CAMP Alumni Projects: Maya Tibetan Yak Milk Soap

CAMP exists to empower emerging young changemakers with the leadership skills to lead social change projects and entrepreneurial ventures, globally and in their home communities. One of our CAMPers from last year- Danma- is developing a social enterprise to empower women with economic and business development opportunities. The Maya Mountain Handmade Natural Cosmetic Centre produces natural yak milk soap. This allows women to work for livelihoods whilst still being able to perform their traditional agricultural and caring responsibilities. 

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Meet some of our alumni: Sebastian Quinn-Watson's story

Sebastian Quinn-Watson is a lawyer with Norton Rose Fulbright, specialising in mergers and acquisitions.  He is particularly interested in China and the innovation eco-system and he had visited China often to explore more about the emergence of this phenomenon.  Of CAMP he commented “CAMP was this wonderful opportunity to explore that kind of innovation mentality and that we so desperately need in Australia. The space that allows us to scientifically, critically and creatively challenge and question things.  CAMP offered a platform to explore and refine the skills which I had previously had to travel outside of Australia to engage with. China and specifically cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Chengdu all provide a template on how to facilitate and grow a startup culture.  These cities have all drawn on the best practice from places like Silicon Valley and Israel and have effectively, and in typical Chinese fashion, put it on steroids.  Start-ups in these cities are scaling at speeds and to eye watering valuations that are starting to make their Silicon Valley counterparts seem small and quaint.   Suffice to say, against this backdrop Australia needs to catch up fast and build meaningful connections with China at the innovation level.  CAMP gave us a taste of the transformation that is happening in Beijing. Prior to CAMP there was not such a direct avenue for Australians to explore and meaningfully engage in this space.”

 

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Meet the CAMP Team: Co-founder and our first Director of Partnerships

Rachel Waters is our of CAMP's Co-founders, and she was our first Director of Partnerships. She combines expertise in business management and strategy, China engagement and business development with a strong drive to build a smarter, kinder relationship between Australia and the world. In 2015 as CAMP's Director of Partnerships and General Manager, she raised the seed funding to make CAMP a reality and managed its finances and operations to help deliver a fabulous inaugural program. 

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Meet the CAMP Team: Co-founder and Chief Curator

Liu Yan is one of the co-founders of CAMP, and our Chief Curator. In 2016 her primary goal is to create a brand-new Cross Culture Leadership program with the focus to help leaders to build skills and mindsets of leading and collaborating in a globalised world blending Western and Eastern thinking.

Liu Yan has over 15 years of creative leadership and entrepreneurship experience working in China and the Netherlands. She has extensive social innovation, open innovation, experiential learning, community building, creative talent development and cross media experience, having been contributing to several world leading institutions and forums on innovation, creative leadership and digital culture. She served as the founder and chief catalyst of Ask Lab, a social enterprise that connects talent and idea with business challenges through co-creation and experiential learning. Prior to this, She established Xindanwei, a Shanghai based coworking center, international innovation hub and one of the World Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in China listed by FastCompany. She is the author of “Coworking Manual” – a book published at App Store under Creative Commons to help entrepreneurs to set up coworking community. .

 

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Meet some of our alumni: Kevin Wang's story

Suzhou-based Kevin Wang was very active in voluntary youth leadership initiatives and when he heard about CAMP he was immediately interested. “[I was drawn to CAMP because] I am interested in youth development, social good, and innovation. I am dedicated to using technology to change our day-to-day lives.” CAMP was a great fit for him, and he joined the Foundation for Young Australians Youth Employment ThinkTank.

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Get to know our CEO

Andrea Myles loves China. Since her first encounter in 2002, she has pursued every opportunity to gain a deeper insight into this fascinating country. She has lived in China for more than 5 years, worked on social enterprise programs in regional China, headed up the Australia China Business Council, lead the business delegation of then Prime Minister Gillard's second trip to China, and co- founded the Engaging China Project -  best-practice China engagement program in Australian high schools. She has a working proficiency in Mandarin and  holds two bilingual Masters degrees in Chinese business and culture. She is also  a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and the Sydney Leadership Program.

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ChinaHACK: Developing a China Strategy

CAMP's mission is to facilitate greater collaboration between China and Australia. We do this with our flagship program that sees 150 young people come together for a cross-cultural leadership and design innovation program. Alongside our flagship program, we use our expertise in China and innovation to help Australian businesses be better prepared to respond to the bilateral opportunities between Australia and China. 

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CAMP a finalist in the Good Design Awards

Last month the CAMP team was delighted to hear that the China Australia Millennial Project had been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious Good Design Awards, a global award with one of the most rigorous and well-respected design evaluation systems in the world. The awards recognise innovation and quality design in the areas of product design, architectural design, service design, digital design, business model design and social innovation.

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Meet some of our alumni: Amber Miller-Greenman's story

Amber Miller-Greenman has a passion for China. She works in an industry with a significant Chinese market- tourism. At the time of applying for CAMP, Amber’s work role was not one that was focused solely on China.  She was keen to couple her passion for China, in a professional environment. “I was looking for opportunities outside of my day to day work to engage my interest in China. I had worked in China- at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010- but I hadn’t had a lot of opportunity to use this China experience since I returned. I was looking to get more involved and engaged with the China Australia relationships, and I was really excited when I came across CAMP.  It was exactly what I was looking for.

 

 

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Meet some of our alumni: Annie Shu's story

Annie Shu became involved in CAMP through the CAMP 2015 sponsor Westpac. As the

Innovation and Strategy Manager for Westpac Group, Annie enables businesses and individuals

to develop an innovative mindset, to think outside the box and tap into opportunities in today’s

rapidly evolving economy. She first heard about CAMP through her work, and was interested to

see how it could benefit her role with Westpac. “Westpac had a CAMP official launch in the

head office, a big campaign drive on our intranet as well as featured stories about CAMP and

how we could get involved. The relationship between China and Australia is a big focus for

Westpac. For me, I was fascinated to see how entrepreneurial skillsets can help to equip you in

today’s ever-changing workforce. My current role deals a lot with innovation and

entrepreneurship and I wanted to see it from a firsthand perspective as an idea owner, how to

visualise and develop a concept. I was keen to see what new perspectives of entrepreneurship

that CAMP could offer.”

 

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