Solving complex problems, some prereading for Living Sydney #sibsyd

As we approach our next unconference, Living Sydney in November, it is worth checking out Bud Cadell’s presentation. As he put it:

“In the future, I see a global network of 21st century problem solvers with the understanding and know-how to solve the most massively complex problems; challenges that face corporations, governments, and citizens. These individuals work together to unleash their passion and creativity towards ambitious objectives and tangible change. They undertake projects such as: increasing family retirement investing, ensuring the welfare of the poor, identifying new energy sources, protecting the world from terrorism, and making consumption more conscious – challenges that must be confronted, but have always been too complex for any single corporation, government, or voting block. And each objective, because of its complexity, results in a handful of simultaneous clients benefitting from the thinking and creating of this group (how or if this network charges for its work is a decision to be made by the group at a later date). This may seem like a fantasy today, but it’s nearer to our grasp than you realize.”

Read more: how to solve complex problems

Read the post from Bud Cadell here

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Two more speakers announced for Unconference

Rhinanna Patrick and Carla McGrath will be innovative participants and speakers at the Indigenous Innovation Unconference this Saturday 29th October at the NCIE. Register here

Rhianna Patrick is a Torres Strait Islander who grew up in Brisbane and Weipa. She is  the presenter of ABC’sSpeaking Out, a radio program about culture, lifestyle and political issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia.

Rhianna joined the ABC as a news and current affairs cadet in 2002. She spent a year in the newsroom at the ABC’s office in Mackay before heading to Sydney in 2004 to take up a position as the breakfast newsreader for triple j news. Rhianna joined the Speaking Out program after a stint in Television where she worked as an Associate Producer/Researcher for the ABC’s Indigenous program, Message Stick.

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

Carla is currently the Business and Program Development Manager at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE). She is also a delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and a member of the NSW Reconciliation Council’s Management Committee. Prior to joining the NCIE, she was the Relationships Manager at the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and in 2009 she held the position of National Indigenous Officer for the National Union of Students.

Event Details
What: Indigenous Innovation Unconference
Where: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence,
180 George St, Redfern, NSW 2016. Map here
When: Saturday, 29th October 2011, 10am – 4:30pm
Who: People in or interested in the Indigenous Sector and Social Innovation Sector
Why: To develop and progress ideas and action on Indigenous Innovation
Presented by: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence & Social Innovation Sydney

Leaders in Indigenous Innovation at Unconference

Announcing the first round of speakers for the upcoming Indigenous Innovation Unconference to be held on the 29 October 2011:  Social Innovation Sydney Event

  • Tanya Hosch, Board Director, the Australian Centre for Social Innovation
  • Jason Glanville, CEO of the NCIE
  • Shelley Reys, Managing Director, Arilla Indigenous Consultancies & Services
  • Lindon Coombes, Executive Director, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
  • Charles Prouse, CEO,  National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy
  • Luke Pearson, Online Social Commentator @LukeLPearson

Tanya Hosch: talks about the intersection of Indigenous Innovation and Social Innovation in Australia, how they can and could collaborate and what the next steps are for the co-creation of Australia’s Innovative future.

Tanya  is a consultant working on a range of Indigenous specific and broader social policy areas across Australia, and has a particular interest in the area of philanthropy and co-investment and community corporate partnerships as a model of progressing our social agenda.Her expertise is in Indigenous affairs, youth development and leadership development. In addition, Tanya serves as the Board Director at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation; as a Director on the Rio Tinto Aboriginal Foundation; is a Visiting Research Fellow with the University of Technology, Sydney; is a Director for the International Funders of Indigenous Peoples based in North America and the Aboriginal Advisory Committee to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Tanya is also an advisor to Social Ventures Australia.

Jason Glanville is a member of the Wiradjuri peoples from south-western New South Wales. He is the CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) based in Redfern. Prior to joining the NCIE Jason was Director of Programs and Strategy at Reconciliation Australia.

Jason is Co-Chair of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, on the board of the Indigenous Leadership Centre and on the board of Carriage Works.
Jason was named in the (Sydney) magazine’s 100 most influential people of Sydney and, 2011 was featured in Boss Magazine’s True Leaders of 2011 list. He is also a member of the Sydney Leadership Program’s Headland Project.
Shelley Reys is an Aboriginal woman of the Djiribul people. She is Managing Director of Arrilla Indigenous Consultants and Services, which provides services that assist Indigenous Australians and the wider community to work more effectively together in business, government and community environs. Ms Reys is also Vice-Chair of the National Australia Day Council and Director of Indigenous Film Services (IFS). Previously, she was Director of The Hollows Foundation, NSW Coordinator for the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and worked with reconciliation’s people’s movement 1991 – 2000.

Lindon Coombes
 is a proud Aboriginal man whose family comes from Brewarrina. He is the CEO of the National Congress of Australia’s First  People. Prior to joining the National Congress, Lindon was the Executive Director of Tranby Aboriginal College in Glebe.He worked in Aboriginal Affairs in NSW government for over a decade in positions covering culture & heritage, natural resource management, education, child sexual abuse and the Aboriginal Land Council system. He also worked for ATSIC and as Senior Policy Advisor to successive Ministers.

Charles Prouse is the CEO of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA), located in Sydney. He currently serves as an observer of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Council (AILC) board. Charles is a Bardi/Nyikina man from the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Charles’ current role as the CEO of NASCA sees him managing a not-for-profit Indigenous organisation delivering healthy lifestyle programs to young Indigenous people, including students and jobseekers and using sports and sports role models to promote positive health, education and employment messages. Charles is an advisory board member for the Shift Foundation.

Luke Pearson is an Aboriginal man from NSW, he is a qualified Teacher (B.Teach/B.Arts), researcher and social commentator.  He is a leading Indigenous innovator online and is best known for his influence on twitter as @AboriginalOz (he recently changed his twitter name to @LukelPearson).

 

 

Event Details

What: Indigenous Innovation Unconference
Where: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, 180 George St, Redfern, NSW 2016. Map here
When: Saturday, 29th October 2011, 10am – 4:30pm
Who: People in or interested in the Indigenous Sector and Social Innovation Sector
Why: To develop and progress ideas and action on Indigenous Innovation
Designed by: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence & Social Innovation Sydney

Social Innovation Sydney Event

Community to explore Indigenous Innovation

Australia’s first Indigenous Innovation Unconference will be held at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence on Saturday 29 October 2011.

Social Innovation Sydney Event

There is a tendency for media to focus on the various issues and problems faced by Indigenous communities. However, there is an emerging belief that moving away from deficit language to positive language, from ‘disadvantage’ and ‘closing the gap’ to ‘excellence’ and ‘success’ will encourage positive change.

Many current indigenous programs run under ‘old’ models experience limited or varied success. That a focus on the best practice of capacity building, sustainable development and strengthening cultural identity through enterprise. Moving to social enterprise development and social innovation models could provide an opportunity for new solutions allowing for self-determination and self sufficiency.

What role does Social Innovation have to play?
The emerging Social Innovation movement provides a fresh approach to tackling social issues by working with communities. It uses an open, collaborative, people centred approach to drive grassroots change and create real impact in the community. This offers an opportunity for a fresh approach to change in the Indigenous Sector.

What can you do?
Come along and be a part of the conversation at the Indigenous Innovation Unconference on 29 October 2011. Listen to, learn from, and connect with the culturally rich Indigenous community of Sydney. The intention is an open, constructive conversation for people to collaborate, share and explore.

Our aim is that the Indigenous Innovation Unconference will act as a platform for developing a new dialogue, for supporting the growth of innovative Indigenous enterprise.

Image: ‘Max Eulo performing a smoking ceremony’

Event Details

What: Indigenous Innovation Unconference
Where: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, 180 George St, Redfern, NSW 2016. Map here
When: Saturday, 29th October 2011, 10am – 4:30pm
Who: People in or interested in the Indigenous Sector and Social Innovation Sector
Why: To develop and progress ideas and action on Indigenous Innovation
Designed by: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence & Social Innovation Sydney

Social Innovation Sydney Event

The Buzz on Bees

Bees are one of the most important animals in our food chain. Their role in pollinating all our food crops and those our other food sources rely on is paramount to our survival.

Globally there has been, due to a number of factors, a significant decline in bee populations. In Australia we are fortunate as none of the diseases affecting European Honey bees have appeared yet and hopefully won’t.

We are also lucky because we have a number of stingless native bee species which are very easily kept in your garden and can do a lot of useful work in the garden for you. They don’t produce as much honey as their European counterparts but also require next to no maintenance.

Check out http://www.aussiebee.com.au/ for more information