Just what is “the public good”?

Eureka Street is a “vibrant online journal of analysis, commentary and reflection on current issues in the worlds of politics, religion and culture. It aims to participate in public discussion and influence public opinion regarding the Things That Matter in Australia and the world.”¹

Elenie Poulos

This recent article by Peter Kirkwood outlining an interview with Uniting Church minister and Director of UnitingJustice Australia Elenie Poulos, contains two short videos of the interview in which Ms Poulos presents some thought-provoking ideas about neoliberal values, and whether they are benefitting or harming the “public good” of our society.

Eureka Street is ALWAYS worth a look!

¹from, “About Us” page, viewed 15/4/15

Jon Giann: the factors that brought about the GFC have not changed

Investor and blogger Jon Giann argues rather frighteningly that the prospect of another GFC down the track is more than likely, because the fundamental weaknesses and potential for rorts in financial institutions have not been fixed. They have in fact got worse.

Is the global economy safer and more secure? Do Aussie or even American investors face a radically different world? If you ask me, I’d say the game hasn’t changed at all. And if anything, the system corrupt features that got us into the mess in the first place have only gotten worse.

So while the US economy seems to be picking up, and Australia’s is still fundamentally very sound, despite the successful Liberal disinformation campaign of the last three years, we are by no means out of the woods.

Darkness is not far off, and ….. Is that a gingerbread house I can see up ahead?

The “Frankenfood” debate

Here are two trailers of movies that will have you at least thinking about what you’re eating and feeding your families. Watch the full movies – and it’s probably something you can’t afford not to do – and this just may change the whole way you shop and eat.

The first is Food, Inc. a 2008 documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner.

This film looks at corporate farming in America, but much of it seems applicable to Australian audiences, with our food market dominated by our supermarket duopoly. It suggests the agribusiness models produce food that can be unhealthy, environmentally harmful, and abusive towards animals, employees and dissenters. This film is a must see!

Food, Inc Movie Trailer

The documentary film Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives (2012) by bestselling author Jeffrey M. Smith suggests that GM foods are causing many of the increases in previously rare diseases and allergies of recent times.

Genetic Roulette Movie Trailer

Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives won the 2012 Movie of the Year by the Solari Report and the Top Transformational Film of 2012 by AwareGuide!

The evidence presented suggests that genetically modified and engineered foods may be major contributors to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.

It examines the role of everyone’s favourite chemical company Monsanto, as well as the policies and actions of the United States’ FDA and the USDA.

The film may convince you to change what you eat, and whether you intend to sit quietly by, while the genetic nature of our food supply is changed – not to feed the world, so it is asserted, but to feed corporate profits.

Holstee’s Business Philosophy and Principles

Holstee started in 2009 with the creation of the Holstee Manifesto.

“It was about what they wanted from life and how to create a company that breathes that passion into the world everyday. It was a reminder of what we live for.”

The Holstee Manifesto

Their ‘About Page’ continues on under the term ‘Understanding Ecology’:

Ecology is all-encompassing. It’s more than recycled vs. organic or biodegradable vs. everlasting. It helps bring to light everything and everyone impacted by the creation of anything. From day one, we’ve had the opportunity to align ourselves with organizations who employ fair working conditions, use sustainable materials and processes, and implement distribution chains that minimize environmental impact.

At the core of ecology and Holstee are the decisions we each make as individuals and our intentions behind them that drive true sustainable change. We encourage people to think critically about their lives and the impacts of their decisions and to realize we have the power to drive systemic change by what we choose to buy or, more importantly, by what we choose not to buy. Though we are a design company producing goods, we are also the first to say if you don’t need something, don’t buy it.

Above all, we want people to know that the goods we create are by-products of the genuine conversation we want to have about consumption in direct relation to the planet and how we can better minimize our human impact through conscious design.

Simply stated, our goal is to create the greatest social impact while simultaneously creating the smallest environmental impact.


The founders of Holstee, Dave and Mike Radparvar, have even been invited to speak at a TED forum in New Hanpshire. TED ( is a non-profit organisation owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, which sponsors a global set of conferences with the theme “ideas worth spreading”.

In the video below, they talk about establishing a new way of living life and doing business based on values, not just “value”.

TEDxEastHamton – David & Michael Radparvar – The Economy of Values

I don’t know about you, but I like the way these people think.

Paper from Mr Ellie Pooh

For their range of cards, Holstee use high quality paper sourced from a company called Mr Ellie Pooh. This paper consists of various recycled fibres plus 50% recycled elephant poo.

Yes, you read that correctly. It’s made from sanitised and recycled dung collected from endangered Sri Lankan elephants, mixed with other fibres and coloured with natural, non-toxic dyes.

Recycling Dung. A unique business.

For the full story of Mr Ellie Pooh go to

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