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2012 Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program

The Centre for Sustainability Leadership is currently recruiting participants for the 2012 Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Programs.

They’re looking for 25 participants in Sydney and Melbourne, who have the passion, potential and commitment to lead effective change for sustainability. Applications close 26 February 2012.

Sign up for the Sydney info night: 6pm, Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Harts Pub, Corner of Essex St and Gloucester St in the Rocks, Sydney
RSVP here: http://sydney2012infosession.eventbrite.com/

Women in media – Miss Representation

The representation of women in media is an important issue for our times. To kick off in 2012 we’re screening a film to get us thinking, talking, and acting on the issue of women and how we are portrayed in the media.

Register for Miss Representation Screening on EventbriteJoin us on 29 February 2012 in Sydney for a screening of the film and a panel discussion following the film.

The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in October.

The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

Find out more at MissRepresentation.org

Register for Miss Representation Screening on Eventbrite

Sign up now and join us for this special screening of Miss Representation and panel discussion afterward.

Social innovation in Western Australia co-working & mapping #socent sector #SiiWA

This is a great initiative to see in Western Australia! Social innovation in Western Australia (aka SiiWA) just told us that:

“We are also launching the search for WA Social Enterprises in partnership with Social Traders. If you work for or know of a Social Enterprise in WA please register their details here, this will then be avaliable in a directory to make finding and purchasing from Social Enterprises easier”

Also SiiWA, in partnership with with Social Traders, is Mapping the West Australian Social Enterprise Sector to help raise the profile of Social Enterprise in Western Australia, through identifying and showcasing their products and services.

To register your interest in being listed or to list Social Enterprises in your area please let them know here.

Bystanding to Action Leadership Workshop in December 15 & 16

A good friend and supporter of Social Innovation Sydney, Soren Harner, recently let us know about a new workshop he’s running and we thought it might be of interest to others:

“I emailed you in August about a new leadership workshop I’ve been working on with Peter Rennie and many others around Australia.  I run the workshop with Peter in Sydney, and Peter has partners in many other locations.


This workshop teaches leaders powerful techniques around engaging people in an organisation and increasing the levels of awareness.  At its core, it promotes group learning and partnership as the mindset for bringing about system change.

It is a practical workshop in which you spend most of the time experiencing and participating, yet it is also well-grounded in theory.  Both attending and subsequently partnering with Peter on this workshop has helped me tremendously as both an organisational leader and social change agent.

We practice what we teach and the workshop has gotten better each time:


Please join us if you can on December 15 & 16.  If you know of any others, please forward them on the link to the website.  You can now register straight on the website: http://nobystanding.net/registration.  There are group, pension and student discounts as well.


TACSI launches new campaign, www.solved.org.au #solved

We’re really please to announce that the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) has just launched a new campaign, Solved, which is searching nationwide to find social solutions that work.

As Sarah Stokely explained it to us:

Why Solved? Sometimes when tackling social challenges, we focus too much on searching for new ideas or solutions, and overlook things that are already working. Maybe you set up a scheme to help local kids eat a healthy breakfast in Broome, and someone in Newcastle is searching for a way to do just that. By sharing what works on the Solved map, we hope these solutions can help more people across Australia.

Big or small, it doesn’t matter. It can be something done by an organisation, or one person. My dad did a lot of work to help build a Men’s Shed in Sheffield, Tasmania to create a place for men to get together, and overcome loneliness, social isolation and depression. The work my dad did, and the impact it’s having on people in his town, is what inspired me to create Solved.

Solutions to social problems are worth celebrating and worth sharing. It’s a great opportunity for people or organisations doing good stuff to let people know about it – or to give a shoutout to their favourite local solution.

How you can help: The number one thing you can do is to notify your network of social changemakers about Solved, and encourage them to add their solutions to the map. If you’re sending out a newsletter, we would appreciate it if you’d include a brief plug for Solved! The campaign is running until December 16, but the sooner you can let people know, the better.

We would also love it if you would follow Solved on Twitter and Facebook, and help your followers there discover Solved.

You can do this by:

Following @SolvedAustralia on Twitter.

Retweet the following: RT @SolvedAustralia: #solved is an Australia-wide search for social solutions that work. Seen or done something that’s helping? Tell us about it: solved.org.au

Like the Solved in Australia page on Facebook.

Thanks for reading. We’d really appreciate it if you’d pass on this email to your networks across Australia. We look forward to unearthing social solutions that work with you.

Two more speakers announced for Unconference

Rhinanna Patrick and Carla McGrath will be innovative participants and speakers at the Indigenous Innovation Unconference this Saturday 29th October at the NCIE. Register here

Rhianna Patrick is a Torres Strait Islander who grew up in Brisbane and Weipa. She is  the presenter of ABC’sSpeaking Out, a radio program about culture, lifestyle and political issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia.

