Women in media – Miss Representation

The representation of women in media is an important issue for our times. To kick off in 2012 we’re screening a film to get us thinking, talking, and acting on the issue of women and how we are portrayed in the media.

Register for Miss Representation Screening on EventbriteJoin us on 29 February 2012 in Sydney for a screening of the film and a panel discussion following the film.

The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in October.

The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

Find out more at MissRepresentation.org

Register for Miss Representation Screening on Eventbrite

Sign up now and join us for this special screening of Miss Representation and panel discussion afterward.


The trouble with not defining social enterprise via @theguardian

Declan Jones has raised some important issues that arise around the lack of an agreed definition for ‘social enterprise’. The full article is worth a read.

This definitional problem has disturbed me for quite a while and we have yet to resolve the matter to any degree. Further, there is the question of social enterprise or social business and profit versus not-for-profit. Again a matter that remains unresolved.

“There is no consensus about what is and isn’t a social enterprise because there is no shared frame of reference between all the players in the wider social economy.

Some social entrepreneurs eschew defining social enterprise because it is too awkward and troublesome. They prefer ambiguity and complexity because inclusion is seen as more important than differentiation. The latter is deemed to create an undesirable hierarchy of types of social enterprise and the sticking points that cause all the grief are de facto independence from the state, profit and governance. The result of this avoidance is deficient policy-making, barriers to investment and stakeholder confusion.

Avoiding definition has also allowed social enterprise to be co-opted by others. We now witness public sector municipalists and private sector opportunists masquerading as social entrepreneurs. The former are zealous mini-state status quo defenders. The latter want to make money on their investments. Neither group are social entrepreneurs but both are nifty and inventive when it comes to using charitable, trust and social enterprise business structures and models when it suits them.”

Source: The trouble with not defining social enterprise, Declan Jones, Guardian Professional.

Thank-you for your support in 2011

Social Innovation Sydney had a wonderful year thanks to the support of the SIBSYD community. Our goal of building a community of changemakers to share ideas and information so that we can make a difference has evolved in amazing ways. It has been a great inspiration to meet so many people who want to make the world a better place and who are willing to take positive action.

We’ve hosted the following events through the year:

  • Social Innovation Unconference Feb 2011
  • Social Innovation Sydney at AMPlify Festival June 2011
  • Social Innovation Unconference May 2011
  • Social Innovation Unconference Aug 2011
  • Indigenous Innovation Unconference Oct 2011
  • Social Innovation Unconference Nov 2011
  • Social Innovation Startup Camp May 2011

You can check out some of the photographic memories of these events on Flickr.

Many thanks also to our sponsors and partners in 2011: COFA and University of NSW, ASIX, Cisco, Ninefold, AMP, National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, Barangaroo Development Authority, and Headshift. We’re very grateful for their kind support in 2011.

SIBSYD Planning for 2012
We are currently planning an exciting schedule of events for 2012 – there will be some real food for thought and some opportunities to discuss new approaches to making change happen. Stay tuned for more details in early 2012.

Also we are looking for volunteers to help out with organising events for 2012 – if you’re interested please let us know via info@socialinnovationsydney.org