Sustain works for the transition to a food system that supports flourishing communities, individuals and ecosystems. Formed in 2015, Sustain incorporated as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee in January 2016. It is a registered deductible gift recipient charity. It is based in Melbourne, Australia, and currently hosted by the William Angliss Institute.
Sustain supports local council, grassroots organisations and other institutions to create tangible change in the food system. Such as innovative collective impact projects such as the Cardinia Shire Food Circles project and Melbourne Food hub in partnership with Melbourne Farmers Markets. As well as, supporting budding Networks that are tackling real food system change, Help shaping policy change like the Artisanal Agriculture sector with Agriculture Victoria and host interconnected events such as the annual Urban Agriculture Forum.
Social Surplus is a strategy consultancy for the Sharing Economy. Social Surplus provides strategy and advisory services for community-based sharing programs. They facilitate workshops to activate local sharing communities through strength-based and design-led approaches. They also develop tailor-made trend briefings on the sharing economy and can bring fresh thinking to your next event.
Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA)
The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is a national not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to increase the understanding and practical implementation of Earth centred law, governance and ethics (or 'Earth jurisprudence') in Australia. Earth jurisprudence is a new legal theory and growing social movement. It proposes that we rethink our legal, political, economic and governance systems so that they support, rather than undermine, the integrity and health of the Earth.
The need for new governance systems has never been greater: as we face a climate changed world and transition away from our destructive reliance of fossil fuels, human societies need to create new ways of working together and nurturing the wider Earth community.
William Angliss Institute
Established in 1940, William Angliss Institute is the specialist training provider for food, tourism, hospitality and events industries. Offering short courses, certificates, diplomas and bachelor degrees, William Angliss Institute has pioneered a new Bachelor of Food Studies, the first of its kind in Australia, which commenced in early 2016 and is designed for students who want to contribute to a more sustainable, ethical and equitable world through food. The Bachelor of Food Studies is complemented by William Angliss Institute Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy.
In both programs, students explore the relationship between food, agriculture, policy and health, gaining a deep understanding of all aspects of the food system. Specialised and interdisciplinary food studies subjects are designed to provide graduates with the ability to identify opportunities to positively influence food systems and communicate complex food issues clearly to a range of audiences.
Ian Potter Foundation
The Ian Potter Foundation is a major Australian philanthropic foundation that supports and promotes excellence and innovation. The Foundation was established in 1964 by Australian financier, businessman and philanthropist, Sir Ian Potter (1902 – 1994). Based in Melbourne, the Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours. Grants are made through ten program areas which reflect Sir Ian’s interest in the arts, and his visionary approach to issues including the environment, science, medical research, education and community wellbeing, as well as the importance of investing in Australia’s intellectual capital.
Through its grants, the Foundation seeks to encourage excellence and support Australia’s talent: the visionaries, social entrepreneurs, scientists, academics and researchers, artists and teachers, and those who dedicate themselves to bettering our communities for the benefit of all.
City of Melbourne
You don’t need to look far to discover a new experience in Melbourne. Boasting more cafes and restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world, Melbourne is a foodie’s paradise. Beyond your plate, there are ample opportunities to shop both local and international brands, explore impressive galleries, see blockbuster shows, cheer at sporting events and explore the world-renowned street art scene in its laneways and beyond.
Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals
The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) is Australia’s only peak body for co-operatives and mutuals across all industries. The BCCM unites co-operatives, mutuals and member-owned businesses with the common objective of increasing awareness of the co-operative and mutual business model and the important contribution of member-owned businesses to the national economy and community development of Australia.
Their members recognise the role of co-operative and mutual businesses in contributing to informed and balanced public policy debate for a fairer, more prosperous and inclusive economy for all Australians.
They are a powerful and informed voice in the business community and have successfully focused media and political attention on Australia’s co-operative and mutual sector.
From the very first issue, Dumbo Feather has provided a platform for people to tell their stories. The people in our magazine are not necessarily famous. They are changemakers, leaders, artists, writers, lawyers, activists, philosophers, teachers, builders, scientists. They use their craft to make the world a better place, and in telling their story they inspires others to do the same.
Founded back in 2014, and launched in February 2015, the company has its roots much earlier. Mazen Hajjar, the founder, started the Middle East’s first craft brewery back during the July 2006 war between Israel and Hizbollah. By the time he left, his old company was exporting beer to 26 different countries including Australia.
After one of his trips to Australia and while hawking beers in a Sydney suburb, the decision to start a brewery in Australia was made.
There is no wrong or right way to brew beer. There is the passionate artisanal way, and the industrial way. Hawkers chose the artisanal approach.
Their ingredients are of the highest quality, and are never artificial or chemical.
Their brewing techniques were inspired by great traditions, and experimental methods and they use the best equipment.
“We believe in brewing the absolute best beer we possibly can, spreading it to the 95% who still don’t drink craft beer, and having fun while doing it, because life’s too short to drink bad beer.”
Rumble Coffee Roasters
Rumble Coffee Roasters focus on transparently traded coffee that values the hard work of the coffee grower. Terms like ‘specialty coffee’ and ‘direct trade’ have lost all meaning. They want coffee lovers to rise above confusing marketing terms and inventive social media by arming them with the truth.
They aim to buy quality coffee at at a fair price and tell the world about it. And a fair price means one that can support the farmer, their family and the environment.
Church of All Nations
Situated right beside the Carlton estate, The Church of All Nations has a long history of supporting the residents of Carlton. We offer emergency support, women’s programmes, a homework club, a No Interest Loans scheme, computer classes, and a drop in space. The Church of All Nations, believing in God’s love for all people, seeks to witness to the Christian hope in God’s transforming power, offer worship that is participatory, relevant and welcoming and, serve all its neighbours with justice and compassion. So that it may be a church for all of Carlton.
Higher Ground calls home to a historic, heritage-listed 1890’s former power station in the western end of Melbourne’s CBD grid. Adjacent to Southern Cross Station at 650 Little Bourke Street.
The space has been re-imagined by Melbourne based designers, Design Office in collaboration with design wiz and co-owner Nathan Toleman, who is also the brains behind The Kettle Black and Top Paddock.
The space is unique and can be set in multiple arrangements to create a truly distinctive event. Higher Ground’s food is familiar but unique. Grounded in solid technique, it’s both delicious and beautiful and the events menu can be tailored to your taste and budget.
The venue also has a strong sustainable conscious, taking part in several different projects. Some of these include our worm farms, farm wall, keep cups and works toward as much paddock to plate as possible through our farm located in Merricks.”