Rhianna joined the ABC as a news and current affairs cadet in 2002. She spent a year in the newsroom at the ABC’s office in Mackay before heading to Sydney in 2004 to take up a position as the breakfast newsreader for triple j news. Rhianna joined the Speaking Out program after a stint in Television where she worked as an Associate Producer/Researcher for the ABC’s Indigenous program, Message Stick.

Carla McGrath is an Indigenous Australian woman from Thursday Island. Although raised on the mainland, she retains strong family and community ties to the Torres Strait Islands.

Carla is currently the Business and Program Development Manager at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE). She is also a delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and a member of the NSW Reconciliation Council’s Management Committee. Prior to joining the NCIE, she was the Relationships Manager at the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and in 2009 she held the position of National Indigenous Officer for the National Union of Students.

Event Details
What: Indigenous Innovation Unconference
Where: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence,
180 George St, Redfern, NSW 2016. Map here
When: Saturday, 29th October 2011, 10am – 4:30pm
Who: People in or interested in the Indigenous Sector and Social Innovation Sector
Why: To develop and progress ideas and action on Indigenous Innovation
Presented by: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence & Social Innovation Sydney

Leaders in Indigenous Innovation at Unconference

Announcing the first round of speakers for the upcoming Indigenous Innovation Unconference to be held on the 29 October 2011:  Social Innovation Sydney Event

  • Tanya Hosch, Board Director, the Australian Centre for Social Innovation
  • Jason Glanville, CEO of the NCIE
  • Shelley Reys, Managing Director, Arilla Indigenous Consultancies & Services
  • Lindon Coombes, Executive Director, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
  • Charles Prouse, CEO,  National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy
  • Luke Pearson, Online Social Commentator @LukeLPearson

Tanya Hosch: talks about the intersection of Indigenous Innovation and Social Innovation in Australia, how they can and could collaborate and what the next steps are for the co-creation of Australia’s Innovative future.

Tanya  is a consultant working on a range of Indigenous specific and broader social policy areas across Australia, and has a particular interest in the area of philanthropy and co-investment and community corporate partnerships as a model of progressing our social agenda.Her expertise is in Indigenous affairs, youth development and leadership development. In addition, Tanya serves as the Board Director at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation; as a Director on the Rio Tinto Aboriginal Foundation; is a Visiting Research Fellow with the University of Technology, Sydney; is a Director for the International Funders of Indigenous Peoples based in North America and the Aboriginal Advisory Committee to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Tanya is also an advisor to Social Ventures Australia.

Jason Glanville is a member of the Wiradjuri peoples from south-western New South Wales. He is the CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) based in Redfern. Prior to joining the NCIE Jason was Director of Programs and Strategy at Reconciliation Australia.

Jason is Co-Chair of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, on the board of the Indigenous Leadership Centre and on the board of Carriage Works.
Jason was named in the (Sydney) magazine’s 100 most influential people of Sydney and, 2011 was featured in Boss Magazine’s True Leaders of 2011 list. He is also a member of the Sydney Leadership Program’s Headland Project.
Shelley Reys is an Aboriginal woman of the Djiribul people. She is Managing Director of Arrilla Indigenous Consultants and Services, which provides services that assist Indigenous Australians and the wider community to work more effectively together in business, government and community environs. Ms Reys is also Vice-Chair of the National Australia Day Council and Director of Indigenous Film Services (IFS). Previously, she was Director of The Hollows Foundation, NSW Coordinator for the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and worked with reconciliation’s people’s movement 1991 – 2000.

Lindon Coombes
 is a proud Aboriginal man whose family comes from Brewarrina. He is the CEO of the National Congress of Australia’s First  People. Prior to joining the National Congress, Lindon was the Executive Director of Tranby Aboriginal College in Glebe.He worked in Aboriginal Affairs in NSW government for over a decade in positions covering culture & heritage, natural resource management, education, child sexual abuse and the Aboriginal Land Council system. He also worked for ATSIC and as Senior Policy Advisor to successive Ministers.

Charles Prouse is the CEO of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA), located in Sydney. He currently serves as an observer of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Council (AILC) board. Charles is a Bardi/Nyikina man from the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Charles’ current role as the CEO of NASCA sees him managing a not-for-profit Indigenous organisation delivering healthy lifestyle programs to young Indigenous people, including students and jobseekers and using sports and sports role models to promote positive health, education and employment messages. Charles is an advisory board member for the Shift Foundation.

Luke Pearson is an Aboriginal man from NSW, he is a qualified Teacher (B.Teach/B.Arts), researcher and social commentator.  He is a leading Indigenous innovator online and is best known for his influence on twitter as @AboriginalOz (he recently changed his twitter name to @LukelPearson).



