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Think Act Change: Consuming Less in Times of Excess

For our first TAC event of 2013 we'll be hosting an engaging, interactive panel and audience discussion focused on WASTE.

When did we all start wasting so much? And why? And what the hell can we do about it? Lets get dirty and talk waste.

We'll be delving into our apparently new found obsession with waste as well as giving you practical pointers on what you can do to change what appears to be an ever-increasing cycle of waste.

We'll be having a truly impassioned conversation with some amazing folks working across food, sustainability, innovation & conservation.


Costa Georgiadis grew up around food. His grandfather, a market gardener seeded his DNA with a love of soil. His first steps were on his godfathers property in the Bylong Valley NSW. His grandfathers seeds germinated and grew though a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree at UNSW, Permaculture Design Studies, Catchment management Courses and then International travel and work in Europe.

Costa loves the language of communication and more recently has been spreading this passion with his show Costa’s Garden Odyssey on SBS. This vehicle has enabled him to share and communicate the wonderful work that is going on in the world of regenerative agriculture, food production, and community building across the country. Costa sees the world as a garden that nurtures us. He gardens the soil and the soul.


Early on, Sally Hill encountered the problem that was a broken future for humans on earth, and decided she had to do something about the environment. She has tackled the beast via activism, community organising, corporate sustainability, publishing and speaking. Then she found a knack for helping people have a good time while ‘doing’ sustainability.

In 2012, she dusted off her hiking boots and headed into the start-up wilderness, co-founding Wildwon Projects. Wildwon are an experience design and event production company who work on projects that have a net positive social impact. Wildwon events come with a warning: they are so inspiring they may cause epiphany and spark lasting behaviour change.

Since starting a social enterprise, Sally has been enjoying the feeling of sand between her toes, ideas between her ears and being part of the wind of positive change in her city.. and she will be encouraging everyone she can to try something terrifying.


Alexx has made a difference to the quality of people's choices and the standard of venues across the luxury cosmetics and hospitality industries thus far. She has been a manager, trainer, teacher, presenter, consultant, facilitator and even a singer songwriter.

Cut to an "aha moment" where helping people choose or creating nicer, more delicious things meant nothing all of a sudden, if it wasn't making a difference. As a writer and passionate real food and low tox living advocate, she has found her feet moving in a sprint like motion - despite being a non-runner!

"I believe that changing what we eat and living a simpler, low tox life, can be a delicious and fun baby steps journey into a more meaningful and enjoyable life. The world wants it and it's up to those who are good teachers to use their voices and do the good that's necessary. Not to sound holier than thou, but I truly believe it's a calling of sorts'.


Justin Bonsey is a sustainability consultant, writer/editor, Japanese translator, environmental advocate, founder of the Responsible Runners clean beach initiative, founder of Bondi Muggers (Sydney's first coffee mug library), commonsense crusader, local economy juggernaut, motivational observer, converted permaculturalist, secondhand solutionist, refuser/reducer/reuser/recycler, preventive psychiatrist, committed vagabond, and all-around jackanape - but most importantly, one of 7 billion active crew members on this extraordinary planet.

After years of sporadic volunteerism and dabbling in everything from DJing to live television reporting on the NY Yankees, an experience on a friend's organic permacultural farm in northern Thailand began the transition from lay observer to active participant, prompting the launch of a number of initiatives aimed at empowering communities to rediscover the fun and benefits of self-sustainability. Arriving to Australia less than a year ago and falling in with the inspiring likes of Transition Bondi, Take 3, and the Two Hands Project, the last straw (as it were) was witnessing the early-summer trashing of Bondi Beach, prompting the launch of Responsible Runners, a network of runners and walkers who do weekly and frequent emergency cleanups of Bondi, Manly, Coogee, and Adelaide beaches to protect the ocean, empower communities, and raise awareness of the dangers of single-use disposable rubbish, particularly plastic.

DON'T FORGET ABOUT OUR 60 SECOND SHOUT OUTS - if you want to nab a spot message me or come along early on the night to get your name on the list. This is your chance to take the stage for 60 seconds!! Make sure you get on the list :)

See ya'll there :)

We suggest a donation of $5.00 on the door to cover costs....of course if you're strapped for cash don't worry about it, we still want you to come along!

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  • Barry

    Very insightful on how we can reduce/eliminate waste

    February 14, 2013

  • Caroline

    Awesome session. Thanks to our amazing panelists - that gave me so much food for thought. I found myseld wandering around supermarkets asking myself "Where did this come from?" - scary thoughts!!

