Caring for people and the planet through social enterprise
Kylie Flament is the General Manager of Green Connect, an award-winning social enterprise that does incredible work helping young people and former refugees into employment, while leading the way in growing fair food and diverting waste from landfill.
These days Kylie loves nothing more than spending time at the Green Connect farm on the outskirts of Wollongong in NSW, or utilising her impressive array of skills to generate funds and interest in their work. But when the job was first offered, Kylie nearly didn’t say yes, worried that after her big-city roles in the corporate and government sectors, it might be a step backward–or worse, she might be bored.
Three years on, she’s discovered that to be far from the reality… and inspired by the ripple effect of Green Connect’s work in the local community, she’s become a fierce advocate for the power of social enterprise to create positive change for people and the planet.
In this episode, Kylie talks about making the leap to the not-for-profit sector, what being a social enterprise actually means, the hardest and most rewarding aspects of her work, and why she’s happy to let the Greta Thunbergs of the world do their thing, while she does hers.
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