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

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!

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 Ice and The Nauru Elegies

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


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


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.

BULLY Advance Screening – The Community Brave Foundation

If you care about  the issue of bullying then you might be interested in this screening of the film BULLY: A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

The screening will be hosted by The Community Brave Foundation and you can RSVP here for tickets to the screening on 22nd August 2012

The Community Brave Foundation is excited to announce its next community event, a special advance screening of award-winning documentary, Bully, on August 22. Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary that looks deep into the issues of bullying in America.

The screening will be hosted by Sydney journalist Shelley Horton. Guest speakers will be media personalities Charlotte Dawson and Adam Williams. Horton, Dawson and Williams have all participated in the ‘You’re Not Alone’ online video campaign, with each have sharing deeply personal stories regarding bullying and have called on volunteers for the Community Brave program.

“Bully is an amazing piece of film making and encapsulates the dramatic impact that bullying has on our youth. The messages of Bully align perfectly with the work we are doing with Community Brave. We are very proud to be partnering with Roadshow to be able to bring you this special advance screening,” – The Community Brave Foundation chairman, Rami Mandow.

Join us to celebrate Social Media Day with ‘Diversity in Innovation’ #smday

Join us for Social Media Day: Diversity in Innovation, co-hosted by Community Brave Foundation and Social Innovation Sydney, at Vibewire in Ultimo on Saturday 30th June 2012.

We are really excited by the lineup of speakers who will cover issues related to diversity in social media. It’s an angle that not often addressed in the fast paced world of social media.


Speakers and Sessions

  • Introduction – Kate Carruthers from Social Innovation Sydney
  • Mark Pesce: ‘The Next Billion Seconds
    Mark Pesce is an inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and broadcaster.
  • Ben Mulcahy: ‘Gay & Lesbian Australia loves technology
    Ben is Managing Director of Pink Media Group, Australia’s Gay & Lesbian media network.
  • Tim Noonan: ‘Sexuality, Diversity and People With Disabilities: Creating Accessible Innovation for Social Inclusion
    Tim is a voice, Usability and Accessibility consultant, inspirational conference speaker and the founder of Vocal Branding Australia. Over the last 25 years Tim has blended his interests in technology, speech, telephony and accessibility, to bring printed and online information to life for people who are blind or print disabled. In 2011 Tim was engaged by the NSW Electoral Commission as the lead Voice Usability Designer and accessibility expert for iVote – regarded as the most advanced and successful telephone and online voting implementation in the world.
  • Tom Dawkins: ‘How peerfunding can help you launch your innovative projects
    Tom is the co-founder of fundraising platform and before that was founder of Vibewire and the Vibewire Hub. In-between he was Social Media Director for Ashoka and HopeLab in the US. He’s also run music festivals, Burning Man theme camps, conferences, film festivals and indie magazines and advised corporations, governments and non-profits on communications and community-engagement strategies.
  • Brodie West: ‘Engaging with a Gay Man: Why you need to work for their pink dollars
    Brodie has been with DNA magazine since 2010. DNA is Australia’s best-selling magazine for gay men. He has an extensive knowledge of social media, and has helped integrate the DNA business model with their social media marketing strategy. Brodie also handles the magazine’s key advertising accounts and has worked with many brands to reach the DNA target market through traditional channels, as well as through events and product launches.
  • Mikey Leung: ‘Digital Storytelling – a new collaborative network of storytellers
    Mikey, a guidebook author, ex-journalist, video producer and WordPress web designer, and founder of the new Digital story tellers network. He’ll tell the story of how we’re using storytelling at BushTV to create engagement, interaction and take full use of the interactivity of today’s multimedia tools.
  • Amanda Keeling: ‘Diversity and Distance: How technology has changed the notion of community and the way we do business
    Amanda is on the Board of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association and is the Director of Media and Communications. She is also on the board of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and currently chairs the SGLMG Community Engagement Committee. Amanda holds a Masters in Communication Studies, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Diploma in Project Management. Working as a media and communications consultant, Amanda’s experience ranges from marketing, research, strategy and business development, to client relations, production, media and communications.
  • Peter Urmson: ‘Creative vs. Data Analytics
    Peter has been the CEO of the Online Marketing Group and recently sold that business and merged it into Fairfax Media. He is now the GM across the Online Marketing Group, all of Classifieds across Domain, MyCareer, Drive, General Classifieds and Trader both print and digital. Prior to this he was General Manger for He has also worked as CEO across Returnity, an Email Marketing and Data Analytics Agency and also The Population, Australia’s first Social Media agency, where he integrated that business into C4 a web development agency.
  • Davy Knittle: ‘The Accidental Bully: Asking Queer Questions
    Davy Knittle is a 2011-2012 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, at work on an international research project entitled Cities in Transition: Identity, Narrative and the Changing Urban Landscape, which has taken him to Canada, Ecuador and now to Australia. In the States, he’s worked as a diversity workshop facilitator for many groups including the National Association of Independent Schools.
  • Gavin Heaton: ‘Making Space for Quiet Voices
    Gavin is the author of Servant of Chaos, one of Australia’s leading marketing blogs and is the co-publisher (with Drew McLellan) of the ground-breaking collaborative marketing book series, Age of Conversation. A social business strategist, Gavin has worked in agencies (leading the global digital strategy for McDonald’s) and on the client side (SAP, IBM). He also works with young people as president of local non-profit organisation, Vibewire.
  • Kim McGuire: ‘Fuelling innovation in accessibility: How diversity in abilities enables better design
    Kim is a user experience designer and accessibility advocate within the Westpac Group. She is passionate about delivering experiences that are considerate of the challenges people face on a daily basis, and believes strongly that without diversity, the World would be a boring place
  • Closing Remarks – Rami Mandow from The Community Brave Foundation

Looking forward to seeing you at ourDiversity in Innovation – World Social Media Day.


We would like to thank Vibewire for providing the venue, Rolls on Oxford for the delicious food. We’d also like to thank all of our guest speakers for taking the time to share their ideas and passion with us.

Please feel free to join us for a drink and a quick bite at The Pump House after this event.

Celebrate Diversity in Innovation for Social Media Day #smday

We thought it was a good idea to have a look at diversity as part of Social Media Day in 2012 and decided to get together with Community Brave for an event on 30 June 2012 in Sydney.

The Community Brave Foundation is a collaborative community project to eradicate online bullying, homophobia, transphobia and youth suicide. Targeting youth, they aim to change the world through support, education and social media.

Please join us to celebrate Diversity In Innovation. Our goal is to bring people together to build networks, collaborate in education, and harness the power of social connections to fulfill their project needs.

As an official event for Mashable’s World Social Media Day, we think there is a lot of shared value here, and it is our pleasure to invite you to to participate in this event.

The forum will cover a range of topics from crowd sourcing to how to understand the differences in vocabulary across the gender / sexuality spectrum

Featuring guest speakers such as:

We look forward to connections being made at this forum and projects springing up everywhere that involve members of the two communities – because it’s about time we started to see lots of Diversity in Innovation here in Sydney.

Here are the details:

Date: Saturday June 30th 2012
Time: 10am – 4:30pm
Food: We’re providing lunch, soft drinks and snacks
Place: Vibewire HUB: 525 Harris Street Ultimo (right across the road from the Powerhouse Museum)
Cost: FREE!
RSVP here

On behalf of everyone at Social Innovation Sydney and Community Brave – we hope you can make it!

Event: Burramatta Family Fun Day 8 July 2012

Just wanted to let folks know about this event coming up in early July.

If you’d like to find out more about Indigenous culture this is a great place to start…

Burramatta Family Fun Day
Burramatta Family Fun Day - NAIDOC Week
Sunday 8 July 2012
10:00am – 3:00pm
Prince Alfred Park, Parramatta

The traditional owners of Parramatta, the Dharug People, invite you, your family and friends to join them in their NAIDOC Week celebrations. Everyone is invited to this free event featuring kid’s amusements, live entertainment, free workshops and bush food and bush medicine displays!


  • Traditional Tree Painting
  • Taronga Zoo, Australian Animals Display
  • Didgeridoo playing workshops
  • Rock and Boomerang painting
  • Traditional Basket weaving
  • NSW Rugby League and AFL workshops
  • Aboriginal Dance

Get ready for an action packed day of live entertainment highlighting Australia’s rich Indigenous heritage.
Live music program featuring:

  •   Shellie Morris
  •   The Stiff Gins
  •   Sharnee Fenwick
  •   Microwave Jenny
  •   Col Hardy
  •   Marcus Corowa

More information on the Parramatta City Council events page

Opening speaker & logistics for Social Innovation Sydney Unconference 12 May

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the unconference tomorrow.


