Non-profit organisation Rock Girl is the nominated beneficiary of Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd, and the proceeds from events such as trendtalk are donated to Rock Girl

Lauren is a director of this design-led charity, which opposes gender violence and works to create safe spaces.

Rock Girl

Rock Girl Bench

Lauren sits on the content advisory committee of MODILA.



She volunteers her time as a workshop contributor and  product development mentor at the Cape Craft and Design Institute  

CCDI workshop

CCDI workshop. From left: Marilyn Jones, Keri Muller, Lori Louden, Karen Jacobs, Simone Redman, and Lauren

Lauren was the brainchild behind WalkCapeTown, a freeware logo intended to encourage the citizens of Cape Town to take back the streets in the wake of Fan Walk euphoria.

Walk Cape Town


She was a curator of the Design Indaba Expo, for two years after managing the event itself, but resigned from the curator panel in order to focus on the Freeworld Design Centre.