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Toby Whittington

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: WA

Position: Co-Founder, Green World Revolution

Focus Area

Positive social change

Toby Whittington

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: WA

Position: Co-Founder, Green World Revolution

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

I am a self-taught social change maker, urban farmer and creative designer. I am highly passionate about our environment, making a contribution to mitigating climate change and helping others reach their potential.

 

I started my first small business in 1995 working as a living statue street performer and have entertained hundreds of thousands of people across Australian and throughout the world.

 

In 2003 I established my own fashion label designing and manufacturing bespoke tailored apparel and haute couture garments for a range of private and corporate clients. In 2009 I was diagnosed with Klinefelter Syndrome which turned my world upside down with the deep sadness that I would never be able to father children. This realisation led me to consider other ways to make a valuable contribution to the wider community.

 

With my background in self-employment, I strongly believe that “we can all make a living from our own hands”. In 2012, armed with this belief, I co-founded Green World Revolution, a not-for-profit social enterprise and charity established with the purpose to grow jobs for long-term unemployed people using urban farming and horticulture activities. I am passionate about helping to change people’s lives through the creation of new work experience and ongoing employment opportunities for long-term unemployed people with the development of environmental social enterprises.

Skills & Expertise

  • Creative thinking, on-demand problem solving and design
  • Working with diverse and vulnerable people
  • Complexity leadership and one-on-one mentoring enabling soft skills development
  • Urban food production systems design and development.
  • Autodidact and polymath

When I was 8 I wanted to grow up and be, for a fleeting moment, the Prime Minister. I also wanted to be a creative artist.


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