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MSDI business student awarded 2019 Flourish prize for SDG 11

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Monash business student Vladimir Slaviero has been honoured in the 2019 Flourish Prize, which honours the “best-of-the-best” student stories about positive, global business innovations that can help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Vladimir was recognised for his story, Tiny Ideas, Massive Impact', about innovative Australian business, Fred's Tiny Houses, which he wrote under the direction of MSDI’s Gitanjali Bedi.

Vladimir, who undertook MSDI’s Sustainable Practice and Organisations unit in 2018, through the Monash Business School, was announced as the winning author for Global Goal #11, during a week-long virtual celebration of the 2019 Flourish Prizes, from May 6 to 10.

‘Tiny Ideas, Massive Impact’ tells the story of Fred’s Tiny Houses - the first tiny house builder to develop purpose-fit tiny houses for an Australian climate, providing a long-term solution for many of Australia’s sustainability challenges.

The recognition was one of 17 Flourish Prizes awarded this year - one for each Goal - chosen by a distinguished jury from 809 student-written stories and published on AIM2Flourish.com in 2018.

Aim2Flourish is the world’s first higher-education curriculum, story platform and prize for the Sustainable Development Goals and business’ role in achieving them.

To participate, students are required to interview business leaders and write about a recent, positive and profitable business innovation that advances the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Vladimir said it was a privilege to speak to Fred’s Tiny Houses founder and owner, Fred Schulz, who he says “sparked the Australian tiny house movement from a short-term housing fad into a solution for Australia’s long-term sustainability challenges.”

“Personally, it was a great honour to speak to Fred and learn about his passion not only for tiny houses but for environmentalism and sustainability as a whole,” Vladimir said.

Two other Monash business students, Baoyi Zhong and Yongjun Chen Chen, were named finalists in the prestigious, global competition.

The three classmates submitted their AIM2Flourish stories as part of their assessment requirement for 'Sustainable Practice and Organisations', a unit delivered by MSDI for the Monash Business School, which provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate a broad knowledge of global sustainable development challenges and understand the role organisations play in contributing to innovation solutions.

You can read Vladimir’s prize-winning story: Tiny Ideas, Massive Impact'