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We’re excited about “Crowdfunding for Change” Wed 14 March #thinkactchange #sibsyd

Social Innovation Sydney is delighted to invite everyone to come along to this ThinkActChange event:

“Crowdfunding for Change” – Wednesday 14th March from 6-8pm. Doors at 5.30pm.

This month we’re aiming to bring you the biggest ever ThinkActChange! For this unique event we will be partnering with both Social Innovation Sydney and The Fetch.  

Venue on the evening, door prize and drinks will be provided by our sponsors for the night, Ninefold.

The theme will be “Crowdfunding for Change” and our special guests on the evening will be from Indiegogo, the worlds leading international crowdfunding platform. Indiegogo have been featured in Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable and The Huffington Post as well as on CNN.

So the question is; what is crowdfunding and why should you care?

The simple fact is that there are so many people in this world like you and I, with great ideas and big dreams, who are looking for the opportunity to get funding. Crowdfunding offers anyone with an idea – creative, cause-related, or entrepreneurial – the tools to effectively raise money, build awareness of their project and get their ideas started.

At this event we’ll feature a panel discussion about crowdfunding & how it can be used for social good. Keynote speaker on the evening will be Adam Chapnick.

 Adam Chapnick – Head of Business Development, Indiegogo

Adam is IndieGoGo’s business development mastermind, a global visonary who will stop at nothing to bring crowdfunding to anyone, anywhere in the world. Prior to IndieGoGo, Adam founded Distribber where he still serves as CEO. Adam speaks regularly on cutting edge distribution strategies at markets and festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Digital Hollywood & The Apple Store.

Adam was recently named one of “19 Brave Thinkers in Independent Film” by uber-producer Ted Hope’s Truly Free Film Blog. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, Adam hit a solo home run to win the championship game for his little league team when he was 12; an achievement he has noticed is more impressive and meaningful to him than others.

THE PANEL will include:

Ross Dawson – Futurist, Author, Entrepreneur

Ross Dawson is globally recognized as a leading futurist, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and authority on business strategy. He is Founding Chairman of four companies, including the leading future research and strategy firm Future Exploration Network.
He is a best-selling author of books including “Getting Results from Crowds“, a definitive guide to crowdsourcing.

Ross’s frequent media appearances include CNN, Bloomberg TV, SkyNews, ABC TV, Today and Sunrise shows & the Washington Post.

Alan Crabbe – Co-founder, Pozible

Alan Crabbe is the co-founder of Australia’s number one Crowdfunding platform, Pozible.

Alan describes himself as a creative tech with  a real passion for taking Crowdfunding to the next level.He has an obsession with and fascination for design, innovation and new creative ideas that change the world.

More event details and speakers yet to be announced!

Remember to use the hashtag #thinkactchange on twitter.

IWD 2012 Women's March

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2012 Re-generation: Shape our feminist future!

Don’t have plans for 10th March? Why not celebrate International Women’s Day in a tangible way by joining this march in Sydney?

WHERE: First Fleet Park
WHEN: 12PM – 3PM, 10 March 2012

IWD 2012 Women's MarchThis International Women’s Day join your feminist community for a community picnic, live music & world-changing chatter.

Last year was the 100th Anniversary, so let’s look forward this year!

Meet some fabulous young women & hear their views.

There will be fantastic feminists to chat to.

There will be lots of feminist organisations to find out about.

There will be feminists working for a world where there is creative stuff, fun & fairness for all.

There will be information for you to gather and spaces to talk & share ideas.

There will be fabulous female artists.

There will be you.

It’s your world. Start shaping it on IWD 2012.

Social Innovation Sydney presents a screening of Miss Representation

Thanks to Miss Representation panel: @evacox @KateSoutham @AWCCI @theburgerman


Thank-you to everyone who braved the torrential Sydney rain last night to watch Miss Representation and participate in the panel session afterward.

Special thanks to our panel members who provided thought provoking discussion:

  • Eva Cox AO (@evacox) – highly respected feminist, academic, and activist, whose work has informed and inspired a generation of women. She has been an active advocate for creating more civil societies.
  • Kate Southam (@KateSoutham) – experienced journalist with a popular career blog
  • Yolanda Vega (@AWCCI) –  CEO of the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • John Bergin (@theburgerman) – Director of Social Media and Digital News, Sky News Australia

There was so much interesting ground we did not get a chance to cover we’ve decided to run an unconference later this year on the same topic. Keep an eye out for details on our Events page.

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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.

Spacecubed WA

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.