Standing up for regeneration, Country — and each other

[We’ve] got the skills, power, projects and networks. All we need is a little bit of confidence, and a little bit of a safety net — and we’re on.”

Sam Peart, Global Head of Sustainability, Hassell

Hassell is proud to support and showcase WomenIN, a passionate group of female design talent championing change in our industry. Established in 2018, the WomenIN collective sparks debate, reflection and connection, showcases female design talent and hosts annual events. 

Through thoughtful planning and discussion, these events provide emerging designers a chance to build networks with those who are paving the way within their industries. They also tap into the zeitgeist outside the design industry via guest speakers who have, to date, covered topics spanning health, education and transport.

Know your place

In November 2022, a sustainability event called Know Your Place’, was held in our Melbourne studio in a Yarning — or dialogue — circle format, with guests surrounding the circle. We recorded the event for inclusion in Hassell Talks.

Co-hosted by Aboriginal Engagement Consultant Kat Rodwell of Balert Mura Consulting and Senior Architect Mia Willemsen, our Yarning circle invited Maree Marshall, Director, Waste Management & Circular Economy, WSP; Clare Parry, Sustainability Manager, Development Victoria; Sam Peart, Head of Sustainability, Hassell and Daniel Tatton, Senior Project Officer, Creative Victoria to share their motivations, failures, successes and ideas for inspiring everyday action in environmental and social sustainability.

Podcast

Season 4, Episode 6

Host

Mia Willemsen, Hassell

Guests

Kat Rodwell, Balert Mura Consulting
Clare Parry, Passivehaus Trainer
Maree Marshall. Director of Waste Management and Circular Economy at WSP
Dan Tatton, Creative Victoria
Samantha Peart, Global Head of Sustainability, Hassell

Imagery

Jeremy Bonwick

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Country is sick. We can no longer heal country. That’s off the table now, but we can connect to country to stop the hurt, to stop the bleed.”

Kat Rodwell Balert Mura Consulting

Yarning circles are used in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander cultures — and around the world, as a respectful and non-hierarchical way to learn from a group, to build relationships, and to preserve and pass on cultural knowledge in a safe and accountable way.

Reflecting a deep care for Country, the Yarning circle for this event created a warm and encouraging setting for conversation, with humour, vulnerability and curiosity on display in the face of what can, at times, feel like an overwhelming challenge. 

We’ve got our foot on the brake pretty hard trying to slow things down, and to make that huge difference.

Maree Marshall Director, Waste Management & Circular Economy, WSP

And yet — as the title suggests, the message guests took home was that each individual has the power to create change, regardless of rank and position. The assembled guests were challenged to not sustain, or maintain, the status quo but to use their unique place to shift the focus of the industry and regenerate Country.

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Thanks to our event organisers Ingrid Bakker, Megan Boyle, Maddy Davidson, Lauren Geschke, Chloe Gleeson, Hannah Green, Maddie Gundry, Sarah Mair, Sam Peart, Emily Shaw + Mia Willemsen.

This episode was recorded on Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Country in Naarm (Melbourne).

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