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.


Thank-you for your support in 2011

Social Innovation Sydney had a wonderful year thanks to the support of the SIBSYD community. Our goal of building a community of changemakers to share ideas and information so that we can make a difference has evolved in amazing ways. It has been a great inspiration to meet so many people who want to make the world a better place and who are willing to take positive action.

We’ve hosted the following events through the year:

  • Social Innovation Unconference Feb 2011
  • Social Innovation Sydney at AMPlify Festival June 2011
  • Social Innovation Unconference May 2011
  • Social Innovation Unconference Aug 2011
  • Indigenous Innovation Unconference Oct 2011
  • Social Innovation Unconference Nov 2011
  • Social Innovation Startup Camp May 2011

You can check out some of the photographic memories of these events on Flickr.

Many thanks also to our sponsors and partners in 2011: COFA and University of NSW, ASIX, Cisco, Ninefold, AMP, National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, Barangaroo Development Authority, and Headshift. We’re very grateful for their kind support in 2011.

SIBSYD Planning for 2012
We are currently planning an exciting schedule of events for 2012 – there will be some real food for thought and some opportunities to discuss new approaches to making change happen. Stay tuned for more details in early 2012.

Also we are looking for volunteers to help out with organising events for 2012 – if you’re interested please let us know via info@socialinnovationsydney.org

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 tells SIBSYD what it’s after.

1 year old – you’ve told us what you’re after.

Back in August, Social Innovation Sydney ran its 5th Unconference. A year since our first, through our keynote and lightning talks we covered the topic areas of Emergency response, Indigenous innovation, mental health, art & culture, collaborative consumption, sustainability & food.

Coming up we’ll be more focused on building eco-systems around these areas.
Wordle = 3-5 topics the crowd are most passionate about

what the social innovation sydney crowd is interested in

So what are you most passionate about? What resonates most?

We’d love to have you along to build the community and be the changemakers of Sydney.

Register for the next Unconference on Indigenous Innovation at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence  http://sibsydncie.eventbrite.com

Unconference 13th August: Local Social Innovation Activists Share their Ideas #sibsyd

Less than two weeks until the next Social Innovation Sydney event and we’re excited to announce lightning talks by local activists in social innovation:

These talks will frame the day, and give you the chance to dig deeper into some key issues.

The usual unconference rules apply:

  • there are no bystanders – everyone participates in creating the content, and
  • we all connect openly and help to the create the Sydney that we dream of.

Stay tuned – we’ll announce the keynote speaker shortly.

Next Social Innovation Sydney UnConference Sat 13 Aug 2011

Our next Social Innovation UnConference is scheduled for Saturday 13 August 2011 at COFA in Paddington.

The theme is metamorphosis and it is Social Innovation Sydney’s first birthday!

We’ll be announcing the keynote speaker shortly (stay tuned it’s going to be interesting).

The agenda will include our traditional unconference sessions after lunch, with lightning talks in the morning on topics like:

  • Collaborative Consumption
  • Indigenous Innovation
  • Sustainable Leadership
  • New approaches to Government in the Digital Age
  • The Awesome Foundation

Registration is free and available now.

Final Details for Social Innovation Sydney BarCamp 4 #sibsyd

As usual, there is great community interest in the latest Social Innovation Sydney event tomorrow, and we’re looking forward to another great turn out.

The theme for the day is ‘Resilience’ with our panel discussing what this means in our society and some practical examples of social entrepreneurs who have been able to build businesses around this.

Social Innovation Sydney is also very proud to announce Carla McGrath as part of our panel:

Carla McGrath is a proud Indigenous Australian woman from Thursday Island. Although raised on the mainland, Carla retains strong family and community ties to the Torres Strait Islands.

Carla is the Business and Program Development Manager at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) and a delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Prior to joining NCIE, Carla was the Relationships Manager at the Australian
Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). She has also been the National Indigenous Officer for the National Union of Students and is currently completing a Bachelor of Primary Education.

Carla has a unique perspective on the resilience of Indigenous Australians.

Barcamp topics and talks
Many have also approached me to discuss their ideas and topics for the day. Remember this is an open, collaborative event, where everyone’s contribution is welcome.

Kick-off is at 9:45am in the Main lecture room (where the movie screening and all other panel sessions have been held). Please see attached map.

Theatre is in E block under 2;  Bar camp is in f block 1st floor

Map here

See you all tomorrow.

Michelle and Kate