Newsletter Issue 7, September 2015
View this email in your browser
Welcome to the seventh issue of Livewell News, the newsletter of the Livewell Clusters project.

How to Thrive in the Sharing Economy

Join our next First Thursday Workshop 1st October.

The sharing economy is about new models of access over ownership that enable people to share and exchange time, stuff and skills. Join this workshop to learn about how to better share, swap and gift surplus food, clothes, skills and household items with your neighbours. Featuring speakers from Streetbank Australia, Street by StreetCultivating Community and Shareable.

It’s at Mark St Hall, 1 Mark St North Fitzroy on Thursday 1st October from 7-9pm. Refreshments will be provided.

All welcome. The event is free but it’s preferable if you register.
RSVP here via Eventbrite

Please like our Facebook page and follow our Twitter channel below to keep up to date with Livewell Yarra via social media.

Research and AGM Update

Livewell PhD Candidate Darren Sharp facilitated two asset mapping workshops in August and participants were invited to map individual assets, referred to as gifts of the head (things I know about), gifts of the heart (things I care about), and gifts of the hands (skills I know how to do). These assets took many forms including knowledge about languages, passion for helping asylum seekers and hands-on skills in composting. With the personal assets of Livewell participants revealed the next stage involved mapping relationships to local organisations, associations and institutions.

A Livewell Yarra asset map has been created. Let Darren know if you would like to add your gifts to the map ( This map is a starting point to match Livewell participants’ assets with opportunities to take actions that reduce carbon emissions and assist with decarb groups, projects or the wider community.


Livewell recently held its AGM and ran a community visioning exercise using an approach called Dream Pair Share. People paired off and created three phrases or images to describe the community they would most want to be part of at some point in the future. Next the pairs shared their visions and the reasons behind them with their partner, then chose three dreams they would like to bring to the larger group. Teams put each dream on a post-it note and added them to the appropriately titled dream wall. Similar dreams were clustered together and people picked the cluster they were most drawn to. Groups then self-organised around a number of project ideas on cycling, the sharing economy, community connections and participatory democracy.

Co-design Workshop Wednesday 30th September

How Might We Improve Cycling in Yarra?

The recent Visioning exercise at the AGM led Livewell participants Gillian and Liz together to develop an idea for a cycling-related project called 'Bike Curious'. This project idea is to help people who would like to get into cycling but are nervous or unsure about it, to be paired up with a mentor to encourage and assist them. Darren is running a co-design workshop to brainstorm ideas related to the concept and collaboratively prototype new solutions. Get in touch if you're passionate about improving the cycling experience in Yarra for novice riders and would like to participate in the co-design process.

6:30pm - 9:00pm Wednesday 30th September 

Henley Club, Level 1, 8 Rankins Lane Melbourne.

Please RSVP:

A new Livewell Facebook group

A private Facebook group has been created as a place for Livewellers to come together and discuss ideas related to Decarb groups, project groups, local events, resources, news and more. If you're on Facebook and would like to join please visit the group page here.

Climamania Festival at Melbourne Fringe 

‘Do you have an angry polar bear in your swimming pool? Look again.’ So begins the promo for Climamania: A MiniFestival of Plays and Music. It’s designed to put a carbon-neutral rocket under our climate change complacency and it starts next week! It’s at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute, 29 September to 4 October, 6.30 each night. Features Rod Quantock, musicians Bob Sedergreen, Carl Pannuzzo and Helen Kerr-Lawley, and the Soul Theatre ensemble. Bookings through Melbourne Fringe or phone 9660 9666.

Climate for Change needs volunteers

Climate for Change is a community group that's about advocacy for good climate policy, using a ‘Tupperware party’ model to build up numbers. They’re advertising some volunteer positions. Get in touch with them directly for more information. 

The last climate tango in Paris

Public forum 27th October Hawthorn Arts Centre

Advance notice! The Lighter Footprints climate change group in Camberwell has organised a Last Climate Tango in Paris night of speakers, prior to COP21, the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. It’s on Tuesday 27th October, 7 - 9.30 pm at Hawthorn Arts Centre (formerly Town Hall). It features speakers Ross Garnaut, David Karoly, Anglican Bishop Genieve Blackwell and local MP Josh Frydenberg. Tickets are free and available at Evenbrite.


People's Climate March

27th November State Library of Victoria

Also put in your diary (if you haven’t already) the People’s Climate March Friday 27 November, 5.30 pm starting at the State Library of Victoria building up to COP21 in Paris. Stay up to date at the Facebook page here.

Carlton Farmers' Market

Livewell participant Meredith Budge speaks highly of the Carlton Farmers’ Market. It’s held at Carlton Primary School (corner Rathdowne and Palmerston Sts) on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month, 8 am to 1 pm. The market offers ethical, local food from meat, fruit and vegetables to nuts, eggs, organic wine and cheese.
Livewell Yarra is being trialled and funded through the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living, in partnership with the City of Yarra, Yarra Energy Foundation and Curtin University.
Copyright © 2015 Livewell Clusters, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences