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.

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

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

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.


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!

TACSI launches new campaign, www.solved.org.au #solved

We’re really please to announce that the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) has just launched a new campaign, Solved, which is searching nationwide to find social solutions that work.

As Sarah Stokely explained it to us:

Why Solved? Sometimes when tackling social challenges, we focus too much on searching for new ideas or solutions, and overlook things that are already working. Maybe you set up a scheme to help local kids eat a healthy breakfast in Broome, and someone in Newcastle is searching for a way to do just that. By sharing what works on the Solved map, we hope these solutions can help more people across Australia.

Big or small, it doesn’t matter. It can be something done by an organisation, or one person. My dad did a lot of work to help build a Men’s Shed in Sheffield, Tasmania to create a place for men to get together, and overcome loneliness, social isolation and depression. The work my dad did, and the impact it’s having on people in his town, is what inspired me to create Solved.

Solutions to social problems are worth celebrating and worth sharing. It’s a great opportunity for people or organisations doing good stuff to let people know about it – or to give a shoutout to their favourite local solution.

How you can help: The number one thing you can do is to notify your network of social changemakers about Solved, and encourage them to add their solutions to the map. If you’re sending out a newsletter, we would appreciate it if you’d include a brief plug for Solved! The campaign is running until December 16, but the sooner you can let people know, the better.

We would also love it if you would follow Solved on Twitter and Facebook, and help your followers there discover Solved.

You can do this by:

Following @SolvedAustralia on Twitter.

Retweet the following: RT @SolvedAustralia: #solved is an Australia-wide search for social solutions that work. Seen or done something that’s helping? Tell us about it: solved.org.au

Like the Solved in Australia page on Facebook.

Thanks for reading. We’d really appreciate it if you’d pass on this email to your networks across Australia. We look forward to unearthing social solutions that work with you.

Leaders in Indigenous Innovation at Unconference

Announcing the first round of speakers for the upcoming Indigenous Innovation Unconference to be held on the 29 October 2011:  Social Innovation Sydney Event

  • Tanya Hosch, Board Director, the Australian Centre for Social Innovation
  • Jason Glanville, CEO of the NCIE
  • Shelley Reys, Managing Director, Arilla Indigenous Consultancies & Services
  • Lindon Coombes, Executive Director, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
  • Charles Prouse, CEO,  National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy
  • Luke Pearson, Online Social Commentator @LukeLPearson

Tanya Hosch: talks about the intersection of Indigenous Innovation and Social Innovation in Australia, how they can and could collaborate and what the next steps are for the co-creation of Australia’s Innovative future.

Tanya  is a consultant working on a range of Indigenous specific and broader social policy areas across Australia, and has a particular interest in the area of philanthropy and co-investment and community corporate partnerships as a model of progressing our social agenda.Her expertise is in Indigenous affairs, youth development and leadership development. In addition, Tanya serves as the Board Director at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation; as a Director on the Rio Tinto Aboriginal Foundation; is a Visiting Research Fellow with the University of Technology, Sydney; is a Director for the International Funders of Indigenous Peoples based in North America and the Aboriginal Advisory Committee to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Tanya is also an advisor to Social Ventures Australia.

Jason Glanville is a member of the Wiradjuri peoples from south-western New South Wales. He is the CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) based in Redfern. Prior to joining the NCIE Jason was Director of Programs and Strategy at Reconciliation Australia.

Jason is Co-Chair of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, on the board of the Indigenous Leadership Centre and on the board of Carriage Works.
Jason was named in the (Sydney) magazine’s 100 most influential people of Sydney and, 2011 was featured in Boss Magazine’s True Leaders of 2011 list. He is also a member of the Sydney Leadership Program’s Headland Project.
Shelley Reys is an Aboriginal woman of the Djiribul people. She is Managing Director of Arrilla Indigenous Consultants and Services, which provides services that assist Indigenous Australians and the wider community to work more effectively together in business, government and community environs. Ms Reys is also Vice-Chair of the National Australia Day Council and Director of Indigenous Film Services (IFS). Previously, she was Director of The Hollows Foundation, NSW Coordinator for the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and worked with reconciliation’s people’s movement 1991 – 2000.

Lindon Coombes
 is a proud Aboriginal man whose family comes from Brewarrina. He is the CEO of the National Congress of Australia’s First  People. Prior to joining the National Congress, Lindon was the Executive Director of Tranby Aboriginal College in Glebe.He worked in Aboriginal Affairs in NSW government for over a decade in positions covering culture & heritage, natural resource management, education, child sexual abuse and the Aboriginal Land Council system. He also worked for ATSIC and as Senior Policy Advisor to successive Ministers.

Charles Prouse is the CEO of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA), located in Sydney. He currently serves as an observer of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Council (AILC) board. Charles is a Bardi/Nyikina man from the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Charles’ current role as the CEO of NASCA sees him managing a not-for-profit Indigenous organisation delivering healthy lifestyle programs to young Indigenous people, including students and jobseekers and using sports and sports role models to promote positive health, education and employment messages. Charles is an advisory board member for the Shift Foundation.

