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  • Share Your Christmas Giving Story

    1. In 250 words share your story that has inspired you to become who you are today. This is a way of giving thanks to either someone, something or some place.
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  • Redstart Stories: Ethical Fashion & Art

    Roopa, from our first film, taken by Anne Munger

    Image: Roopa, from our first film, taken by Anne Munger


    Story by: Zoe Hamilton, Goat Tree Productions

    **Breaking news**

    The crowdfunding campaign went live yesterday...55% of the way already!!!


    One in three women in India is sterilized. I learned this fact while working on a short documentary with my partner, Anne Munger, in 2014 in Northern India.


    We spent a month interviewing women about their reproductive health choices, and specifically about their decisions about sterilization.


    This year, a new government policy seeks to shift the national conversation away from sterilisation and towards a temporary injectable method. But will this policy empower the women it promises to help, or simply bolster government control over Indian women’s bodies?


    We are about to launch a crowdfunding campaign on September 15th. With this money we can jump into production with our partner organization in India.




    Locations: NYC, London, Mumbai

    Gauri Mahendra and Lakshmi at Barefoot College

    Image: Gauri Mahendra & Lakshmi @ Barefoot College


    Story by: Gauri Mahendra, Founder of UMEED


    Truly Empowering Women


    I believe initiatives such as these celebrate talent, in an industry which too often neglects to adequately support its workers.


    Their handloom products are inspired by sustainable development programs underway in the region.




    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Yossi Fisher

    Image: Dirty Gritty, GlassBook, Yossi Fisher


    Story by: Yossi Fisher


    Fast Fashion Ethics??

    ...Fast fashion has destroyed the way people view value, and with so many companies trying to keep up with demand, they unfortunately tend to sacrifice ethics for cheap pricing and fast turnaround.


    I believe that when a company poses the simple question of “who are we?” not “what are we?”, perspectives shift...




    Locations: Berlin / Toronto / London / LA

    Malaika Ibreck

    Image: Malaika Ibreck


    Story by: Malaika Ibreck


    Can you handle the Tooth?


    Today, I made a necklace from my, and one of my sister’s, teeth. That sounds scarier than it is!


    For me, making bijouterie feels like a half step forwards - one small step for me, no real impact on mankind. But perhaps if all of humankind were to take a small step forward, to be aware of where our clothes and jewellery came from and how that affects the rest of the world, then there would be a difference for everyone.




    Location: UK

    Henry Stratford

    Image: Henry Stratford


    Story by: Henry Stratford


    Emerging Menswear designer

    It all started at university, where like many people I was getting fed up of the greed and irresponsibility of so many businesses, so I decided to buy from more socially progressive brands.


    I then did a bit of research and realised that the main customer for most clothing social enterprises is women. Which would arguably suggest that men do not care...




    Location: UK

    Paula Schwarz and Markus Abgnel, StartupAid

    Image: Paula Schwarz & Markus Abgnel


    Story by: Paula Schwarz


    StartupAid.io share their story of how reviving the arts is playing a positive role on Greek islands.


    Markus Abgnel believes in the power of creating art as intercultural bonding experiences as that enables people from different backgrounds to grow relationships by overcoming barriers and finding out about each other’s personalities, backgrounds and visions for the future. By engaging in a process of co-creation, people can take significant steps towards understanding the other, appreciating their individualities and forming a common vision.


    StartupAid provides accommodation for artists, volunteers and other change makers who want to visit Samos and spend time to create in the local Migration Hub. The pilot project will begin in September 2016, results will be published in partnership with international media. Visitors on site are welcome to make use of the database of StartupAid, which currently contains 3.500 initiatives working around mass migration worldwide.


    Locations: Greece, Germany

    Kathrin Sarah Silber, Designer

    Image: Kathrin Sarah Silber


    Story by: Kathrin Sarah Silber



    Kathrin describes the difficulty in employment in the design world. Choices lead to impact. Here’s her story.


