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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.

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

Community to explore Indigenous Innovation

Australia’s first Indigenous Innovation Unconference will be held at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence on Saturday 29 October 2011.

Social Innovation Sydney Event

There is a tendency for media to focus on the various issues and problems faced by Indigenous communities. However, there is an emerging belief that moving away from deficit language to positive language, from ‘disadvantage’ and ‘closing the gap’ to ‘excellence’ and ‘success’ will encourage positive change.

Many current indigenous programs run under ‘old’ models experience limited or varied success. That a focus on the best practice of capacity building, sustainable development and strengthening cultural identity through enterprise. Moving to social enterprise development and social innovation models could provide an opportunity for new solutions allowing for self-determination and self sufficiency.

What role does Social Innovation have to play?
The emerging Social Innovation movement provides a fresh approach to tackling social issues by working with communities. It uses an open, collaborative, people centred approach to drive grassroots change and create real impact in the community. This offers an opportunity for a fresh approach to change in the Indigenous Sector.

What can you do?
Come along and be a part of the conversation at the Indigenous Innovation Unconference on 29 October 2011. Listen to, learn from, and connect with the culturally rich Indigenous community of Sydney. The intention is an open, constructive conversation for people to collaborate, share and explore.

Our aim is that the Indigenous Innovation Unconference will act as a platform for developing a new dialogue, for supporting the growth of innovative Indigenous enterprise.

Image: ‘Max Eulo performing a smoking ceremony’

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

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

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Find out more about the NCIE: http://www.ncie.org.au/index.php/about.html


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

Community tells SIBSYD what it’s after.

1 year old – you’ve told us what you’re after.

Back in August, Social Innovation Sydney ran its 5th Unconference. A year since our first, through our keynote and lightning talks we covered the topic areas of Emergency response, Indigenous innovation, mental health, art & culture, collaborative consumption, sustainability & food.

Coming up we’ll be more focused on building eco-systems around these areas.
Wordle = 3-5 topics the crowd are most passionate about

what the social innovation sydney crowd is interested in

So what are you most passionate about? What resonates most?

We’d love to have you along to build the community and be the changemakers of Sydney.

Register for the next Unconference on Indigenous Innovation at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence  http://sibsydncie.eventbrite.com

Keynote 13 Aug: Anthony Baxter, Google Crisis Response Team

We’re delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for the next Social Innovation Sydney Unconference on 13 August 2011 is:

Anthony Baxter from the Google Crisis Response Team

Anthony is a geek who works at Google Australia. Among other things, he works with Google.org’s Crisis Response team on rapid response to disasters. He also tweets @anthonybaxter.

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

This is a great example of social innovation. It was setup by Google to focus on technology-driven philanthropy via Google.org.

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

Unconference 13th August: Local Social Innovation Activists Share their Ideas #sibsyd

Less than two weeks until the next Social Innovation Sydney event and we’re excited to announce lightning talks by local activists in social innovation:

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.

Dying for Change: Innovations in End of Life Care Event with Charles Leadbeater June 13 Sydney

“To allow people the deaths they want, end of life care must be radically transformed…”

Dying for Change: Innovations in end of Life Care

A few events are going on in the Sydney Social Innovation space, these may or may not be applicable to you, or they may pique your interest. Please feel free to give us feedback.

Palliative care is definetly an area of growth, where social innovation is crucial, especially as the population continues to age.

Charles Leadbeater, leading authority on innovation and creativity and the co-author of the UK report ‘Dying for Change‘, will be in Sydney June 13.

What are the opportunities and barriers to social innovation in End of Life Care? What would aradically transformed end of life care sector look like in Australia?

From 3pm-6pm Charles Leadbeater will then join us in a dynamic and interactive afternoon to discuss the following:

  • The UK report Dying for Change key findings and recommendations
  • Examples of innovations in end of life care
  • Reinventing and transforming death and dying in the community
  • Strategies, barriers and opportunities for innovation

We can also announce the following speakers and topics:

Dr Debbie Horsfall, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Sydney
Innovative social research  – Bringing our Dying Home: Creating Community at End of Life

Steve Lawrence, CEO, Australian Social Innovation Exchange
What is social innovation?

Prof. Patsy Yates, Faculty of Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery
Vice-President Palliative Care Australia
Current issues and challenges for innovation in the sector

The event will also include the release of the research report Bringing our Dying Home: Creating Community at end of life – a collaboration between the University of Western Sydney, Cancer Council NSW and HOME Hospice.

For more information please contact Kerrie Noonan, 0439 040 499


Buy your tickets here: http://charlesleadbeaterjune13.eventbrite.com/

When: Monday, June 13, 2011
Where: 153-161 Dowling St Woolloomooloo 2011balloons