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In 2018, Bank Australia ran a series of fortnightly conversations about the ways you can create a positive impact for the community and the planet. You can hear real stories from people who are at the frontline of social change and see how individuals and businesses can work collaboratively towards common goals.

#28 Changing the negative perception of disability

Moe Life Skills provides support to people with disabilities by making them feel like a part of the broader community through inclusive programs. CEO, Carole Broxham joins Olga Klepova to share their successful practises used in the regional Victoria.

#27 Social change through lounge discussions

A Melbourne based organisation Climate for Change uses an unconventional approach to raise awareness in Australia about effective action on global warming. We sit down with the founder of Climate for Change, Katerina Gaita to find out how these discussions work.

#26 Human Rights Watch: a tale of refugee the crisis

On this episode, Olga Klepova meets with Human Rights Watch director Elaine Pearson on the eve of World Refugee Day to discuss the pressing issues of their local and global work.

#25 ‘Don’t keep history a mystery’

The week of May 27 to June 3 marks National Reconciliation Week in Australia. Multiple events take place across the country to raise awareness and understanding about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, and to explore the role of institutions and individuals in working towards achieving reconciliation. In this episode Olga Klepova sits down with Erin McKinnon from Reconciliation Victoria to unpack the term ‘reconciliation’ and discuss the need to acknowledge the past in order to move forward.

#24 Gender equality: Untold stories from Australia’s music industry

Our guest for this episode of On Purpose is a young filmmaker Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore. Together with photographer Michelle Grace Hunder, Claudia interviewed over 40 Australian women working in the music industry and compiled their stories into a new documentary: Her Sound, Her Story. A documentary that provides a unique perspective on gender inequality and celebrates women’s achievements in the music industry. Our host Olga Klepova sat down Claudia before the film premiered at Human Rights and Arts Film Festival (HRAFF) in Melbourne.

#23 Divestment at the core to resisting global warming

In this episode, Olga Klepova interviews the founder of the environmental organisation, Bill McKibben. They catch up during his global campaign Accelerate Climate Action. They discuss global trends in divestment that are helping create a sustainable future, Bill’s retreat to Alaska and contemporary activism.

#22 How climate change affects the Pacific region

Climates is an organisation that helps communities affected by climate change in the Australia-Pacific region. Olga Klepova meets with its co-founder Jarrod Troutbeck to learn about the peril placed on local communities and discuss how Climates are raising public awareness. 
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#21 Fadak Alfayadh: from refugee to human rights advocate

In this episode of our podcast, we talked to a young activist and human rights advocate, Fadak Alfayadh. As a child, Fadak and her family learnt to embrace the hardship of seeking asylum to start a new life in Australia. With the support of Road to Refuge, Fadak is taking her campaign ‘Fadak’s story’, national. She has one aim: to convince the Australian Government to increase its refugee intake.

#20 Community wealth vs individual wealth

It is our milestone 20th episode! To make it a bit special this time we have two guests. They share their views on cooperative ownership as a sustainable solution to the housing affordability crisis. Jason Twill, the director of Urban Apostles, focuses on how the sharing economy can interlace with art of city making. Chels Marshall, a PhD candidate at ANU, explores land ownership of Indigenous people and how modern society could successfully transcend from being sustainable to regenerative.

#19 EFFA: the power of film can grow a positive and sustainable difference

The Environmental Film Festival Australia brings unique content to Australians by sourcing films from around the world. Over the last eight years, EFFA has used arts and culture to generate debate around positive and sustainable change. Olga Klepova meets with the CEO of the festival, Chris Gerbing.

#18 Nature Conservation is much closer than you think

A lot of endangered species and plants may face dire consequences if they remain on private land without proper care or conservation. Check out our discussion with Trust for Nature's Strategic Projects Manager Marnie Lassen about how they help preserve natural heritage on private land. One of its projects is the Conservation Reserve purchased by Bank Australia in 2008.

#17 Project Drawdown aims to reverse Global Warming

22 countries, 120 advisers and many others have put their expertise together to produce the "most comprehensive plan ever to reverse Global Warming". We speak to the founder and Executive Director of Project Drawdown, Paul Hawken during his tour to Australia.

#16 1 Million Women: from bite size actions to tangible results

Natalie Isaacs, now the CEO of 1 Million Women, moved from the over packaging in the cosmetic industry into climate change action when she realised that her contribution matters. This epiphany inspired her to create a movement of women united by the same goal - live life with the least negative impact.

