12 August 2015

donkey wheel is deeply saddened to acknowledge the passing of our founder, Claire Brunner.

Claire’s drive, creativity and passion are what has set donkey wheel on our current trajectory. Even though she couldn’t be as thoroughly involved with donkey wheel in the last couple of years as she previously was, we owe her a huge debt of gratitude.


Her daring and willingness to take risks where others wouldn’t, her refusal to ever follow a safe path when so much more could be achieved by trying new methods, have pushed us to innovate and really live her mantra of making a different difference.


Paul Steele
Chief Executive Officer
donkey wheel

Claire lived with a deep and relentless intuition that there were things broken about the way our society operates. She believed that passionate, smart, committed, ‘little’ people working outside the institutions of power, outside the spotlight, held the most promise for a better world. Her dream was what she called a ‘communiversity’, a space where people like this could come to collaborate, share resources, learn and experiment with new ways of being in the world.


That building is now donkey wheel house, an extraordinary gift to the innovators, social entrepreneurs and change-makers in Melbourne. It is a thriving hub of inspiration and innovation. Already, thousands of people have benefitted from Claire’s daring without even knowing her or her story.


Claire will be remembered because she refused to shut down that inner voice that challenged, rebuked and even rebelled against anything that smelled of the status quo. She will be remembered as one of those rare souls whose light shone so intensely that a conversation with her always left you examining your own choices.


Outside her family and closest friends, the legacy she leaves is the courage to make those bigger calls, calls that set in motion a cacophony of opportunities for people to live better.


Vale Claire, and thankyou.


Col Duthie
donkey wheel Board

If a values-driven approach to business can begin to redirect this vast power toward more constructive ends than the simple accumulation of wealth, the human race and Planet Earth will have a fighting chance.” Ben Cohen



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