Dave & Danny
This duo are the masterminds behind The Sociable Weaver. Each with extensive change-making experience, Dave and Danny created The Sociable Weaver to challenge the status quo and raise the bar in the built environment.
It has long been clear that Dave Martin, Co-Founder and Director of The Sociable Weaver is here, in this world and the building industry, to uplift the game and challenge the status quo.
Dave is a leader in the construction industry, having been the recipient of Master Builder of the Year and featuring on Grand Designs Australia for the construction of the Croft House, an architectural masterpiece designed by James Stockwell.
Dave has been, and is currently, the Co-Director and Co-Founder of multiple companies such as Martin Builders, Small Giants Developments, Archiblox, Birdie Workshop, JM Cladding and The Cape Patterson Eco-Village.
With a passion for high quality, responsible and sustainable design and construction, Dave wanted to take things further to really make a difference to the industry and the world. The Sociable Weaver is the culmination of a lifetime spent innovating and imagining what a truly sustainable construction industry could be.
Co–Founder of The Sociable Weaver Danny has carried his inspiring vision for the world into the built environment. As the CEO of Small Giants, a company he started with Berry Liberman (who is his loving wife) to effect social and environmental change through business, Danny shared Dave's vision of a more sustainable construction and housing industry.
Small Giants, Australia's first B-Corp Certified company, brings together a family of businesses all creating a better world, including; Dumbo Feather, Tom Organic, The School of Life, The Commons, Pots n Pans (in Vietnam) and the Impact Investment Group, an impact funds management company he co-founded in 2013 which now has over $500m in assets under management, the majority of which is sustainable property.
Prior to Small Giants he was the founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia and Medivax, a corporate health services provider. He also has degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration. Danny is currently serving on the boards of Stand Up, B Labs Australia, Australian Jewish Funders, The Impact Club, the 100% Impact Network and the advisory board of the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan.
His contribution to the community has been acknowledged many times, including:
· Medal of the Order of Australia, 2016
· B Corporation Hal Taussig award, 2015
· Steve Lawrence Social innovation award, 2014
· Principles for social investment (UN Global Compact), Social investment Pioneer award, 2012
· Ernst & Young social entrepreneur of the year, 2012
· RMIT Alumnus of the year, 2009
· ADC Australian Leadership award, 2009
· Named as one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia in 2005
· Churchill Fellowship, 2003.