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.

Join us in Sydney with John Robb Mon 24 March – what is the future of the American Dream?

John Robb: Future of the American Dream

Monday, March 24, 2014 from 6:00 PM

John Robb from HomeFree America is visiting Sydney and will join us for a free talk at CoFA on Monday 24th March at 6 pm.

RSVP for this free talk

John will discuss the Future of the American Dream and the underlying source of modern wealth and technology.

As he notes:

“It’s a source that directly impacts our internal decision making system in a fundamental way.

Once you learn what it is, and how simple it is, it’s going to change the way you think about everything. “

John is a well known strategy thinker and writer with his long running blog, Global Guerrillas, and his new work, Home Free America: an open notebook on the future of the American Dream, which is focused on providing the support, knowledge, insight, and encouragement needed to help communities thrive, despite adversity.

John is always thinking strategically about the future and sharing his insights.

Click here to RSVP for this free talk

John Robb: deep dive dinner

After his talk John will join us for a deep dive dinner – RSVP and payment details here

Join us for a deeper richer discussion on entrepreneurship, sustainability, and community while enjoying a 2 course progressive dinner with wine/beer/soft drink. Seats are limited so that the evening remains intimate.