    For those that are interested in joining for Cowork in the Park next Thursday, you can register here:
    Its an awesome day for people to get outdoors, get some work done, have some fun and connect with new people.

    On the day, there'll be bean bags, deck chairs, coworking tables, a geodesic dome, a solar powered sound system, a bike-powered recharge station, a super big bubble blowing station, and Agape Organics food truck.  Clover Moore will be giving an opening speech around midday which will be followed by lightening talks on a range of topics like minimalist lifestyle, what men should smell like, social media, and space camp.

    2 · February 14, 2013

  • Colette

    The Worldwatch Institute has a Food & Agriculture program that does research into the state of the world's food & agriculture. I just received their latest Nourishing the Plane t newsletter - perfect timing to share with you!

    February 13, 2013

    • Jimmy H.

      @Colette - speaking of agriculture, I came across this video called Life and Debt.­

      This has a first hand accounts from the former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley. The IMF prevents Jamaica from having food security by prohibiting them to subsidize their farmers in the loan contract. This is in direct contrast to Japan, Europe and US Government who subsidize their farmers. This then allows the first world countries to export cheap food to kill off the farmers from developing countries.

      We can save all the food we want, but if the developing countries (after being colonised by their colonia masters) are forever relying on our aid; and if the food aren't getting to them. People will continue to stave! :-(

      1 · February 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And this is a take on food at home, locally­

      February 14, 2013

  • Kim

    Wish it had gone on even longer.

    1 · February 13, 2013

    • Kim

      But I loved the evening and can't wait for more of this. Thank you to everyone who was there!

      1 · February 13, 2013

  • Monique U.

    Great night. Thanks for organising Avis! I loved the fact that there was a diverse range of people. It wasn't just people already on board talking among themselves. There were actually people there who are just starting out. Go them!!!!

    Also, for those of you were around at the very end and helped me look for my lost earring. I found it in my Local Catchment Area (my bra) when I got home.

    3 · February 13, 2013

    • Dev

      Haha that's a classic, Monique. And there you were looking in Costa's beard.

      2 · February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event! We can do this together!

    I share regularly on my blog ways to live with less, and (shameless plug) in my book I write about how I've transitioned from over-consumer to conscious-consumer.

    As optimistic as ever, especially knowing there are so many great minds out there. xx

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • Melanie Louise E.

    Loved it. Will be at the next one. Keep up the good work guys. Here are my thoughts if anyone is interested :)

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • Justin B.

    Thanks to Avis, Sally, Alex, Costa, and particularly the wonderful people that came to take part. What an inspiring group!

    Please take 2 minute to send a letter to your local member in support of container deposit legislation (10c refund on bottles and cans) for all Australia. 8 billion of these are sent to landfill every year in Oz - this is a major part of the solution:

    I also wanted to encourage everyone to come lend a hand at the Responsible Runners weekly cleanups Sundays at 6PM in Bondi, Manly, Coogee, and Rose Bay. Find RR on facebook: Like, share, suggest to friends, but most importantly come get involved. Now is the time to act to combat plastic pollution in our ocean by picking it up anywhere, anytime and using reusable shopping bags, water bottles, coffee mugs, and containers in instead of plastic. Let's be the change we so desperately need!

    4 · February 13, 2013

  • Frederick M.

    Loads of fun. Nice to see all the people again!

    February 12, 2013

  • Victor S.

    Great presenters, loved the format and ice-breaker. Thanks to Avis, Justin, Alexx, Costa and Sally for being great presenters/inspirers!

    2 · February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am here...what level?

    February 12, 2013

    • Jimmy

      Level 2, walk upstairs from the sign-in desk and turn left.

      February 12, 2013

    • Barry

      First floor upstairs

      February 12, 2013

  • Justin B.

    Public transport? Catch a ride? C'mon people, let's get some pedal power! I'll be leaving Bondi Beach at 5:45PM on my speed-wheeling bicycle. Bondi to CBD in 20 minutes. Free, convenient exercise on a beautiful, cool evening. And only sweat emissions. :)

    3 · February 12, 2013

  • Kim

    What level and room will the event take place in?

    February 12, 2013

  • Monique U.

    I'd just like to encourage people to take public transport. This is often a low hanging fruit that we can think, act, change our habits with. Switching from car to public transport. It's not that bad. In fact, have a chat with someone on the train / bus about where you're going. Maybe they'll join you ;)

    2 · February 12, 2013

  • Frederick M.

