one planet living;
INNOVATE: action planning for personal and community change;
INVOLVE: connecting change-makers locally and globally.
On day 3 youth run a community forum for local leaders.
Ultimately YLTW enables youth to become serial innovators and influencers, and is building a self-organising system of distributed leadership.
In the past year YLTW partners and participants have received significant recognition and awards. At the start of 2015, YLTW is poised for scale.
OzGREEN educates people around the world, enabling them to take action to improve their environment. For over 20 years OzGREEN has engaged, equipped and enabled people to become leaders of positive social change. OzGREEN is an independent not-for-profit that operates nationally in Australia and overseas in India, Latin America and East Timor.
OzGREEN’s unique approach incorporates sustainability education, participatory leadership and community development, enabling people to innovate sustainability solutions themselves. OzGREEN has involved hundreds of thousands of people who go on to take leadership roles in their schools, communities and workplaces. OzGREEN has won numerous awards, including the Eureka Prize, Banksia Awards, UN Media Peace Awards and Best Practice Case Study for the Australian Association for Environmental Education (NSW). In 2007 OzGREEN’s CEO and Co-Founder Sue Lennox was named as one of Sydney’s Top 100 Most Influential People by The Sydney Magazine.
And its all to do with the 'Bellingen Shire Learning Alliance'
The Bellingen Shire Learning Alliance is a Shire wide alliance working collectively and independently to create a culture of lifelong learning for sustainability and ecological balance.
• To create a strong platform for the gathering and sharing of resources and skills.
• To develop into a recognised leader in education and action for sustainability.
• To foster the emergence and growth of a green economy
• To encourage and build an emotional home for change-makers.
The exciting part of this alliance for OzGREEN is that we are moving our office into “the Stables’ (or Bello Sustainability Centre) which is a co-working social enterprise and innovation space shared with the fifteen other Bellingen sustainability organisations involved.
We expect to have moved in to our new office space by mid August. Contact numbers, emails and postal address will remain the same and we will inform you all when we have settled in.
We are very excited and suggest you watch this space for brave new projects to come via OzGREENs association with BSLA.
BSLA have recently launched a fundraiser on chuffed.org to help the alliance create "the Stables" a home for the BSLA. The dream is that it become an edible building and centre of excellence for both the teaching and practice of Sustainability.
https://chuffed.org/project/bellingen-sustainability-centre if you would like to donate to help get this dream a reality.
OzGREEN congratulates Jodi Lennox who recently graduated from the School of Social Entrepreneurs (pictured).
As a result of this Jodi has established an amazing business plan, which incorporates OzGREENs Award winning Sustainbility in Action Process, and has lead to her project receiving a highly successful grant from Westpac. Jodi is now set to kick off her first ProjectGIRL programs in Alice Springs.
Watch this space for more on ProjectGIRL.
Judy Charnaud has just sent through her most recent Newsletter from OzGREEN's East Timor project. It has lots of interesting information on Judy's recent hard work promoting and fundraising for East Timor in Sydney. Always a thoroughly interesting read - Newsletter June 2015
Qualifications: BA Hons (International Relations)
Currently studying: MA Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development
Current Role: Policy Advisor, Senator Christine Milne
OzGREEN helped me to connect the dots between myself, my impact on the world, and the planet. I grew up in Tasmania, bushwalking with my parents, so I was always appreciative of nature and wild places. However, OzGREEN made me aware of our individual and collective impacts on the planet, and sparked an understanding about how this is political and important. Through OzGREEN I realised the importance of making my life count by focusing my attention and contributing my skills to protecting the planet. It also influenced my choice of study as I connected the dots between politics and activism. OzGREEN was hugely influential on me and helped me to realise what I could do to contribute. I made really important connections with people, gained a sense of the scale of change required on both a local and global scale, and the need to act at a number of different levels. Thank you to all the wonderful people that I met through OzGREEN - so grateful for their contributions.
Project GIRL is partnering with OzGREEN to address and reduce the inequity that girls experience in their lives.
Project GIRL builds confident, capable, connected girls that have the skills and motivation to build positive healthy lives for themselves and tackle the issues they face in their lives with a community of support around them. For more information see our Project Girl Flyer here or visit www.projectgirl.com.au
NEXT TRAINING DATE: 23-24th June - Muswellbrook, Hunter Valley, NSW
Contact Sue Lennox on (02) 6655 2180 for more information on future training dates. Note that all workshops available for real time live on-line participation and some scholarships available. Facilitator Training Program - more information
(Select "Friends of the Ganges" (which is the name of our India/South Asia Project) from the drop down selection menu under Enter Details box)
This is a copy of an email we received overnight from the Foundation in Nepal giving us an update and pleading for our help.
"Greetings from the Foundation in Nepal.
I'm sending few disturbing pictures, from the devastated villages hit by recent earthquake in Nepal, along with few of our relief aid pictures..."
Judy Charnaud who for the last 14 years has been running the Environmental Action Plan project in Oecusse, Timor Leste has just completed a SEMP Report (School Environmental Management Plan) for Balgowlah Heights Public School. Environmental education has been discussed, written about and implemented in various forms in schools throughout NSW for some years (Environmental Education Curriculum Statement K-12, 1989 and Environmental Education Policy for Schools 2001). The adoption of environmental education as a comprehensive whole school policy is not new but is now mandatory for all government schools, K – Year 12, in NSW. What is a SEMP Report here.