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The Pursuit Of Happiness within the Circular Economy

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May 28
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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River City Labs
315 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4000 Australia
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The Pursuit Of Happiness within the Circular Economy

May 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Welcome to our May Circular Economy Meetup event! This month we want to present you with some people who are absolutely full of purpose and turning that purpose into action when it comes to social impact. Our first speaker is Sabrina Chakori, founder of Brisbane Tool Library, TED speaker, author, researcher and Sharing Economy revolutionist! Sabrina has been invested in creating economic and social change for environmental good for well over a decade. Our second speaker is Michael Ryan, Director of Strategic Finance at Brisbane-based growth consultancy Ingredior. Michael is a passionate advocate for sustainability. As an experienced director and investor he will be sharing his advice on social impact investment and how to scale your business/side-hustle/project into a social enterprise to make impact and fulfil your purpose!

The Circular Economy is a massive space, it is what we are all working towards, but where does our individual purpose lie within it? This month we are thinking deeply about purpose and impact on individual, community and global levels. Please join us to hear from some incredible speakers about their own purpose-filled journeys and let’s have some awesome discussion about how we activate and execute on that purpose to create impact!

Speakers & Bios:

After completing a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters of Science in Environmental Economics, Sabrina started an interdisciplinary PhD research looking into zero-packaging food systems. Sabrina has been active in politics and in many NGOs. For more than a decade, she has been advocating for a more sustainable society in Europe, Australia, Kenya, Mexico and Ecuador. Her experience includes working in international arenas (United Nations), as well as with indigenous communities in the Amazon. In QLD, she collaborated with the Environment Minister to introduce the law to ban single-use plastic bags.

In 2017, Sabrina founded the Brisbane Tool Library, a social enterprise that is based on a circular economy and aims to reduce household consumption.

Her book chapter, in ‘Positive Steps to a Steady State Economy’, and her paper, “The Necessity to Change the Term Consumer” both focus on the necessity to rethink our consumption addiction. Sabrina is convinced that to solve the current social and ecological crises we need to change the roots of our economy.

Michael is an experienced investor, director and executive of businesses across a range of industries, having been involved in the business of various sizes and stages of their lifecycle. Prior to this, he spent several years working in financial and commercial roles at Bowen Central Coal Management, DownerEDI Mining, and UGL. This experience allowed him to gain an understanding of key strategic, commercial and operational issues from various perspectives.

From this experience, Michael has developed an extensive network of contacts in Australia and overseas. In addition to formal qualifications, he has a number of years of experience business strategy, negotiations, M&A transactions, investment funding solutions, leadership, business valuations and other useful management skills

Yas is a passionate advocate for the circular economy. Her work at WBGS focuses on activating circular principles within the community and industry around recycle, reuse and repurpose.


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