Social Innovation BarCamp Agenda 26 Feb 2011 #sibsyd

Here is the agenda that evolved at today’s Social Innovation BarCamp.

Time Room F121 Room F119 Room F112
10.00 Opening session 

Robert Fitzgerald in conversation with John Wells

Opening session Opening session
11.30 Leverage Points for Change (Soren) Fresh ideas for SI BarCamp (James Fridley) Acting now to shape the future
12.00 Barefoot Power helping to reduce poverty Charity Sucks and how to fix it (Alex Setup
12.30 De-stimgatising mental health through social media /hashtag activism (Jonathan Crossfield) Communicating YOUR vision Flavour Crusader Test (Grant Young)
13.00 Lunch Lunch Lunch
14.30 Communicating the Avatar Pattern to Ordinary People = Corporate destruction (Andrew Gaines) free Crowdsourcing – where it is, where it’s going
15.00 Got a Project idea for Social Innovation? Need People to Work on it? (Selena Griffith) City switching, design capital across cultures.  How can their solutions become ours & vice versa (Joanne Jakovich) Stimulation & facilitation of participatory democracy for local issues
15.30 How can we crowdsource green power generation (Janine Cahill) free Colossal failure – what didn’t work & what we learned aka #EPICFAIL (Sara Stokely)
16.00 free free previous session continued
16.30 Closing session Closing session Closing session


Final Details: Social Innovation Sydney BarCamp 26 Feb 2011 #sibsyd

All you need to know…

  • Where we are: COFA Level 1, Building F, Greens Road & Oxford Street, Paddington. Map here (entrance off Greens Rd, the 4 story building).
  • Start time: please be there at 9:30am. Finish at 5:30pm
  • Getting there: No parking available on-site & parking stations are in the area. Alternative transport is advised. Details here
  • Opening keynote: Productivity Commissioner, Robert Fitzgerald will be opening the day. Details here
  • Wireless access: you should have received an email with details, otherwise we can sort tomorrow.
  • Sessions: Have a Social Innovation idea, concept or problem you would like to discuss? Have it ready to write on the board!
  • Lunch: Organic salad & fruit, sausages, bread w Vegetarian options
  • Photos: Bring a camera, take pics of the day, and upload them on our flickr site

When: 9:30am
26th February, 2011

Where: College of Fine Arts
Cnr of Oxford St and Greens Rd, Paddington, NSW 2021
Google Map: here

Opening Keynote: Lecture Theatre EG02

Rest of day: 1st floor, Building F F112, F119, F117 and F112 (entrance on Greens Rd)

Keep up to date with Social Innovation Sydney

On the Website:

Join the Twitter conversation with #sibsyd #sis

Check out pictures from the last Social Innovation Sydney on our Flickr group

Sydney Cloud startup @Ninefold supports Social Innovation BarCamp #sibsyd

Social Innovation Sydney is pleased to announce that the Sydney cloud computing startup NineFold has kindly sponsored lunch for the upcoming Social Innovation BarCamp. As Jonathan Crossfield from Ninefold said:

Ninefold - Australian cloud computing provider sponsors Social Innovation Sydney

“Initiatives such as Social Innovation BarCamp are a fantastic way to harness the altruism, knowledge and enthusiasm of small groups of great people. Amazing things can happen when we put our heads together. We see Ninefold as the blank canvas or foundation for all kinds of digital creativity and innovation, so sponsoring the event is a complete no-brainer for a business like ours.”

Don’t forget you can still register for Social Innovation BarCamp – it’s on this coming Saturday 26 Febuary.

For those who are not familiar with Sydney cloud computing startup Ninefold here is some background information:

“Possibly just like you, Ninefold is a group of people with an idea. We saw a need for a powerful and professional local cloud offering that would provide all the benefits of cloud computing with the added advantages of local support, fast speeds and billing in local currency.

But Ninefold is about far more than a bunch of servers linked by technology. It’s about you – the start-ups, developers, digital agencies, and more. How we grow and improve will depend entirely on you, the wider community and the conversations we hope to have.

Launched in early 2011, Ninefold has invested in an infrastructure big enough and powerful enough to really make a difference while guaranteeing our longevity. Yet despite our unbelievably massive cloud, we’re still just a small start up – a close team in a Sydney CBD office space working intensely to develop something spectacular.”

Ninefold also have a special offer: check out they have a $50 early adopter bonus on all sign ups for a limited time.

