Are you passionate about the environment and sustainability? Have you ever dreamt of taking matters into your own hands to make a positive change in the world? 

Often we feel powerless in the face of big issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation and marine plastics - especially in the face of widespread materialism, apathy, and lack of leadership. What we have seen however is people like you and me stepping up to foster change and lead the way. IofC supports people as they develop their ‘initiatives of change’.  

The Sustainable Impact Mentoring program is designed to empower emerging leaders in the environment and sustainability fields who wish to create impact through innovative ideas and projects that are designed to meet community needs.  The program connects participants with experienced mentors in the environmental, sustainability and international development fields, and supports them in developing impactful projects through the Human-Centred Design (HCD) approach. Over a seven-month period, participants take part in a series of monthly workshops on HCD, and also meet with their mentors and groups, taking part in reflective practices that help make the important connections between sustainable living, leadership and taking focused action in community.

Participants will:
•    Learn a new methodology and apply design principles that work
•    Experience conceptualising, incubating and implementing a project
•    Engage with a local community to understand the existing needs
•    Develop lasting relationships and become a part of a network of changemakers
•    Learn from top industry professionals through being mentored
•    Feel confident and empowered to create a more sustainable future!

The HCD model can be applied in many different scenarios and can be used to design interventions that meet a wide variety of needs. For more on HCD, check out  
http://www.designkit.org/human-centered-design.

You can read about the 2017 cycle of the Sustainable Impact Mentoring programme here.

The 2018 program finishes in September 2018 with a Public Showcase at the Armagh Sustainability Market on 8 September, at the IofC centre in Melbourne. You are more than welcome to attend this public event to hear more about the program and meet the 2018 participants and mentors. 

To express interest in the showcase or the 2019 SIM program, please fill out your details via this link, and we will send you more information closer to the time: https://goo.gl/forms/EaL6AOXLJECt4fHh1

For more details about the showcase, getting involved, or donating, please contact the Program Coordinator, Kirsty Argento.

 

Latest News
Wednesday, 04 July, 2018

The first Sustainability Fair at Armagh features planting day in the organic community garden, and a public showcase of community projects led by Sustainable Impact Mentoring program participants.

Tuesday, 03 July, 2018

The Sustainable Impact Mentoring (SIM) program is for people who are passionate about making a change, but don't know where to begin.

Friday, 01 June, 2018
Rubbish bin in landscape

Jean, a waitress at a café in Melbourne, noticed customers' use of plastic bags and takeaway cups. Determined to reduce the wastage and minimize its impact on the environment, she enrolled in the Sustainable Impact Mentoring (SIM) program run by Initiatives of Change Australia (IofCA).

Friday, 02 June, 2017

Gwendoline and Azain Raban have started an Initiatives of Change programme pairing mentors with individuals who are developing projects for a better ecological future. Ruby Nelson-Will reports back after an inspiring chat: