Design internship with 3things

We’re so excited to be offering a design internship to work with us on Exchange for Change, our annual festival about fashion, design & sustainability. Get in quick though – applications close Tuesday 28th June.




Position Description:

Section/Unit: Oxfam’s Youth Engagement Program

Start Date: July 2011

Finish Date: September 2011

Days/hours per week: 1-2 days per week

Position Title: 3things Designer

Position Description: The successful applicant will work within the 3things team to design visuals for Exchange for Change, as well as other 3things design work for online or printed use.

Can the task/s be performed outside the office and/or office hours? Yes

Will this position involve working with children (under 18 years old)? No

Staff Person Responsible for Volunteer: Lauren Robertson

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Design DIY Exchange for Change ‘kit’
  • Design poster/s + flyers
  • Design avant card
  • Assist web team in developing online designs (website page/facebook ads, etc)
  • Design print ads for event
  • Design info booklet to have at the event
  • Design any additional collateral to have at the event
  • Possible additional design work:

  • Source/create new hero 3things images for website
  • Create any collateral for upcoming events
  • Qualifications/Skills/Attributes Required:

  • Proven talent in the area of design, visual communications
  • Ability to keep to deadlines
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to communicate ideas effectively
  • Ability to use design programs (e.g. Photoshop)
  • Training/Supervision Provided:

  • Guidance and support from Oxfam staff in carrying out your responsibilities
  • Additional Comments:
    How to apply:
    Answer the following questions (max.250 words each):

  • Why does this position interest you?
  • Tell us about any professional or volunteering roles that may be relevant to this internship.
  • Why else would you be completely amazing in this role?
  • Email your completed application to by Tuesday 21st June.

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    One Year on, 3 big changes

    This Thursday most of us will be walking with a leap in our step that comes with the knowledge of a long weekend ahead and a couple of days to recover from ANZAC day. But the 24 April is also tinged with sadness – it will mark the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka that killed more than 1100 people. As we pause to reflect on the most tragic event in fashion history though, it’s not all gloom and doom. As a direct result of public awareness, corporate panic and people power some significant changes have happened one year on. 

    According to Chandran Nair, founder and CEO of the Global Institute for TomorrowThe 5,000 people who worked in the [factory] were there because their work was cheap. The textile industry is notorious for its willingness to ignore any concerns about safety, health and labour rights in search of the lowest prices, but this kind of predatory behaviour is a product of consumers worldwide demanding ever cheaper clothes,’ suggesting the responsibility lies with the consumer as well as the investor. 

    Fashion Revolution Day would agree, and on 24 April 2014 asks consumers to wear their clothing inside out, showing their labels and consciously asking ‘who makes my clothes?’.  Over the next five years, FRD aim to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, show the world that change is possible, and celebrate all those involved in creating an ethical sustainable fashion industry.  

    Andrew Lorimer-Derham, founder of Mirrogram, Australia’s first ‘ethically reflective’ clothing line, is urging people to get involved and get on board.  ‘My best selling t-shirt design reads ‘One, enough to make a difference’.  It’s a simple truism, but the majority of people are not flexing their buying muscle; they go for the cheapest t-shirts or the easiest to find.  If every ‘one’ took responsibility for their consumer purchases and bought ethically, it would drive the cost of production down and make fashion ethical for all.’ Check out Andrew’s latest crowd funding project where you can get your hands on some of his cool designs. 

    As well some great campaigns and funky designers, the law has got on board as well. So what significant legislative changes have been brought in?

    1. More than 150 companies have signed the Accord on Fire and Safety in Bangladesh. This legally binding agreement between companies and unions is a commitment by companies to independent inspections and transparent reporting, including developing strong worker-management committees in factories.  Brands have committed to working with factories to fix the problems, and where necessary, contributing financially to do so.
    2. Meanwhile, 27 US brands have also set up their own non-legally binding industry-led version, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. Thanks to the efforts of the accord, the alliance and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 675 factories have been inspected.  675 factories that would have otherwise gone unchecked.
    3. The Bangladeshi government increased the minimum wage by 77% for garment workers, to $68 a month, after several years of stagnation.

    Conversations in the news and on social media have kept this issue in the limelight in the past year, resulting in an increase in Bangladesh’s minimum wage, greater transparency within their clothing industry and new safety legislation.

