Note: This letter was originally published in our weekly newsletter and is being republished here.
I’m now back at the farm after travelling to speak at the Eko Mindful Boss Ladies hosted by my dear friend, model and pioneering eco fashion entrepreneur Emily Kate Symes at her gorgeous rental and consignment retail space in Sydney.
I thoroughly loved the small intimate setting; I much prefer these style of events as people treat you more like an intelligent and thoughtful human being and less like a zoo animal where they only care to take pictures with you and post on Instagram (just observe how some people behave at events etc and you’ll see what I mean, how some dismiss the human behind the ‘brand’).
Reflecting on the discussions and feedback I realised some people were keenly interested in my corporate-to-tree change ecopreneur journey while others wanted to know how I built and run a global eco media brand without being a slave to social media and the 24/7 pressures that come with the nature of the business.
So starting today, I will share the interesting articles I’ve read, thought-provoking podcasts I’ve listened to, the brilliant accounts I personally follow and the books I’ve read so you get to learn what drives my thinking as a humanitarian, as an activist and as the editor of this fast-growing conscious media brand.
Here’s who I’m following, what I’m reading and listening to this week:
Melinda Gates: The three most important conversations in my life, No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis
Cultural diversity and the Asian-Australian experience, Big Ideas
How to Say “No” Gracefully and Uncommit, Tim Ferris Show
A World of Three Zeroes: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Carbon Emissions by Muhammad Yunus
For the Common Good by Bill Shorten (Australian opposition leader)
People / Accounts:
No White Saviors, challenging the “white people as hero” narrative perpetuated by Western media and society in general.
Clean Clothes Campaign, an NGO working to improve conditions in the global garment industry and currently putting pressure on H&M to pay living wages
News Corp: Democracy’s greatest threat. Denialism, nihilism and the Murdoch propaganda machine by Richard Cooke, The Monthly
We Won’t Speak at Your Commencement – And Hope No One Else Will Either by Christiana Figueres and Bill McKibben, The Chronicle
I worked on David Attenborough’s documentary. The grim reality gave me climate anxiety by Liv Grant, The Guardian
Anyway, I hope what I share is enlightening for you and gives you a glimpse into the inner workings of my mind and how/where I spend my most precious resource: my time.
Peace, love and all that jazz,
Jen xx (Editor-in-Chief)
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Feature image via Unsplash.