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The Smallest Room Podcast
29 minutes | 9 months ago
Rosie Wheen - a Water Champion for the Ages
Rosie Wheen – Chief Executive, WaterAid Australia Rosie is a passionate advocate for human rights, gender equality and universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene. She has two decades of international development experience, having lived and worked in Indonesia for six years before joining WaterAid Australia at its inception in 2004. She was Director of International Programs prior to becoming Chief Executive in 2016. Rosie’s leadership manifesto focuses on being an authentic, servant leader who always pushes herself beyond her comfort zone; this is where Rosie believes she learns most and performs at her best. Rosie serves on the Board of the THREE Foundation, ACFID and is a Founder and Committee Member of Not in My Workplace, a group of executive leaders working to address workplace harassment and abuse across all industries in Victoria. Rosie has recently discovered obstacle racing and electric bikes, which keep her sane and healthy. She is a shamelessly proud mother of two boys.
38 minutes | 10 months ago
Adam Boxer - An introduction to grass roots social entrepreneurship
If you are one of those people who doesn't exactly understand what social enterprise means, rest assured - you will get it after meeting Adam Boxer in The Smallest Room. Adam epitomises the new generation of globally focused social entrepreneurs. Ambitious, intelligent, well educated and with a profound sense of social justice and an unreasonable level of "get up and go". Adam is one of the founders of WSV Global, an organisation operating primarily in East Africa, providing business opportunities to the poorest of the poor through an impressive lineup of "social franchises". Oh to be young again!
25 minutes | a year ago
Jack Sim - Mr Toilet on the toilet
Jack Sim is a leading social entrepreneur and sanitation advocate who broke the taboo around toilets by bringing the sanitation crisis to the global media spotlight. Known for his unique efforts in combining humour and serious facts to advocate for improved sanitation conditions globally, Sim has mobilized a global movement involving governments, policy makers, UN agencies, international civil society, thought leaders and activists to work together in addressing the sanitation crisis. A highly successful businessman with over 20 years experience in entrepreneurship, Sim, at the age of 40, decided to devote the rest of his life to social work. In 1998, he established the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS). This was soon followed with a global body on sanitation – the World Toilet Organization (WTO) in 2001. Today, WTO is a growing network of 235 organizations in 58 countries. Sim pioneered the creation of a game- changing social enterprise – SaniShop in 2008, a year designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Sanitation. In 2011, Sim created another milestone for WTO and Singapore by being the first Singapore-based non-profit organization to create and implement a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment. In 2013, Sim worked with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs to table a resolution titled ‘Sanitation for All’ at the United Nations General Assembly to designate 19 November as an official UN World Toilet Day. On July 24 2013, the resolution was adopted by consensus and was co- sponsored to more than 100 countries. Sim has received worldwide recognition for his contributions to the field of social entrepreneurship and sanitation.
29 minutes | a year ago
David Auerbach - Bringing Dignity to the Most Marginalised
David Auerbach is a co-founder of Sanergy, a pioneering social enterprise in Nairobi, Kenya which builds healthy, prosperous communities in Africa’s informal settlements by making hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible. Sanergy’s systems-based approach empowers the local community to own and operate sanitation facilities, while Sanergy provides business and operational support to ensure its operators thrive. Sanergy collects and recycles the waste into animal feed and organic fertilizer, which is sold to Kenyan farmers to address the region’s food security challenges. Previously, David ran Partnerships at Endeavor, a non-profit that helps high-impact entrepreneurs in the developing world. He served as the Deputy Chair for Poverty Alleviation at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005-6. David taught in central China for two years as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow. David began his career at the Center for American Progress. David is an Ashoka, Echoing Green and Rainer Arnhold Fellow. He holds an MBA from MIT and a BA from Yale University. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
39 minutes | a year ago
Kathy Kaplan - Fighting for the Victims of Domestic Violence
The daughter of a holocaust survivor, Kathy is a self-professed learning-junkie who must have drunk the spirit of volunteerism with her mother’s milk. Originally a secondary Maths/English teacher who spent most of her teaching career in North Queensland working with Aboriginal and Islander adolescents, Kathy has spent the better part of her professional life working in the fields of educational management and fundraising. She now runs a charity as a volunteer to make a difference to Victorian women and children fleeing extreme violence in Victoria. A six-time breast cancer survivor, Kathy has been a passionate presenter advocating for breast cancer research and specialised in supporting young single mums facing their breast cancer journey. She had the sad privilege of sitting with several such women during their last hours and minutes. Kathy is passionate about her involvement in inter- and intra-faith work based on her conviction that, as one human family, it is possible to produce something good for the whole of humanity when we’re respectfully united in and through our diversities. To that end, Kathy is an active participant in the school tour teams in few synagogues, at the Jewish Museum of Australia and with the Jewish Christian Muslim Association. Kathy is highly involved in her religious community having been President of Temple Beth Israel; the Chair of the Education Committee and the Secretary of Progressive Judaism Victoria. Kathy also serves on the small team of volunteers who prepare the dead for burial. On Australia Day 2011, Kathy was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her work in the area of domestic violence and also for her work in the Jewish community and, in October 2015, Kathy was honoured with the prestigious Ron Castan Humanitarian Award for lifetime achievement. And, in 2020, Pro Bono Australia named Kathy as one of the the top 25 influential people in the Australian social sector in 2019. Kathy is the very proud mum of three adult children and the adoring Safti (grandmother) of two little boys.
34 minutes | a year ago
Peter Singer - No fear of controversial thinking
Journalists have bestowed on Peter Singer the tag of “world’s most influential living philosopher.” They are probably thinking of his work on the ethics of our treatment of animals, often credited with starting the modern animal rights movement, and with the influence that his writing has had on the development of effective altruism. He is also known for my controversial critique of the sanctity of life ethics in bioethics. Several key figures in the animal movement have said that his book Animal Liberation, first published in 1975, led them to get involved in the struggle to reduce the vast amount of suffering we inflict on animals. To that end, he co-founded the Australian Federation of Animal Societies, now Animals Australia, the country's largest and most effective animal organization. Peter and his wife Renata stopped eating meat in 1971. He is the founder of The Life You Can Save, an organization based on his book of the same name. It aims to spread his ideas about why we should be doing much more to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty, and how we can best do this.
40 minutes | a year ago
Celeste Mergens - Removing the stigma around "Secret Women's Business"
Mark Balla from The Smallest Room speaks with Celeste Mergens, the founder and CEO of Days for Girls. She has led the organization since its beginning in 2008, bringing twenty years of nonprofit and business management experience to the organization. She holds a Master's Degree in Creative Writing and Literature and audited a second in Global Sustainable Development. Her “can do” team-building approach has inspired thousands of volunteers and social enterprises around the world. Days for Girls is a two-time Girl Effect Champion, won the SEED award for gender equity and entrepreneurship, and was named by the Huffington Post as a ‘Next Ten’ Organization poised to change the world in the next decade. She is a sought-after speaker and has been featured in Oprah’s O Magazine, Forbes, and was recently named an AARP Purpose Prize Award winner, a Conscious Company Global Impact Entrepreneur of the year, and Women Economic Forum's Woman of the Decade. She loves being with her family when not traveling the globe. She is married to her best friend Don. Their family includes 11 phenomenal children (5 by marriage) whom all support Days for Girls, as well as 15 grandchildren, 4 foster children, and 4 foreign exchange students, and many beloved friends who have become family around the world.
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