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Thrivability Mattters Webinar Series



The United Nations has set global targets for building a sustainable society and environment. To this end it has launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) in 2015-based on the former Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). 

The Sustainable Development Goals are viewed as interconnected, such that achieving success in one goal is dependent on achieving success with the others. They represent the most ambitious targets ever attempted by the international community and invite us all to play our part in building a more sustainable, safe, just, and prosperous planet for all humanity.

THRIVE Project wants to spread the word and deepen understanding of how the SDG’s can be achieved through our various research and information forums, as well as our monthly THRIVE webinar.

The ‘Thrivability Matters’ webinar series is an online gathering held on the third Tuesday of every month where invited guests present science-based sustainability learnings and share their expertise and knowledge. See the list below for the upcoming themes and related SDG’s:

  • Febuary: SDG 12Responsible Consumption & Production // Sustainable Business Models
  • March: SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being // Mitigation and adaptation
  • April: SDG 13 – Climate Action // Sustainability Metrics
  • May: SDG 5 & 10Gender Equality & Reduced Inequalities // ESG Investing
  • June: SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitization // The anthroposcene and the biosphere
  • July: SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure // How to be Sustainable at Home
  • August: SDG 14 & 15 – Life Below Water & Life on Land // Human Activity (The Anthropocene)
  • September: SDG 11Sustainable Cities & Communities // Globalization
  • October: SDG 1 & 2 – No Poverty & Zero Hunger // Innovative Policies
  • November: SDG 7 – Clean & Affordable Energy // Science & Technology
  • December: SDG 16 & 17 – Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions & Partnership for the Goals // Sustainable Policies

THRIVE offers a friendly, supportive, and informative environment to look at the obstacles we currently face and discuss what the international community is doing to address those issues. 

Each webinar lasts for 90 minutes and has up to two speaker presentations followed by a Question & Answer session.

We encourage all participants to use the hashtag #THRIVEformation on social media and share your webinar experience with our 20,000 followers in over 90 countries.


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THRIVE Project is an independent research and advocacy group providing the latest information from the natural and social sciences on the means to achieve a sustainable society.

We arm individuals and organisations with the knowledge to make small and large changes in the pursuit of prosperity for all. To this end-harnessing the latest in machine learningholochain, and cloud computing-we offer technologies, tools and educational programmes that help you to make this change a reality.

Eight years in the making, we stand as a respected international authority on the subject of ‘thrivability’ (a state beyond the sustainable). No other organisation approaches the subject as universally, holistically, and transparently as we do.


THRIVE aims to show the most effective pathways to a sustainable planet. We want to instill the concept of thrivability within the very fabric of society.


To live in a world where all life-forms coexist in harmony with each other; a world that pursues solidarity, shared value creation, providence and prosperity.

Andrew Watson

Andrew is convinced that the scale of the climate and biodiversity crises demands a response from every one of us, whatever our background or skills. His own response began with a blog documenting and promoting the actions taken by his family and property business. This soon led to media contributions and discussions with clients and his own social network.
Recognizing the importance of raising awareness yet wider, he trained as a volunteer speaker for Greenpeace, and then, expanding beyond the charity’s campaigns, he founded He now balances a portfolio career with offering free-of-charge talks to businesses, charities, schools, local government authorities, and community groups.
He is a firm believer in the significance of individual action and responsibility but, more importantly, in the understanding that those individual actions should be measured by their ability to create the conditions for the wider systemic changes that science so urgently demands.

steffi Aikins

As a Montrealer with Haitian-Ghanian roots, I am passionate about sustainable development, social economy, and food security. My grandparents, who were self-sufficient farmers in Haiti, have greatly influenced my interests in gardening and food security. I believe that what we eat is essential and that eating is an opportunity to connect with our environment, culture, and community. Cooking is a form of meditation that brings people together and has a positive impact on our mental and physical health.

With a graduate diploma in sustainable development and skills in negotiation, planning, problem-solving, and analysis, I have made a significant impact. I have led a team of 64 people as the Coordinator of Purchases for a local proximity market, and I have designed sustainable edible landscapes for a permanent passive residence in China as a consultant in human ecology for TeamMTL. Through my experiences, I have honed my skills in collaboration, planning, and problem-solving.

I am passionate about empowering individuals and communities through food education and sustainable practices. I believe that supporting local farmers and urban gardening activities can create a more equitable and sustainable food system that benefits everyone.

Dr. Nektarios Karanikas


Dr. Nektarios Karanikas is an Associate Professor of Health, Safety, and Environment at the Queensland University of Technology. Having previously served as an aeronautical engineer with the Hellenic Air Force for 18 years, he has gained much experience in maintenance, quality management, accident prevention, and investigations. He also launched the International Cross-Industry Safety Conference in 2016 to provide a forum for ideas to make safer work environments. Dr Karanikas also holds an MSc in Human Factors & Safety Assessment in Aeronautics. He will discuss the biofuel and wind energy sectors, and how workers can be kept safe and protected as they build our energy future.

Dr. Ron Levy


Dr. Ron Levy is an Associate Professor and researcher at the Australian National University who explores the intersection between public law and political theory. He specializes in deliberative democratic theory, has won several academic awards, and published numerous works on law and political theory in five countries. His recent projects explore referendums in deeply divided societies, Indigenous constitutional reform, and the deliberative dimensions of rights practice. With much of his work focusing on environmental constitutionalism, he will discuss how fixed constitutional commitments affect environmental outcomes.

