30 episodes

Ethical Hour's Changemaker Chats podcast brings you inspiring conversations with impact entrepreneurs, everyday activists and changemakers from around the world, who are tackling social and environmental issues and working hard to make the world a better place through the power of small business.

You'll hear stories from the front line of social justice, sustainability and triple bottom line businesses.

Tune in for inspiring interviews and cutting edge conversations with the world’s leading ethical innovators working for people, planet and profit towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Ethical Hour Changemaker Chats Ethical Hour - Sian Conway

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 16 Ratings

Ethical Hour's Changemaker Chats podcast brings you inspiring conversations with impact entrepreneurs, everyday activists and changemakers from around the world, who are tackling social and environmental issues and working hard to make the world a better place through the power of small business.

You'll hear stories from the front line of social justice, sustainability and triple bottom line businesses.

Tune in for inspiring interviews and cutting edge conversations with the world’s leading ethical innovators working for people, planet and profit towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    [34] Brooks and Sharpe: Standing against exploitation in the fashion industry

    [34] Brooks and Sharpe: Standing against exploitation in the fashion industry

    Brooks & Sharpe is an online platform that curates the very best in independent, eco friendly luxury fashion brands. They're on a mission to prove that eco friendly fashion is not boring and unfashionable, but simply the way fashion should be done.
    Founder Pam comes from an entrepreneurial background and worked in the fashion industry for a number of years before she began selling clothes on eBay and Asos marketplace. Realising that the fast fashion model wasn't for her, Pam decided to pivot and create a brand with products she believed in and an ethos she could proudly shout about.
    Today, Brooks & Sharpe curate brands that are passionate about their craft and desire to do better in the fashion industry.
    We talk about the challenges involved in building a brand from the ground up, fighting against fast fashion and changing the face of the industry through the power of shopping small and supporting each other.
    Find out more and follow Brooks & Sharpe's journey on their website: https://brooksandsharpe.com/ (https://brooksandsharpe.com/)
    Today's episode is brought to you by Brooks & Sharpe.
     
    Brooks & Sharpe is an online platform that curates the very best in independent, eco friendly luxury fashion brands. They curate brands that are passionate about their craft and desire to do better in the fashion industry.
    Although these brands are small and sometimes new to the industry, they are producing fashion in a way that empowers communities, pays everyone involved in the production cycle a fair wage, responsibly sourcing fabrics, produce fashion in limited quantities and make high quality clothes that last.
    All of the styles you’ll see on Brooks & Sharpe's site are limited editions, specialist collections, and even one-off pieces, so you can be sure you’ll find something unique to you.

    Brooks & Sharpe never promote brands or designers who use real fur in any of their collections for Brooks & Sharpe – or for anybody else. They're animal lovers and stand against animal exploitation. They'll wear the prints, but never the pelts.
    Find out more and shop the collections now on Brooks & Sharpe's website: https://brooksandsharpe.com/ (https://brooksandsharpe.com/)
     
    If you're interested in starting or growing a business with purpose, you can access tailored training, advice and support inside the #EthicalHour (https://soundcloud.com/tags/EthicalHour) community: ethicalhour.co.uk/our-community/ (https://gate.sc/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fethicalhour.co.uk%2Four-community%2F&token=76e47e-1-1563793492783)
     

    [33] Eco-Stylist: making ethical fashion accessible to all

    [33] Eco-Stylist: making ethical fashion accessible to all

    Eco-Stylist is an online marketplace for eco-conscious and ethically made men's clothing.
    Menswear is often unrepresented in the sector, but Founder Garik Himebaugh is committed to bringing stylish and sustainable clothing to the main...

    [32] Green Gathering: making change takes a village...

    [32] Green Gathering: making change takes a village...

