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Ours to hack and to own : the rise of platform cooperativism, a new vision for the future of work and a fairer internet (book)

Edited by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider Real democracy and the Internet are not mutually exclusive. Here, for the first time in one volume, are some of the most cogent thinkers and doers on the subject of the cooptation of the Internet, and how we can resist and reverse the process. The activists who have … Read more

Let my people go surfing : the education of a reluctant businessman, including 10 more years of business unusual (book)

Author: Yvon Chouinard, foreword by Naomi Klein In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc. shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian handyman … Read more

A World of Three Zeroes : The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Carbon Emissions (ebook)

Author: Muhammad Yunus The capitalist system, in its current form, is broken. Here, a Nobel Peace Prize-winner outlines his radical economic vision for fixing it. Eight individuals now own more wealth than 50 per cent of the global population, and high unemployment in many countries means that people’s skills, knowledge, and creativity are being wasted. … Read more

Do Good : Embracing Brand Citizenship to Fuel Both Purpose and Profit (ebook)

Author: Anne Bahr Thompson For many businesses, success comes in unexpected ways. Toms grew into a $600 million company by giving away 35 million pair of shoes. Patagonia’s profits have climbed year after year even as it funnels heavy investments into sustainability. And it’s not just millennials rewarding companies with causes. In every age group, … Read more

HOW TAMMY HEMBROW LEVERAGED SOCIAL MEDIA TO DOMINATE THE FASHION GAME

SITTING pretty with 7.5 million followers, Tammy Hembrow has undeniably broken into the top echelons of Instagram. However, as one of Australia’s top ten most followed celebrities, unbridled popularity was not enough on its own for Hembrow. The health and fitness queen who founded Tammy Hembrow Fitness has expanded into fashion, creating a line of … Read more

How these startup founders took a hackathon concept to full product launch in just four weeks

A socially-focused Australian startup has gone from concept to execution in just four weeks, after participating in a StartUp Weekend hackathon and setting an ambitious goal to change the quality of life for thousands of people living in remote Indonesian villages. In these villages in the region of West Papua, some residents travel for half a day … Read more

MEET THE ETHICAL FOUNDERS OF MELBOURNE’S MOST UNIQUE COFFEE COMMUNITY

CELINA Lazarus (pictured right) and Tony Strickett’s (pictured left) love affair with coffee began with their first venture; an importing business called First Crop Coffee. The group, founded in 2013, was designed to be a 100 per cent traceable coffee company where husband and wife Lazarus and Strickett know exactly where every coffee bean comes … Read more

THE CROSSROADS REPORT: POOR ACCESS TO GLOBAL TALENT BUT ITS NOT ALL BAD NEWS FOR STARTUPS

Although it’s becoming easier for startups to raise capital in Australia, high-growth companies are hamstrung by a shallow pool of global talent, warned Alex McCauley, CEO of StartupAUS and lead author of the 2017 Crossroads Report. The report, a comprehensive review of the nation’s startup ecosystem, features a state-by-state brief on the progress of local startup ecosystem, … Read more