NAVA 2014 Synergy – helping artists to grow sustainable businesses

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

Program includes:

  • 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
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Join Think-Act-Change for a screening of ‘Spark; A Burning Man Story’

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

Think Act ChangeSpark: 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!

RSVP here

Free event: Building the sharing economy workshop: Anatomy of a startup

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.
SIXAUS 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

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This event is part of the SIXAUS Changemakers Festival

DJSpooky Creative Changemaker Talk – from Ice to Islands

Got a great event on September 6th. DJ Spooky Paul D Miller will be talking to us about his creative practice and global mission for change making. We also have a Deep Dive dinner with him post event – only 12 seats available – get in quick! https://djspookyice2islands.eventbrite.com.au/

Paul D Miller (AKA DJ Spooky) is a composer, multimedia artist, editor and author. His trans-disciplinary approach to his creative practice, international profile and large following makes him a perfect agent for change. He is currently the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and is here in Sydney to discuss his latest, local collaboration, The Vanuatu Pacifica Project. This project will realise a Carbon Neutral creative residency program on the Island of Efate, Vanuatu. Paul is looking to spread the idea and for potential project partners, supporters, collaborators and friends to work with.

DJSpooky Creative Changemaker Talk - From Ice to IslandsPaul has collaborated across creative genres working with other artists such as Yoko Ono, orchestras, designers, programmers, film makers. He exhibits and performs globally and has been commissioned to develop work for many  Biennales and other arts festivals world wide. His talk and Q&A session will be entertaining, educational and a call to action. You will hear about some of his previous projects including his journeys to Antarctica and Nauru and the production of The Book of Icehttp://www.djspooky.com/antarctica and The Nauru Elegies http://www.djspooky.com/nauruelegies.

There are limited seats available at this event $10 students $15 general public per person.

REGISTER HERE: https://djspookyice2islands.eventbrite.com.au

We will also be hosting a Deep Dive Dinner with Paul post event $60 per person (tickets below). Funds raised will go toward providing infrastructure for a permaculture food forest to be developed on the Efate site of the Vanuatu Pacifica Project to feed staff and residencies in line with the Carbon Neutral goals of the project.

We are excited to be collaborating with Paul and look forward to seeing you at this event!

Selena and Kate

REGISTER HERE: https://djspookyice2islands.eventbrite.com.au

Get into Action – Turn your Social Innovation idea into a reality

Designing Social Innovation

Social innovation brings change and one profession ideally suited to delivering change is Design.

Designers have many useful and practical tools for research, analysis, design communication, insight, foresight and delivery.

Just us on Saturday 17th August 2013 for this event. We will start with a panel discussion from Sydney based change makers who are using design in their social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Participants will have the opportunity to pitch their social innovation / change maker ideas and network with possible collaborators.

It will also provide the opportunity to learn about different design tools and experiment with using them.

Eventbrite - Designing for change. Crafting Social innovation

Get into Action!

Turn your Social Innovation idea into a reality at the Designing for Social Innovation workshop.

Bring along your idea and team and we will help you to get ready for pitching.

Learn about:

  • Communicating your Social Innovation,
  • Planning the start up,
  • Developing support and community,
  • Structuring the enterprise and launch,
  • Funding strategies ..
  • and ..
  • Perfect your elevator Pitch in a real elevator!

Lunch will be provided, and we suggest that everyone bring a refillable water bottle.

We suggest a donation of $20 – $50 to attend this event to help us feed you and provide materials.

Eventbrite - Designing for change. Crafting Social innovation

Calling all changemakers! Register now for SIBSYD Unconference 22 June

Get heard and connected in June at SIBSYD Unconference

Saturday 22 June 2013 10am – 4pm

Got a great idea? Need help?
Got skills? Want to help a great idea happen?

Share your ideas and passions, and link with like-minded change makers at Social Innovation Sydney Unconference.

This full day event gives you the opportunity to:

  • pitch your social innovation ideas to an audience
  • meet other people who may like to join you in finding solutions
  • mix with other Sydney changemakers and Social Innovation community
  • hear new ideas and help work solutions
  • have great, random, meaningful conversations with strangers

Unconferences work a bit like this …

  • You rock up
  • There is a board with time slots allocated on it
  • You can put an idea / topic / session theme on the board that you would like to explore with others for 1/2 hr
  • Anyone can attend these sessions
  • Work out what pushes your buttons and attend those sessions
  • Enjoy good conversation over lunch
  • Rock up to more sessions
  • We have a round-up at the end of the day then you can decide whether to join us at the pub or head home to get started on making change happen!

We keep these events free so everyone can attend, however suggest at $20 donation for the day so we can give you a hearty lunch to keep you going through the afternoon and keep you filled with warm caffeinated beverages.

Upcoming SIBSYD events – use the winter months to incubate new ideas!

blue skySIBSYD have the next 4 months planned to get you into social innovation and entrepreneurship. Take advantage of the colder months to incubate your social innovation / entrepreneurship.

MAY – Get inspired in May at THINK ACT CHANGE
Tuesday 14, 6.30

We are partnering with Avis from Think Act Change by joining the ‘How to change the world ‘part-time’ through Social Enterprise’ Panel. Come hear from change makers, just like you, who have taken the plunge and made great impact with their part time projects
You’ll need to book for this event! It’s filling up fast
REGISTER: http://www.meetup.com/Think-Act-Change/events/110911732/

JUNE – Get heard and connected in June at SIBSYD Unconference
Saturday 22 10am – 4pm

Got a great idea? Want to help make that great idea happen? Need help?
Share your ideas and passions, link with like minded change makers.
REGISTER: http://sibsydunconference13.eventbrite.com.au

JULY – Get into Action – Turn your Social Innovation into an Entrepreneurship at the SIBSYD Boot-Camp
Bring along your idea and team and we will whip you into pitching shape. Learn about how to communicate your Social Innovation, fund the start up, develop support, structure the enterprise and launch.
REGISTER: http://sibootcamp.eventbrite.com.au/

AUGUST – Roll up those sleeves! DESIGN solutions for your Social Innovation / Enterprise at our special Sydney Design Social Innovation event DESIGNING FOR CHANGE. CRAFTING SOCIAL INNOVATION.
Learn how to use powerful Design Thinking, Social Design and Service Design tools for researching, planning and delivering in your Social Innovation.
REGISTER: http://designchange.eventbrite.com.au