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When we first started talking about creating a new sustainability community, we were very clear that we wanted it to be a positive movement. Too often, the idea of sustainability is tied up with negativity — it’s about the need to give up things that we enjoy, to sacrifice convenience and to reduce our quality of life. We don’t believe that this has to be true. We also don’t believe that we will bring about the huge change required if this is how we frame the discussion on sustainability. …

There are many networks out there already, and you could go to an event every night of the week for the whole year in London and not even scratch the surface. So, why do we need another network and why do we need more events and talks about sustainability?

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Many networks are exclusive to a particular type of person or area of business or expertise. But, the issues of climate change, ocean acidification, loss of biodiversity and pollution are bigger than that. They will affect all of us, and indeed already do in ways that we still do not fully…

18 months ago, the seed for Aglow was planted in my mind when I came across an article in The Times investigating the lives and working conditions of women in the cotton trade. I was shocked and frustrated to realise that very few fashion brands would trace the origins of their products back as far as the fabric production. After a few months I made a decision — I’d have a go myself at starting a fashion brand built around a transparent supply chain. With very little capital and next to no knowledge of the fashion industry, I rolled my…

Writer. As I mapped out the foundations of my patchwork career, I knew that writing had to be a cornerstone. I wanted to call myself a writer. And while that may sound lofty, I knew that becoming a writer was simple. I just needed to write. I’ve tried to be a writer before. I’ve started and stopped and started again, but it didn’t stick. I struggled to find a subject that would hold my interest, didn’t want to descend into navel gazing, wanted to write about something that mattered. I was scared of sharing what I wrote and, without any…

I recently held a mini-retreat for myself (more on that to come, but it’s less grand than it sounds…) to try to gain some clarity and direction. While I was unpicking the last 12 or so months, reviewing what I did, what went well, what didn’t and, most importantly, WHY, I stumbled upon the two ingredients that I had lacked over the past year. What were they? A plan and structure. More specifically, a plan and structure at the same time. Unsexy, right? I did warn you. It was a bit of a surprise — after all, they seem, on…

Change is afoot. While the tech boom originating in San Francisco’s Silicon Valley and the spread of start-up culture across the world is well-documented, another big shift is taking place. As the cost of living rises but wages remain stagnant and as working hours continue to increase but job security in the corporate world is called into question, more and more people are beginning to question how they choose to live their lives and earn an income. Today’s high-flyer is driven by something more than money and status.

Living in London, I have been excited to witness and to be…

This weekend I literally escaped the city to go to a ‘micro-festival for inspiring career change’. It was organised by Escape the City who are building a community of career changers. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been a part of it since I joined a band of founding members at the launch of their Escape School in August 2014. More than anything, this community is the reason that I am making my dreams of a 21st century career a reality. Over the past year I have met so many inspiring and exciting people from…

Today I am ashamed. On the radio, on the television, in the newspapers people are talking about the migrant crisis, about swarms and waves trying to invade our shores, about holidaymakers’ motorway hell. Under an article in a broadsheet, reporting the latest death (the eighth in less than a month) I read the comment, left by a reader ‘Good. That’s one less to worry about.’ I want to weep. How has it come to this? We declare it a crisis and bandy around ideas about building a bigger fence or bringing in the army, but we have forgotten that they…

Cecily Hewlett

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