    So what part can you play?  Will you make a stand and refuse to buy unethically made clothes?  Your actions are enough to make a difference.  Because one person IS enough to make a difference. 


    3things you can do…

    1. Add your ethically fashionable 3things to our pledge – and let us know how you go with them
    2. Find out where your favourite brands stand by posting on their facebook walls via our Hidden campaign
    3. Sign the petition to pressure the Just Group and Best and Less to sign the Bangladeshi Fire Safety Accord 



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    Global Warming=Beer Decline Warning

    “How much does a polar bear weigh?” “Enough to break the ice. Hi! My name is…..”

    Yes working in a bar has exposed me to many cheesy pick up lines, none of which seem to leave much of an impression on me. However the question; “what’s your favourite food?” does get me thinking. Admittedly my initial thought is usually ‘what answer can I give which is least likely to be transformed into a sexual innuendo,’ but then I really do start to think about all of the foods I love, which also leads me to think about all of the drinks I love; wine and beer….mmmm beer. So you can imagine my shock horror when reading future trend statistics which predict in the next few decades a decline in the amount of chocolate, French wine and craft beer worldwide. Are. You. Kidding. Me.

    So why will there be such a decline? The simple answer to this is Climate Change. Due to Global Warming there has been an increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts and floods. This means that producing food is becoming more difficult. For example, cocoa is a particularly heat sensitive crop, 70% of which is grown in West Africa. If temperatures rise in this region (and they’re predicted too!) we can kiss goodbye the sweet taste of affordable chocolate, as less land will be suitable for cultivation. More of a health enthusiast? Apple trees aren’t a fan of the increasing temperatures either, as they will only blossom fully after they’ve reached what the trees themselves consider the end of their cold period. Unfortunately for us consumers, chocolate and apples aren’t the only thing on the decline. As I’ve already mentioned, it is predicted that there will also be a decrease in wine and beer availability as well as coffee, peanut butter, bananas and fresh fish according to the Huffington Post.

    So basically a lot of delicious food could potentially be unavailable to our children, not because of Mother Nature becoming moody from old age, but because the people of the world are causing the climate to change in such a way that is making it increasingly difficult for farmers to grow crops. We, as Australians, produce more carbon pollution per person than almost anyone on the planet. . What’s worse is that this is despite being blessed with some of the world’s best clean energy sources, like a lot of sun. So really it will be our fault if the next generation is unable to enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    However, consumers aren’t the only ones being affected by climate change and its impact on food.80% of the people facing hunger today are involved in producing food and are dependent on small-scale agriculture. This means the damage climate change is having on the growth and condition of crops impacts small scale farmers in developing countries intensely.  

    So what can we do to support these farmers, reduce climate change and ensure chocolate is enjoyed by generations to come? Check out the GROW Method for some tips. 

    Photo credit:Proud Display of Home Brew by Gerbertronic via Reddit, all rights reserved. 

    Salmon Close Up by avlxyz via flickr, all rights reserved. 

    Paris by Felicity Wainwright via tumblr, all rights reserved.


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    Farting Around the Facts

    Climate change remains a big (albeit sadly often an “armchair”) debate here in Australia, with false facts being flung around, truths being misconstrued and genuine evidence being overlooked or mistrusted – you all remember the “stats” about how much a cow farting contributes to climate change. It’s difficult to know what’s actually going on.

    So I decided to go back to the laboratories and find some bona fide scientists to clear up some of the rumours. I tracked down some very official-looking people (they had lab coats and letters after their names – what’s not to trust?) at CSIRO to ask them what the deal is.

    According to the Australian Greenhouse Office (2007) agriculture contributes 16% of Australia’s GHG emissions, with 10% of Australia’s emissions attributed to ruminant (that’s cows, goats and sheep) livestock.

    But CSIRO Principal Research Scientist Dean Revell says that statistics like this only tell part of the story. He says there are three things beyond the stats that are often over-looked:

    1.  We need food.

    “The relevant question is about emissions per unit of food produced,” Dr Revell explains. “So the interactions to consider are GHG emissions x food demand x land  capability    x social capacity (i.e. the social structures that support, or are supported by, different     production systems).”

    2. GHG emissions are just one side of the ledger.

    Dr Revell points out that, depending on the production system, there may be considerable scope to store carbon from the atmosphere (for example, in plants and soil).  “Often the debate focuses on emissions only or in other cases, of storage only. It’s the net difference between storage  and emissions that we need to think about; i.e. carbon balance,” he says.