    In the last few years I have noticed that a higher sense of what I do has become more and more important to me. I don’t want to do design for the sake of design.


    So I’ve been asking myself again and again, does the design I do really help anyone, improve living conditions, support justice and peace? Or does it only help to make rich people richer, and poor people poorer?



    Location: Germany

    Anna Buchmann, Kraft Lifestyle Products

    Image: Kraft Lifestyle Collection


    Story by: Anna Buchmann
    Kraft Lifestyle Products


    Ethically sourcing materials, to employ refugees in their location.


    “I wandered through the narrow side streets of Hyderabad’s Old Town, watching craftsmen and shop owners praising their skills and products, my senses overflowing with vibrant visuals, shrieking noises and unfamiliar smells. The colourful sarees of Indian women caught my eye wherever I went - even though I knew I couldn’t wear them back home.


    The question of how to adjust the Indian traditional dress to fashion in London, just wouldn’t leave my mind. The other prevailing question was about refugee integration - coming from Germany this matter is close to my heart. So I combined these two questions into one: How could I use fairly produced textiles from India to foster refugee integration? That’s how KRAFT Lifestyle Products came along.”



    Locations: India, UK

  • Redstart Stories: Christmas Giving

    Featured stories for Christmas Giving - you have a story to tell - we just help you share it.

  • Partners

    Featured partner: ArtJobs.com

    "Working together with the REDSTART team, we hope that our community will use their voices, share their insight and use this opportunity to make a change" ArtJobs.com.

    Art Week.com
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    Kraft Lifestyle Products
    Social Enterprise Experience Tours
    Catch Events
    WorthWhile Studios
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  • About REDSTART Stories


    REDSTART is a mission to raise awareness from consumers to producers (all of us) to create a better life for everyone, starting with your story to your friends, to theirs.


    REDSTART is a collaborative project to bring awareness to social impact through storytelling. Integrating people and organisations from around the globe, to provide a way to connect and inspire.


    To start the conversation we're launching an online campaign to connect field experts, related organisations and emerging talents or eager participants who would like to gain a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes. (By submitting a story you agree to our Legal Terms and Conditions found at the bottom of this page).


    Charmaine Ho

    Charmaine Ho

    Shaping each day more beautifully

    Founder of Catch Events with extensive experience in running events and promotional campaigns for corporate, social enterprise and charitable groups. With a passion to get involved in the social innovative space, she spearheaded projects such as Social Enterprise Experience Tour and REDSTART to connect likeminded individuals together and promote the importance of collaboration.

    Eddie Capstick

    Eddie Capstick

    Passionate about social impact

    Impact Mentor, Consultant and Judge for Social Enterprise.
    CEO WorthWhile Studios who runs social impact workshops on UX design and games design workshops. Clients include OnPurpose, Action for Kids along with a few startups, academic institutions e.g. MIT, Goldsmiths and eco-hacks (Acorn Aspirations). Volunteer at MakeSense.

    Natalia Lozano

    Natalia Lozano

    Empathy 4 education

    Graduate in Fine Arts and Communication with continuing education in various fields of art with teaching, social and cultural innovation and social awareness purpose. Currently working as a researcher and cooperating in groups that activate an ethical progress, and has founded the association SGNS.

    Alexandra Lopes

    Alexandra Lopes

    Collating passions into purpose

    She loves traveling and learning new things! Excited about this project as it combines important issues that resonate with me: women empowerment, youth entrepreneurship and ethical fashion.

    Gabriela Pereira

    Gabriela Pereira

    Dreaming of a better world

    Journalism and communication student, with a passion for creative writing and developing/managing new projects. Currently living in Portugal, but always dreaming about the world.

    Joana Neiva

    Joana Neiva

    Travelling to explore and learn

    Psychology student, always looking for new and exciting projects and meet new people. Travel is my biggest passion. Currently divided between Coimbra and Madrid.

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