Just like we did last year, here’s our attempt to wrap up 2018 with some of the year’s most worthy headlines. Skim them again or read for the first time for some social change inspiration. A big thank you to all those brave individuals who are committed to working on innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems.

Social impact, entrepreneurship, and innovation — if it’s interesting news, you’ll find it here. These stories may not be the ones atop your news feed, but chances are they’re the ones you’ll actually want to read. Whether it’s opinions on creating positive social and environmental impact – or simply the valuable lessons learned along the way, here’s a roundup of the past month’s most interesting articles.

Teaching children, youth, adults and employees everything from maths to appropriate occupational health and safety standards can be tiresome. Tracking progress, writing reports and developing personalised curriculums even more so. Here are some awesome Australian-based educational technology (also known as EdTech or EduTech) startups that are devoted to the development and application of products and services intended to promote education and make things easier for both teachers and students.

A convincing pitch is a powerful tool to unlock opportunities, form key relationships with investors or volunteers, attract funding, and inspire new audiences. And, for charities and social enterprises in particular, a single pitch could really be “make or break”. So here we’ve distilled the five fundamentals to perfecting your pitch, because no matter what sector you’re working in, your future could depend on the quality of your spiel.

New giving concepts and donations platforms seem to be popping up left, right and centre. But let’s take a look at collective giving – you might be wondering what it is and how is it changing the way Australians are interacting with charities. Is it just another buzzword? A passing trend? Or is it here to stay?

Imagine being given 12 months and $100,000 to pursue your big idea for social change? While this may sound too good to be true, it is exactly what the Myer Foundation & Sidney Myer Fund is offering to exceptional leaders across all sectors (private, public and not-for-profit) and from all types of professional backgrounds.

For all their recent popularity, most pitch events feel a bit old-school. They are from a time pre-digital, where stories stayed in the room they were told in, and power is neatly divided between those that really matter (the judges) and the rest of us (the audience). They seek to engage our wallets, but ignore our other great asset today, our social networks and ability to share stories that inspire us. Pitch for Good changes that.

Ever wondered how to give your funding application the best chance of success? Of course you have! Shannon Carruth has worked across Government, Corporate and non-profit sectors for the last 20 years. Throughout her career she has both submitted and reviewed thousands of funding applications and been a part of many Selection Panels making decisions about where to allocate funding – most recently as part of the Selection Panel for Dreamstarter by ING Australia. Here are Shannon’s top three tips for what it takes to be successful in your funding application.

Whether you are in the planning stages of launching a social enterprise, are brainstorming whether your idea is plausible or you simply want your business to have a stronger social impact, there are countless tools available online. However, it can be difficult to determine which are the most effective. To help you on your journey, we have found the best free tools for your social enterprise you didn’t know you needed.

In the recent Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector (FASES) 2016 report, social entrepreneurs face major external constraints in growing both their businesses and impacts. Regardless of the challenges that social entrepreneurs currently face, here are 4 reasons why it is an exciting time to be a social entrepreneur in Australia.