DR. Rhett Martin


Dr Martin is a senior lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland, and his research focus is on sustainability and its intersection with the law. With degrees in Commerce and Law, he also holds an LLM and a PhD in sustainability regulation. He enjoys educating students about new ways to successfully incorporate principles of ecologically sustainable development into natural resource management and conservation legislation. Dr Martin is a member of two boards that attest to a wider social involvement: the Australian Shakespeare Company Board and the Toowoomba Advocacy and Support Centre Board, which provide advocacy and support for people living with disabilities. In 2022, Dr Martin ran as a candidate for the Queensland Senate Sustainability Party.

Amy Gregorovich


An early career sustainability professional, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) – Honours and a Bachelor of Arts (Human Geography) in 2021. She currently works with the Yarra Ranges Council in Victoria, Australia, as their Energy Resilient Communities Officer. As someone with experience in environmental science and community advocacy, she is passionate about ecologically sustainable and equitable societal development – helping facilitate community engagement in local environmental projects.She discusses how the Yarra Ranges Council seeks to overcome extreme weather events and a changing climate to create sustainable and energy-resillient communities.

Paul Cassidy


A research assistant with over 20 years of experience in the sustainable housing and energy fields. He is presently working on several projects including straw bale housing projects and bioenergy units.In his presentation, he discusses how smaller micro scale units are more useful for transforming biomass into energy and useful byproducts, compared to traditional larger units.

Chris Weir


The President of the Bendigo Sustainability Group, a group that aims to foster a sustainable community for the Bendigo region in Victoria, Australia. Through their efforts, they have focused heavily on transforming their community through renewable power sources.He looks forward to discussing how renewable energy projects have benefitted buildings and the people who use them every day, and how communities can make use of renewable energy.

Olusegun Durojaiye


Olusegun is an agronomist with over six years of professional experience in plant and animal production, and soil science for food and stock-feed.
As someone who is passionate about sustainability and solving the ever-present issues of hunger and malnutrition, he is excited to discuss how GIS and other remote sensing tools can be useful in ensuring food security.

Ginish Cheruparambil Baby SDG1 & SDG2 Webinar


Ginish is a Chartered Economic Policy Analyst with over 6 years of experience working in both financial services and academia.
As someone who strives to bring together multiple disciplines to solve the problems facing our world, he would like to discuss the relationship between poverty and food security, and how policy changes can impact peoples’ lives.

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An Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales’ School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, John Trinder has spent over 50 years in teaching and research on a range of topics including photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial sciences.
With numerous awards and scientific papers to his name, he is a pioneer in using remote sensing to assess the sustainability of environments, and manage land and water resources.
John’s presentation explores how remote sensing technologies can play a role in understanding and improving our urban environments.

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Dr. Jennifer Luke is a Wellbeing and Employability Research Fellow within the University of Southern Queensland’s Drought Resilience Adoption & Innovation Hub. With experience in both the academic and career development spaces, she focuses on providing meaningful and decent work for all ages, particularly for regional and rural communities.
Jennifer discusses how communities can adapt to a changing world – and the role that career development can play in adaptation.


Laura Puttkamer is a journalist and writer who strives to highlight solutions in urban development and planning.
Working within the intersection of cities and climate change, she has created ParCitypatory (read as: participatory, but with the word ‘city’ in place of the second syllable), a blog that discusses participatory urban planning approaches from across the world, and how readers can apply these lessons in their own communities.
Laura’s presentation highlights urban planning approaches in various cities, and how we can all learn from these to create sustainable neighbourhoods in our own communities.

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Sunil Murlidhar Shastri is a consultant, educator, and speaker in Ocean and Environmental Governance. He found his passion for Pacem in Maribus in 1982 under the tutelage of Elisabeth Mann Borgese and has since made it his mission. He is best known for his MasterClass and cogent analysis.

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Eleonore Blondeau is the co-founded the Collectif Startups Industrielles France. She is also the New Projects Manager at ‘ETERNITY SYSTEMS’ France, where she is developing a regional network of reusable containers/packaging washing micro-factories in order to fight against single-use, in Europe and North America. She is a circular economy expert. She is passionate about environmental innovations and likes to collaborate at the crossroads of marketing, communication, industrial strategy, and product development through an innovative approach based on the circular economy.

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Colin Herron is currently the Senior Water Resources Management Specialist, Water Solutions for the SDGs, at the Global Water Partnership (GWP) Sweden. He has over 20 years of experience in water resources management. He was previously the Water Security Director for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Mexico and Northern Central America. He has experience working as an advisor on water issues for the governments of Mexico and Turkey, as well as international organizations such as the World Water Council, the World Bank, the World Meteorological Organization, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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Jin Tanaka is Branch Manager at UNISC International. As a member of YOUNGO, he is involved in advocacy for action on climate change and other environmental issues both domestically and internationally. He is also involved in advocacy activities in Japan and abroad.

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Kayla is Culture & diversity Lead at Marine Plastic Solutions, Australia. She is a New Colombo Plan Scholarship Alumnus and holds a BA in Communications, a BA in International Studies and Master in Cultural Studies. She works on a range of environmental waste projects with her focus being on areas such as gender, community engagement, and social inclusion.

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