With social enterprise being a largely unregulated term in Australia, organisations in the cause space need to work even harder to be transparent and build loyalty and trust. Luckily, we can draw on the power of social media to find and nurture our tribe of trusting followers. Here are four posts you can schedule in that focus on building trust.
Today it is no longer just enough for a brand to be “good”; it must also be “cool.” It must have great design and a great story, and it must be an object of desire.
The percentage of women working in technology in Australia is only 28%! How can we change that? Women in Technology, Western Australia (WITWA) has a few ideas…
The Myer Innovation Fellowships support breakthrough solutions to Australia’s most pressing social and environmental challenges and bring new talent to the social sector. Fellows are offered funding and the unique opportunity to take twelve months away from their current role to pursue a big idea that has the potential to achieve positive social outcomes.
Mikhara Ramsing is a 2018 Westpac Social Change Fellow, a social entrepreneur and businesswoman, an activist for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) LGBTIQA+ inclusion, a QLD Young Australian of the Year nominee, a mentee and mentor. But just two years ago as she considered applying for the Westpac Social Change Fellowship, she shares how she was struck with feelings of self doubt as she wondered whether this was a program for people far more qualified than her.
Imposter system is all too common among social entrepreneurs and changemakers. But what exactly is it, why does it happen and, most importantly, how do you triumph over it?
Attracting impact investment requires not only your evidenced theory of change and impact measurement, but necessitates a robust, sustainable business model. One way to do this is to check your business plan and pitch deck against the 5 classic C’s of lending.
Are you nervous for the interview? Good. That means you’re taking it seriously. However, nerves should never become a barrier to success. Here are three tips that you can apply to any interview situation if you’re looking to get ahead.
There are numerous ways of differentiating and staying ahead of your competition. One best practice would be to get the attention and recognition your purpose-driven initiative deserves.
Why is it that if a woman says she is going to change the world, the assumption is that she’s launching a not-for-profit organisation, a charity? While if a man says he is going to change the world, the assumption is that he’s launching a for-profit business? A powerful piece written by Cindy Reese Mitchell, CEO at The Mill House Ventures Ltd., on how the gender norms that hobble women’s full participation in business also applies to those who are passionate about social innovation.
Fundraising is only going to get more competitive with declining government funding and increasingly demanding funders with expectations around personal involvement and impact measurement. So how do you stand out?
A compelling pitch is much more than a summary of what you do — it’s a powerful tool to unlock opportunities, form relationships with investors or volunteers, attract funding, and inspire new audiences. Here’s five fundamentals for making your pitch unforgettable – because no matter what challenge you’re working on, your future could depend on the quality of your spiel.
The goals of making a living and making the world a better place no longer need to be at odds. Here’s how businesses are succeeding by choosing to do good.
Community engagement is HARD. Supporting people just enough so that they take the lead. That’s the secret sauce. Here are the 5 critical steps to supporting and fostering positive connections among individuals, groups, organisations, neighbourhoods, and communities.
Want to make a difference? Looking for your deeper purpose? Not sure about what your next step should be? Having worked in 60 countries with over 400 professionals who want to create social impact, the Amani Institute have identified the 5 key elements to finding your place in the purpose economy.
Striving for change? Do you want to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar field to inspire new ideas and innovation back home in Australia? This is your chance to make a difference.
Whether you’re an established organisation or just starting out, you can’t avoid the fact that you need finance to kick things off or keep them growing. You won’t always find a financial solution that is straightforward or simple. It’s likely you’ll need to work with multiple stakeholders on a “blended” finance structure. Read on for Sefa’s 4 Ps (Partnerships, Passion, Pathway & Persistence), on starting a social enterprise or investing in entrepreneurial growth.
Advice for social ventures to help them navigate the veritable smorgasbord of grant application processes and make the activity less stressful and resource-intensive.
The key to kick-starting your social enterprise dream is to turn inspiration into motivation and motivation into action. Many social entrepreneurs started their ventures as passion projects, but over time have reaped the rewards of running their own business. Finding funding is one of the biggest challenges faced by social entrepreneurs. You can have what you think is the best idea in the world but without the moolah to make it happen, it’ll be close to impossible to even get off the ground. But it’s not all doom and gloom – here are some awesome social enterprises that have harnessed the power of crowd to kick-start their social enterprise dreams.
Addressing the world’s most complex challenges by designing specifically for social impact is a largely untapped market with a continuously increasing demand. However, designing for social impact isn’t simply about creating pretty objects for a good cause or selling rad merchandise and giving a percentage of the proceeds to charity. In its ideal form, designing for social impact is envisioning the impact you want to have for a community or individual, bringing stakeholders into the process, working toward sustainable solutions, measuring the difference you’re making, and sharing your results so that positive impact can spread across the world.
Hearing input directly from your customers can be daunting for a social entrepreneur. You’ve likely put everything on the line for an idea that you believe in and while you know that seeking input from customers can be valuable, it can be a confronting exercise! Many entrepreneurs avoid research because of this, but those who do know that the payoff is big.
There are a growing number of investors looking for a both social impact and financial return on the organisations they back. But how do you get their attention?! Here are 3 tips for making sure you’re on the right track…