Unpacking backpacktivism: Facing fair-trade fashion

Today marks one month before I embark on my first trip to Bangladesh.

In December 2016, I graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fashion) and Bachelor of Business (Marketing). My degree took me in many unexpected directions, beginning with a dream to become a wedding dress designer but instead, finding a passion for ethical supply chain management. In my final year of study, I focused my graduate collection on educating consumers about some of the issues in fashion production and consumption, such as cotton production, dye waste and workers’ rights.

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What it’s like to study in Gothenburg

Whilst I imagined studying at a Swedish university would be completely different to studying at QUT, it is amazing how many features of uni life are the same, and how many are different. I am currently studying Environmental Economics at the University of Gothenburg. For those of you that may be wondering what studying in Sweden is like, here are some features of a Gothenburg university.

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Creative³ Forum by QUT Creative Enterprise

Zombies. Virtual Reality. Startups. Robots. Gamechangers. Disruptors. This is Creative³.

Thanks to QUT Business School, I received a full bursary to attend the event on Friday 22 September 2017; the conference (or rather, forum!) was my first professional foray into the world of exciting, innovative technologies and an excellent introduction at that.

Mackenzie standing inside the creative 3 conference

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Our journey across the Tasman to the top of the mountain

On Friday 25 of August 2017, Nick Di Savia, Dominic Jones, Andrew Trubshaw and I made our way to Queenstown, New Zealand to compete in one of the country’s premiere case competitions. The SDS International Case Competition, run by the NZ Student Development Society (SDS), brings together students from 12 of the best business schools globally to solve challenging consulting problems for both small and larger scaled enterprises. The QUT team, accompanied by our advisor Mr. Bill Proud, entered the departure lounge of the Brisbane Airport ready for a week filled with adventure, challenges as well as new and exciting experiences… We were certainly not disappointed.

Waiting at the departure gate, Brisbane Airport

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The Road to Washington DC Starts in the Nation’s Capital

I was recently fortunate enough to be selected as a Global Voices Scholar, and Australian Youth Delegate, to the World Bank & IMF Annual Meetings in Washington DC later this year. Ahead of the delegation, I travelled to Canberra for three days of pre-departure briefings and meetings with Australian think-tanks, diplomats, MPs and senior policy-makers. This provided an opportunity not only to meet with senior officials and to receive input and advice on my policy research, but provided a chance to gain a deeper insight into the inner workings of various government departments, and to better understand Australia’s role and priorities at the World Bank and IMF.

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The Unknown Project’s foundation in Enactus QUT

One of my favourite poems is ‘The Summer Day’, by American poet Mary Oliver. It reads:

Oliver asks a critical, existential question: in a world of such remarkable beauty, who are we to be of any significance? But of course, as she says, you must be, but never without perspective. Oliver’s outlook demonstrates a kind of empowering empathy, in a world that can often feel overpoweringly apathetic.

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Accounting starters ft. Chris Hooper

My name is Liam Greinke. Final year Business (Accounting) and Laws student here at QUT interested in all things startups and philanthropy.

I was fortunate to meet Chris Hooper at a recent Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur pop-up event in Brisbane. Chris is one of the co-founders of Accodex — a cloud-based platform empowering freelance accountants. He kindly agreed to share his story and his advice to aspiring accounting start-up founders at QUT.

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Impact Social Enterprise 2017

When I told people that I would be spending my weekend – both entire days, Saturday and Sunday! – doing university-related things instead of enjoying the sub-Summer temperatures like the rest of Brisbane, many people told me that something must’ve been wrong or I needed the extra credit.

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