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Dear All Moral Fairground supporters,
We are definitively seeing the shades of this new decade. Currently the fires are ravaging our country, extreme weather patterns are affecting our farming communities ability to guarantee a constant supply of produce, corporates and government are being highly scrutinised as people loose trust in our institutions and people around the world are standing up, protesting against their governments and for their rights.
Our collective voice is growing louder.
Whilst the narrative of the last decade was gloomy and desperate, we can choose to be more conscious about the story of our next decade. So what will we choose? We are in the position to change the trajectory of our future and it's probably not as difficult as we think.
I would like to inspire you to think of three positive actions for person, planet, and purpose that you can practice this year that will change the story of our next decade to one that is hopeful, replenishing, fair and equitable. If we are prepared to change the story, we can change the course of our future.
Susanna & the Moral Fairground Team.


Women working on wonders!

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In the last decade we have seen women rise to the occasion of leading and growing social enterprises, with a large percentage being run by women. We have seen how women have gotten to work on changing how business is done, by establishing businesses with purpose and nurturing seeds of change. We at Moral Fairground have been inspired by the way that women approach business, and approach what needs to be done, and needs to be done now, and so we decided to make 2020 a year in which we are led by women, to experience the shifts in trajectory that women can create.

On Tuesday 21st January we met at the quirky offices of our great host BlueRock accountants in the CBD, beginning our meeting with an acknowledgement to the original custodians and caretakers past and present on the land in which we met, followed by introductions, left to right of the photo: Melanie Raymond, Youth Projects; Abiola Ajetomobi, Innovation Hub Asylum Seekers Resource Centre; Sandy McDonald of Sandy McDonald; Amber O’Connell - Economic Inclusion and Department of Jobs Vic Gov; Susanna Bevilacqua, Moral Fairground; Alex Tullio of Alex Tullio Consulting; Lauren Smyth, BlueRock; Felicity Green, Spark Strategy and not pictured: Bianca Stawiarski, Warida Wholistic Wellness; Peta Granger, LUSH Cosmetics Australia and Kem Tenkamenin of Moral Fairground, not pictured.

We began to excitedly hash out some ideas for the Women Led Ethical Enterprise Conference and events 2020 and it was amazing to see the potential of what we could create together, who we can serve and how we could change the narrative of social enterprise and ethical business.

“There are no bad ideas right now” - Sandy McDonald

Brainstorming and letting the creative juices flow for this years Ethical Enterprise Conference brought many ideas and social issues to the surface. Issues that not one of us from one background could effectively tackle alone. In our meeting we noticed the degrees of separation between groups of people within an industry that has mostly the same goal of working towards a more ethical and equitable future for all.

“Social enterprise does not belong to Carlton and Brunswick” - Melanie Raymond

The selection of this year's board was not accidental and comprises of 10 wonderful women who are making waves in their industries and who also represent cultures and peoples from diverse backgrounds and abilities. Together we are working toward sharing everyone's stories and increasing the visible representation of the people behind social enterprises and ethical businesses in Australia. We are working towards sharing knowledge and networks to those who may not usually have access to it. We are working on helping others learn how they can be a part of the new narrative. It's not always who you're used to seeing that may be creating huge change and has great value to offer us all.

We look forward to creating change with you!


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Bianca Stawiarski, founder of the Indigenous social enterprise Warida Wholistic Wellness, is facilitating global change one person at a time.

Have you ever considered that riding a horse, or even engaging in Horse Archery could be an empowering and healing exercise that could leave you feeling reconnected and ready to step into your power? To be honest, I hadn’t! The wonderful world of holistic healing is growing in our awareness as a nation and world, and with mental health issues and the effects of disconnection to nature visibly on a disastrous rise it’s definitely time for us to act. The current crisis being faced in Australia alone is a massive wake up call showing us that a disproportionate number of us are tragically disconnected to not only our environment but to ourselves. As we are an extension of our environment, and so reliant on our natural resources, we have to question why it is that we aren’t currently doing more to protect that which is life sustaining to us, our families and the children of the future. Continue reading.....


Out and about in the network

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Social Enterprise Australia

As you may have experienced, the social enterprise ecosystem is a little fragmented and difficult to navigate, especially for someone new to the sector!
In an attempt to bring the community together, the Social Enterprise Australia Facebook Group has been created by our friends at Social Change Central. Don’t worry, this isn’t an exclusively Social Change Central branded endeavour, rather it's a place to bring together social entrepreneurs, intermediaries and those interested in the sector to collaborate, ask questions and find solutions to pressing problems. A bunch of our team just joined, and we’d love to see you in there as well. You can join here!
Social Change Central don't want it to be a place where intermediaries spam the universe with opportunities and provide little personal support or value to individuals. Rather, they want people to add as much value as they take.

This is a great way to strengthen your profile in the sector, and develop a deeper understanding of the needs of the landscape.

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The 9th annual Transitions Film Festival returns to Cinema Nova this February 20 - March 6, with an enthralling line-up of cutting-edge documentaries about the existential challenges, mega-trends, game-changing technologies, and creative visions that will shape our collective future.
This year's program covers a broad range of mind-blowing films about social innovation, climate change, artificial intelligence, protecting nature and biodiversity, refugees, plastics, diversity and health and wellness. Featuring a broad range of documentaries about the solutions to our greatest challenges, and empowering panel discussions with filmmakers, artists, knowledge experts and community leaders, the Transitions Film Festival will let you see the change you want to be in the world. The future is now.


Coming up - put the dates in your diary

February Networking Event

Date: 27th of February 2020
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Melbourne CBD
Details: Coming soon

International Women Day Event in collaboration with the City of Whittlesea

Date: 11th of March 2020
Time: 8:30am to 10:00am
Location: Fountain View Room, Council Offices (25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang)
Details: Coming soon

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