Event Details

What: Indigenous Innovation Unconference
Where: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, 180 George St, Redfern, NSW 2016. Map here
When: Saturday, 29th October 2011, 10am – 4:30pm
Who: People in or interested in the Indigenous Sector and Social Innovation Sector
Why: To develop and progress ideas and action on Indigenous Innovation
Designed by: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence & Social Innovation Sydney

Social Innovation Sydney Event

Twitter Equality Forum Thursday 29 September 20:00 – 21:00 #Equality

Everyone is invited to join in the  Twitter Forum on Equality this coming Thursday 29 September 2011 at 8pm Sydney time.

Joining in will be The Honorable Kristina Keneally, Australian Marriage Equality, Sydney Star Observer, Twenty10, SameSame and YouTube Celebrity Drag Muppet Queen Miss Left Titter.

A wide range of topics will be discussed including: Raising Awareness, Why the Marriage Act needs to change, important milestones and dates, alternatives to same-sex marriage and asking people to share their experiences with us.

The Hashtag for the evening will be #Equality

You can RSVP on Facebook and share this with your friends and community.

Can you go Sober in October?

Every year the average Australian adult drinks 9.95 Litres of pure alcohol. That equates to 48 stubbies of beer, 9 bottles of wine or 10 bottles of champagne every month (Figures: The Australian Bureau of Statistics).

Last week Social Innovation Sydney attended the launch of Ocsober.

Ocsober is a fundraising initiative that encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of October. It’s message is not about abstinence but instead an opportunity to highlight the growing danger of binge drinking and alcohol abuse, particularly among young Australian’s.  It’s also an opportunity for participants to enjoy the benefits of better health and the opportunity to wake up with a clear head. Sign up here 

At the launch, Ocsober ambassadors such as Michelle Bridges from the Biggest Loser talked about the importance of such initatives in giving people a chance to change their habits and understand the day-to-day impact that these lifestyle choices were having.

We all made “mocktails” as a refreshing alternative to our usual alcohol filled cocktails.

Recommendations: the mocktails where the fruit is muddled (to combine ingredients, usually in the bottom of a mixing glass, by pressing them with a muddler, before adding the majority of the ingredients). Michelle Bridges created a low calorie Mocktail that you can find here

The money raised goes to Life Education, who many of us were introduced to by Healthy Harold at school.

Life Education is the largest non-government provider of health education to children and young people in schools Australia wide.

The Life Education mission is to empower children and young people to make informed choices for a safe and healthy life. In 2010, the Life Education program was shown to 3,200 schools and made available to 610,000 students in their care.  Operating since 1979, in excess of 4 million students have participated in the program over the past 32 years.

Social Innovation Sydney are proud to support this initiative in educating people on the effects of alcohol, allowing people to feel empowered to make choices that are best for them and their health.

For all the details check the Ocsober website here



What is the NCIE?

Social Innovation Sydney are very proud and excited to be partnering with The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence for the next Unconference, on the 29th of October.

What is the NCIE? And what is their role in building Indigenous Excellence and Innovation in our community?

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) works with its Pathway Partners to build brighter futures for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by cultivating talent and creating opportunities.

The NCIE is an Indigenous led social enterprise developing a new model for positive social change. Informed by Indigenous Innovation, a uniquely Indigenous approach to social innovation, the NCIE is having a significant impact on the well-being of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and their communities. In its first year close to 7500 young people, 5000 of them Indigenous, visited the Centre to participate in its programs.

Trading for a social purpose, the Centre is creating novel forms of commercial and community collaboration. The NCIE develops effective and mutually beneficial Pathway Partnerships to deliver life-changing Pathway Programs
on-site and throughout Australia. The NCIE also utilises its culturally infused state-of-the-art facilities (campus, conferencing centre, sports centre and sports field) to provide world-class services to the wider Australian public and to generate a sustainable income.

The social innovation surrounding the Centre and its work is informed by Indigenous knowledge and perspectives on social change. The NCIE’s approach is a deliberate attempt to move away from conventional deficit language and to develop an assets-based approach to excellence. The Centre is a developing model of Indigenous Innovation and of ’what works’.

Located in the heart of Redfern, the NCIE is a place for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians from across the country to participate in programs in the pathways of arts and culture, health and wellness, learning and innovation and sport and recreation. The Centre hosts and facilitates programs for young people to support them in achieving aspirations and reaching their potential.

Event Details
What: Indigenous Innovation Unconference
Where: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, 180 George St, Redfern, NSW 2016.
When: Saturday, 29th October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Who: People in or interested in the Indigenous Sector and Social Innovation Sector
Why: To develop and progress ideas and action on Indigenous Innovation
Designed by: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence & Social Innovation Sydney

Register Now for SIBSYD Unconference
Find out more about the NCIE: http://www.ncie.org.au/index.php/about.html