Australia is full of awesome people who are passionate about making the world a better place, and the increasing number of changemaker events are solid proof. From social innovation to sustainable living to impact investing, there is something for everyone.
Australia is one of the luckiest countries in the world, there’s no doubt about it. We’re blessed with a democratic government, a productive economy and a beautiful country. But our young people are currently being underserved.
To be in a position to harness the potential of social entrepreneurship and advocate on its behalf it is important to understand its context, impediments and scope.
Australia has traditionally been a highly successful and prosperous nation. However, we have ridden on our luck for too long, especially in relying on our natural resources to get us through. In this uncertain, disrupted and highly complex environment being lucky isn’t enough. To compete globally we must not only nurture our entrepreneurs, we must include and empower the many diverse voices of our citizens, migrants and the refugees who are seeking a haven here.
Based on the belief that digital technologies are one of the main drivers for the United Nations agenda towards the Sustainable Development Goals, The World Summit Award Social Innovation Congress brought together young social entrepreneurs and innovators, international thought-leaders, ICT experts and regional stakeholders to discuss and recognise digital innovation in creating sustainable social change and impact world-wide.
How do for-profit social enterprises with intelligent, sustainable solutions to social challenges access the funding they need to develop their ideas, test them and bring them to market?
What comes to mind when you think about kickstarting, mapping or developing your social enterprise idea? If it is sitting down and writing a 30-page business plan, think again.
Great social entrepreneurs are always learning, growing, and focusing on creating an environment in which their enterprise, teams, customers and beneficiaries can flourish. However the demanding world of social entrepreneurship makes it difficult to find the time to stay ahead of the learning game. Stop trying to read everything out there. There’s too much. And you’re too busy. Instead, here are the articles that you need to read.
If you’re in need of some guidance or inspiration as you try to change the world, plug in and stuff yourself with these excellent social change podcasts.
Adapted from the excellent book The Art of Social Enterprise: Business as if People Mattered by Carl Frankel & Allen Bromberger, the follow 10 commandments are indisputable principles about how to beat the odds and excel at social enterprise. They aren’t general guidelines to hazily consider embracing. In the words of Frankel and Bromberger, “they are commandments you ignore at your peril.”
Social Impact, Intrapreneurship, Benefit Corporation, Shared Value — there are a lot of buzzwords that get thrown around in the social arena. It is important to understand what these terms mean and when to use them – or when not to use them. Here is a quick guide to help you get to grips with all the jargon and fanfare that surround social change. Whether you add them to your lexicon or boycott them is up to you, just make sure you know what they mean.
The 3rd annual Nexus Australia Youth Summit convened March 6 – 8, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Summit brought together young philanthropists, impact investors, social entrepreneurs and allies – including family business members, successful entrepreneurs, and inspiring social change leaders. They discussed the challenges facing the world today and innovative solutions to them.
Effective altruism is built upon the simple but profound idea: that we can do much more to help others (i.e. save many more lives) if we simply take a more objective and rational approach to what we do with our abilities, time, and money. Is effective altruism a new form of philanthropy? Is it the best way to do the most good? Here’s some of the arguments in the effective altruism debate.
With 2016 in full swing, it is now time to get back to work. However, that is often easier said than done – especially if you are trying to change the world. But no need to feel overwhelmed, here are seven mind-blowing talks that are sure to inspire you to act and make a difference.
Each year JBWere puts together an annual update of giving trends in Australia. The report uses a variety of sources to paint a comprehensive and compelling picture of the current direction for giving. The following represent the key takeaways from this year’s report, ‘Australian Giving Trends – Signs of Life’.
Purpose explored an important trend in business: the shift towards business models that are genuinely built around a social or environmental mission. From keynotes on shifting corporate cultures to talks on shared value to panel discussions on shifting corporate cultures and rewriting brand roles – here are the top 20, 140-character takeaways from the Purpose 2015 conference.
Expanse is a one-day conference which brings together people from a diverse range of professional and non-professional backgrounds who want to use their skills and talents for the ‘good worth doing’ in the world.
Social entrepreneurship is entering the mainstream, yet there is no ‘typical’ form of social enterprise and no single agreed-upon definition. Does this create a more diverse and inclusive environment? Or does it put the value and meaning of social enterprise at risk of being co-opted and misused?
Social enterprise accelerator programs are specifically designed to help social entrepreneurs create and grow sustainable for-purpose businesses. Whether you’re in ideation phase or already in operation, a pit stop at a social enterprise accelerator is a great way to fast track your progress.
The Social Good Summit brought together inspirational and committed activists, photographers, academics and business leaders on a single stage, to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time and ask the question, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?”
There is no doubt the incredible impact that technology and new media is having on social good initiatives around the world. But what exactly is “social good”? Is it making a donation to charity? Is it a random act of kindness? Is it volunteering? Is it advocating for a worthy cause? Is it Liking a post on Facebook?