    Today we're talking all about how creating change requires community action. Cllr Shane Collins is one of the directors of The Green Gathering - a community interest company and the only festival in the UK powered by renewable energy.
    Shane is also a long time green activist, district councillor and leader of the Green Party group on Mendip DC. Today we discuss how we can do more as consumers, citizens and activists to bring about positive change within the current political system.
    Today's episode is brought to you by Green Gathering - a festival ‘beyond hedonism’ powered by wind, sun and people.
    Four days of low impact living in an area of outstanding beauty... every nook and corner bursting with music, comedy, creativity, campaigns and natural abundance.
    Intimate solar stages showcase up-and-coming acts, legendary festival favourites, DJs, poets, activist comedians and spellbinding raconteurs.
    Share wisdom and skills; find friends old and new; weave, weld and tell stories.
    Have a party... then wake up and put the world to rights!
    Take the festival spirit home with you.
    1st-4th August 2019 in wooded splendour on the Welsh border just 18 miles from Bristol.
    Be inspired. Make change. Go to greengathering.org.uk (Secret Projects are empowering women in India. Founder Fritha was inspired to start the business when she realised that microfinance programmes had increased skills and production, but hadn't created a market for women to sell their products - which was keeping them stuck in a poverty cycle. She already had a product that was selling well in the UK market, so by shifting ethical production to India, she could solve this problem and tackle social issues too. Secret Projects now partner with NGOs and provide support on a grassroots level to empower women and their communities. Their Prevention Through Production programme supports women who are survivors, or at risk, of human trafficking. By producing Secret Sari Dresses women and girls gain access to an income generating activity in an area where there are little or no such opportunities and are thereby prevented from being trafficked or re-trafficked. Today Fritha joins me on the Ethical Hour podcast to share her story, the highs and lows of running an ethical business and why she will never stop thinking commercially about social problems. This is a must listen if you're interested in ethical fashion, conscious consumerism or starting a business to make a difference. Find out more about Secret Projects and shop the collection on their website: www.secretprojects.org And don't forget to follow them on Instagram: www.instagram.com/secret.projects/ If you're interested in starting or growing a business with purpose, you can access tailored training, advice and support inside the #EthicalHour community: ethicalhour.co.uk/our-community/ Today's episode is brought to you by Green Gathering - a festival ‘beyond hedonism’ powered by wind, sun and people. Four days of low impact living in an area of outstanding beauty... every nook and corner bursting with music, comedy, creativity, campaigns and natural abundance. Intimate solar stages showcase up-and-coming acts, legendary festival favourites, DJs, poets, activist comedians and spellbinding raconteurs. Share wisdom and skills; find friends old and new; weave, weld and tell stories. Have a party... then wake up and put the world to rights! Take the festival spirit home with you. 1st-4th August 2019 in wooded splendour on the Welsh border just 18 miles from Bristol. Be inspired. Make change. Go to greengathering.org.uk)
    If you're interested in starting or growing a business with purpose, you can access tailored training, advice and support inside the #EthicalHour (https://soundcloud.com/tags/EthicalHour) community: 

    [31] Secret Projects: is ethical business the answer?

    [31] Secret Projects: is ethical business the answer?

    Secret Projects are empowering women in India. Founder Fritha was inspired to start the business when she realised that microfinance programmes had increased skills and production, but hadn't created a market for women to sell their products - which was keeping them stuck in a poverty cycle. She already had a product that was selling well in the UK market, so by shifting ethical production to India, she could solve this problem and tackle social issues too.
    Secret Projects now partner with NGOs and provide support on a grassroots level to empower women and their communities. Their Prevention Through Production programme supports women who are survivors, or at risk, of human trafficking. By producing Secret Sari Dresses women and girls gain access to an income generating activity in an area where there are little or no such opportunities and are thereby prevented from being trafficked or re-trafficked.
    Today Fritha joins me on the Ethical Hour podcast to share her story, the highs and lows of running an ethical business and why she will never stop thinking commercially about social problems. This is a must listen if you're interested in ethical fashion, conscious consumerism or starting a business to make a difference.
    Find out more about Secret Projects and shop the collection on their website: https://www.secretprojects.org (https://www.secretprojects.org/)
    And don't forget to follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/secret.projects/ (https://www.instagram.com/secret.projects/)
     
    If you're interested in starting or growing a business with purpose, you can access tailored training, advice and support inside the #EthicalHour community: https://ethicalhour.co.uk/our-community/ (https://ethicalhour.co.uk/our-community/)
     
    Today's episode is brought to you by Green Gathering - a festival ‘beyond hedonism’ powered by wind, sun and people.
    Four days of low impact living in an area of outstanding beauty... every nook and corner bursting with music, comedy, creativity, campaigns and natural abundance.
    Intimate solar stages showcase up-and-coming acts, legendary festival favourites, DJs, poets, activist comedians and spellbinding raconteurs.
    Share wisdom and skills; find friends old and new; weave, weld and tell stories.
    Have a party... then wake up and put the world to rights!
    Take the festival spirit home with you.
    1st-4th August 2019 in wooded splendour on the Welsh border just 18 miles from Bristol.
    Be inspired. Make change. Go to greengathering.org.uk (http://greengathering.org.uk)

    [30] CoGo: ethical consumption - who's responsibility is it anyway?

