Champions Retreat Alice Springs

B Lab Australia & New Zealand delivered its inaugural Champions Retreat to our community in the desert setting of Alice Springs from 3-5 May. Catch up on the magic that happened as 120 members from 61 B Corps focused their collective B the change mission in the heart of the outback.

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  1. As our Champions started flying into Alice, the dramatic sweeping landscapes were definitely a talking point.
  2. Alice Springs, the first lot of  #BCorp Champions have landed! It has been a flurry of introductions and interactions that has just wrapped up with dinner. We can't wait to have the second half of our Champions to arrive and truly kickstart the conversations and actions to see what we can all do together that we can't do alone. #championsretreatalice #bthechange
    Alice Springs, the first lot of #BCorp Champions have landed! It has been a flurry of introductions and interactions that has just wrapped up with dinner. We can't wait to have the second half of our Champions to arrive and truly kickstart the conversations and actions to see what we can all do together that we can't do alone. #championsretreatalice #bthechange
  3. Spot the plane ✈️ #championsretreatalice#bcorp#bthechange#australia#northernterritoryaustralia#topend#outback#visitnt
    Spot the plane ✈️ #championsretreatalice#bcorp#bthechange#australia#northernterritoryaustralia#topend#outback#visitnt
  4. Morning 👋🏼 #championsretreatalice
    Morning 👋🏼 #championsretreatalice
  5. As our Champions started trickling in to Alice Springs, casual dinners were the perfect solution to breaking the ice and getting everyone pumped for the days ahead.
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  7. Our first night in Alice Springs and what an inspiring night it has been....new friends...new ideas and a world of opportunities...the ripple is about to become a wave😊 #bcorpchampionsretreat #bthechange #inspired #championsretreatalice
    Our first night in Alice Springs and what an inspiring night it has been....new friends...new ideas and a world of opportunities...the ripple is about to become a wave😊 #bcorpchampionsretreat #bthechange #inspired #championsretreatalice

  8. On day 2, our Champions embarked on three different field trips that provided them the opportunity to explore and learn more about the local communities that call Alice Springs home.
  9. Field Trip 1 introduced our Champions to the indigenous heart and spirit of Australia. They visited Akeyulerre Inc.; a traditional healing centre established by Arrernte elders and community leaders & Tjanpi Desert Weavers; winner of the second prize in the Moral Fairground Ethical Enterprise Award 2016.
  10. Thank you to @tjanpidesertweavers for hosting us today....we have a wonderful understanding of the importance of women in the indigenous community...your art work is stunning and your passion is palpable...thank you! #championsretreatalice #bthechange #bcorpchampionsretreat #alicesprings
    Thank you to @tjanpidesertweavers for hosting us today....we have a wonderful understanding of the importance of women in the indigenous community...your art work is stunning and your passion is palpable...thank you! #championsretreatalice #bthechange #bcorpchampionsretreat #alicesprings
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  12. Allyson from Australian Ethical Investment with Margaret Smith, bush woman and beautiful basket weaver at Tjanpi Desert Weavers.
  13. Field Trip 2 led our Champions on Journey the Dreaming, an Aboriginal cultural walking tour, drawing on 40,000 years of life in Central Australia. Guided by Alice Springs local Alison Furber, they had the chance to discover the significance of connection between land and culture for Aboriginal people.
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  16. Field Trip 3 was an exploration of design shaped by the desert landscape. Champions paid a visit to Desert House a project completed by Dunn & Hillam Architects. They were treated to afternoon tea in the courtyard where they learnt how the house responds directly to its landscape and inhabitants as well as discuss how business can strengthen its connection to the environment.
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  19. As the day wound down, our Champions were shuttled to the Star of Alice where they joined Arrernte elders for a Welcome to Country ceremony in the desert. B Lab Co-Founder Bart Houlahan then presented a keynote address that gave an overview on the growth of the B Corp community globally and why being a B Corp is more important than ever. The casual BBQ dinner was a lovely way for our Champions to meet and mingle with the rest of the community.
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