Friday, April 6, 2018

Lessons from the ones who started Green Drinks KL

Hi guys, the post write-up on our very first session is finally here! We decided to give a summary and the things we learned from the event. Hope you enjoyed it.

     People come and go. Just like people, Green Drinks KL had started and ended. With every hopes of bringing back this platform, a group of young enthusiasts decides to bring Green Drinks KL back. So here we are, at the Gravy Factory in NU Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, on 29 March 2018, all ready to kick-start our first Green Drinks KL season 2 with the theme, "Looking back, looking forward".

A good turnout for our first Green Drinks KL session

Simpson giving a short speech
Bernard interviewing Michael, the owner of The Gravy Factory, NU Sentral

"We need to inspire people with the opportunities that comes with the sustainable lifestyle."
Matthias Gelber

Matthias Gelbert sharing his thoughts

Be realistic
We are heading toward the sixth extinction as our previous generation failed to prevent it from happening. We need to realize what is happening right now. So what superpowers we need to save the world right now?

Inertia
The biggest force that makes us change is inertia. It is the force that let us pursue the things we want to make a difference. However, we need to know when to give up when we need to give up as well.

Make green a choice of living
We need to change our perspective of happiness. Happiness should stem from dematerialization, experiences and connections with other people. If all of us set going green as a new and exciting trend, we will all have a deeper sense of happiness.

Make green a choice of profitability
We need to show the younger generation that green is profitable. We can try doing creative ways like converting electricity bills into real carbon credits and tokens to show that going green is financially beneficial.

Joining an activist group
Joining a group of active youths allow us to brainstorm ideas on how to make our voice heard in the public. Not only that, we will gain lots of experience and blooming friendships along the way.


     All in all, our dear veterans accentuated on the role of younger generation in making the world a more sustainable place to live in. So please take note future eco-leaders! We cannot change our past but we can change our future. And definitely, like what Simpson mentioned, the end goal is to be happy. No matter what we want to do, we need to know what and why we want to do it. That way, we will have a purpose and inertia will take place.

A beautiful dance performed by Jennifer Lai

Khairun sharing her experience on becoming an activist
"Don't call me uncle" -Steve












     With that, networking session began and we concluded our first session for Green Drinks KL season 2. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to announce that Green Drinks KL is officially back! See you guys next month on 3 May 2018 and do follow us for more exciting news to come.


Group photo session


Friday, March 23, 2018

Meet Our Panellists

From our last post: http://www.greendrinkskl.org/2018/03/green-drinks-is-back.html
Our panellists are coming from different background. Here, we would like to have a brief introduction about them.

Source: www.greenmanspeaks.com 

Matthias Gelber is a Co-Founder of Maleki GmbH, a German company specialising in high performance, low carbon footprint construction materials. Matthias also serves as an Environmental Chief Officer of New Era Energy, a company which using the blockchain technology to enable a decentralized system to increase transparency and credibility, and to create a global benchmark for emission recording and reporting. Dubbed as the greenest man on earth, Matthias is an accomplished speaker and trainer on environmental issues and loves giving green talks to corporates, government organisations and schools in the South East Asian region.

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Source: www.aseanaffairs.com
Steve McCoy is the Founder and Principal of Counterpoint, a consultancy firm giving support services on sustainability for the Corporate, Government and Non-profit sectors. Steve loves creating 'aha' experiences around the business case for sustainability and translating visionary strategies into actionable steps to close the gap between good intentions and performance.

Khairun Nisa Mohamed Zabidi is currently working with PwC Malaysia's sustainability team as a Sustainability Consultant in corporate responsibility, sustainability reporting and social and environmental advisory for the Southeast Asian region. Khairun Nisa interest and expertise centres on CSR, green public policy and building capacity for the mitigation and adaptation of climate change. In the past, she co-founded the Malaysian Youth Climate Justice Network (now the MYD) and zero-waste social enterprise the Recovr Initiative.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Gravy Factory : Words from the Management

In the heart of Brickfields, this lively eatery has been serving up crowd pleasing local and Western dishes since 2014. Located on Level 5 inside NU Sentral Shopping Centre, with a sunset view overlooking Bukit Persekutuan, it’s the go-to place to unwind with coffee after work, or dinner before a movie.


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Nasi Lemak

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Dinner with friends on the patio
We combine attentive service, mouth-watering meals, reasonable prices, and friendly staffs. All of these are done with the purpose of customer satisfaction in mind.

Our menu is an evolving selection of Hainanese Western classics. Best-selling Hainanese Chicken Chop is served with tangy pineapple sweet and sour sauce, potato wedges, and salad. Nasi Lemak Ayam Berempah, an all-time Malaysian favourite, also come highly recommended.