Help create the future of food

Social Innovation Sydney is proud to have showcasing FlavourCrusader at next Saturday’s Social Innovation Sydney:

Sharon Lee of Flavour Crusader took some time to write what inspired her, and what her Social Innovation will do.

A lone strawberry farmer at a bric-a-brac market planted the seed for FlavourCrusader.

His strawberries were amazing–oozing with sweetness and a depth of flavour I had never experienced. The strawberries were soft; their colour dyed my fingers. I told my friends. I emailed others. I blogged it. Go to Rozelle markets for the strawberry man!

I had gotten out of the habit of eating fruit after living in London; it was tasteless. It was pointless. The delicious strawberries were the catalyst for me to begin eating fruit again.

Deliciousness can be a catalyst for change.

Deliciousness plus the interwebs = WIN!

Thus, the FlavourCrusader concept was born — exploring how social and mobile technologies might answer the questions:

How do we encourage people to be healthy by eating their 2 and 5?
How can we help small business compete against the big guys?
How do we persuade people to eat more in tune with nature?

The vision is to create a mobile application to make it easier to get fresh, delicious produce and to create wonderful things with them. And then some…

FlavourCrusader was selected as one of the projects to be explored at the Australian Social Innovation eXchange (ASIX) “Social Innovation Camp” held in March 2010 (More). Since the camp I’ve enlisted the help of some friends and we’ve:

  • Taken a deep-dive into food industry research and spoken to several social-media-savvy foodies and industry folk
  • Worked up some personas (audience profiles) to help us understand who might use the application and what we should start building
  • Created a seasonal food guide focused on Australian produce
  • Developed conceptual designs for the application
  • Explored some of the technical details of how we might build the application
  • Created a prototype of the basic functionality — the building blocks (seasonal food guide + recipes)
  • And this is where you come in… In the spirit of the “lean startup” we’re wanting to get your feedback on this very early version of the application.

It’s barebones. But it’s functional — it’s a hint of much more to come.

It works for my dinner, but will it work for yours?

This is what we hope to find out at the next Social Innovation Camp. We’ll be running an interactive (and we hope fun) session with the aim of finding out how you might use the application features we’ve got to date, what’s missing, and to generate ideas about where it might head in the future. We’d love to meet you there and find out what you think…


P.S. if you’re interested in contributing to the project please come and introduce yourself — we specifically are looking for support for development, testing, and showcasing fresh food — whether you grow, shop, cook, eat, photograph, write, or something else!

Join the crusade


Social Innovation BarCamp Opening keynote: Robert Fitzgerald AM, Productivity Commissioner #sibsyd

Robert FitzgeraldWe are delighted to announce that Robert Fitzgerald AM will presenting the opening keynote at the next Social Innovation BarCamp in Sydney on 26 Feb 2011.

The next Social Innovation Sydney barcamp is the first for 2011 and we will kick off with a context-setting keynote session. He will talk with us about the landscape of issues and challenges facing Australian communities, including how social innovators might authentically respond and contribute to positive change.

Many will know Robert from his many years working in local and leadership roles in social justice.  Currently is Commissioner with the Productivity Commission (since 2004) where he has presided on 11 Australian Government Inquiries including the recent inquiries into executive remuneration, gambling and the not-for-profit sector.

A commercial lawyer by profession, Robert has held a number of government positions including as Community Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman in NSW.  He has been on many company and community boards including Benevolent Society, Caritas Australia, Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).

Don’t miss this opening session with Robert Fitzgerald at 10am. It will be a facilitated chat/interview style and there will be opportunities to interact and ask questions in connection with your ideas or projects.  This session promises to set the tone for another year of exploring social innovation and collaboratively developing practical solutions to real-world problems.

If you haven’t already, Register for free now

Crowdfunding lunch for Social Innovation BarCamp #sibsyd

Funding and how to raise funds has been a major topic of discussion at past events. This community is becoming increasingly powerful in it’s sharing and support and, instead of sourcing sponsorship from a corporation, we felt it was time to explore crowdfunding.

Lunch at Social Innovation Sydney has been mentioned as a very important part of the event due to the relaxed opportunity for conversation and connection.

This crowdfund is to simply provide for this lunch of organic and locally sourced food. We estimate this to total $650.

Now we’re using crowdfunding via Pozible to cover the cost of providing lunch for our participants.

If you can help us to provide a simple healthy organic lunch for this community event please click below: