Kate Carruthers

Crowdfunding lunch for Social Innovation BarCamp #sibsyd

Funding and how to raise funds has been a major topic of discussion at past events. This community is becoming increasingly powerful in it’s sharing and support and, instead of sourcing sponsorship from a corporation, we felt it was time to explore crowdfunding.

Lunch at Social Innovation Sydney has been mentioned as a very important part of the event due to the relaxed opportunity for conversation and connection.

This crowdfund is to simply provide for this lunch of organic and locally sourced food. We estimate this to total $650.

Now we’re using crowdfunding via Pozible to cover the cost of providing lunch for our participants.

If you can help us to provide a simple healthy organic lunch for this community event please click below:

Announcing Social Innovation BarCamp Sat 26/2 free registration

It's free registration so sign up now!Join us for the next Social Innovation BarCamp in Sydney.  It’s free registration so sign up now and participate in a day of ideas, conversation and creative thinking.

Again we’ll be crowdsourcing ideas for creating new business models for social good and building up our community network of changemakers.

Like our previous Social Innovation BarCamps this one will provide a place for facilitated conversations (details of the session format here) where anyone can share:

  • a story or an idea
  • kick off a discussion on something they are passionate about
  • share about a cause they want to rally support for
  • road test new social innovation ideas and workshop them with a group

This is your chance to get your ideas out into the open amongst a friendly crowd, as one of the participants said after our last BarCamp:

“thanks #sibsyd, without the barcamp I would never had courage to actually talk about my ‘silly’ idea with somebody else let alone pursue it.”

Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

COFA Cnr Greens Road & Oxford Street, Paddington 2021 Australia

New initiative: The Social Change Collaboratory

David Hood has kicked off an exciting new initiative in Melbourne for the new year. It is called The Social Change Collaboratory and it aims at:

“Connecting agents and architects of change; facilitating opportunities for collaborative projects; inspiring action on social ventures with impact; and supporting the emergence of a resilient Australian social sector.”

Find out more about the meetup here.

David has promised to give us an update on next steps once the first meetup is over.

A book about Social Innovation BarCamp Sydney

We’re working on a book about Social Innovation Sydney BarCamps and wanted to get some stories and photos from people who’ve attended to include in the book.

Please add a comment below if you have a BarCamp story or image that you’re willing to share. If you’re shy and would prefer to let us know via email please click here.

All contributions will be fully credited and proceeds of the book will be used to fund future community activities by Social Innovation Sydney.

The book will be published early 2011 and will be available for the February 2011 Social Innovation BarCamp.

How To Think Like a Futurist

This is a guest post from Neerav Bhatt who attended the Gartner Symposium in Sydney, this post is reproduced with permission:

I had a press pass to the 2010 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo and specifically made time to attend Craig Rispin’s session “How To Think Like a Futurist” as I’d heard he had some thought provoking ideas to share.

He made a lot of good points including his first one which was that futurists need to read lots of science fiction because science fiction helps you understand that life will change, must change. Science fiction suggests how and why it may change in the near and distant future.

Craig explained that:

“Futurists are reverse historians. We try to peer over the horizon so we can make better decisions today. We analyse trends, anticipate significant changes and help people create preferable futures.”

In a world where social, technological, environmental, economic and political change is occurring so fast it is learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

To think like a futurist you need to think:

  • Global versus local
  • Long term as well as short
  • Of multiple Future possibilities rather than predicting one
  • About Trends not news
  • Cross industry vs industry specific
  • About multiple trend drivers not just the economy
  • About long term vision not short term tactics
  • Big picture versus micro detail

More details about some of Craig’s publications can be found on Neerav’s site.

Twitter testimonial

Just saw this lovely feedback from @kimkevin about our last Social Innovation Bar Camp:

“thanks #sibsyd, without the barcamp I would never had courage to actually talk about my ‘silly’ idea with somebody else let alone pursue it.”

Social Innovation BarCamp Nov 2010

You can find out dates for the next Social Innovation Sydney events here


Unleashing the Awesome Foundation in Melbourne

Two of my favourite Aussie changemakers, Ross Hill and Edward Harran, announced their fascinating new initiative recently and I thought we should share the news here too. If you’d like to get involved in the Awesome Foundation Australia let Ross know via email .

There are heaps of grants out there asking you to fill in reams of paperwork, tell your life story, sign over all your IP, and then still wanting a chunk of ownership in your project. There is certainly a place for these if you need a big amount of cash – but there are also heaps of awesome little projects in the world that only need a small amount to make them happen. That’s where the Awesome Foundation comes in.

We award $1000 grants every month with absolutely no strings attached, and where the only requirement is that your idea has to be really awesome.

It started in Boston last year and has spread to New York, San Francisco, London, and beyond – funding some really awesome projects like putting cameras on kites to take early photos of the Gulf oil spill,
audio tours of the SF Bay Area that walk you through the effects of climate change, and perhaps the most awesome – building a cotton candy cannon.

Edward Harran and I are looking for ten people to form the founding board of the Awesome Foundation in Melbourne. Over the next month we are casting a wide net so that in December we can select a really diverse group of ten to award the first grant in January 2011. Each micro-trustee needs to be willing to commit $100 cash each month at an in-person grant review session where each member will play an active role in collectively selecting the awardee, and be willing to find a replacement micro-trustee should you need to back out of the financial obligation.

Please note that the ten micro-trustees need to live in melbourne so they can come to the face to face decision session over dinner, but the grant awardees can live anywhere in the world (including Sydney).

If that sounds like you please send an email to ross@rosshill.com.au and we’ll be in touch.

Black Dog Ride video #sibsyd #blackdogride

Tony Hollingsworth shared his story of the Black Dog Ride here recently and promised to share his video as soon as it was ready.  It’s ready now and his post is reproduced here with permission:

I am so thrilled to be able to share this tonight.  My friends ‘Pong and Stil helped me get all my video footage from the Black Dog Ride (over 100 individual video files totalling more than 8GB) ‘Pong then edited a chronological summary of my journey into this 4 minute video.

‘Pong and I first met at the Cupcake Camp fundraising event in 2009.  We caught up again at the first Social Innovation Sydney BarCamp in August 2010 where I learnt of ‘Pong’s own personal story about dealing with depressive illness and some of the films he has been making around mental health.

I posted earlier on this blog about the work that ‘Pong is doing and I also encourage you to visit his website to learn more.  He is a talented artist.  Thank you ‘Pong for your generous contribution here.