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Future Shapers – Melbourne's greatest innovators, trailblazers and community builders

Time Out is celebrating the individuals and organisations making lasting change in the city's arts, civics, sustainability, food and drink, and community and culture sectors.

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Sustainability

Linh Do

Linh Do

Linh Do reckons that terrifying people with the cold hard facts of the climate crisis isn’t always the best way to affect change.

Ninna Larsen, Reground

Ninna Larsen, Reground

Not to be stereotypical, but there's a reason Melbourne is considered the coffee capital of Australia. But what to do with all the grounds?

Katy Barfield

Katy Barfield

How do we stop so much perfectly good food ending up in landfill? Katy Barfield has at least some of the answer.

Hugh Butcher, VECO

Hugh Butcher, VECO

The Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO) is the largest-ever emissions reduction project undertaken by a local government in Australia.

Arts

Seb Chan, ACMI

Seb Chan, ACMI

In early 2021, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) reopened its doors after a $40 million facelift. ACMI has always been a powerhouse of a museum...

Atong Atem

Atong Atem

Atong Atem is a South Sudanese visual artist and writer who was born in Ethiopia and migrated to Australia as a child. Her work explores the experiences of...

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Community and culture

Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay has been busy. The writer, speaker and self-described appearance activist works part-time as Melbourne Fringe Festival’s access and...

Sarah Moran, Girl Geek Academy

Sarah Moran, Girl Geek Academy

Sarah Moran has been coding since she was five years old, but as she went through high school, she noticed something strange. “I found myself being the...

Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay has been busy. The writer, speaker and self-described appearance activist works part-time as Melbourne Fringe Festival’s access and...

Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay has been busy. The writer, speaker and self-described appearance activist works part-time as Melbourne Fringe Festival’s access and...

Sarah Moran, Girl Geek Academy

Sarah Moran, Girl Geek Academy

Sarah Moran has been coding since she was five years old, but as she went through high school, she noticed something strange. “I found myself being the...

Micah Scott, Minus18

Micah Scott, Minus18

According to Micah Scott, CEO of youth-driven LGBTQIA+ charity Minus18, the general perception is that things are getting better for queer young people in the...

Meriki Onus

Meriki Onus

Meriki Onus wants everyone to do the work, as she has. Over the past decade, the Gunai and Gunditjmara activist has made a name for herself as someone who is...

Ali Halkic, Bully Zero

Ali Halkic, Bully Zero

Content advisory: This article discusses suicide. Twelve years ago, Ali Halkic and his wife, Dina, went through the worst thing a parent can...

Food and drink

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe has become a household name for his 2014 bestseller Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?, a non-fiction book that explores and...

Uncle Dave Wandin

Uncle Dave Wandin

When’s the last time you tried finger lime? Perhaps dotted on your oyster at a non-Indigenous fine diner? OK, here’s a harder one: how about...

Civic