Meet our Founders

Meet Our Co-Founders

To Casey and Shenoa, co-founders of Collective One, life is an opportunity to give. Giving is scientifically proven to make us happier, healthier and enhance our wellbeing, yet we don’t seem to do it that often.

Why is that? Well for starters, most of us don’t know how to begin giving. Collective One is a social enterprise, created with the knowledge that giving to others is the best way to not only help those we have given to, but also help ourselves. Collective One will sell a range of everyday gifts and products, and at the end of each month all profits made will be donated to a different charity. The products for each month will also reflect the charity chosen for that month, so that when you receive your purchase you will know exactly where your money has been used to benefit those in need.

Casey and Shenoa have spent the past 18 months working to bring Collective One to life. Not only do they want to create beautiful and meaningful products, they want create a community of people who would much rather buy ethical products and change a life whilst doing so.

Casey is an avid believer in social justice, rights and the political, social and economic equality between the sexes.

“With a background in social work, I have seen first-hand how gender disparity affects women and children around the world. One of my biggest aims for Collective One is to support charities that work with oppressed women and girls, both nationally and internationally. In many countries gender inequality still exists, and women continue to face discrimination in all aspects of life from access to education, work, and economic assets.” she said.

Discrimination and injustice are major causes of poverty worldwide. For Collective One, our mission is to partner with charities that seek to address these issues and make greater social change.

Shenoa is an enthusiastic advocate in helping those less fortunate than us, whether it is people stuck in poverty, or people experiencing oppression within their own circumstance.

“There was a time in my life when I was trapped in a groundhog day-esque cycle, living a predictable life and yearning to make a difference. I’ve always wanted to make a change in a third-world country, however day-to-day responsibilities such as life, finances, family and relationships would get in the way” states Shenoa.

This was, however, until she got the amazing opportunity to travel to Cambodia and truly make a difference in a small orphanage.

Shenoa describes her journey as “one of the most rewarding and self-gratifying experiences of my life, a perfect example of the happiness one receives from giving to others”.

Shenoa and Casey affirm social responsibility is at the core of everything they do at Collective One and they’re making it their mission to start a movement through ethical purchasing, this in turn, could really make a difference and have a positive impact on lives.

In order to do that, they have designed a range of signature products to launch Collective One via a crowd funding campaign, and get the organisation off the ground. After the initial campaign, each month Collective One will partner with different organisations and donate their profits after the sale of each product.

So how can you support Casey & Shenoa? Firstly, you can sign up to Collective One’s Facebook Page so they can keep you updated! That way you can follow Collective One’s progress and support them when they launch Collective One through crowdfunding site Pozible in the near future. Watch this space!

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Casey Barber

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