Green Drinks: March Mingle

We have been very quiet because we have been taking a break! We are back for March, please join us for a casual gathering and networking session. We can talk about anything.. everything, including the recently announced carbon tax! Join us!

Date: 27 March 2018 (Tuesday)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Mahota (Pantry cafe), Kitchener Complex, 809 French Road, Level 3
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Facebook or email

See you there!



Green Drinks X: Ten Year Celebration!

It’s been 10 years! Can you believe it? We have never had a party, but it is such a huge milestone that we had to celebrate it!

We would like to thank every speaker, every panellist, every venue provider, every facilitator, every journalist, and every audience member for making Green Drinks the community it is! Everyone is invited!

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Green Drinks: Economics As If People & Planet Mattered

This month, we are excited to bring you two highly insightful speakers – Julian Wong and Steve McCoy, who have previously given rousing talks at Green Drinks. They are joining us this time to speak about rethinking growth and our economic system, it’s rare to have them in town (and together!), so this one is not to be missed!
This session is supported by Young NTUC.

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Green Drinks Documentary Night: Disobedience

This month’s session of Green Drinks looks at creating reform through civil disobedience. Join us this month to watch “Disobedience”, and let’s discuss what we can do to take actionable steps on the ground to create necessary change!

Date: 31 May 2017 (Wed)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Workcentral, Singapore Shopping Centre, Level 6 (Brewhouse), 190 Clemenceau Avenue
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Facebook or email Only 45 seats available

About Workcentral
Workcentral is a vibrant, supportive co-working community located centrally on Orchard Road. With a goal of bettering businesses, we offer flexible work spaces, curated programming and comprehensive business solutions.

Our tight-knit member community ranges from freelance consultants to growing SMEs across a variety of industries. We work closely with them to provide networking opportunities and business services relevant to their needs.

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Green Drinks: Zero Waste in Japan

This month, we hear about a Japanese zero waste town, Kamikatsu, and one person’s social mission to turn Ayagawa (Kagawa) into a sustainable, circular society and transition town. Joining us is Shermain Pea and Toyo Miyoshi, both are currently based in Kagawa, Japan.

Shermain will share her month-long volunteering experience in Kamikatsu, where she helped out at a recycling centre, zero waste cafe, and zero waste academy. She will also tell us about her WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) journey, which led her to meeting Toyo, who runs an organic farm and permaculture-styled guesthouse and is currently building a zero waste cafe. Toyo will tell us about his initiatives so far and his plans to turn Ayagawa into a circular society and transition town, and how music is a good way to share the values of life.

Join us, and bring your friends!

Date: 13 February 2017 (Mon)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Workcentral, Singapore Shopping Centre, 190 Clemenceau Avenue, Level 6, BREW HOUSE
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Facebook or email


About Our Speakers
Pea Shermain was the first employee of The Food Bank Singapore, a non-profit organisation established in 2012 with an aim to reduce food waste in Singapore. After working for 2 years, she left The Food Bank Singapore to further develop herself through travelling, hoping to be able to gain more knowledge on things that are related to her interests and passion. She found out about Kamikatsu through an online video and was very impressed that there is an official zero-waste town in Asia. She decided to WWOOF in Japan in hope of getting the chance to visit the town to learn about their recycling management. She managed to make her way there eventually and volunteered for a month. She is now back in Singapore for Chinese New Year but will be heading back to Japan soon to work for a Japanese start-up (Meguru Corporation) that aims to build a sustainable circular society in the town Ayagawa, Kagawa prefecture.

Toyo Miyoshi graduated from Ritsumeikan University with a degree in Policy Science, majoring in Town Management and Environmental Policy. Besides his strong interest in environmental issues, Toyo also has a huge passion for Music.

He travelled to Guinea Republic in West Africa straight after graduation to learn Djembe. During his stay in Africa, he was deeply impressed by the Africans’ sustainable lifestyle and how they use music to bring the whole community together. He returned to Japan in 2003 and started his career as a musician while playing an active role in promoting social and environmental issues.

He was involved in Transition Town movement in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefectural, and petitioned against nuclear energy in 2009. After the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, he moved back to his hometown in Kagawa and started an organic farm while initiating Transition Town Ayagawa.