    [30] CoGo: ethical consumption - who's responsibility is it anyway?

    CoGo began life as a grassroots scheme in New Zealand where cafes and shops could put stickers in their window to show their allegiance to different ethical causes. Today the app helps customers shop in line with their values, and uses big data to provide a business case to encourage corporations to become more ethical and sustainable.
    Every business and consumer has their own set of ethical priorities - CoGo brings everyone’s views together to paint a picture of the most pressing issues and what consumers and businesses are doing about them.
    Using the app can help you find more businesses that align to your values and use your voice for change through your everyday spending.
    In today’s episode, Ben Gleisner, CEO of CoGo, joins me to discuss ethical consumerism, the attitude/behaviour gap and how we can create change on a bigger scale.
    Find out more and download CoGo in the App Store or Google Play: https://cogo.co/ (https://cogo.co/)
    If you're interested in starting or growing a business with purpose, you can access tailored training, advice and support inside the #EthicalHour community: https://ethicalhour.co.uk/our-community/ (https://ethicalhour.co.uk/our-community/)
    Today's episode is brought to you by Green Gathering - a festival ‘beyond hedonism’ powered by wind, sun and people.
    Four days of low impact living in an area of outstanding beauty... every nook and corner bursting with music, comedy, creativity, campaigns and natural abundance.
    Intimate solar stages showcase up-and-coming acts, legendary festival favourites, DJs, poets, activist comedians and spellbinding raconteurs.
    Share wisdom and skills; find friends old and new; weave, weld and tell stories.
    Have a party... then wake up and put the world to rights!
    Take the festival spirit home with you.
    Be inspired. Make change. Go to greengathering.org.uk

    [29] Social Change Nation: how to make a dollar and a difference

    [29] Social Change Nation: how to make a dollar and a difference

    Today's guest is social entrepreneur Joshua Schukman, co-founder of Impact Business Base, founder of Social Change Nation and host of the Dollar and a Difference show.
    Josh has worked with social entrepreneurs all around the world on a whole range of causes for over a decade. He has so much advice to share about the social impact start-up life. He's also a digital nomad, living full time on the road in an airstream caravan!
    In this episode we talk about the shift to the "new normal" in business - a world where all businesses have a triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. We discuss lean startup methodology and how social entrepreneurs can get their ideas off the ground to help the causes they care about most.
    Find out more about Impact Business Base: https://www.impactbusinessbase.com/ (https://www.impactbusinessbase.com/)
    If you're interested in starting or growing a business with purpose, you can access tailored training, advice and support inside the #EthicalHour community: https://ethicalhour.co.uk/our-community/ (https://ethicalhour.co.uk/our-community/)
    Today's episode is brought to you by Too Good To Go - an app that lets everyone do their bit to reduce waste, while also getting delicious food and supporting local businesses. The businesses get to reduce their waste and also have potential new customers try out their food. Both contribute to a better environment. Win-Win-Win!
    Find out more and join the food waste revolution! https://toogoodtogo.co.uk (https://toogoodtogo.co.uk/en-gb)
    Download Too Good To Go on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/too-good-to-go/id1060683933?mt=8 (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/too-good-to-go/id1060683933?mt=8)
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Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

@libmeisterflex ,

Thought provoking ethical essentials

A taster for the #EthicalHour community on Facebook & Twitter. Great guests, informal chats on hot topics, collaboration over competition, coming together to make impact on our planet. I recommend subscribing.

Booktales and Dreams Book Club ,

Straight-talking and guilt free

I love the straight talking approach Sian takes. These podcasts really shed light on the ethical issues we are all facing but provide realistic and guilt free advice. This is something that is really hard to find. Well done Sian!

JodiFlan ,

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Love these. Thank you. I look forward to joining the twitter chat and hearing more podcasts :)

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