We are open seven days a week from 11 AM till 10 PM. Private functions and special events are held regularly in our shop. For our complete menu and more information, please visit The Gravy Factory on Facebook and Instagram. For bookings please call: 03-2276 3373.


Cheers!


The Management


Friday, March 16, 2018

Green Drinks KL (Season 2) : Looking Back, Looking Forward

Greetings from Green Drinks KL Team!

Green Drinks KL (Season 2) is back! Come, grab a drink/food and mingle with environmentally-minded people. Details as below:

Theme   :   Looking back, looking forward
Date       :   29 March 2018 (Thursday)
Time      :   7.00 – 9.30 pm
Venue    :   The Gravy Factory, Level 5, Nu Sentral (Beside KL Sentral)
                https://goo.gl/maps/gXctoAQ6T8q


Green Drinks is a monthly gathering (held on last Thursday of every month) as an informal international networking initiative to connect environmentally minded people and professionals. It is a simple event with no formality. The main goal is to have some valuable conversations in an informal setting.

The founders of Green Drinks KL back in 2009, namely Matthias Gelber (Green Man), Steve McCoy and Khairun will be with us to share their Green Drinks experiences!

The Gravy Factory is located at Nu Sentral, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and it is accessible by public transport, namely LRT, MRT, Monorail, KTM and ERL. So let’s reduce our carbon footprint where possible! The Gravy Factory has basic supplier Halal certification and no alcohol will be served here. We welcome friends from all walks of life to join the event. Besides, they have vegetarian choices too!








Students will be given 15% discount for the drink and/or food you ordered, courtesy of the generous owner. Just bring your valid student card for verification.

Please register at Eventbrite responsibly so that we could know the estimated number of people that will be attending. You may cancel the registration if you are unable to make it to the event.

For more information, please visit www.greendrinkskl.org or www.facebook.com/groups/51963358529

Everyone invites someone else along, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

See you at Green Drinks. Thank you.


Warmest regards,
Mr Simpson Tan
CEO of Green Drinks Malaysia
simpsontan@greendrinkskl.org
+6 011-625-47336 (GREEN)

Past Green Drinks

In 2013, Green Drinks have been organised in various way such as film screening and sharings of topics. 

Some topics that were shared and discussed are:
- Tiger Convervation by MyCat
- Ecological Economic by Lucy Emerton
- Mainstreaming Ecological Education by Andrew Dalton
- The Borneo Project by Joe Lamb

Some films that were screened are:  
- What's the Economy For?
- GrowthBusters
- If a Tree Falls
- Food Matters
- Blue Gold: World Water Wars


For more details regarding the past events, feel free to visit: http://stevemccoy1.wixsite.com/greendrinkskl or https://www.facebook.com/groups/51963358529/






Huh? Green Drinks??

Huh, what is Green Drinks? And what I should do? Do not worry, we are willing to tell you anything about this event. 

WHO:
     ANYONE with an interest in environmental and sustainability related topics. Whether you're a business owner, scientist, engineer, designer, journalist, event organizer, professor, einstein, students, or just simply CURIOUS about what this is all about, we welcome ALL AGES/BACKGROUNDS/GROUPS !!!

WHY:

     Because you'll get to ~~

  
   M eet professionals in the field
     I nspire (or be inspired)
     N etwork (you might just meet your new bestfriend or business partners, who knows)
     G iggle and unwind from a long Thursday workday (the more laughters, the merrier)
     L earn stuff (or share one)
     E njoy great food, drinks & company!!

WHEN:     Upcoming on 29 March 2017!
     Rule of Thumb: EVERY Last THURSDAY of the month, 7:30PM onwards

WHERE:
   
  Outdoor Balcony, The Gravy Factory, Nu Central

COST:
   
  FREE! No fees. Just have a drink or enjoy a meal!

HOW IT WORKS:
   
  The most common method is to randomly start listening in on whatever conversation is going on in the room… eavesdropping and lurking are socially acceptable at Green Drinks! 

   
  Green Drinkers are welcome to display cards, brochures, info sheets, posters, magazines, newsletters on the table… just remember to take whatever is left on the table away with you when you leave.


Hi 2018.


Hey ladies and gentlemen! 

Here is our official website of Green Drinks Kuala Lumpur. You can find our event information and news here. And of course, feel free to drop any enquiry or suggestion. We would appreciate hearing your opinion regarding the event. 

Green Drinks is not an one-time event, but tend to be organized regularly. Our first Green Drinks will be held on 
29 March 2018 (Thursday), at The Gravy Factory, Nu Central! 

More details will be announced soon. Stay tuned ya!

*Please bookmark this website as we are going to update with you more green news :)