We will be kicking off at 10am in Central Lecture Block (E19) with a talk about Social Innovation as Storytelling from Davy Knittle

Bio: Davy Knittle – is a 2011-2012 Thomas J. Watson Fellow at work on a project entitled: Cities in Transition – Identity, Narrative and the Changing Urban Landscape. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, and a documentary poet whose work can be found in Swink, 580 Split, Euphony and Radius, among others. In Sydney, he is conducting research with Food Connect and with the City of Sydney’s Cycling Team.  You can find Davy on Twitter @versetheft

Social Innovation as Storytelling

Each resident of an urban community relies on a key set of spaces, people and experiences to define their city within the greater expanse of the urban framework. Those experiences – in grocery stores, in school playgrounds and at frequently traveled intersections help those residents to tell stories about who they are and how they contribute to their community. When new features become part of their regular practice of urban life, the story they use to explain and guide themselves changes. As we develop social enterprises that rely on drawing in and retaining new constituent communities, how do we build ourselves into the central story held by an individual? a family? a community? How can we use the principles of storytelling to develop and maintain new, strong communities as we expand the client base of our social enterprises?


A few logistics items to cover:

  • At 10am the opening session will be at the UNSW Kensington Central Lecture Block – Building E19 (see pdf map here)
  • From 11am the remaining sessions will continue over at the UNSW Design Studios – Matthews Building F23
  • We will break for lunch at 12.30pm
  • We expect to wrap up the day at about 4pm
  • Please bring your own water bottle (coffee is available nearby if you need it)

If you get lost or need help getting in please Tweet to @sibsyd & we’ll come and find you

COFA Talks: Art, Design and Social Enterprise 3 April 2012

Nothing planned for the evening on 3rd April 2012? Why not get along to this event hosted by COFA?

WHAT  Art, Design and Social Enterprise

WHEN  April 3, 6-8pm

WHO  Janine Cahill, Mickey Kovari & Grant Young

WHERE  EG02 COFA, cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington

 More info

Please note the new earlier starting time & don’t forget to join us for Happy Hour beforehand.

We’re excited about “Crowdfunding for Change” Wed 14 March #thinkactchange #sibsyd

Social Innovation Sydney is delighted to invite everyone to come along to this ThinkActChange event:

“Crowdfunding for Change” – Wednesday 14th March from 6-8pm. Doors at 5.30pm.

This month we’re aiming to bring you the biggest ever ThinkActChange! For this unique event we will be partnering with both Social Innovation Sydney and The Fetch.  

Venue on the evening, door prize and drinks will be provided by our sponsors for the night, Ninefold.

The theme will be “Crowdfunding for Change” and our special guests on the evening will be from Indiegogo, the worlds leading international crowdfunding platform. Indiegogo have been featured in Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable and The Huffington Post as well as on CNN.

So the question is; what is crowdfunding and why should you care?

The simple fact is that there are so many people in this world like you and I, with great ideas and big dreams, who are looking for the opportunity to get funding. Crowdfunding offers anyone with an idea – creative, cause-related, or entrepreneurial – the tools to effectively raise money, build awareness of their project and get their ideas started.

At this event we’ll feature a panel discussion about crowdfunding & how it can be used for social good. Keynote speaker on the evening will be Adam Chapnick.

 Adam Chapnick – Head of Business Development, Indiegogo

Adam is IndieGoGo’s business development mastermind, a global visonary who will stop at nothing to bring crowdfunding to anyone, anywhere in the world. Prior to IndieGoGo, Adam founded Distribber where he still serves as CEO. Adam speaks regularly on cutting edge distribution strategies at markets and festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Digital Hollywood & The Apple Store.

Adam was recently named one of “19 Brave Thinkers in Independent Film” by uber-producer Ted Hope’s Truly Free Film Blog. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, Adam hit a solo home run to win the championship game for his little league team when he was 12; an achievement he has noticed is more impressive and meaningful to him than others.

THE PANEL will include:

Ross Dawson – Futurist, Author, Entrepreneur

Ross Dawson is globally recognized as a leading futurist, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and authority on business strategy. He is Founding Chairman of four companies, including the leading future research and strategy firm Future Exploration Network.
He is a best-selling author of books including “Getting Results from Crowds“, a definitive guide to crowdsourcing.

Ross’s frequent media appearances include CNN, Bloomberg TV, SkyNews, ABC TV, Today and Sunrise shows & the Washington Post.

Alan Crabbe – Co-founder, Pozible

Alan Crabbe is the co-founder of Australia’s number one Crowdfunding platform, Pozible.

Alan describes himself as a creative tech with  a real passion for taking Crowdfunding to the next level.He has an obsession with and fascination for design, innovation and new creative ideas that change the world.

More event details and speakers yet to be announced!

Remember to use the hashtag #thinkactchange on twitter.