Founding Members of The Space


1EmeliPauloEmeli Paulo

Age: 30 years

Achievements to Date:
Co-created and produced the Make Poverty History concerts in 2006 and 2007 with 15,000 people attending to watch Bono, The Edge and Pearl Jam headline an all star line up of Australian musicians. My passion for change has turned Make Poverty History into a household name. The Make Poverty History movement is now followed by 1/3 of the Australian population generating millions of dollars in donations to help in the fight to end extreme poverty.

Facilitated and supported 500,000 young people to increase their self belief and discover who they are at the Reach Foundation

Developed Flame, a culturally sensitive program that instills self belief and builds resilience in young Aboriginal females.

Worked with Birdcage, an initiative designed for young women to critically question the expectations of how they as women should look, think and act. Supported over 40,000 females to explore the pervasive influence of media, celebrity, peer pressure, social norms and values.

Established X Tribe, an organization that focuses on empowering women to be all that they can.

As a positive young role model, selected to meet Oprah Winfrey on her visit to Australia in 2011 to share my vision for X Tribe.

Summary of Initiative
X Tribe was established to unleash the potential of all women – all ages and from all walks of life.
All women have inspiring stories to tell and their stories need a way of being told.  The X Tribe is dedicated to connecting every woman, via a tribal network where all skills, resources and ideas can be shared and celebrated at workshops, events and online national awareness campaigns.

Vision
Starting with women our ultimate vision is that all people have the means to realise their potential.

What are you trying to accomplish?
We exist to connect women from all walks of life and foster a cultural shift that recognises and celebrates the contributions of women.

What is your ultimate goal?
In order for the world to be able to reach its full potential, women must first realise their own.

What will change?
Women will have a voice.

2WillEmmettWill Emmett

Age: 22 years

Achievements to Date
*Australian Youth Representative to Commonwealth Day
*Chief Executive Officer, Left Right

Summary of Initiative
Left Right is a non-partisan youth-led think-tank that develops policy in consultation with young people. The organisation focuses on long term solutions to the most pressing issues facing Australia. Our vision is for a society that seeks and embraces the ideas of young people and our mission is to involve young people in public policy. We believe that young people are the most heavily invested stakeholders of decisions made today and as such should have a high level of input into those decisions.

Vision
To bring about a shift in society where young people are engaged in the decision making process in their own right across all issues facing society.
To have the creativity, innovation and unique perspectives of young people valued and recognised rather than seen as a token measure to tick the ‘young person engagement’ box.

What is your ultimate goal?
To develop Left Right as a leading policy development organisation, recognised for
its research, innovation and organisational practices on a global scale.

What will change?
Our efforts will result in a significant impact on policy development in Australia.

3JamesSpittalJames Spittal

Age: 21 years

Achievements to Date
Success. I’m launching an Internet Marketing company that helps small business people to utilise some of the knowledge I’ve acquired over the last 18 months of self-education and hard work. In 2010, I graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor of Computing and was awarded a certificate of excellence for being the #1 final year student.

Vision
To grow Merspi.com.au to a significant community to the point where it provides MASSIVE impact on the lives of many Australian students and has a user base of 1 million students across Australia.
Ultimately, this forms the basis of what I believe is an “Online School” and a new model/complete paradigm shift in education.

What are you trying to accomplish?
Raise funds to put together an alternative school for young people to become leaders
(“A life-skills based curriculum. A school for leaders, by leaders.”)

What is your ultimate goal?
To have a significant impact on the Education System by 2015

What will change?
The current model of education is broken on so many levels. The average kid graduates from high school – without a clue in the world what he or she is really passionate about. Following the well meaning advice of their parents and parental figures, they go to university. Many of these students choose courses they have no real interest in and unsurprisingly, the vast majority drop out contributing to the massive drop out rate we have in universities at the moment. This isn’t a model of education that REALLY works any more. The kids are smarter than we give them credit for — they want to be ENGAGED… and the unfortunate reality is that the current teachers combined with the current education system isn’t doing the job.

By when?
2015. At the moment the model is the in the capital raising phase.

By how much?
Enough to impact the lives of the young people who KNOW they want something different and are out there BEGGING for something different. How many that is… no one can truly say without launching something along these lines and finding out.

4ChantelleBaxterChantelle Baxter

Age: 26 years

Achievements to Date
Creator of the Week for Darfur – an awareness raising campaign that incorporated an internal touring multimedia exhibit that was screened at Federation Square.

