The Actioneers: an Engineers Without Borders Australia podcast exploring how socio-technical professionals are changing the engineering profession and the world.
This podcast is a mechanism for communicating our view that engineering is a critical enabler of the changes required to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We believe that the engineering profession can and should work towards changes that allow the planet, including all people and living things, to thrive. The podcast tackles the conventional, narrow perception of engineering with a contemporary vision where ‘soft skills‘ are ‘core‘ skills. We present conversations with socio technical Actioneers who are culture-shifters and changemakers.
Ruby Heard on bringing renewable energy and better energy solutions to those who need it most
In this episode of The Actioneers, EWB's Engagement Program Manager, Melanie Audrey, talks to Ruby Heard, Engineer Australia's VIC Young Professional Engineer of the Year, 2019, about her time working in Ethiopia training refugees to become solar technicians, on why she established Alinga Energy Consultancy and personal growth from sitting in the discomfort of values tensions.
David Hood AM on the role of socio technical engineering, immersive education and getting active in response to global heating
In this special Earth Day episode of The Actioneers, EWB's Engagement Program Manager, Melanie Audrey, talks to David Hood AM HonFIEAust CPEng about the role of ecosystem services in delivering the quality of environment necessary for the survival of life; about the relationship between sustainability and the built environment; and about why David supports direct action as a tactic for highlighting the urgent need to address global heating. On Earth Day 2022, David's message to engineers and engineering students is to think critically and get active!
Alexandra Sinickas - engineer, entrepreneur, mother on a mission
In episode 5 of The Actioneers, EWB's Engagement Program Manager, Melanie Audrey, talks to Alexandra Sinickas, founder and engineer behind Milkdrop. Alex shares how her quest to feed her baby pain-free led her to found Milkdrop, a product designed for people with breasts, by people with breasts. We talk human-centred design, setting up a sustainable business and female entrepreneurship.
Jane MacMaster on the power of conversations, sustainability and the duty of engineers to change the world around them
In this episode of The Actioneers, EWB's Technology Development Lead, Mitch Horrocks chats with Engineers Australia's Chief Engineer, Jane MacMaster.
Together, they explore Jane's generalized approach for complex problem solving, dig into the relationship between sustainable development, a circular economy, the externalities of engineering work and EA's code of conduct. And why, in relation to climate change, engineers need to use their training as complex problem solvers to lead an equitable transition to clean energy including for transport and manufacturing the sustainable built environment and a healthy planet.
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Corey Tutt - Aboriginal STEM champion, author, CEO and founder of Deadly Science
In episode 3 of The Actioneers, EWB's Engagement Program Manager, Melanie Audrey, talks to proud Kamilaroi man Corey Tutt, about his journey from Alpaca shearer to discovering the joy of STEM, founding Deadly Science and publishing his first book - The First Scientists. Corey's mission to inspire young Aboriginal kids to discover the joy of STEM is a deadly, passionate yarn, not to be missed.
TW: death, suicide
Milda Pladaite and Chris Chukwunta - young engineers lobbying globally for climate action.
In episode 2 of The Actioneers, Melanie Audrey, EWB's Engagement Program Manager talks to Milda Pladaite and Chris Chukwunta from the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), Young Engineers Working Group on Climate Action, about their experience negotiating at COP26 in Glasgow.
They discuss the role of ethics, influencing, hope, collaboration and how taking action individually and collaboratively are equally important in a just response to the climate crisis.
Very interesting and informative, for both engineers and non-engineers. Great podcast with some timely and relevant topics discussed.
Action happens with individuals
Great reminder that action begins with motivated individuals, even if simply to prove others wrong! So pleased to have Marlene Kanga as an Australian leading the way in bringing awareness and action around sustainable development into the engineering profession on a global level.
Thanks EWB Australia for bringing these change makers to our attention - whether during our car journeys or workplace lunch tables. Following this podcast!
Inspiring and timely
These stories really show how engineers can think about their roles differently to create a world where everyone and the planet itself benefit from technology. Much needed as humanity is at risking of steaming past a turning point where we can thrive or fail. Every engineer can play a role moving to a prosperous and sustainable future, this a must listen if you want to understand how!