We just wanted to thank Anthony for taking the time to share his ideas and experiences with us at Social Innovation Sydney Unconference last weekend.
All the details for this Saturday’s Unconference
Cnr of Greens Rd & Oxford St
Keynote and Lightning talks will be held in the EG02 lecture theatre.
Map COFA Map (opens PDF)
Unconference will be held in the F Building on level 2, at COFA in Paddington NSW.
Coffee is available on campus.
Structure of the day:
|Main room (EG02)||Room 1||Room 2||Room 3|
|12:15pm||Topic 1||Topic 2||Topic 3|
|2:30pm||Topic 1||Topic 2||Topic 3|
|3:15pm||Topic 1||Topic 2||Topic 3|
|4pm||Topic 1||Topic 2||Topic 3|
What’s an Unconference?
An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. The term “unconference” has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization.
“there is no agenda until .. the attendees make it up.”
For more details see on the Unconference format for #sibsyd see here
See you on Saturday
Map to help find your way around COFA:
(you can download a PDF of this map here too)
Anthony Baxter from the Google Crisis Response Team
This team has helped out during a number of disasters, for example:
- Japan Earthquake and Tsunami,
- Christchurch Earthquake,
- Brazil Floods and Landslides, and the
- Australia Floods.
Anthony is going to talk about some of the Crisis Response activities, things they’ve learned, and some ways that we can help make the world a better and safer place.
About Google Crisis Response
The Crisis Response team works to make critical information more accessible when natural disasters and humanitarian crises strike.
Ways that the Crisis Response Team help out include:
- Organizing emergency alerts, news updates and donation opportunities, and making this information visible through Google’s wide web presence
- Building engineering tools that enable better communication and collaboration among crisis responders and among victims such as Person Finder and Resource Finder
- Providing updated satellite imagery and maps of affected areas to illustrate infrastructure damage and help relief organizations navigate disaster zones
- Supporting the rebuilding of network infrastructure where it has been damaged to enable access to the Internet
- Donating to charitable organizations that are providing direct relief on-the-ground
- Carla McGrath of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence on Indigenous Innovation & social change
- Kate Harris of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership on social innovation in environment/sustainability
- Karalee Evans formerly of Headspace and influential in the area of mental health & suicide prevention
- Lauren Anderson talking Collaborative Consumption
- Kate Carruthers on Gov 2.0 and new approaches to Government in the Digital Age
- Jess Nichols of the Sydney chapter of The Awesome Foundation talking about giving grants to ‘awesome’ social innovations
- UNSW students & prize winners of global initiative Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) briefing us on their portfolio of social innovation initiatives (this is the student association that helped in Random hacks of kindness)
These talks will frame the day, and give you the chance to dig deeper into some key issues.
The usual unconference rules apply:
- there are no bystanders – everyone participates in creating the content, and
- we all connect openly and help to the create the Sydney that we dream of.
Stay tuned – we’ll announce the keynote speaker shortly.
Our next Social Innovation UnConference is scheduled for Saturday 13 August 2011 at COFA in Paddington.
The theme is metamorphosis and it is Social Innovation Sydney’s first birthday!
We’ll be announcing the keynote speaker shortly (stay tuned it’s going to be interesting).
- Collaborative Consumption
- Indigenous Innovation
- Sustainable Leadership
- New approaches to Government in the Digital Age
- The Awesome Foundation
As usual, there is great community interest in the latest Social Innovation Sydney event tomorrow, and we’re looking forward to another great turn out.
The theme for the day is ‘Resilience’ with our panel discussing what this means in our society and some practical examples of social entrepreneurs who have been able to build businesses around this.
Social Innovation Sydney is also very proud to announce Carla McGrath as part of our panel:
Carla McGrath is a proud Indigenous Australian woman from Thursday Island. Although raised on the mainland, Carla retains strong family and community ties to the Torres Strait Islands.
Carla is the Business and Program Development Manager at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) and a delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Prior to joining NCIE, Carla was the Relationships Manager at the Australian
Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). She has also been the National Indigenous Officer for the National Union of Students and is currently completing a Bachelor of Primary Education.
Carla has a unique perspective on the resilience of Indigenous Australians.
Barcamp topics and talks
Many have also approached me to discuss their ideas and topics for the day. Remember this is an open, collaborative event, where everyone’s contribution is welcome.
Kick-off is at 9:45am in the Main lecture room (where the movie screening and all other panel sessions have been held). Please see attached map.
Theatre is in E block under 2; Bar camp is in f block 1st floor
See you all tomorrow.
Michelle and Kate