Tweets from Social Innovation BarCamp 28 May #sibsyd

Here is a collection of the tweets from the Social Innovation BarCamp yesterday for those who are interested:

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Unconference agenda SI BarCamp 28 May 2011

Opening keynote
9.45 – 11.00 Resilience – issues & solutions, Selena Griffith UNSW

12.00 -14.00 Lunch & real life social networking

Room 12
11.30 Changing Education – games, collaboration, the future
14.00 Community v. Technology (Michelle)
14.30 Cultivating emotional resistance (Andrew)

Room 17
11.30 Barriers to change – what stops ideas being implemented?
14.00 ‘Green living centre” from education to empowerment, creating sustainable community (Dianne)

Room 19
11.30 Measuring the Economy (Radek)
12.00 Designing change exhibition
15.00 E-learning solutions (Vik)

Final Details for Social Innovation Sydney BarCamp 4 #sibsyd

As usual, there is great community interest in the latest Social Innovation Sydney event tomorrow, and we’re looking forward to another great turn out.

The theme for the day is ‘Resilience’ with our panel discussing what this means in our society and some practical examples of social entrepreneurs who have been able to build businesses around this.

Social Innovation Sydney is also very proud to announce Carla McGrath as part of our panel:

Carla McGrath is a proud Indigenous Australian woman from Thursday Island. Although raised on the mainland, Carla retains strong family and community ties to the Torres Strait Islands.

Carla is the Business and Program Development Manager at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) and a delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Prior to joining NCIE, Carla was the Relationships Manager at the Australian
Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). She has also been the National Indigenous Officer for the National Union of Students and is currently completing a Bachelor of Primary Education.

Carla has a unique perspective on the resilience of Indigenous Australians.

Barcamp topics and talks
Many have also approached me to discuss their ideas and topics for the day. Remember this is an open, collaborative event, where everyone’s contribution is welcome.

Kick-off is at 9:45am in the Main lecture room (where the movie screening and all other panel sessions have been held). Please see attached map.

Theatre is in E block under 2;  Bar camp is in f block 1st floor

Map here

See you all tomorrow.

Michelle and Kate

Event: Gathering ’11 To Build Better Futures

Just wanted to let you know about this event in Melbourne on June 11th, 2011:

Gathering ’11: To Build Better Futures brings together leading thinkers, change-makers and collaborators from across Australia and around the world to explore whatʼs possible, and develop ideas on how we can best solve todayʼs most pressing social and environmental challenges.

We’re coming together to ask:

  • How might we tap into the potential of emerging technologies, networks, and systems to co-create a thrivable new world?
  • Where are the opportunities – and what do we need – to build pathways toward a new economy, a cleaner environment, resilient communities, and a happier planet?
  • What can we all do to build better futures?

The Gathering ‘11 program is based on Open Space Technology, with a mix of presentations, participant led discussions and concept development sessions. For the inaugural Gathering we have an outstanding lineup of featured participants from across the not-for-profit, corporate, academic and government sectors including:

  • John Hagel: co-chair Deloitte Center for the Edge (USA) and co-author of The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion
  • Michel Bauwens: Belgian technologist, theorist and researcher on culture and business innovation and founder of the Peer to Peer Foundation (Thailand)
  • Venessa Miemis: futurist, digital ethnographer and writer at Forbes. Blogger at Emergent by Design, founder of Open Foresight and producer of The Future of Money (USA)
  • Pete Williams: social web revolutionary and CEO of Deloitte Digital. Helped rebuild Flowerdale after the 2009 Victorian bushfires and is #hannahsdad (Australia)
  • Kate Carruthers: Marketer, technologist, educator, blogger. Co-Chief Changemaker at Social Innovation Sydney (Australia)
  • Christine Egger: champion of social innitiatives and former Co-Director of Social Actions (USA)
  • Stephen Johnson: Social Enterprise Evangelist and Community Catalyst. Head of Social at Community Engine (Australia)
  • Jean Russell: collaboration catalyst and founder of and (USA)
  • Kristin Alford: Futurist and communicator at Bridge8. Exploring the role of science & technology, in innovation, economic development, social change and sustainability (Australia)
  • Tim Longhurst: Futurist, speaker, minimalist and activist (Australia)
  • Ehon Chan: Researcher, teacher and change agent. Co-founder News Unlimited and YESBrisbane, Board Member at PlanBig (Australia)

At Gathering ʻ11 we will share insights, explore thoughts, develop ideas and lay down the foundations to build better futures for all, together.