In 2014, he started a nature kindergarten and stood for the election to be the Mayor of Ayagawa town, in hopes to lead the town towards an ecologically developed town. Despite losing the battle, he continued to involve himself in social and environmental movements.

He recently founded Meguru Corporation, an organisation that aims to build a sustainable circulating society by firstly reconnecting human with nature, community, and other beings through its 4 business units, namely, Meguru Nature and Zero Waste Café, Meguru Organic Farm, Meguru Permaculture Guest House, and Meguru Music & Events. Meguru means “circulate” in Japanese; Toyo believes that everything is connected and to be in that circle is the key to a happy and fulfilling life.

Image courtesy of Pea Shermain

Green Drinks: Where Do We Go From Here?

This month, we celebrate 9 years of Green Drinks! We feel that it’s a good time to take stock of where we’d like to go from here, and how we can remain relevant to you. We’d love to hear from you and find out about what you’d like to see at our events, and what you think our role in the community could be. This session will be moderated by Mr. Low Ming Hwee.
Come down and mingle and let us know your wishlist for Green Drinks events!
Date: 16 November 2016 (Wed)
Time: 7pm – 9pm+
Venue: The Singapore Jazz Club, 101 Jalan Sultan, #02-00
Admission: Free, but donations to society welcome
RSVP: or Facebook
See you there!

Green Drinks: Relief & Sustainable Impact

This July, we look at relief and sustainable impact in disaster hit areas. Our speakers this month include Jonathan How of Relief Singapore, and Robin of Civil Innovation Lab.

Jonathan will talk about his mission experiences during the haze crisis and his thoughts about the way forward towards a haze-free future, while Robin will talk about why we fail at creating sustainable impact, and how resources can be wasted.

Date: 27 July 2016 (Wed)
Time: 7pm – 9pm+
Venue: SingJazz Club, 101 Jalan Sultan, #02-00, The Sultan.
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Facebook or email

See you there!

About Jonathan’s Talk
The deteriorating haze situation in Indonesia in September last year prompted local NGO Relief Singapore (RSG) to respond by collecting and distributing N95 masks in Central Kalimantan, where PSI levels reached close to 2,000. RSG eventually launched a total of 5 missions, bringing masks to two other provinces: South Sumatra and West Kalimantan. RSG CEO Jonathan How will share about his mission experiences during the haze crisis and his thoughts about the way forward towards a haze-free future.

About Robin’s Talk
“Why we fail at helping” examines the different cases where helping failed to have sustainable impact and how resources can be wasted. Good intentions are not enough. It takes the right action, performed with the right consciousness, to produce the necessary results.

From experience, there are some methods which can yield sustainable change. The methods will be shared by examples on how they are applied.

Key Takeaways – The emphasis of this talk is on why we should not always follow status quo. Technology has changed, morals change and ethics change. New problems arise from the new challenges we face everyday and yet in many cases, we still try to solve today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions.

The inefficiencies of existing models and platforms will be analyzed, providing missing elements, connections, tools and services to achieve shared goals. Best practices for community development and ways to maximize social impact with be discussed during the workshop.

Engage, Enable, Empower and Connect.

About Our Speakers
Jonathan How

Jonathan How is a relief worker and community musician. He founded two social enterprises, Relief Singapore and OOOM: the former to provide humanitarian assistance for the forcibly displaced and the latter to advocate for people and planet through music.

Robin Low
Robin is the co-founder of Relief 2.0 and Civil Innovation Lab. He has been to almost all the large scale disasters for disasters since 2001 and started several social businesses to empower marginalized communities. He is involved in training, researching and consulting companies on the use of business modeling, agile startups and Social Media.

Robin is a guest speaker at many universities, including Emerson College, Harvard University, National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University. Robin is also a Speaker at TEDx Talks and has been speaking on social innovation in various international events.

Robin is also the author of a book “So, do you think you want to be an Entrepreneur?” and owns Greenyarn LLC, a nanotechnology company based in Boston manufacturing sustainable socks, fabric and apparel for environmentally conscious consumers. Robin’s new book “Good intentions are not enough” will be out in October 2016.

Photo courtesy of Robin Low