    Is there anyone driving from Bondi that I could possibly hitch a ride with? :)

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • Tara

    Shall I just turn up at 6:30 tomorrow or shall I be contacted by someone before attending the meeting?

    February 11, 2013

    • Avis M.

      Just show up :)

      1 · February 11, 2013

    • mel h.

      what level and room will the event be held in Avis?

      February 12, 2013

  • Tom D.

    Because BEARD.

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I cannot attend due to a prior engagement.

    February 11, 2013

  • Brendan K.

    Apologies I'll be away on a residential course this time

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love to attend the next one.

    February 7, 2013

  • Kitty K

    Looking fwd!

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • Duncan S.

    Great stuff looking forward to it

    1 · February 5, 2013

  • Sue

    I've just returned from 5 days in Rwanda and was very impressed to see that plastic bags are banned when I arrived at the airport! The country must be the cleanest of all developing countries I've travelled in as there is very very little litter, if any at all! I even saw people sweeping the streets and gutters. Groceries etc are put into paper bags. Once each month, there is a clean-up day across the country and if you're too busy or have the funds to pay not to get involved you may do so, thus contributing to the cost of keeping the country clean. Why can't we do the same in a first-world community? The country is scenically stunning and all the more so because it's not been littered by humans who are too lazy and drop their litter or simply don't respect their environment?

    4 · February 4, 2013

  • Frederick M.

    Hi A, don't forget Forbes Hotel as a venue. Hope it is worth trying.

    1 · February 4, 2013

  • Melanie Louise E.

    not sure on guests yet!

    February 4, 2013

  • Karolina

    Hey guys! I'm in the very initial stages of developing a range of reusable grocery shoppers that address some of the drawbacks of current offerings. Am currently gathering info on bag habits/preferences, would be a great help if you could answer a few wee survey questions! All anonymous, feel free to vent about anything bag related!

    Sorely missing TAC and the people I've met through it since relocating to Melbourne, am actually considering a trip up for this one! <3

    January 8, 2013

  • joshua

    Hello my fellow earth savers, was wondering if anyone has seen any of these documentries What food matters, Hungry for change, Food inc, Thrive, Super charge me, fat sick and nearly dead if you are passionate about trying to help saving the enviroment, have alook at what your eating for a start.

    January 31, 2013

    • Tammy

      hey Joshua yes i have im very passionate about these things, i dedicate my life to helping improve the world through writing in papers magazines and radio when i can

      January 31, 2013

  • Tammy

    looking foward to my first meeting

    January 29, 2013

  • Pranav

    Looking to get active and meet new people!

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dependant on the location and if I am in Sydney I would love to attend.

    January 24, 2013

  • Elena M.

    Hi everyone. New to the group an excited to meet you all!

    January 21, 2013

  • Mohamed K.

    Hi, new to the group impressed by the reviews, look forward to the meetings, sharing ideas and discussions. Good opportunity to share change and be part of it. It is always said time will pass anyway wether we cange or not, so better choose change than being changed upon.

    January 17, 2013

  • Marisa

    On topic & free external event alert - Thurs, Jan 17th 7pm Whatever happened to “waste not, want not”?
    A sustainable future through eating well, reducing food waste and maximising resources.

    Journalist, TV host and blogger & Moderator Sarah Wilson will be joined by panellists:
    Georgie Somerset, an Australian beef producer
    Natalie Isaacs, the Founder and CEO of 1 Million Women
    Jane Fullerton Smith, Managing Director of Greenshoot Pacific
    Professor John Crawford, Chair of Sustainability and Complex Systems in Agriculture at the University of Sydney

    January 12, 2013

  • Kathy

    sure sounds good will be there

    January 1, 2013

  • San

    The answer is actually maybe - depending if I get to Sydney in time for this subject matter. If not, hope to join the next meeting.

    December 23, 2012

  • Sarah

    Wish I could but I'll be overseas...hope that it goes well!

    December 21, 2012

  • Lynn

    Interesting topic - looking forward to this! :)

    December 14, 2012

  • Michele M.

    My place in Enmore would be a great venue for a meetup about consuming less. It's a bit of a leading example in consuming less and I'm happy to host one meetup here, not really up for regular meetups at home. We can then include our wonderful inner west groups like Alfalfa House, The Bower, Food Connect Sydney and Inner West Seed Savers. The Eco Library has a small cosy space, we can investigate that.

    December 10, 2012

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