About Ian McBurney ...
Ian McBurney is a sustainability business mentor, speaker, facilitator, MC and project expert. He will help you reduce environmental costs, understand and integrate sustainability into your business and set up and inspire your green team - you'll be ready for the new economy. He can be a sustainability researcher, thinker and planner thinker on your project, plan, product or program. He can MC, facilitate and speak at your sustainability event on message, on time and with flair. His sustainability presentation is a vibrant mix of stories, AV, info and interactivity that inspires, excites and challenges us to change.
He believes passionately that at this time in history when every natural system is in decline, it is people and therefore culture change that will gift us a sustainable society. That society will be better for us in nearly every way. We'll be more local and connected, happier, healthier, more profitable and more proud of who we are.
And why did I make this career choice? Who knows?! At age eight, Ian's family began a mud brick home in the bush near Bendigo. At 12, he spent a day following an echidna. At 14, he threw a rock at a flying duck and killed it. At 15, he read Jane Goodall's "In the Shadow of Man" and heard David Suzuki speak. At 24, he met Frank Ryan, the incredibly gifted environmental educator of Vox Bandicoot fame, and followed him around, soaking up his wisdom. He spent five years as a Director at the Vox, delivering the world famous environmental theatre program to 10,000 students, Sustainability Street to 150 communities, workplace culture change training to 6000 in manufacturing and local government and many writing, publishing, interpretation and event projects. At 30, he read Janine Benyus's "Biomimicry" and fell in love with the earth and our human potential all over again.
Ian has a degree in Environmental Engineering from RMIT University, helped to found the Bendigo Sustainability Group, was its Inaugural Vice President and is still heavily involved. He is on the board of the Sustainability Street Institute, was the sustainability representative on the Bendigo Plus 25 project and is helping to organise "Bendigo: a Thinking Community". He is a member of the Bendigo Professional Services Group. He set up Live Ecological in 2006 and has been running and loving it since.
Ian happily married Claire in 2004 and is still happy with that choice. He is the proud father of Tadhg and Tara, with Possum on the way. He habitually quotes Spike Milligan, yells at Collingwood, does magic tricks, is a retired cricketer who could bat a bit and has been to Inverloch every summer with a bunch of cousins for 34 years. He's also a lot of fun.