Join us in Sydney with John Robb Mon 24 March – what is the future of the American Dream?

John Robb: Future of the American Dream

Monday, March 24, 2014 from 6:00 PM

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.

RSVP for this free talk

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.

Click here to RSVP for this free talk

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.

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New project: Island Innovation Lab Efate, Vanuatu Jan 16 – 20 2014

We are very excited about this new project that is just starting out in early 2014.

Island Innovation LabWe are collaborating with Paul D Miller (aka DJSpooky) to develop a Carbon Negative Innovation Lab and residency program on Efate in Vanuatu (Just outside Vila).

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.

As part of the kick-off for this project Selena and Paul will be heading off to Vanuatu along with a number of UNSW students in January 2014.

You can follow updates about the project via Twitter at @theVPF and @selenajoy2

Resources for Get into Action Workshop – Turn your Social Innovation idea into a reality

We will add resources to this page throughout the day…

Opening Session

Selena Griffith presented these sessions, a pdf of her presentation is available here.

Business Model Generation

  • service design sessionThe Business Model Canvas: Your business model on one page
  • The Business Model Canvas, is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.
  • Business model iPad app: Strategyzer (Paid app)
  • Business model free app: Business Model Fiddle The Free Business Model Canvas Playground … works off-line; Secured with SSL encrypted connection; Zero install HTML5 web app works everywhere.
  • Good discussion of Business Model Canvas versus Lean Canvas

Design Thinking

Visualisation Mapping

Tim Tompson presented this session. Some of the tools he discussed were:

Building a Brand

Social Innovation Sydney Workshop Aug 2013Ana Petrusevski presented on this topic

Service Design

Pitching

Funding and Grants

Crowdfunding

Grants

Agenda for Get into Action Workshop – Turn your Social Innovation idea into a reality

  • Opening session – value of whole systems thinking and business model canvass introduction (Facilitator: Selena Griffith)
  • Visualisation methods for problem solving and ideas generation (Facilitator: Tim Tompson)
  • On brand – creating a strong, unified and consistent brand message for your stakeholders. (Facilitator: Ana Petrusevski)
  • Working lunch – preparing your pitch
  • Understanding your Stakeholders – Service Design (Facilitator: Selena Griffith)
  • Designing a social media strategy to build community (Facilitator: Kate Carruthers)
  • Pitch preparation (Facilitators: Ana Petrusevski, Selena Griffith, Kate Carruthers)

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.

VIBEWIRE is calling all creative young innovators!

Our mates over at Vibewire have put out a call for young innovators…

“Do you have an idea that could change our future?

We’re putting the call out to changemakers (30 and under), who are working on or looking to launch creative projects with social impact, to apply to compete for $2, 000, an Innovation Lab Scholarship and other prizes at the Pitch the Future Event at the Vivid Festival of Ideas. See full list of prizes below.”

Vibewire is accepting applications til 5pm May 15.

APPLY NOW