Clover's eNews - No 595

City Recital Hall came alive with discussion and debate on Monday night in our first City Talk for the year.

Inequality, environmental sustainability and social justice were discussed in the Poverty amid Plenty talk. These are not easy challenges to solve, but I was delighted to see so many people join us to discuss the issue.

Former CEO of Greenpeace International Paul Gilding gave an impassioned and engaging keynote speech about the limits to our current system of perpetual economic growth. You can watch the speech online here.

I joined Paul, author Rachel Botsman, Occupy Sydney participant Mark Ahrens, the SMH's economics editor Ross Gittins, director of GE's Ecomagination Ben Waters, Get Up's deputy national campaign director Sam Maclean and MC Adam Spencer for a great Q & A session (see picture). My thanks to all of them for joining us on the night.

On Tuesday evening I joined small and medium business owners from across the City at our Let's Talk Business seminar on how to use social media to grow a business. This was the second in the City's series of four seminars to help business thrive. If you missed the seminar, you can watch some of the great presentations online at Let's Talk Business.

Bookings are now open for the two remaining Let's Talk Business seminars and I encourage entrepreneurs to check them out.

Do you want to keep the City of Sydney independent and out of the hands of the big parties? I am proud of what we have been able to achieve since I was elected Lord Mayor, but there is still so much to do and so much at risk if the big parties gain control of the City. Elections will be held in a few months time and I need your help to protect the progress we've made and our future work.

I am hosting a fundraising event on 19 May at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. I would love to see you, your friends and family there. For more information or to book tickets please visit

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