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NAVA Synergy is an incubator program aimed at supporting artists in gaining practical skills and knowledge for forming and growing a sustainable business that will thrive in the competitive market
of the arts.
This year NAVA is running a four week Synergy program, starting on 1st July and finishing with its live crowdfunding event, NAVA Soup Sessions.
RSVP and more information: NAVASYNERGY2014
- Two professional development events exploring topics on entrepreneurship, developing connections with the private sector and public presentation skills
- Opportunity to develop and draft a project pitch to colleagues and expert judges in preparation
Join us and the Think-Act-Change crew for Spark; A Burning Man Story at COFA next Tuesday 24th June 2014
Is it possible for festivals like Burning Man to influence societal and personal change?!
Join Think-Act-Change for a screening of ‘Spark; A Burning Man Story‘ followed by a lively panel discussion and audience Q&A where we can delve deep into festival culture, what drives individuals to attend such radical, large scale festivals and what can we as a society learn from them?
ABOUT THE FILM
Spark: A Burning Man Story is a documentary about the dreams and challenges of Burning Man and its unique culture of participatory art. Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in a dusty windswept Nevada desert to build a temporary city, collaborating on large-scale art and partying for a week before burning a giant effigy in a ritual frenzy.
Rooted in principles of self-expression, self-reliance and community effort, Burning Man has grown famous for stirring ordinary people to shed their nine-to-five existence and act on their dreams. SPARK takes us behind the curtain with Burning Man organizers and participants, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth. When ideals of a new world based on freedom and inclusion collide with realities of the “default world,” we wonder which dreams can survive.
ABOUT THE PANEL
Tom Dawkins – Social Entrepreneur
Amelia Loye – Social Scientist
Full biographies and speaker details to be announced shortly!
Social Innovation Sydney helps change makers connect with one another and building networks to drive social innovation in Australia.
We want to build human-to-human networks of people who care about creating ventures that do social good and create value for society above and beyond the bottom line.
We believe that it is possible to create successful ventures that make a profit and do social good too.
We want to connect people with ideas to people with skills so that they can create new ventures together.
John Robb: Future of the American Dream
John Robb from HomeFree America is visiting Sydney and will join us for a free talk at CoFA on Monday 24th March at 6 pm.
John will discuss the Future of the American Dream and the underlying source of modern wealth and technology.
As he notes:
“It’s a source that directly impacts our internal decision making system in a fundamental way.
Once you learn what it is, and how simple it is, it’s going to change the way you think about everything. “
John is a well known strategy thinker and writer with his long running blog, Global Guerrillas, and his new work, Home Free America: an open notebook on the future of the American Dream, which is focused on providing the support, knowledge, insight, and encouragement needed to help communities thrive, despite adversity.
John is always thinking strategically about the future and sharing his insights.
John Robb: deep dive dinner
After his talk John will join us for a deep dive dinner – RSVP and payment details here
Join us for a deeper richer discussion on entrepreneurship, sustainability, and community while enjoying a 2 course progressive dinner with wine/beer/soft drink. Seats are limited so that the evening remains intimate.
We are very excited about this new project that is just starting out in early 2014.
The Lab will become a location for creative thinkers from all disciplines to undertake residency programs that afford them the time and space to think deeply and collaborate on complex global sustainability issues.
As part of this project we are also partnering with a number of other global programs such as Peaceboat (UN).
The first Island Innovation Lab will run from 16th – 20th January 2014 in Vanuatu. And we will be joined by a number of interested artists, designers, communicators, sustainability experts in Vanuatu.
The Beta Lab will set the tone for the formation of the formal program and the infrastructure that will support it.
Currently we have a wonderful blank canvas, a 500 acre beachfront property with 7 different ecological zones from rain forests to grass lands to bamboo and palm groves. There are natural springs with fresh water and good solar and wind energy opportunities.
Our goal is to design and develop a minimal impact, carbon positive communal workspace and studios with accommodation for the residency program participants. This will be a social enterprise and aims to partner with and support the local community through employment, education and other opportunities.
Are you curious about what the ‘sharing economy’ is?
Maybe you’re hoping to get in there and participate? Maybe you’re already on the road! Join us for this free event as part of the Changemakers Festival.
This workshop is designed to appeal to all of you. It will explore a range of legal and business issues for startups in the sharing economy. It will provide both practical take-aways and open-ended creative brainstorming.
Hosted by Social Innovation Sydney and facilitated by UNSW staff who are involved in both research and practical support services related to the sharing economy, there will be three sessions.
- One will use business as a starting point, looking at startups in the sharing economy and the challenges of gathering both social and financial resources.
- One will use law as a starting point, looking at different legal structures, sources of legal advice, responses to harm and the blurry line between gift and contract.
- The final session will blend these perspectives, working through specific or experiences of the participants.
So bring along those experiences and your thoughts and join us! You will get the most out of this workshop if you’re ready to workshop an idea with the group.
But if you’d just like to sit up the back in listen-and-learn mode that’s fine too. Light refreshments will be provided. Numbers are limited to allow for interaction so book now!
- Kate Carruthers, Social Innovation Sydney
- Bronwen Morgan and Declan Kuch, UNSW Law – website
- Catherine Bond, UNSW Law
- Jenny Buchan, UNSW Australian School of Business
This event is part of the SIXAUS Changemakers Festival