About Social Innovation Sydney

Flavour Crusader team at Social Innovation SydneySocial 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.


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

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.


Video of Bruce Piasecki @sibsyd ‘Doing more with less’

NY Times best selling author of Doing More with Less, Bruce Piasecki spoke to Social Innovation Sydney at COFA last week:

‘Doing More with Less: Innovation Routes for Families and Firms in a Swift and Severe World’

Bruce covered cases and examples he has seen of successful innovation, adaptation and response to change and the need to shift toward more sustainable approaches.

Video of his talk follows below.

Huge thanks to Bruce for taking the time to discuss his ideas with us.

Free talk: Bruce Piasecki – Doing More With Less, Thursday 2 August 2012

NY Times best selling author of Doing More with Less, Bruce Piasecki is in Australia for a short time and has kindly allowed us to host a talk and Q and A session titled:

‘Doing More with Less: Innovation Routes for Families and Firms in a Swift and Severe World’

Bruce will be covering cases and examples he has seen of successful innovation, adaptation and response to change and the need to shift toward more sustainable approaches.

You will have the opportunity to hear of the work he has been doing with Toyota, Shaw industries, FMC and other enterprises, innovation labs, and individuals.

He’s excited to be connecting with Social Innovators in Australia and looking forward to hearing ideas from Aussie social innovators.

Venue: COFA Paddington
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, 2nd August 2012

>>Free Registration Here

Tell Better Stories: Join Digitalstorytellers.us with @mikeyleung

At our recent joint event with the Community Brave Foundation – Social Media Day: Celebrating Diversity in Innovation – one of our inspiring speakers was Mikey Leung. He shared his passion for digital storytelling as a force for social good. You can find out more about his ideas at here, find out about digitalstorytellers.us,  and you can follow @MikeyLeung on Twitter.