Social Innovation at Changemakers Festival 2014

We are delighted to announce that Social Innovation Sydney will be hosting two events as part of the 2014 Changemakers Festival.

Social Innovation Bootcamp and Unconference

Full day event designed to assist people with great ideas to meet people who are interested in helping make great ideas happen.
Eventbrite - Social Innovation Unconference and Bootcamp
Join Enactus UNSW, Social Innovation Sydney, and Think Act Change for a morning of Unconference style ideas sharing, a long lunch for networking and an afternoon of business model boot-camping to turn your socially innovative ideas into social enterprise reality.

Ideal for people who either want to get their big idea off the ground or who have skills and knowledge to share and want to contribute to helping others in making change for good.

Date: October 18 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Venue: UNSW Art and Design, corner Green’s Road and Oxford Street, Paddington NSW

RSVP here

Futures for Changemakers Workshop

Every social innovator wants to the world to change, but none of us control how different the future will be. Can you creatively engage with the futures you hope for and those you fear to develop and refine your vision, rather than being paralysed by indecision? We believe you can. This one-day workshop take participants on an imaginative journey into four futures they will co-create, then brings them back to right now with renewed purpose and a clearer focus.

Eventbrite - Social Innovation Futures Workshop

  • Lightning fast introduction to Futures Thinking
  • Telling a Story of Tomorrow – small teams co-create four futures
  • Crafting Your Story – develop a one-page version of your Big Idea
  • Story in a Story – you put your Idea in each future like a model in a wind-tunnel
  • Innovating Innovation – consolidating your discoveries and planning next steps


You will go home with:

  • a better, more robust design for your big idea
  • clearer focus on your purpose and vision
  • new ideas for ways to move forward
  • a sharper picture of what to leave behind
  • better tools for thinking about the future

To ensure deep interaction, seats are limited. Book early.

About our Facilitator
Dr Tim Mansfield (@timjmansfield) has been working as a futurist at the intersection of research and commercial practice since 2008. He has crafted and led futures visioning workshops for companies (KPMG, Woolworths, AMP, TrueLocal and Fairfax Digital), non-profits (AIMIA, NORA, 31 Digital, Australian Science and Technology Exhibitors Network and CSIRO’s Gallery, Library, Archive and Museum Innovation Study) and community groups like Bendigo – A Thinking Community. Tim has an academic background in human-centred design, a decade of practice in experimental theatre and a passionate commitment to spirituality and adult development.

Date:  October 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Venue: UNSW Art and Design, corner Green’s Road and Oxford Street, Paddington NSW

RSVP here

Art : Advocacy : Activism – A conversation on changing perspectives.

djspookyPaul D Miller (DJSpooky) will be discussing his most recent projects with Korean Musicians, National Geographic, NSA, his book Imaginary Aps, and the Island Innovation Lab in Vanuatu.

He will be joined by Ben Ward from Green Ups and Matt Levinson from GetUp for a robust discussion on how creative practice can contribute to creating change.

There will be a little mixing and music at the end.

Join us Wednesday 3rd Sept 2014, 6.30 pm at lecture theatre EG02 UNSW Art and Design, corner of Green’s Road and Oxford Street Paddington NSW 2021.

Click here to RSVP (seats are limited)

free SOUP Mixer event on Friday 18 July

SOUP LabsOur buddies over at SOUP Labs have extended an invitation to their mixer event this coming Friday to Social Innovation Sydney folks. It sounds like a great idea – so RSVP now to get your free place as spaces are limited.

Hello Social Innovation Sydney,

I am a current student at UTS and I would love for Social Innovation Sydney members to be part of an innovative development project that tackles youth housing affordability. I feel that the ideas and viewpoints of Social Innovation Sydney could be could be vital to our free SOUP Mixer event on Friday 18 July.

This is a great event for the empowering young people of Sydney for social innovation to get their voice and ideas heard on urban design and affordable housing in Sydney. It will also be a good networking event as community experts from around NSW will be attending the SOUP Mixer as will our sponsors from the Committee for Sydney and UrbanGrowthNSW.

// An Open Invitation to:
// FRI 18 JUL, 9AM-3PM

Join the hundreds of voices from all across Sydney’s metropolitan footprint, including government, community groups, and big-and-small businesses.

We’ll get together for an intensive collaboration to tackle a shared urban challenge with creativity and practical purpose. And we’ll bring a diverse mix of expertise, experience and engagement about young people, housing and Sydney’s future.

SOUP MIXER is a boldly diverse ‘en-masse’ innovation workshop to explore the needs and ideas we all hold for having a home we can afford.

Everyone is welcome and diversity of participants is our goal.

We all know it – Sydney is deemed “unliveable” on many global standards because so many young people simply cannot afford housing where they need and want to live, threatening the core vitality of our city and our people.

// TO REGISTER, Visit:

Please register for the free event as spots are limited.

Best Regards,
Will Chen

NAVA 2014 Synergy – helping artists to grow sustainable businesses

NAVA Synergy is an incubator program aimed at supporting artists in gaining practical skills and knowledge for forming and growing a sustainable business that will thrive in the competitive market
of the arts.

This year NAVA is running a four week Synergy program, starting on 1st July and finishing with its live crowdfunding event, NAVA Soup Sessions.

RSVP and more information: NAVASYNERGY2014

Program includes:

  • Two professional development events exploring topics on entrepreneurship, developing connections with the private sector and public presentation skills
  • Opportunity to develop and draft a project pitch to colleagues and expert judges in preparation

Join Think-Act-Change for a screening of ‘Spark; A Burning Man Story’

Join us and the Think-Act-Change crew for Spark; A Burning Man Story at COFA next Tuesday 24th June 2014

Is it possible for festivals like Burning Man to influence societal and personal change?!

Join Think-Act-Change for a screening of ‘Spark; A Burning Man Story‘ followed by a lively panel discussion and audience Q&A where we can delve deep into festival culture, what drives individuals to attend such radical, large scale festivals and what can we as a society learn from them?


Think Act ChangeSpark: A Burning Man Story is a documentary about the dreams and challenges of Burning Man and its unique culture of participatory art. Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in a dusty windswept Nevada desert to build a temporary city, collaborating on large-scale art and partying for a week before burning a giant effigy in a ritual frenzy.

Rooted in principles of self-expression, self-reliance and community effort, Burning Man has grown famous for stirring ordinary people to shed their nine-to-five existence and act on their dreams. SPARK takes us behind the curtain with Burning Man organizers and participants, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth. When ideals of a new world based on freedom and inclusion collide with realities of the “default world,” we wonder which dreams can survive.


Tom Dawkins – Social Entrepreneur
Amelia Loye – Social Scientist

Full biographies and speaker details to be announced shortly!

RSVP here

About Social Innovation Sydney

Flavour Crusader team at Social Innovation SydneySocial Innovation Sydney helps change makers connect with one another and building networks to drive social innovation in Australia.

We want to build human-to-human networks of people who care about creating ventures that do social good and create value for society above and beyond the bottom line.

We believe that it is possible to create successful ventures that make a profit and do social good too.

We want to connect people with ideas to people with skills so that they can create new ventures together.