“Wanting healthcare for all people isn’t a conspiracy, it’s just the right thing to do” says Alencia Johnson, Director Public Engagement of Planned Parenthood.

Alencia was fortunate to grow up with health insurance and credits this as a key element to her success. She says:

“As a teenager, I had whole suite of people around me, from therapists to doctors, and this instilled a deep awareness that access to healthcare = access to opportunity. I didn’t realize it was a privilege, instead of the fundamental right it should be, until I went to college.”

Today, working for Planned Parenthood, access to healthcare is an issue Alencia remains close to. 

As part of Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week, our Founder jumped into bed with two sustainable fashion heavyweights for an intimate discussion on how to improve a dirty industry.

The event drew inspiration from the format used by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who almost 50 years ago in Amsterdam, held a press conference – in bed – to draw attention to world peace.

Curated by the True Fashion Collective, and made possible by Conscious Hotels and Amsterdam Gemeente West, the event was framed around the topic of transparency in fashion.

Featured speakers were Tony Tonnaer, Founder of denim brand Kings of Indigo and Ciara Shah, Founder of ethical fashion concept Verse.

Read a snippet of the full report below, as featured in Fashion Revolution.

Or, rewatch the livestream recording here…

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“Women are told be likeable, but if you have strong ideas, the only way to remain likeable is to remain invisible.” 

When Creative Director Laura Visco began working in advertising at age 19 in Argentina, she was the only female creative.

“I was told I was lucky to be there, so for many years I just sat in the corner and did the work.” Today, nearer to 40 than 30, she’s found her voice.  

“I don’t give a shit about being likable anymore, and it turns out I have a lot to say!”

Melissa Mbugua was once told to “keep her hair straight, and be a good girl.” Today, she laments this advice as “absolutely boring!”

Speaking about her journey to entrepreneurship, Melissa describes it as somewhat inevitable. 

“I was always told my perspective was weird. I love questioning things, and finding new solutions.”

Today, through her business, MNM Consulting, Melissa helps others to do the same. She supports small businesses in the creative industries to scale, working across media, design, publishing and fashion. 

Andrea Oliver, International Programme Manager for Solidaridad Network, highlights the urgency of finding new solutions. This opinion piece was originally featured in Daily Coffee News, with a distribution of 30,000 newsletter subscribers. 

More than 10 years ago, I began working in London for a coffee importer focused on producer empowerment. During this time, the company identified the speciality market as a great opportunity to improve producer livelihoods.