Human Interest

Human Interest is a video series produced by Human Ventures. These short videos profile exceptional individuals who have made a significant positive contribution to their community and to the world we live in.

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Nicola Hazell – Blue Chilli

Leading the charge in improving gender equality, inclusivity and social impact in the entrepreneurial startup sector, BlueChilli’s Nicola Hazell is the latest outstanding individual to be featured in our latest Human Interest video!

Robert Pekin – Food Connect

After experiencing the hardship, waste and inefficiencies of the conventional food system first hand as an Australian dairy farmer, Rob founded Food Connect – a local, ecological food delivery Co-operative based in Brisbane.

Angela –  Our Mother’s Day Special

Angela is a foster mum. She took in her first child at the young age of twenty-one and since then has opened her doors to over 25 kids in need. For mother’s day Angela invites us into her home to share her experience of what it is like to care for someone else’s child.



Pip Russell – Juiced TV

For 9 years, Pip fronted two of Network Ten’s national children’s shows Toasted TV and Totally Wild. Today Pip runs Juiced TV – a program that brings together her experience and her passion for making a difference. Juiced TV is a TV program made by kids in hospital, for kids in hospital.


Orange Sky Laundry

In 2004 Nic Marchesi and his best mate Lucas Patchett built a free mobile laundry in their old van to help the homeless. Orange Sky Laundry is now run by over 270 volunteers, the custom fitted vans with two commercial washing machines and two dryers, service over 36 locations and wash over 350 loads each week. Young Australians of the Year 2016 Nic and Lucas now plan to expand services Australia-wide with the aim of positively connecting the community and improving the lives of others.


Adele Rice

Adele is a member of the Order of Australia and has received widespread recognition for her service to secondary education and to the migrant and refugee community, particularly through the provision of specialist learning programs and settlement services.

Jackie French

Jackie is an award winning author and Senior Australian of the Year (2015). She is also a historian, an ecologist and a passionate advocate for the right of all children to be able to read. To capture her story our team travelled to a rural area called Araluen Valley in South east of NSW to Jackie’s beautiful property where the majority of her 30 years of work (over 140 books) was created.


Brett Leavy

Brett Leavy is an immersive heritage specialist, virtual historian and artist. His innovative idea to recreate the real environment for mapping Indigenous culture and heritage stems from his passion to educate the community about Indigenous history. Brett is currently General Manager of the National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS), a national hub broadcasting network that serves Indigenous media organisations with news and special features.

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