#15 Money doesn't buy happiness, but it buys choice

At Fitted for Work, they know that self-belief is a cornerstone in fighting the burden of disadvantage that can hit a woman at any point in her life. We chat to Donna de Zwart, the CEO of Fitted for Work about how they help women gain the confidence back and find their value.

#14 What are the real threats to Australia's biodiversity?

In 2014 Australia saw its first Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews setting off on a journey to fight extinction of Australian native species. Increased number of numbats is one of the achievements during his tenure. He believes, winning war against feral cats and taking over Kardashian celebrity status is next.

#13 How to deliver more progressive change in Australia?


Australian Progress has become a school for many young activists in Australia looking at how to create effective campaigns, build influencial leaders and shape better future with active social sectors. Nick Moraitis tells about the skills and knowledge required and gives up examples of failures and wins of an Asylum seekers campaign.

#12 Melbourne Fringe: a bit of provocation for everyone

The CEO of Melbourne Fringe Simon Abrahams says the festival is the space for the weird, the wonderful and the cookie where art really makes you feel something. We discuss the fine mixture of politics, business and art and he also gives his top picks for this year festival.

#11 Sustainable living: where do you start?

For Sustainable House Day more than 180 innovative green homes across Australia will open their doors to the public, giving a rare glimpse into exceptional design and sustainable solutions. We speak with the CEO of the organising company Alternative Technology Association Donna Luckmann about the event and the real life tips for sustainable living.

#10 Greening Australia: Saving Australian Habitat

Preserving native habitat knowing its dire loss numbers requires not only a positive spirit, but a pinch of science, great team and accepting the fact that some species are beyond saving. Dr Elisa Raulings, Business Leader, Conservation Planning and Science at Greening Australia tells us about their work and the maintenance of the Bank Australia Conservation reserve.

#9 Berry Liberman: My job is to invest in a hopeful future

Purpose not the profit should measure your success, says Berry who is an impact investor. She believes there is no such thing as a self-made man but it is the power of a community and the family that makes the business thrive.

#8 Homeless doesn't mean jobless

Keeping one homeless person on the street costs $30.000-40.000 to the budget per year. The simplified employment process of The Big Issue gives the most marginalised members of the society a chance to earn income. Emma O'Halloran from Australia's longest standing social enterprise and Bank Australia customer The Big Issue tells about their business model and future projects to tackle homelessness on a different level

#7 Not a sexy cause to support - young parenting

Victorian regional organisation Zoe Support refutes the stereotypes about young parenting equipping young mothers with confidence and sense of belonging. With the founder, Anne Webster, we discuss the labels acquired by the cultural upbringing, financial sustainability of a social enterprise and lost sense of community that is crucial in her work.

#6 'Identity of Australia is everybody’s responsibility' - Belinda Duarte

What is the essence of the indigenous leadership and how can we secure Australian cultural identity through ancestry stories? We ask the co-chair of Reconciliation Victoria Belinda Duarte.

#5 Human Rights Watch: setting priorities for action is complex

What are the principles that guide Human Rights Watch to work on a specific issue or crisis? How are Australia's actions in the South East Asia and its policy affect the region? Our guests, Iain Levine, program director at Human Rights Watch and Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division discuss the area of human rights and the real actions that have positive impact.

#4 Guy Abrahams - life will survive, what form it will take, we're not sure

Together with Guy Abrahams, the Co-founder of CLIMARTE, we discuss the anthropological influence on climate change and the success story of the message received from the arts outweighing the money value received from the big oil company.

#3 Hollie Fifer, a young filmmaker who gives people a voice

In our podcast Hollie tells about her first feature length doco The Opposition. Set in the Paga Hill community in PNG the story uncovers a fight by the local people for their right to stay in their homes. As a film director, Hollie chose to be an active observer by showing this story to as many people as she can and finding a way to make change.

#2 Kalpona Akter and Phil Robertson: ethical fashion is possible

Interview with Kalpona Akter, a former child worker in the Bangladesh garment industry and Phil Robertson, Human Rights Watch Deputy Director, Asia Division.

We discuss consumer choices and their impact on the garment industry and the responsibility that fashion brands have to take to secure safety and fair wages to factory workers.

Find the video interview here

#1 Through the lens of HRAFF

Celebrating the first big anniversary of the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival (HRAFF). Evelyn Tadros, a co-founder of the festival, talks about the role HRAFF plays in today’s discussion about human rights and its ability to create a community of people passionate about social change. 


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