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Podcast Show Notes Ep 015: “Redefining the future of education” with Natalie Chan, Founder & CEO of OWN Academy

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In this episode I’m delighted to chat with Natalie Chan, Founder & CEO of OWN Academy and one of the most inspiring education innovators in Hong Kong. OWN Academy bridges classrooms and the real world by giving secondary school students practical industry experience with companies like New York Times and Cartoon Network, helping them to discover their unique talents and career path. Natalie will be sharing more about their programmes and industry partnerships, the challenges and future for OWN Academy, and her experience and insights from Davos.

What we talked about: 

  • Natalie’s career journey going from corporate to becoming a film producer, to discovering her passion for education 

  • The power of media in helping her create positive impact that reaches many more people 

  • Do 12 year olds kids of this generation really know what they want to do with their lives? How OWN Academy help students discover their talents and the wide range of career opportunities that are available

  • How they are making it possible for secondary school students to get experience working with companies like New York Times and Cartoon Network

  • Natalie’s criterias when choosing companies to work with 

  • OWN Academy’s biggest challenges and goals as a forward thinking education innovator

  • Natalie’s own role models and mentors

  • Her experience at Davos and insights on education and future of work

Natalie’s advice for mission driven creative entrepreneurs:

” Figure out your business model first (…) Ultimately to be sustainable and really make an impact you have to have a business model that supports it, so figure out how to make money. “

End of Season 1

This is the final episode of Season 1 of The Innovate for Growth Podcast. We’re going to be taking a short break while preparing our next season with some amazing guests lined up, including an international children’s character and TV show creator, a Tai Chi master and an author documenting the stories of Hong Kong’s traditional tradesmen and women. Until then, stay tuned!

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Other podcast interviews from The Innovate for Growth Podcast you might like:

Ep 001: “Should your brand be podcasting?” with Sam Book & Surmayee Tetarbe, Sassy Media Group

Ep 002: “Innovation in Hong Kong – where are we heading?” with Patti Hung & Kate Okrasinski, MAKE Studios

Ep 003: “The Business of Fine Art” with Jaime Lau, The Spectacle Group

Ep 004: “Making of the real life Marvel Tesseract and the artist entrepreneurial journey of a world renowned cold glass sculptor” with Jack Storms, The Spectacle Group

Ep 005: “Discovering the Uncharted Territories of Helicopter Aerial Hyperphotography – a story of chance and serendipity” with Antoine Gaussin, The Spectacle Group

Ep 006: “How can brands adopt sustainability and scale positive impact on the environment? ” with Sonalie Figueiras, Green Queen

Ep 007: “When Creativity meets Sustainability” with Diana Chen, The Purpose Business & Creative Mornings HK

Ep 008: “Will Fashion ever be Sustainable in the Future?”with Kate Padget-Koh and Kanch Porta-Panjabi, Fashionable Futures

Ep 009: “Reducing Fashion Waste and Pollution at Scale” with Christina Dean, Founder & Chair of Redress, Founder & CEO of The R Collective

Ep 010: “Making Fashion Recycling Easy and Rewarding for Parents” with Sarah Garner, Founder of Retykle

Ep 011: “From Print to Digital First – Transformation and Innovation in the world of News Media” with Malcolm Ong, South China Morning Post

Ep 012: “Solving Social Issues through Kindness” with Jeff Rotmeyer, ImpactHK & Love 21 Foundation

Ep 013: “Empowering Women Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries” with Helen McEachern, CEO of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Ep 014: “How Press Freedom Concerns Led To The Very First Crowd Funded News Organisation in HK” with Tom Grundy, Hong Kong Free Press

Ep 010: “Making Fashion Recycling Easy and Rewarding for Parents” with Sarah Garner, Founder of Retykle

For those of you with young children, it can be frustrating to have barely worn baby clothes piling up at your house from your kids having rapidly outgrown them.

In the last of our mini series featuring sustainable brands, I talked to Sarah Garner, Founder of Retykle, who started the company to take the hassle out of resale of second hand children’s clothes to make life easier for parents. In this episode, Sarah shares with me more about the environmental issues caused by fast fashion, some exciting innovations and trends that are happening in the fashion industry, how Retykle enables parents to make money while offering a solution for conveniently recycling kids clothes, and her own entrepreneurial challenges as a non technical founder.

