Best Associate of November 2014

Conserve India is really honored to share the name of Best Associate of November 2014 – “Mr. Darren.A.Dragovich, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Western Union ”

We like to thank Mr. Darren Dragovich for his valuable contribution to Conserve India. It was such a pleasure to work with him. Look forward to associate with him very soon in the future.

And, Mr.Dragovich is not a new face to our ardent blog readers. The first acquaintance happened HERE

November 14

 

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Special Mention about Deakin University – Australia!!!!!!!!!

Well, its time to wrap up the Deakin Week celebration!!!!!!!!!!

Without further ado, we present you the special part of the interview of the Deakin students Ms. Melody Murton & Mr. Rob Gentle, the folks who visited us recently.

Conserve India –  We happened to read a lot about “Sustainability at Deakin”. Quite Impressive! So,tell us out of those 7 domains ( bio-diversity, education for sustainability, energy & green house gas emissions, sustainable built environment, sustainable transport, water & recycling, and water and stormwater), which one do your students prefer the most and any reasoning behind that ?

Ms. Murton & Mr. Gentle – We think that sustainably built environments is a key area of concern for Deakin students. Staples (stationery company that sponsored our trip) is helping Deakin to have a significantly better environmental response as a university. Also transport is a big issue in Melbourne and many students are finding ways to travel to campus using environmentally friendly means (public transport, cycling, car pooling).  

Conserve India – Will Deakin students would like to visit us in future ? And if yes, do you think, will
they take home any learning and practice it there ?

Ms. Murton & Mr. Gentle – We are hoping that this trip will be an annual event so it is hoped that more Deakin  students will visit Conserve! We hope to bring back knowledge to better promote fair trade, but also an awareness of the processes used to potentially create similar enterprises in the future. 

Special Note from Conserve India – These questions were raised to the Deakin University students during the interview. As soon as these questions were raised, both the students echoed the same views. This made us think that it is the success of Deakin University’s teachings. Hence we decided to give a special place for this part of the Interview. Hats off Deakin!!!!!!!

Interview with Mr. Rob Gentle, Deakin University – Australia!!!!!!!!!

We are celebrating Deakin Week!!!!!!!!!!

Without further ado, we present you the interview of  Deakin student Mr. Rob Gentle, the one who visited us recently.

Conserve India –  It’s such an honor that you have chosen “Conserve India” for your visit. Tell us, what made you to choose us or what do you like about us ?

Mr. Gentle – I like the alternative path to fair trade approach that focuses on creating products but also attempting to solve the rubbish issue as well. It is also one of the only organizations that we have met so far that intentionally tries to work with the slum dwellers

Conserve India – Now that you have visited us, does it feel any different from whatever your have heard about us or read in literature?

Mr. Gentle – Yes, I didn’t realize how mainstream the products seem and how applicable they are to the commercial market. I thought they would look more like traditional handicrafts that would be limited to a niche market.

Conserve India – What is that “one thing” that you will always remember about this visit?

Mr. Gentle – The innovative use of Leather, Denim Brand labels on stools, poofs etc. and the process and design of reusing plastic bags.

Conserve India – Some fun! Tell us in one word or one line, the very first thing that comes to your mind, when you read the following

India – Poverty

Fair Trade – Development

Poverty – Youth

Sustainability – Economics

Recycling –  Plastic Bags

Eco-Friendly Accessories- Conserve India

Conserve India- Eco-Friendly Accessories

Interview with Ms. Melody Murton, Deakin University – Australia!!!!!!!!!

Well, we said it is going to be Deakin Week!!!!!!!!!!

Without further ado, we present you the interview of one of the Deakin student Ms. Melody Murton, the one who visited us recently.

Conserve India –  It’s such an honor that you have chosen “Conserve India” for your visit. Tell us, what made you to choose us or what do you like about us ?

Ms. Murton – I like the holistic nature of the program that goes beyond just making products. The school, Heath care, greenhouse, environmental focus are all very impressive.

Conserve India – Now that you have visited us, does it feel any different from whatever your have heard about us or read in literature?

Ms. Murton – I had seen the products at Oxfam shop in Australia, so I was excited to see behind the process. What surprised me was that Conserve didn’t just train people to work for them, they operated as a bridge factory to deploy trained workers into other factories etc. 

Conserve India – What is that “one thing” that you will always remember about this visit?

Ms. Murton – I  enjoyed hearing about the plastic bag process. But also the walk through the slum and visit to the school was very confronting, and it really encouraged me that Conserve was actively doing something to respond to the situation of the people in the slums.

Conserve India – Some fun! Tell us in one word or one line, the very first thing that comes to your mind, when you read the following

India – Curry

Fair Trade – Bags

Poverty – India

Sustainability – Environment

Recycling –  Bottles

Eco-Friendly Accessories- Bags

Conserve India- Fantastic

Introducing Deakin University – Australia !!!!!!!

We said it’s going to be Deakin Week!

Time to fulfill that promise

Deakin University – Australia is the very first “Fair Trade” university. Their curriculum includes special programs and courses about fair trade. In addition to that, they also encourage their Students (like Melody Murton & Rob Gentle) to meet fair trade partners in developing countries. The university also works closely with Oxfam.

Well, Melody & Rob were impressed with Conserve India’s social projects, innovative materials and our commitment to fair trade.

The most encouraging part of their visit (at least for us) is that – “they said the visit was inspiring and they hope to make careers for themselves in this field”.

As said earlier, it’s going to be Deakin Week! So, we have lot more coming up. Hold on there!

Thank you Melody Murton & Rob Gentle, Deakin University – Australia !!!!!!!

Thank you Melody Murton & Rob Gentle, Deakin University – Australia for visiting us. We are really honored. We had an lovely time with you. Hope you too did!

On that note, we also like to thank Nele Schmidt-Teuteberg, Product Development – Buyer, Oxfam Australia for introducing us to these lovely folks. We cannot thank you enough and are really humbled by your love

And hang on there, we have lot more “Deakin University” stories to share. But not today!

It’s going to be “Deakin” week.

We will be here. Make sure you came back again!

Buyer.