Roundtable Live brings together representatives from some of today's most active social organizations and movements as well as academics, artists, educators, public officials and everyday citizens. This fusion of views and opinions creates the foundation for truly dynamic discussion and the sharing of diverse yet unifying perspectives.
- Helena Norberg-Hodge
Author and filmmaker
Author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the 'new economy' movement - work which earned her the 2012 Goi Peace Prize. Educated in Sweden, Germany, Austria, England and the United States, Helena specialized in linguistics, including studies at the University of London and at MIT. Since 1975, she has worked with the people of Ladakh, or "Little Tibet", to find ways of enabling their culture to meet the modern world without sacrificing social and ecological values. For these efforts she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, or 'Alternative Nobel Prize'.
Helena is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC). Based in the US and UK, with subsidiaries in Germany and Australia, ISEC examines the root causes of our current social and environmental crises, while promoting more sustainable and equitable patterns of living in both North and South. Helena is also a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, and a co-founder of both the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.
- Dr. Marcello Sano
Research Fellow, Griffith University
Dr. Marcello Sano is Research Fellow at Griffith University. Lecturer at Southern Cross University and European Marie Curie Research Fellow in marine conservation.(www.mmmpa.eu).
He specializes in coastal engineering, planning and management, climate change adaptation, coastal and marine conservation, GIS. Marcello holds a PhD from the Universidad de Cantabria, Spain (2009) and a MSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from the Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy (2002). He has published in leading sectoral journals and presented his work in conferences worldwide.
Dr.Sano lectures in Coastal Zone Management and Climate Change Adaption at Griffith University and Global Environmental Issues at Southern Cross University. He has been invited as a guest lecturer at undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Spain, Italy and Australia.
Marcello has been active in coastal research and consultancy projects in Europe, the Mediterranean, Australia and in the Pacific. Current research interests include vulnerability assessment of coastal systems, complex systems thinking and climate change adaptation.
Marcello is also the leading the team of TEDxByronBay, a locally organised TED event which will be held on 20 of April 2013.
- Dr. Paul Taylor
Author & Publisher
Dr. Paul Taylor, Author & Publisher "The Biochar Revolution: Transforming Agriculture and the Environment". Paul is an astrophysicist who has worked at Harvard, NASA and MIT. In the early 1970s he was working at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in the USA alongside people who were doing early modelling on climate change. He now lives in both Australia and the US, researching and presenting on biochar and climate change. Paul is looking into how we can sequester carbon and increase soil fertility using Biochar, and is a presenter for Beyond Zero Emissions, an exciting and well-researched blueprint to provide 100% Renewable Energy for Australia in 10 years.
- Jeannette Martin
Parent & co-ordinator of the Mullumbimby Community Garden
As a mother of 7 and an activist for various environmental and social issues, Jeannette has found her calling over the last 15 years, to be establishing community gardens, originally on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and now in the Byron Shire. Through her experiences, she has learnt to acknowledge and respect the varied life stories and diversity of beliefs, values and aspirations within community. She has been fortunate to experience everyday the magic of teamwork and finds no more joy than creating opportunities for people come together to create and learn from each other.
Currently, she is the co-ordinator of the Mullumbimby Community Garden which is evolving into a major environmental education centre in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. While achieving a Diploma in Community Development, her Bachelor in Social Science studies are on hold as the hands on, practical needs of the community to learn how to grow food and to connect with the earth takes precedence over theory. Jeannette is passionate about empowering people to find solutions and to bring positive change into their own lives.
- Delta Kay
Delta’s is a proud Arakwal Bumbalin Bundjalung woman with over 20years working in the education sector.
Her passion is teaching her Aboriginal culture with the wider Community……especially children. Currently she is working with the Office of Environment and Heritage (National Parks and Wildlife Service) in Byron Bay. Arakwal work in joint-management with Office of Environment and Heritage to Care for the Country in our traditional homelands.
Delta’s people are sea-people, and they are Carers of Country…
- William Martin
Production Manager BAYFM
Over the last two decades, William has worked as Creative Producer and Project Manager for a variety of organisations and media personalities. In the past decade he has devoted his production expertise, marketing skills towards the preservation of biodiversity, food production, backyard gardening and organic farming.
William is a currently a Plaintiff in a Federal Lawsuit in the United States against agricultural-giant Monsanto, contesting their patents on seed. As Production Manager at Bay FM in Byron Bay he was directly responsible for initiating and producing a series of the ﬁrst-ever, live-to-air broadcasts for BayFM, including the community forum and an intimate live concert with Deva Primal and Miten.
William is the founder and director of Edible Gardens Seed company which is a pioneer in the realm of organic heirloom seeds, seed saving and preservation, sustainable agricultural practices and socially responsible business.. As Director of Edible Gardens he has lectured extensively around the US on seed-saving, GMO’s and organic and sustainable agricultural practices and lifestyles.
William has worked closely with Mrs Anita Roddick, founder of the The Body Shop, Dr.Vandana Shiva of Navdanya International, winner of the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize and His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.
- Ravian Budde
With a love for all things technological, creative and related to the human perspective, my personal and work life has always been intricately connected.
As a lecturer of Graphic Design, Web Development and Photography, these passions blend well, and in my personal life tackling projects such as MR Roundtables and community events also, my skills are well applied.
Living in Sydney with his wonderful wife, 6 year old daughter and 2 year old son, life can be a handful, but never boring!
Having traveled extensively and lived in many different places from Sydney to Italy, Byron, to the beaches of Spain, seeing the world and meeting different people has provided me with a broad experience of human nature, in all its beauty and pain.
The world is a wondrous place, and the people that live apron it fill it with flavour and spice!
Lets mix up these flavours, and together, we can make this place wondrous for everyone!
- Peter Robson
Peter's extensive business background of 30 years has seen him travel the world as an International Trader for some of the largest international companies.
His studies include 3rd party logistics, international trade patterns, and transactional analysis.
Peter founded his own Logistics Company, which is the largest private company in Queensland. He is a fellow in the Australian Institute of Management.
Peter is a strong believer in promoting healthy, safe and sustainable lifestyle, and in giving to the community at large.
As a philanthropist, Peter managed a Youth foundation for disadvantaged youth, and is partner and director of a Queensland Sport and recreation company.
He is an advocate for learn-to-swim programs and is has contributed countless hours to training volunteer surf lifesavers.