Key talking points:

  • How her personal frustration with going through baby clothes quickly as a new parent led to her starting Retykle
  • The definition of ‘Fast Fashion’ and how media and brands play a part in generating the demand for it
  • How Retykle enable parents to make money while providing a convenient solution for recycling kids clothes that no longer fit
  • Challenges of being a non technical founder when optimising and scaling efficiency without a playbook
  • Local consumers’ changing attitude to second hand clothing
  • Growing trend of fashion resellers and brands incorporating sustainability
  • Innovations enabling sustainability happening in the consumer space, rental/reseller business models, and within fashion brand supply chains
  • Simple habits that you can incorporate into daily life with kids to be more sustainable as a parent and cut down on waste
  • Creating a brand community with influencers that stand for values they believe in in order to change consumer mindset at scale

Sarah’s tips for creative entrepreneurs who want to make a difference:

  • Be constantly learning and stay curious
  • Find something that you feel extremely passionate about and a problem that’s worth solving

Click here for full show notes and links for this episode.

Podcast Show Notes Ep 006: “How can brands adopt sustainability and scale positive impact on the environment? ” with Sonalie Figueiras, Green Queen

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I’m compelled to act because we’ve only got the one planet and we’re destroying everything.

Sonalie Figueiras, Founder & CEO Green Queen and Ekoware

A few months ago we hosted an experts panel on how brands can leverage innovation and creator partnerships in order to scale positive impact on environmental sustainability. Over the last few months we’ve seen climate change issues making big waves in the media as the world becomes aware that it is becoming a global epidemic.

As someone who loves nature, I was curious about the different perspectives on how we can innovate around sustainability and partnerships to scale positive impact on the environment as a brand. Hong Kong has been making huge progress in the sustainable lifestyle and zero waste movement over the last few years, so for our next few episodes, I’m delighted to be talking to some of our panelists as well as sustainable entrepreneurs doing amazing work in this area.

Sonalie Figueiras is the founder and editor-in-chief of Green Queen, Asia’s largest eco wellness media platform, whose health issues led her to discovering the benefits of plant based diets and how it connects with the health of the planet and eventually advocating for social & environmental change and educating the Asia community on sustainability through original, inspiring media content.


In this episode we’ll be talking about:

  • How Green Queen grew from a blog into a full multi channel media company that became the largest eco-wellness platform in Asia
  • How Hong Kong’s behaviour and attitude towards sustainable living and zero waste movement differ from the rest of the world and led to the rapid growth of innovation and entrepreneurship in this area
  • Core driver for the growth of brands incorporating sustainability into their business
  • Sonalie’s favourite brands and entrepreneurs in HK doing amazing work in the eco-living space
  • How vegetarian food and green living goes hand in hand and why she’s a huge proponent of plant based food
  • What the main challenges are for people to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle
  • Sonalie’s prediction on environmental and social changes in the next few years
  • Some ways small businesses and startups can start incorporating sustainability into their business
  • Examples of successful brand partnerships and innovation that are growing positive environmental impact
  • Topics people are most interested in from insight on Green Queen

Practical tips

To start living in a more eco-friendly way, Sonalie suggests making a habit out of the following :

  • Buy less stuff – you need much less than you think you need
  • Increase number of plant based meal per week – make it a challenge with family and friends to explore plant based dining
  • Spend more time in nature
  • Only buy second hand clothes

Links

Green Queen Media

Founded by serial entrepreneur Sonalie Figueiras in 2011, Green Queen is an award-winning impact media platform advocating for social & environmental change in Hong Kong. Their mission is to shift consumer behaviour through inspiring & empowering original content in Asia and beyond.

With 3million + monthly digital impressions and over 25,000 followers on social media channels, Green Queen is the most popular and most visited eco, health & wellness English media magazine and platform in Hong Kong and across Asia.