    “A small improvement in carbon storage coupled with a small reduction in carbon emissions can have a bigger effect that we’d think if we only considered one side of the ledger.”

    3. Not all animals are equal.

    Dr Revell explains that cows don’t produce the same amount of GHG as each other – it depends on what we feed them or what they choose to eat, their genetics and other factors too.

    This last point Dr Revell describes as an opportunity. Industrious researchers aren’t just focusing on the problems; projects like the UWA Future Farm 2050 and Future Farm Industries CRC are giving scientists the chance to explore solutions. Dr Revell works primarily on a project called Enrich with the latter, in which a team investigated the effects on animals grazing on different forages – looking at the impact on things such as emissions, animal health, production costs and crop sustainability. One of the main findings this project unearthed (pardon the pun) was that Australian native shrubs can have a role to play in resilient and versatile grazing systems. That’s right – our shrubs are awesome.

    Dr Revell says these sorts of investigations are vital.

    “We should always be exploring new options, to give flexibility and choice in the face of variability and change. As is often said, the only constant is change. And I think the interesting – and exciting – thing is that we don’t have to start from scratch and completely redesign production systems (that won’t happen), but we can add resilience and adaptability into existing systems. It’s not always about how high we can fly (in good times/seasons), but also how little we fall (in poorer times/seasons).”

    Here, here!

    Photo Credit: Close up Cow by Paul Stevenson via flickr

    Scientist by US Army RDECOM via flickr

     Caution Cow by Stanze via flickr

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    Go ethical: it’s so hot right now.

    A city girl through a through, I recently went country for six months, a proper tree change. Working in the town bakery (and by town I mean six shops, three of which were real estate agents) I rarely had the need to leave the little, lovely oasis of the village. The best thing about it: I saved so much effing money! I’m not kidding, I bought one pair of shoes in six months – and that’s because my good old Chucks became entirely soulless – and that’s it. I wasn’t passing no uber expensive trendy shops on the way to work, just some badass cherry blossom trees. It was real jeans and T-shirt population, so I never felt the need to compete with the pages of Vogue. And I’m – not gunna lie - am one to spend way to much on birthday dresses so this, my friends, was a stark contrast. And you know what? It was a great feeling. I was sewing socks and pants and bags back together, not bothered to travel for a coupla hours back to the big smoke for new purchases.  

    How does this relate? Well, this consumer mental shift of mine came at a rather imperative time. I’m sure you remember all that truly horrible shiz that went down last year when a factory in Bangladesh caught fire and collapsed killing more than 1,100 overworked and underpaid Bangladeshi men and women? Really horrible stuff. Loads of people came out and publicly condemned the working conditions in Bangladesh, even Pope Francis spoke of the conditions as “slave labour” and the European Union warned of trade sanctions.

    The shocking and dangerous conditions of retail factory conditions is not a new thing. We’ve known for a while of tiny wages, forced child labour, unsafe working protocols, inhumane hours and cramped conditions. More than 17 years’ of research and experience has made it clear to Oxfam that sweatshop conditions are the norm in the global clothing industry throughout Asia, not the exception. Some companies conduct yearly audits and have guidelines for suppliers but this auditing traditionally remains confidential. These big brands are operating behind a veil of secrecy, with no way of independently verifying that people are working in safe and decent conditions. As company auditing remains confidential, it makes it impossible to know if safety issues are being adequately addressed.

    A bunch of cool local and international NGOs, unions and retailers got together and signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (2013). It’s a comprehensive and independent agreement, which includes independent inspections by trained fire safety experts, public reporting, mandatory repairs and renovations financed by brands, a central role for workers and unions in both oversight and implementation, supplier contracts with sufficient financing and adequate pricing, and a binding contract to make these commitments enforceable.

    In December of last year, Kmart disclosed the locations of its supplier factories in Bangladesh, a first for an Australian retailer in which Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Helen Szoke claimed a “watershed moment for Australian retailing that would encourage transparency for the rest of the industry.”

    3Things you can do to be an ethical shopper:

    1. Get informed about the clothes you buy and where they are coming from… Choice Magazine (empowering consumers to get the low down on their purchasing decisions since 1959) is a great ‘go to’ guide for all you budding ethical shoppers.