Luke Pearson is an Aboriginal man from NSW, he is a qualified Teacher (B.Teach/B.Arts), researcher and social commentator.  He is a leading Indigenous innovator online and is best known for his influence on twitter as @AboriginalOz (he recently changed his twitter name to @LukelPearson).



Event Details

What: Indigenous Innovation Unconference
Where: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, 180 George St, Redfern, NSW 2016. Map here
When: Saturday, 29th October 2011, 10am – 4:30pm
Who: People in or interested in the Indigenous Sector and Social Innovation Sector
Why: To develop and progress ideas and action on Indigenous Innovation
Designed by: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence & Social Innovation Sydney

Social Innovation Sydney Event

Community to explore Indigenous Innovation

Australia’s first Indigenous Innovation Unconference will be held at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence on Saturday 29 October 2011.

Social Innovation Sydney Event

There is a tendency for media to focus on the various issues and problems faced by Indigenous communities. However, there is an emerging belief that moving away from deficit language to positive language, from ‘disadvantage’ and ‘closing the gap’ to ‘excellence’ and ‘success’ will encourage positive change.

Many current indigenous programs run under ‘old’ models experience limited or varied success. That a focus on the best practice of capacity building, sustainable development and strengthening cultural identity through enterprise. Moving to social enterprise development and social innovation models could provide an opportunity for new solutions allowing for self-determination and self sufficiency.

What role does Social Innovation have to play?
The emerging Social Innovation movement provides a fresh approach to tackling social issues by working with communities. It uses an open, collaborative, people centred approach to drive grassroots change and create real impact in the community. This offers an opportunity for a fresh approach to change in the Indigenous Sector.

What can you do?
Come along and be a part of the conversation at the Indigenous Innovation Unconference on 29 October 2011. Listen to, learn from, and connect with the culturally rich Indigenous community of Sydney. The intention is an open, constructive conversation for people to collaborate, share and explore.

Our aim is that the Indigenous Innovation Unconference will act as a platform for developing a new dialogue, for supporting the growth of innovative Indigenous enterprise.

Image: ‘Max Eulo performing a smoking ceremony’

Event Details

What: Indigenous Innovation Unconference
Where: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, 180 George St, Redfern, NSW 2016. Map here
When: Saturday, 29th October 2011, 10am – 4:30pm
Who: People in or interested in the Indigenous Sector and Social Innovation Sector
Why: To develop and progress ideas and action on Indigenous Innovation
Designed by: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence & Social Innovation Sydney

Social Innovation Sydney Event

What is the NCIE?

Social Innovation Sydney are very proud and excited to be partnering with The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence for the next Unconference, on the 29th of October.

What is the NCIE? And what is their role in building Indigenous Excellence and Innovation in our community?

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) works with its Pathway Partners to build brighter futures for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by cultivating talent and creating opportunities.

The NCIE is an Indigenous led social enterprise developing a new model for positive social change. Informed by Indigenous Innovation, a uniquely Indigenous approach to social innovation, the NCIE is having a significant impact on the well-being of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and their communities. In its first year close to 7500 young people, 5000 of them Indigenous, visited the Centre to participate in its programs.

Trading for a social purpose, the Centre is creating novel forms of commercial and community collaboration. The NCIE develops effective and mutually beneficial Pathway Partnerships to deliver life-changing Pathway Programs
on-site and throughout Australia. The NCIE also utilises its culturally infused state-of-the-art facilities (campus, conferencing centre, sports centre and sports field) to provide world-class services to the wider Australian public and to generate a sustainable income.

The social innovation surrounding the Centre and its work is informed by Indigenous knowledge and perspectives on social change. The NCIE’s approach is a deliberate attempt to move away from conventional deficit language and to develop an assets-based approach to excellence. The Centre is a developing model of Indigenous Innovation and of ’what works’.

Located in the heart of Redfern, the NCIE is a place for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians from across the country to participate in programs in the pathways of arts and culture, health and wellness, learning and innovation and sport and recreation. The Centre hosts and facilitates programs for young people to support them in achieving aspirations and reaching their potential.

Event Details
What: Indigenous Innovation Unconference
Where: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, 180 George St, Redfern, NSW 2016.
When: Saturday, 29th October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Who: People in or interested in the Indigenous Sector and Social Innovation Sector
Why: To develop and progress ideas and action on Indigenous Innovation
Designed by: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence & Social Innovation Sydney

Register Now for SIBSYD Unconference
Find out more about the NCIE: http://www.ncie.org.au/index.php/about.html


Thank-you Anthony Baxter from Google #sibsyd

Anthony Baxter from Google gave an awesome and inspiring talk about the work of Google’s Crisis Response Team and how we can all collaborate to help out during disasters.

We just wanted to thank Anthony for taking the time to share his ideas and experiences with us at Social Innovation Sydney Unconference last weekend.

You can find out more about Google’s  Crisis Response team and make contact with Anthony via Twitter @anthonybaxter.