The 2023 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF23) hosted an enlightening panel discussion on the topic “Building a strong social enterprise ecosystem: Why intermediaries matter.” This blog post aims to encapsulate this engaging conversation’s key insights and takeaways.
Drawing parallels from the tech world, explore how social entrepreneurs and changemakers can use the concept of an ‘impact stac’ to drive positive change. What might your ‘impact stack‘ look like?
Comprised of representatives from not-for-profits, foundations, and social enterprises, the first Social Impact in the Regions conference included diverse expert speakers who shared their insights on topics such as impact measurement, sustainable funding, and the practical steps to creating meaningful social impact. Reflecting on the positive feedback and palpable energy during the event, it’s safe to say that attendees are now more prepared than ever to tackle social challenges in their communities, fostering change in a way that’s not just powerful but also sustainable.
Learn about an unparalleled fellowship program curated to arm changemakers with the necessary tools to confront Australia’s pressing social and environmental concerns. This one-of-a-kind program offers the funding, resources and network so you can concentrate on your groundbreaking solution for an entire year (removing all worry about how you’ll afford rent or groceries). If you’re seeking a fellowship that ticks all the boxes, your search ends here.
Social enterprise has become a powerful force for positive change. Here is the lowdown on the origins of this transformative movement, tracing its roots from historical cooperatives to modern-day social entrepreneurs. Learn how the blurring of lines and the legal structures has fuelled its now global reach and future possibilities.
Uncover the remarkable accomplishments of Australia’s refugee and migrant entrepreneurs. From revolutionising Sydney’s culinary landscape to building eco-friendly communities, these awe-inspiring individuals have not only reached the pinnacle of success but also contributed positively to society. Dive into this engaging blog post as we applaud their business acumen and philanthropic ventures.
Are you passionate about creating positive change in Australia but struggling to secure the resources needed for your game-changing solution? The Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowship, offered by The Myer Foundation & Sidney Myer Fund, is the answer. This prestigious program provides exceptional leaders with a full year dedicated to their social change idea and a generous grant of $180,000. Open to individuals from various sectors, this fellowship offers a unique opportunity to turn dreams into reality. Learn valuable tips from previous fellowship alumni who have successfully stood out in the highly competitive application process.
Discover a life-changing opportunity for migrants and refugees with a passion for entrepreneurship. The ACU Co-Lab Migrant Incubator Series is a FREE eight-week, transformative learning program designed to equip aspiring changemakers with the knowledge and skills needed to launch successful businesses in Australia. With industry experts guiding you every step of the way, you’ll gain actionable insights and practical tools to navigate the complexities of entrepreneurship. Plus, you’ll have the chance to win $10,000!
Learn about the inspiring journey of Loretta Bolotin, founder of Free to Feed, a celebrated social enterprise cooking school that empowers refugees through culinary experiences. Like many founders, Loretta encountered the isolation and loneliness that often accompanies being a leader in social change. Fortunately, a unique opportunity led her to join a group of equally motivated individuals, igniting a transformative journey that reshaped both her personal and professional outlook. Loretta’s journey powerfully demonstrates the potential of social enterprises, emphasise the crucial role of fostering a sense of belonging and highlights the profound impact of food as a unifying force.
The United Nations’ latest report reveals a concerning trajectory, with the world unlikely to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Impacted by climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, the COVID-19 pandemic and conflict, progress has halted and inequality is rising. With only 12% of targets on track, urgent action is needed.
While Mick Cronin’s fierce determination has been an enduring force behind the success of a criminal youth justice and social enterprise initiatives transforming the lives of young offenders in Victoria for more than 16 years, he says he’s become even more ambitious as a changemaker since earning a Westpac Social Change Fellowship.
In this blog post, we examine the key characteristics and strategies of great social entrepreneurs that distinguish them from traditional entrepreneurs, including their passion for their mission, innovative thinking, focus on impact, emphasis on collaboration, and more.
Here we explore the advantages of being a social impact organisation, including enhanced brand reputation, increased employee engagement, attraction of top talent, access to new markets, stronger stakeholder relationships, long-term sustainability, personal fulfilment, and customer loyalty. By understanding and embracing these benefits, organisations can maximise their potential for success while making a positive difference in the world.
In this beginner’s guide, we’ll walk you through the basics of impact measurement, its importance, and the steps involved in implementing a successful impact measurement strategy.
Before buckling up on the social enterprise rollercoaster, it’s essential to ask yourself some critical questions to you’re starting on solid foundations. To save you a bunch of time and heartbreak, here are five key questions you should consider before diving headfirst into starting a social enterprise.
Social enterprises are businesses that aim to create social and environmental impact in addition to generating profit. Despite their noble goals, these enterprises often face a myriad of challenges that can lead to failure. In this article, we explore the top 5 reasons why social enterprises fail, and what you can do to avoid these pitfalls.
Here are the best social enterprise opportunities happening right now. If you’re passionate about creating positive social and environmental impact, these scholarships, funding rounds, capacity-building programs, podcast series and exposure opportunities will be right up your alley and a perfect way to build your skills, knowledge, credibility and confidence.
Discover 101 ways to make a difference and create a positive impact in this comprehensive blog post. From acts of kindness and environmental stewardship to social activism and everyday actions, explore a wide variety of ideas to help you contribute to a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.
There is more evidence than ever showing that purposeful recruitment and procurement really works, across industry and business type. Jobsbank’s podcast, Getting It Right, hosted by Craig Foster, is a collection of stories detailing just how significant the impact of inclusive hiring and social buying can be.
While crises dominated daily headlines, there were multiple impactful developments and major milestones in the social enterprise sector, many of which will reverberate into 2023 and beyond. From game-changing research to a remarkable Social Enterprise World Forum, here are the year’s most significant social enterprise headlines and happenings worth recognising and celebrating.
Many diverse voices joined the conversation at the Social Enterprise World Forum, sharing their ideas, learnings and failures. Here are some of our favourite quotes and reflections from a whirlwind week of (re)connection, inspiration and celebration.
If you’re a social entrepreneur, it’s easy to be focused on helping others at the expense of your personal emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. The catch is that a proactive approach to building your mental health toolkit can seem overwhelming when you are already overwhelmed. In this post, Jenni Harding shares three keys steps and resources to help you avoid burnout (and even thrive) as a social entrepreneur.