    2. Sign Oxfam’s petition and make changes happen.

    3. Check out 3things bloggers’ creative ways to DIY upcycle your clothes.





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    Swapping Powerlessnes For Social Change

    Originally published on

    In March 2011, the bloodiest chapter of the Arab Spring, Syria’s civil war, began with protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. After 3 years of intense turmoil, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the human toll has reached tragic proportions: over 150,000 people killed and millions of refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries or spreading throughout the country, out of which more than 3 quarters are represented by women and children.

    With the Syrian conflict being far from over, many of us feel powerless in the face of the staggering numbers. However one Bristol street artist, Ryan Kai, chose to bring awareness to the crisis through creativity, by painting the ‘Love Syria’ mural for Oxfam, in July 2013, in Stokes Croft – an area known for its vibrant art and colourful murals. He also very generously answered some of our questions on the subject:

    Gabri Nicolae: Tell us a bit how the Oxfam mural in Bristol for the Syria Crisis Appeal came about.

    Ryan Kai: Oxfam got in touch with PRSC (peoples republic of Stokes Croft)- an organisation that does lots of cool things, but specifically it has an outdoor gallery and strong connection to the street-art world. I have worked with PRSC lots of times, they know me pretty well and I guess they just assumed I’d be into the brief- they put me in touch with Oxfam.

    GN: In a world of overwhelming statistics and shocking ads, why did you choose a positive message, Love Syria?

    Ryan Kai:Well, funnily enough I can’t say my initial reaction was to veer towards positivity, it’s such a tragic situation in Syria that it was hard not to let that become the tone of the artwork. The project was a bit of a journey for me in a way, and through many conversations with the Oxfam lot, I came to realise that a positive message would be far more useful. I guess people just don’t want to focus on negatives, It makes change feel impossible and action feel redundant. Optimism for the future is a far better motivator. I watched the film NO (about the Pinochet dictatorship) whilst working this all out, it’s a great film if you get a chance to watch it, and is about this exact topic, I think its actually what made me decide to go with the image I used.

    GN: What was the reaction of the local community?

    Ryan Kai: The reaction was incredibly positive. I think people were pleased to see some art that delivered an important message, and even the graffiti kids seemed to respect that as it was left up for several months, and usually paintings there only last a few days before getting tagged over!

    GN: When creating for social change, what is the most challenging aspect for you as an artist?

    Ryan Kai: I guess the challenge is the fact that you are not just creating an image, but trying to convey a message – and to do it in a very specific way (that will aid fundraising). I think any situation as horrendous as the Syrian Crisis is a difficult topic to depict, you have to be careful not portray people in an undignified way, but you also need to be clear about what your saying. You have to achieve all this, and stay true to who you are as an artist, it’s a very a delicate balance.

    GN: Why street art as a means to draw attention to a humanitarian crisis?

    Ryan Kai: Well, Street art has a history of being used to deliver a message, it exists in the public arena and can by-pass censorship by not asking for permission to exist. Latin America has a long tradition of political murals for example. It perhaps seems less likely as means of attracting attention to a humanitarian cause now, as often street art is hijacked by advertising agencies to simply sell products, but essentially Street Art provides a good platform- its just up to us to use that platform for the right reasons.

    GNDo you have any street artists whose work in the social change realms has resonated/ inspired with you?

    Ryan Kai: When I was in Bolivia I met Tupac, the founder of Apacheta Mural Collective. His opinion was very much that art has a responsibility to convey meaning, to simply pursue ones own fortune was scandalous in his eyes. It really made me think differently about working in the public domain. I’m also a big fan of Steve Powers, who’s quietly subversive in a very different way.

    GN: What projects are you working on right now?

    Ryan Kai: I’m currently working on some new studio-works for an exhibition in Southampton, based on ideas around the subconscious. I’m also doing some art workshops with people who have suffered head-injuries and have been left with varying degrees of mental handicaps. On top of that I’ve been shortlisted for a commission designing artwork for a mental health clinic in London, so hopefully I may be doing that as well. Funny how things seem to work in cycles!

    See more of Ryan Kai’s projects and work on his blog.

    How about you? How will you swap powerlessness for social change? Remember you can always send a message to Australia’s leaders, Julie Bishop MP, Joe Hockey MP, Bill Shorten MP, Tanya Plibersek MP and Senator Christine Milne, to stand with #WithSyria and do all they can to end the appalling suffering. Or if you choose to donate, you can do it here.

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