17 episodes

Two hosts, one problem, two possibilities…

Presented by Jan Fran and Marc Fennell, a series where we hear personal stories from Australians with big ambitions, entrepreneurs and small business owners, who are advocating for change and tackling society's big issues.

The Few Who Do is an SBS podcast with CGU Insurance.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 264 Ratings

Two hosts, one problem, two possibilities…

Presented by Jan Fran and Marc Fennell, a series where we hear personal stories from Australians with big ambitions, entrepreneurs and small business owners, who are advocating for change and tackling society's big issues.

The Few Who Do is an SBS podcast with CGU Insurance.

    Climate change and the teenagers putting it all on the (picket) line

    Climate change and the teenagers putting it all on the (picket) line

    The UN has declared the climate crisis an existential threat to humanity. Scientists warn that rising temperatures will have catastrophic effects on our weather, our food, our homes.
    On September 20 millions of people flooded streets around the world in the largest ever strike action against climate change. One of the many student organisers of the event is 15-year-old Harriet O’Shea Carre, who co-founded the Australian school strike with her friends Milou and Callum after being inspired by Greta Thunberg.
    But if we fail to stop climate change, can we just… dump Earth and move to Mars? Dr Jon Clarke is the president of The Mars Society (Australia). While he’s not advocating wholesale removal to the red planet, he thinks that by looking outwards we might develop technology to help us become more sustainable on Earth.
    The Few Who Do with CGU Insurance. Two hosts, one problem, two possibilities. 
    Featured guests:
    Harriet O’Shea Carre, co founder, School Strike 4 Climate Australia
    Dr Jon Clarke, President, Mars Society Australia

    • 24 min
    Open for business: A tale of two main streets

    Open for business: A tale of two main streets

    As our lives increasingly move online, it’s important to maintain real public spaces—both for the local economy and to keep our communities vibrant and engaged.
    Returning to his hometown of Newcastle, Marcus Westbury planned to start a trendy shopfront bar, but after counting 150 empty spaces on the main streets he started to think about how he could help people open their own businesses.
    Food has the power to connect across cultures. Growing up in a multicultural suburb in North Melbourne, Loretta Bolotin learnt this at a young age. Combining her work in the refugee sector with her experience of connection through food and community, Loretta co-founded an enterprise to help newly-arrived refugees start their own businesses.
    The Few Who Do with CGU Insurance. Two hosts, one problem, two possibilities.

    Featured guests:
    Marcus Westbury, Founder of Renew Newcastle
    Loretta Bolotin, Co-Founder and CEO of Free to Feed
    Hamed Allahyari , co-owner Cafe Sunshine

    • 27 min
    Going the distance: getting a job when you’re homeless

    Going the distance: getting a job when you’re homeless

    Running a marathon isn’t usually a requirement for job applicants, but for some homeless people around Australia it’s a key achievement that has led them towards employment.
    While training for a marathon in Perth, Western Australia, businessman Keegan Crage would encounter people sleeping rough. He started wondering how to make practical changes in their lives and whether he could do it through the power of running.
    But not everyone wants to run—and not everyone can. CEO of The Big Issue, Steven Persson, says that to work for the magazine you just need to walk, or roll, into The Big Issue headquarters.
    Featured guests:
    Keegan Crage, Founder On My Feet
    Tara, participant and mentor, On My Feet
    Steven Persson, CEO The Big Issue
    Marcus, vendor, The Big Issue

    • 26 min
    Names can never hurt me: cyberbullying and image-based abuse

    Names can never hurt me: cyberbullying and image-based abuse

    Being told to ignore bullies and "walk away" was never an overly effective anti bullying method and now bullies are inescapable.
    One-in-three Australians have reported experiencing some form of online abuse, whether that be someone posting negative comments, image-based abuse or identity theft. This kind of bullying can be anonymous, sustained and repeated.
    When 18-year-old law student Noelle Martin realised an innocent selfie had been stolen and photo shopped into porn, she sought help from the police but at that point there was nothing they could do. Noelle decided it was up to her to raise awareness of online abuse.
    Rosie Thomas remembers her teachers teaching anti bullying strategies like to report bullying, or to simply walk away. Fresh out of high school, she and her sister Lucy started a business to address bullying and cyber bullying in schools with effective strategies that offered more than walking away.
    The Few Who Do with CGU Insurance. Two hosts, one problem, two possibilities.
    Featured guests:
    Noelle Martin, law reform campaigner
    Rosie Thomas, co founder of Project Rockit

    • 32 min
    Plating up edible insects and the whole hog

    Plating up edible insects and the whole hog

    Mealtime could look and taste a little different in the future. The United Nations estimates that by 2050 the world’s population will rocket to almost 10 billion people, that's another 2.5 billion more mouths to feed. As global markets continue to shift, and more extreme weather patterns predicted, it raises questions about how and where we grow crops and rear livestock.
    Cricket yoghurt and ant candy could be coming to a supermarket near you. Insects have a small global footprint, are chock full of protein and are already consumed by 20 percent of the world’s population. So is it about time that we jump on the bug wagon? Skye Blackburn is an entomologist and food scientist – which, it turns out, is the perfect set of skills if you want to farm an alternative food source like insects. 
    If snacking on a mealworm isn't your thing- yet- take a tour of Matt Evans farm in a pocket of Tasmania. It was farm-to-table sustainable practices that compelled the food critic to move from inner city Sydney to a smallholding in Tasmania’s apple region. Matt’s approach to farming is all about sustainable methods and a circular system that values soil, diversity and a drove of pigs.
    The Few Who Do with CGU Insurance. Two hosts, one problem, two possibilities.
    Featured guests:
    Skye Blackburn, entomologist, Founder of Edible Bugs 
    Matt Evans, chef and TV presenter 

    • 29 min
    Planes, trains and driverless automobiles

    Planes, trains and driverless automobiles

    Australia has the second busiest domestic air route in the world. Over 54 thousand flights fly
    from Melbourne to Sydney each year, in part because we’re limited to driving or flying. But
    what if there was another way to move around the continent.

    A competition led by Space X in Los Angeles is challenging University students from around
    the globe to build a new type of rail system- a pod that travels in a vacuum at almost the
    speed of sound. Melbourne’s Zac McClelland co captained a team that designed a prototype
    for the system.

    Driverless cars are an inevitable part of our future but with intelligent vehicles we need an
    updated transport system. Professor Marjid Sarvi is heading up a project to ensure that our
    intersections, pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles will communicate with each other, ensuring
    safety and efficiency on our highways and urban centres.
    Featured guests:
    Zac McClelland, Team Captain, VicHyper
    Dr Majid Sarvi, Director of AIMES (https://eng.unimelb.edu.au/industry/transport/aimes)

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
264 Ratings

264 Ratings

Melbakimble ,

Upbeat, inspiring and fun

Wow! This show is awesome! Thank you SO much for an optimistic and practical podcast that makes me feel SO good! I love listening to this as I drive and it gives me ideas, motivation and hope. You ROCK!!

bluey loves it ,

Really good concept well executed

Love the concept The presenters bounce off each other well keep it up.

iamlisteningtolearn ,

Started with ‘you can’t watch me 24/7’

A must-listen ep! Chilling stories of entitlement and control but cleverly focuses on two solutions to the epidemics of street harassment and women fleeing violence in their homes.

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