IG: @greenqueenhk

Clips and summary from the Innovate for Growth Sustainability Experts Panel

How Brands can leverage innovation and creator partnerships to scale sustainability

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Ep 001: “Should your brand be podcasting?” with Sam Book & Surmayee Tetarbe, Sassy Media Group

Ep 002: “Innovation in Hong Kong – where are we heading?” with Patti Hung & Kate Okrasinski, MAKE Studios

Ep 003: “The Business of Fine Art” with Jaime Lau, The Spectacle Group

Ep 004: “Making of the real life Marvel Tesseract and the artist entrepreneurial journey of a world renowned cold glass sculptor” with Jack Storms, The Spectacle Group

Ep 005: “Discovering the Uncharted Territories of Helicopter Aerial Hyperphotography – a story of chance and serendipity” with Antoine Gaussin, The Spectacle Group

Podcast show notes Ep 005: “Discovering the Uncharted Territories of Helicopter Aerial Hyperphotography – a story of chance and serendipity” with Antoine Gaussin, The Spectacle Group

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” The concept of hyperphotography is about bringing a vision, to use the technique to give a vision that the human eye is not able to naturally see or get. . . Even I, I don’t see it like I picture it. My technique brings another vision that goes further. “

Antoine Gaussin

In the last of our 3 part episode diving into the world of fine art, we have Antoine Gaussin, an aviation photographer from Belgium who specialises in hyper photography, where he stitches together photographs from different angles to form scenes from unexpected perspectives.

His latest project “Uncharted” has led him to taking birds eye view photos of airport from a helicopter from different angles, carefully stitched afterwards to form neat geometric patterns with aircrafts and bright colourful safety markings of different airports.

In this episode, we will be talking about:

  • Antoine’s journey transitioning from journalism to fine art photography
  • How his love of travelling and poetry led to creating art photography with a focus on airports
  • How the concept for the ‘Uncharted’ collection and his hyper photography technique developed
  • The role of innovation in making his art possible – from the lens he uses to taking photos from a helicopter which require special permissions from airports
  • Succeeding as a professional artist and serendipities that led to that
  • Antoine’s advice to those who want to do photography for a living

Practical tip on what it takes to succeed as a professional artist

“It’s about authenticity. Don’t try to please the people. I think you have to be authentic and don’t have to try and copy, or to intellectualise is no good. Listen to your heart. I believe in the invisible will. If you are authentic with what’s inside of you, people will recognise it. “

Antoine Gaussin

Links

The Spectacle Group

Antoine Gaussin’s “Uncharted” collection is exclusively represented globally by The Spectacle Group. Uncharted is available for viewing at The Spectacle Group gallery in Hong Kong and at international art fairs.

IG: @thespectaclegrouphk

Visus Gallery

IG: @visusgallery

Antoine is also the owner of Visus Gallery in Belgium where he curates work of other artists as well as exhibit his own art photography series.

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Other podcast interviews from The Innovate for Growth Podcast you might like:

Ep 001: “Should your brand be podcasting?” with Sam Book & Surmayee Tetarbe, Sassy Media Group

Ep 002: “Innovation in Hong Kong – where are we heading?” with Patti Hung & Kate Okrasinski, MAKE Studios

Ep 003: “The Business of Fine Art” with Jaime Lau, The Spectacle Group

Ep 004: “Making of the real life Marvel Tesseract and the artist entrepreneurial journey of a world renowned cold glass sculptor” with Jack Storms, The Spectacle Group

Ep 005: “Discovering the Uncharted Territories of Helicopter Aerial Hyperphotography – a story of chance and serendipity” with Antoine Gaussin, The Spectacle Group

In the last of our 3 part episode diving into the world of fine art, we have Antoine Gaussin, an aviation photographer from Belgium who specialises in hyperphotography, where he stitches together photographs from different angles to form scenes from unexpected perspectives.

His latest project “Uncharted” has led him to taking birds eye view photos of airport from a helicopter from different angles, carefully stitched afterwards to form neat geometric patterns with aircrafts and bright colourful safety markings of different airports.

In this episode, we will be talking about:

  • Antoine’s journey transitioning from journalism to fine art photography
  • How his love of travelling and poetry led to creating art photography with a focus on airports
  • How the concept for the ‘Uncharted’ collection and his hyper photography technique developed
  • The role of innovation in making his art possible – from the lens he uses to taking photos from a helicopter which require special permissions from airports
  • Succeeding as a professional artist and serendipities that led to that
  • Antoine’s advice to those who want to do photography for a living

Full show notes and links for this episode

Links

The Spectacle Group

Antoine Gaussin’s “Uncharted” collection is exclusively represented by The Spectacle Group. Viewing available at The Spectacle Group gallery in Hong Kong and at international art fairs.

IG: @thespectaclegrouphk

Visus Gallery

IG: @visusgallery

Antoine is also the owner of Visus Gallery in Belgium where he curates work of other artists as well as exhibit his own art photography series.