Register for Gathering ʻ11 here

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact,
it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Please follow us on twitter and join our facebook page for some great content, discussions and announcements coming soon.

2011’s great start preps community for the May BarCamp – coming?

Thanks again for being a part of all of the recent Social Innovation Sydney events.

It’s been a great start to 2011, a stronger community, connections, collaborations and opportunities for us all to strengthen Social Innovation in Sydney.

The February Barcamp was a great success: recap here

The sold out Economics of Happiness film screening brought together a new section of the community, & the panel gave us their unique perspective on localisation:panel film details
Sorry to the people who had to sit in the aisle (didn’t want to turn people away). It was great to see so many people keen to be a part.

The StartUp Camp over the weekend brought together 25 budding and experienced Social Entrepreneurs to work on Social Innovations. Great people, fluid content and fun learning combined to leave us all motivated and ready for the next steps in building our social enterprises. Wrap-up details here

The May edition of our now famous Social Innovation BarCamp #sibsyd.

We’re still working on the finer details but, as a past participant, thought we’d let you know to ensure your space as the spots are filling fast.

Register here

The Social Innovation Sydney team are definitely receiving very positive feedback from some of you and from the world wide community. We’re happy to see the impact and know it’s only just beginning.

See you at the next BarCamp.

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Elevator Pitch for Social Innovation Sydney #sibsyd

One of the exercises that we did with the group at the recent Social Innovation Startup Camp was to create elevator pitches for our ideas.

In the spirit of this Michelle has been working on an elevator pitch for Social Innovation Sydney. We’d love to get some feedback on it:

“Hi, I’m Michelle and I’m from Social Innovation Sydney, a platform where changemakers meet to discuss the issues and solutions; and also to create new models with a social and/or environmental benefit.

We predict, based on overseas examples and trends, the tools available, the successful sustainable business models that can be copied and the increasing urgency of the environmental and social issues that we now face that social innovation will grow exponentially within the next 2-5 years.

Currently, the Social Innovation movement in Australia is quite fragmented, struggles to define itself, and has therefore not been able to provide the tools, support or people required to collaborate for increased growth.

Social Innovation Sydney is a series of events, gatherings and an online community that is bringing people together to create an eco-system for this movement to grow, use and share resources, support and empower each other.

Creating this space continues to demonstrate new opportunities, solid businesses, strong connections and collaborations.

We’re looking for people who connect with this message, who see the potential and opportunities in this movement to bring about positive social and environmental change and to encourage them to feel free to express themselves, to pursue projects and find solutions for the issues that they are passionate about.”

Thanks for coming to our first Social Innovation Sydney Start Up Camp #sibsyd

It was a pleasure to have everyone there with us at COFA and to see the collaboration and development of the startup ideas. We really appreciate the trust that everyone showed in us and in each other throughout the weekend.

The feedback has been excellent (see here for the blog post).

And thanks to Lucy James we have a breakdown of the weekend’s activities via her blog posts:

  • Day 1 details are here
  • Day 2 details are here

Also, please see some tips on crafting an elevator pitch here.

As agreed by the participants listed below, here are their Twitter account details:

Organisers & Facilitators
Kate Carruthers …….@kcarruthers
Michelle Williams  …@mia_will
Kim Chen…………….@kimosaur
Selena Griffiths……..@selenajoy2

Dev Singh ………….@DebuSpi
Raul Caceras……….@totocol
Grant Young……….@grantyoung
Jo Horsely…………..@josithexplorer
Michelle Rowan……@mishymash
Avis Mulhall………..@avismulhall
Marine Madness…..@marinemadnessHQ
Jenny Eather……….@jennyeather
Mickey Kovari……..@mickeykovari
Lucy James…………@lucyjjames
Andrew Quan………@quando
Arlyn Santos………..@arlyn
Noni McDevitt………@nonimac1
James Fridely………@fridley
Mieka White………..@miekawhite

Kimberley Crofts…..@ktcita

Let us know if we’ve missed any off the list, especially those who couldn’t attend on the Sunday.

Social Innovation Sydney BarCamp
And for those who would like to join us at the next Social Innovation BarCamp, the open platform where you get to discuss what matters to you, test your ideas and connect with people from a range of backgrounds and skills you can register here

Thank-you to everyone who joined in. Thank-you for all of your effort and hard work over the two days. Please keep us updated with your progress in your projects. We look forward to reconnecting again soon.

Kate, Michelle, Kim & Selena