In Conversation: Grass Roots Innovation and Sustainability

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How does community action happen? What are the triumphs and the trials that drive community-led innovation: voluntary, funded, cooperative, not for profit? What are the benefits to individuals and the community? And how do these vital projects, that start out energised by passion and activism, achieve long-term sustainability whilst avoiding burnout and fatigue?

Join this conversation with Bridget Kennedy and Jo Taranto, exploring their actions, experiences and insights into grass-roots community-led projects for change. Both speakers come from a base of ecological sustainability, but the benefits of their programs and experience have been much wider reaching - building sustainable communities and relationships through climate driven action. 

It’s about bringing people together to make change. The joys of finding a group of like-minded people and working together towards a common goal, and the difficulties faced and overcome to stay motivated and optimistic.

Be inspired by the projects each of these powerhouse women of action run, find out how to get involved, and how to go about starting your own grass-roots revolution.

Bring your questions, and join the conversation. 

Guest Speaker: Bridget Kennedy

Bridget Kennedy is Director of Bridget Kennedy Project Space, Instigator and co-founder of the Sydney Edible Garden Trail, a founding member of the Repair Cafe Sydney North, and co-owner of a low impact eco-retreat in Sagada, Phillipines, where she also contributes to the community by presenting free workshops on composting and sustainability skills. Bridget is passionate about permaculture, creativity and their role in creating connected and sustainable communities. Gardening keeps her sane!

“The abundance of things, projects and services that have fallen under my banner over the years have earned the respect to be defined. I’ve learned, that to be a part of any real change or to create any type of impact in this world, it’s increasingly important for me to define why I do what I do. I’ve had to rethink what unifies my independent art practice and advocacy work, exhibitions, retail projects, community projects and much much more. Many things that might not seem traditionally ‘creative’ too. It’s simple. All of the work I do, and want to do, moves toward a common goal and shared vision. The future world. A truly connected creative community. ...”

You can find out more about Bridget’s many projects via her website:

And on instagram: @bridgetkennedy_projectspace and @bkandco

(also check out the Sydney Edible Garden Trail, Repair Cafe Sydney North, and the Seedling at Sagada)

Guest Speaker: Jo Taranto

Jo Taranto is an energetic and passionate communicator who is never afraid to jump in a bin to make a point. 

As an expert contributor on topics including waste, sustainability and climate change, Jo appears regularly at conferences and online events, and across numerous media outlets and digital channels. Jo holds qualifications in health science and environment, and has over 20 years of on-the-ground behaviour change experience, most recently with a number of local governments and a social enterprises in Sydney.

Since 2018, Good for the Hood has been empowering ordinary people to create change across neighbourhoods, community groups and workplaces.

The business was founded on the back of a grassroots community campaign to encourage people and business in the City of Ryde, Sydney to lower their use of single-use plastics.

Today, this one community campaign has inspired many many more, and the opportunity to support countless other community groups, corporates and councils on their pathway to change. With community and humour at the forefront, Good for the Hood is today a leader in sustainability communication and impact.

“Our vision is to build an eco-system of everyday change-makers and to make the journey accessible, positive and light-hearted so that every person – no matter what their age, political views or background – can be inspired to create their own piece of good.”

You can find out more about Good For The Hood via their website:

And on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter