Project: Open Table

A man much wiser than me told me that the sustainability movement is dead, its just an aesthetic discourse.

Walking around Melbourne’s inner north I totally see what he means. Single speed bikes, magazines printed on raw paper with soy inks, tight jeans kept up by suspender belts and artisan bakeries are just the start of it. But I can’t help but wonder if despite the apparent ‘branding’ of sustainability there still lies an undercurrent that hopes and dreams about environmental change.

Enter, the Open Table. An excellent initiative set up by, well yes a few inner north hipsters (but be careful here as one of them has been my student!) to feed the community with leftover food from Fairshare every week. The dinners are held on Sunday nights at the Brunswick Community House using excess food that would overwise go to waste. Outstanding considering Australian’s waste $8 billion worth of edible food every year. Rude.

Details: First Sunday of every month from 6pm (the next one is this Sunday 2nd June) at Brunswick Community House on De Carle Street Brunswick. Hot.


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About Juliette

When Juliette was little, she came home from school and asked her mum in her little teary voice why the other kids at school didn’t like her. Her mum reassured her and said 'Don't worry Juliette, you're just different. That's all.' Since then, aware of her obvious difference to everyone else, Juliette is spending her time doing exactly what people wish to be doing – exactly what she wants. This blog is a celebration of taking a deep breath and just doing it. Currently Juliette can be found sipping tea and gardening somewhere in Central Victoria, Australia with her beloved and their excitable boys. She is also completing her PhD in Civic Agriculture and teaches at RMIT in Sustainable Consumption and Design Activism.

3 thoughts on “Project: Open Table

  1. I don’t think this man is much wiser than you, I believe he’s wrong. There is that element of just being the current trend for some, an opportunity for profit for others but also a whole lot of sincere and committed people working in their own small ways but also collectively to bring about change, growth. It’s a shame he only sees that side of it, but never mind, he’s allowed an opinion 🙂
    I like that you are doing exactly as you want, that’s just what life should be and most of us don’t. I am too – now! I like your blog.

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