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Tell Better Stories: Join Digitalstorytellers.us with @mikeyleung

At our recent joint event with the Community Brave Foundation – Social Media Day: Celebrating Diversity in Innovation – one of our inspiring speakers was Mikey Leung. He shared his passion for digital storytelling as a force for social good. You can find out more about his ideas at here, find out about digitalstorytellers.us,  and you can follow @MikeyLeung on Twitter.

Social media day 2012

Join us to celebrate Social Media Day with ‘Diversity in Innovation’ #smday

Join us for Social Media Day: Diversity in Innovation, co-hosted by Community Brave Foundation and Social Innovation Sydney, at Vibewire in Ultimo on Saturday 30th June 2012.

We are really excited by the lineup of speakers who will cover issues related to diversity in social media. It’s an angle that not often addressed in the fast paced world of social media.


Speakers and Sessions

  • Introduction – Kate Carruthers from Social Innovation Sydney
  • Mark Pesce: ‘The Next Billion Seconds
    Mark Pesce is an inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and broadcaster.
  • Ben Mulcahy: ‘Gay & Lesbian Australia loves technology
    Ben is Managing Director of Pink Media Group, Australia’s Gay & Lesbian media network.
  • Tim Noonan: ‘Sexuality, Diversity and People With Disabilities: Creating Accessible Innovation for Social Inclusion
    Tim is a voice, Usability and Accessibility consultant, inspirational conference speaker and the founder of Vocal Branding Australia. Over the last 25 years Tim has blended his interests in technology, speech, telephony and accessibility, to bring printed and online information to life for people who are blind or print disabled. In 2011 Tim was engaged by the NSW Electoral Commission as the lead Voice Usability Designer and accessibility expert for iVote – regarded as the most advanced and successful telephone and online voting implementation in the world.
  • Tom Dawkins: ‘How peerfunding can help you launch your innovative projects
    Tom is the co-founder of fundraising platform StartSomeGood.com and before that was founder of Vibewire and the Vibewire Hub. In-between he was Social Media Director for Ashoka and HopeLab in the US. He’s also run music festivals, Burning Man theme camps, conferences, film festivals and indie magazines and advised corporations, governments and non-profits on communications and community-engagement strategies.
  • Brodie West: ‘Engaging with a Gay Man: Why you need to work for their pink dollars
    Brodie has been with DNA magazine since 2010. DNA is Australia’s best-selling magazine for gay men. He has an extensive knowledge of social media, and has helped integrate the DNA business model with their social media marketing strategy. Brodie also handles the magazine’s key advertising accounts and has worked with many brands to reach the DNA target market through traditional channels, as well as through events and product launches.
  • Mikey Leung: ‘Digital Storytelling – a new collaborative network of storytellers
    Mikey, a guidebook author, ex-journalist, video producer and WordPress web designer, and founder of the new Digital story tellers network. He’ll tell the story of how we’re using storytelling at BushTV to create engagement, interaction and take full use of the interactivity of today’s multimedia tools.
  • Amanda Keeling: ‘Diversity and Distance: How technology has changed the notion of community and the way we do business
    Amanda is on the Board of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association and is the Director of Media and Communications. She is also on the board of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and currently chairs the SGLMG Community Engagement Committee. Amanda holds a Masters in Communication Studies, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Diploma in Project Management. Working as a media and communications consultant, Amanda’s experience ranges from marketing, research, strategy and business development, to client relations, production, media and communications.
  • Peter Urmson: ‘Creative vs. Data Analytics
    Peter has been the CEO of the Online Marketing Group and recently sold that business and merged it into Fairfax Media. He is now the GM across the Online Marketing Group, all of Classifieds across Domain, MyCareer, Drive, General Classifieds and Trader both print and digital. Prior to this he was General Manger for Domain.com.au. He has also worked as CEO across Returnity, an Email Marketing and Data Analytics Agency and also The Population, Australia’s first Social Media agency, where he integrated that business into C4 a web development agency.
  • Davy Knittle: ‘The Accidental Bully: Asking Queer Questions
    Davy Knittle is a 2011-2012 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, at work on an international research project entitled Cities in Transition: Identity, Narrative and the Changing Urban Landscape, which has taken him to Canada, Ecuador and now to Australia. In the States, he’s worked as a diversity workshop facilitator for many groups including the National Association of Independent Schools.
  • Gavin Heaton: ‘Making Space for Quiet Voices
    Gavin is the author of Servant of Chaos, one of Australia’s leading marketing blogs and is the co-publisher (with Drew McLellan) of the ground-breaking collaborative marketing book series, Age of Conversation. A social business strategist, Gavin has worked in agencies (leading the global digital strategy for McDonald’s) and on the client side (SAP, IBM). He also works with young people as president of local non-profit organisation, Vibewire.
  • Kim McGuire: ‘Fuelling innovation in accessibility: How diversity in abilities enables better design
    Kim is a user experience designer and accessibility advocate within the Westpac Group. She is passionate about delivering experiences that are considerate of the challenges people face on a daily basis, and believes strongly that without diversity, the World would be a boring place
  • Closing Remarks – Rami Mandow from The Community Brave Foundation

Looking forward to seeing you at ourDiversity in Innovation – World Social Media Day.


