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Beat the Redundancy Blues in 6 Easy Steps

Speaking with a friend yesterday (let’s call him Ted), we found that they had just been made redundant. Ted, and a number of others colleagues were made redundant, and were then given 15 minutes to collect their belongings and go. Whilst they were given the appropriate payouts, it was still a difficult experience, especially so close to the Christmas and New Years holiday season. Ted had been working for a mining services company, and with the downturn in the Australian resources sector, it was not surprising that his company was downsizing their operations and retrenching staff. Still it sucks. It really sucks. It’s hard not to get angry, not to take it personally, and to worry about the future; it can be hard and scary to work out how to get back on the horse.

What we found with our friend Ted, was that this was really an opportunity in disguise: he had been looking for an opportunity to move out of the resources industry and into a more fulfilling line of work, and this was the push he needed. Interestingly, we have found that many CSR, NFP and sustainability professionals made the move to a more meaningful vocation, after being made redundant – it forced them to find the courage to make a change.

Making this transition can be very difficult, and given the bearish labour market we are currently seeing, more and more professionals are being forced to reconsider their options, their industry and their career path. In the event that you do experience redundancy, here are some tips to help you manage your sanity, reputation and career in the process. Continue reading Beat the Redundancy Blues in 6 Easy Steps

The Silver Linings Playbook: Meet the mum who started the Ice Bucket Challenge

In the wake of today’s sad turn of events in Sydney, we thought it might be good to take some time to be inspired by some of the good things that can come out of a situation. Every cloud has its silver lining – the #illridewithyou movement on twitter has seen Australians rally around the muslim community in the last 24 hours, in a touching gesture of unity and support. This is perhaps a way of trying to make some good come from a terrible situation. Continue reading The Silver Linings Playbook: Meet the mum who started the Ice Bucket Challenge

Why Grill’d Burgers are good for the community

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Here’s another gourmet fast food joint that is getting involved in community affairs, and has been doing so for quite a while. Grill’d is a burger joint that we all know and love across the country (except for NT & Tasmania sorry!), and their Local Matters program lets customers decide which community groups Grill’d will donate $500 to each month. Using a simple voting system (you get a bottle cap token with every burger purchased), customers can choose from one of three different local organisations each month and pop their token in the jar. Continue reading Why Grill’d Burgers are good for the community

The hills are alive, with the sound of backflips

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SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED THIS WEEK. So lets start at the very beginning – a very good place to start. Earlier this week, the Federal Government’s energy policy took another hit, this time from Nobel Laureate and former US Energy Secretary to Obama, Dr Steven Chu, who was in town to accept an honourary Doctorate from ANU is an advocate of urgent transition from fossil fuels to nuclear and renewable energy to combat climate change. Continue reading The hills are alive, with the sound of backflips

Can we stop the 2030 Labour Crisis?

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A new TED Talk just released discusses the upending of the global labour market in the ten years between 2020 and 2030. Continue reading Can we stop the 2030 Labour Crisis?

What is socially responsible, 315m long, and very, very wet?

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What a good looking question! What IS socially responsible, 315m long, and very, very wet? How about a giant waterslide set up in the very centre of the Perth CBD for one day, with bars, food stalls, music and entertainment? YES PLEASE! Continue reading What is socially responsible, 315m long, and very, very wet?

International Cricket Council leads the pitch on CSR

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Next year, we will all be lucky enough to partake in one of cricket’s premier events, the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Like the Olympics the World Cup is held every four years, and we are super excited about the opportunity to add a fifth Australian World Cup win to our tally. Continue reading International Cricket Council leads the pitch on CSR

Why your dream job doesn’t need to happen right now

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When we are young, or just asserting our independence as young adults, most of us envision that dream job, but it is far away, sitting on a pedestal out of reach. So we train, take on further study, and leap headlong into new experiences, hoping to quickly push through the barriers so we can live that dream.

For those of you looking to move into a career in CSR and/or sustainability in Australia, that dream can seem further out of reach; Australia’s sustainability and humanitarian sector is a good decade behind much of the developed world so the early opportunities afforded those in the US and across Europe aren’t as readily available down under.

So you start to lose hope. You take the only job that comes along, and suddenly that dream job seems further away. Where to now?

Well the old adage “every cloud has a silver lining” come to mind. Not getting that dream job early in your career, can actually be good for your career, and here’s why. Continue reading Why your dream job doesn’t need to happen right now

10 Important Things that Happened at the G20 Summit 2014

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If you haven’t been following the G20 Summit in Brisbane, here are ten things that happened over the weekend that help to form an important way forward for our international community.

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Samsung Sings about Sustainability

It’s been a long and serious week, and SustainingPeople wants to give you a global giggle to get you ready for the weekend.

Samsung US has just released its latest Sustainability report, and to make the salient points easier to digest, the tech giant decided to rap about it, employing the services of renowned (not really) US born/Korean raised rapper, Mad Clown.

Continue reading Samsung Sings about Sustainability