Co-founder of a non-profit organisation called One Girl.
Currently starting up a social business called LaunchPad.

Summary of your Initiative
One Girl is a non-profit organisation that invests in women and girls through education and economic empowerment.

Our core programs include:

* Back to School education scholarships
* LaunchPad – a social enterprise that sells affordable eco-friendly sanitary pads to women and girls in Sierra Leone.

Vision
A world where women and girls are creating and leading change in their communities.

What are you trying to accomplish?
Back to School Education Scholarships
We are currently working with community members, identifying ways in which we can strengthen our Back to School education scholarships program and provide our scholars with the best opportunities for learning.

LaunchPad
After conducting a trial program in Sierra Leone we have established market demand. We are now setting up a sustainable distribution channel to sell affordable, eco-friendly sanitary pads to the women and girls in the rural areas.

What is your ultimate goal?
To increase access to education for 1,000,000 girls.

What will change?
Back to School Education Scholarships
When a girl is educated, she’ll get married later and have fewer healthier children. For every year she stays in school she’ll increase her income by at least 10%. With the money she earns, she’ll invest 90% of it back into her family. An educated girl becomes an educated woman. An woman who ensures her children go to school, just like she did.

LaunchPad
Women and girls in Sierra Leone use rags, sponges, underwear and other makeshift materials to manage their period. Not only is it unhygienic but it’s also embarrassing. Girls miss out on up to one week of school EVERY month because they have their period. LaunchPad will improve the health and hygiene of women and girls, provide employment opportunities to vulnerable women and increase school attendance amongst girls.

By when?
By 2014, One Girl will have provided 600 education scholarships to girls living in rural Sierra Leone.
By 2014, LaunchPad will have 67,500 monthly customers, 55 trained LaunchPad Champions.

5StephanieTippingStephanie Tipping

Age: 27 years

Achievements to Date
Personal: Greater connection to self and improved ability to listen to the heart.

Professional: Launched “My Agender” edited by S.J.Tipping on 3rd February 2011

Summary of Initiative
“My Agender”, is a collection of personal stories which explore the interplay between gender and sexuality. The stories in this book are written from the heart and explore the pain, strength, and courage it takes to express your authentic self.

Vision
My vision for “My Agender” is to create a broader understanding of ‘normal’, so the next
generation can come into a world where they are free to express themselves as it comes naturally.

What are you trying to accomplish?
Publishing a book which will be an essential resource for the community and a piece of
the giant puzzle required to tackle discrimination.

What is your ultimate goal?
To remove the label of difference and de-construct the definition of what society calls
‘normal’. To create a world where people are not restricted to current binary thinking and
not subjected to bullying, harassment and discrimination based on their expression of gender and sexual identity, their ethnicity, religion, [dis]ability, class or location of birth.

6DavidDixonDavid Dixon

Age : 26 years

Achievements to Date
Co-founder of One Girl

Summary of your Initiative
One Girl is a non-profit organisation that invests in women and girls through education and economic empowerment.

Our core programs include:

* Back to School education scholarships
* LaunchPad – a social enterprise that sells affordable eco-friendly sanitary pads to women and girls in Sierra Leone.

Vision
A world where women and girls are creating and leading change in their communities.

What are you trying to accomplish?
Back to School Education Scholarships
We are currently working with community members, identifying ways in which we can strengthen our Back to School education scholarships program and provide our scholars with the best opportunities for learning.

LaunchPad
After conducting a trial program in Sierra Leone we have established market demand. We are now setting up a sustainable distribution channel to sell affordable, eco-friendly sanitary pads to the women and girls in the rural areas.

What is your ultimate goal?
To increase access to education for 1,000,000 girls.

What will change?
Back to School Education Scholarships
When a girl is educated, she’ll get married later and have fewer healthier children. For every year she stays in school she’ll increase her income by at least 10%. With the money she earns, she’ll invest 90% of it back into her family. An educated girl becomes an educated woman. An woman who ensures her children go to school, just like she did.

LaunchPad
Women and girls in Sierra Leone use rags, sponges, underwear and other makeshift materials to manage their period. Not only is it unhygienic but it’s also embarrassing. Girls miss out on up to one week of school EVERY month because they have their period. LaunchPad will improve the health and hygiene of women and girls, provide employment opportunities to vulnerable women and increase school attendance amongst girls.

By when?
By 2014, One Girl will have provided 600 education scholarships to girls living in rural Sierra Leone.
By 2014, LaunchPad will have 67,500 monthly customers, 55 trained LaunchPad Champions.