We would like to thank Vibewire for providing the venue, Rolls on Oxford for the delicious food. We’d also like to thank all of our guest speakers for taking the time to share their ideas and passion with us.

Please feel free to join us for a drink and a quick bite at The Pump House after this event.

Opening speaker & logistics for Social Innovation Sydney Unconference 12 May

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the unconference tomorrow.


We will be kicking off at 10am in Central Lecture Block (E19) with a talk about Social Innovation as Storytelling from Davy Knittle

Bio: Davy Knittle - is a 2011-2012 Thomas J. Watson Fellow at work on a project entitled: Cities in Transition – Identity, Narrative and the Changing Urban Landscape. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, and a documentary poet whose work can be found in Swink, 580 Split, Euphony and Radius, among others. In Sydney, he is conducting research with Food Connect and with the City of Sydney’s Cycling Team.  You can find Davy on Twitter @versetheft

Social Innovation as Storytelling

Each resident of an urban community relies on a key set of spaces, people and experiences to define their city within the greater expanse of the urban framework. Those experiences – in grocery stores, in school playgrounds and at frequently traveled intersections help those residents to tell stories about who they are and how they contribute to their community. When new features become part of their regular practice of urban life, the story they use to explain and guide themselves changes. As we develop social enterprises that rely on drawing in and retaining new constituent communities, how do we build ourselves into the central story held by an individual? a family? a community? How can we use the principles of storytelling to develop and maintain new, strong communities as we expand the client base of our social enterprises?


A few logistics items to cover:

  • At 10am the opening session will be at the UNSW Kensington Central Lecture Block – Building E19 (see pdf map here)
  • From 11am the remaining sessions will continue over at the UNSW Design Studios - Matthews Building F23
  • We will break for lunch at 12.30pm
  • We expect to wrap up the day at about 4pm
  • Please bring your own water bottle (coffee is available nearby if you need it)

If you get lost or need help getting in please Tweet to @sibsyd & we’ll come and find you

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Talking Sydney – Social Innovation Unconference 12 Nov 2011

Talking Sydney:

Sydney is a dynamic city. It is diverse in cultures, rich in natural beauty and growing at a fast pace.

This growth presents as many opportunities as it does problems around providing servcies such as transport, energy and water as well as access to housing, education, food and medical care.

Join Social Innovation Sydney at the Unconference to explore the opportunities presented in our growing city.

More details to come.

Also, please note that the location may change, waiting on confirmation of a new and exciting venue.

Register Now for SIBSYD Unconference

Thank-you to our ‘lightning talks’ speakers #sibsyd

Huge thanks to the speakers at our ‘lightning talks’ at our recent unconference, we really appreciate their efforts in sharing their remarkable and inspiring stories:

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2011′s great start preps community for the May BarCamp – coming?

Thanks again for being a part of all of the recent Social Innovation Sydney events.

It’s been a great start to 2011, a stronger community, connections, collaborations and opportunities for us all to strengthen Social Innovation in Sydney.

The February Barcamp was a great success: recap here

The sold out Economics of Happiness film screening brought together a new section of the community, & the panel gave us their unique perspective on localisation:panel film details
Sorry to the people who had to sit in the aisle (didn’t want to turn people away). It was great to see so many people keen to be a part.

The StartUp Camp over the weekend brought together 25 budding and experienced Social Entrepreneurs to work on Social Innovations. Great people, fluid content and fun learning combined to leave us all motivated and ready for the next steps in building our social enterprises. Wrap-up details here

The May edition of our now famous Social Innovation BarCamp #sibsyd.

We’re still working on the finer details but, as a past participant, thought we’d let you know to ensure your space as the spots are filling fast.

Register here

The Social Innovation Sydney team are definitely receiving very positive feedback from some of you and from the world wide community. We’re happy to see the impact and know it’s only just beginning.

See you at the next BarCamp.

Contact us at info@socialinnovationsydney.org www.socialinnovationsydney.org

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Elevator Pitch for Social Innovation Sydney #sibsyd

One of the exercises that we did with the group at the recent Social Innovation Startup Camp was to create elevator pitches for our ideas.

In the spirit of this Michelle has been working on an elevator pitch for Social Innovation Sydney. We’d love to get some feedback on it:

“Hi, I’m Michelle and I’m from Social Innovation Sydney, a platform where changemakers meet to discuss the issues and solutions; and also to create new models with a social and/or environmental benefit.

We predict, based on overseas examples and trends, the tools available, the successful sustainable business models that can be copied and the increasing urgency of the environmental and social issues that we now face that social innovation will grow exponentially within the next 2-5 years.

Currently, the Social Innovation movement in Australia is quite fragmented, struggles to define itself, and has therefore not been able to provide the tools, support or people required to collaborate for increased growth.

Social Innovation Sydney is a series of events, gatherings and an online community that is bringing people together to create an eco-system for this movement to grow, use and share resources, support and empower each other.

Creating this space continues to demonstrate new opportunities, solid businesses, strong connections and collaborations.

We’re looking for people who connect with this message, who see the potential and opportunities in this movement to bring about positive social and environmental change and to encourage them to feel free to express themselves, to pursue projects and find solutions for the issues that they are passionate about.”