About David Hood

David has been working with not-for-profits and community organisations for close to 15 years. His mission is to help people and organisations doing something good to realise the potential of the strategic use of the social web, emerging models for business and collaborative networked communities to build better futures for all, together. A graduate of the School for Social Entrepreneurs program in 2011, David was named Melbourne Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and one of The Age's Melbourne Magazine Top 100 most "passionate, powerful and provocative personalities of 2012".

Workshop: Transformative Dialogue – Moving From Conflict to Constructive Conversations, with Sarah Rozenthuler – Fri 9 May

By | March 26th, 2014|

While conflict can be destructive to our communities, relationships and wellbeing, it also holds the unique potential for transformation – of our work, our relationships and ourselves. So how do we learn to move from conflict to constructive conversations? How do we build our capability to foster genuine and transformative dialogue like masterful facilitators? What are the sources of theory and practice? What does this mean for our inner work, conversational routines and collective rituals when perspectives and opinions clash? Join psychologist Sarah Rozenthuler, bestselling author of Life-Changing Conversations,  for this unique one day workshop to: build your capability to shift situations of conflict toward generative outcomes and constructive relationships discover how you can break limiting patterns of talking nice, talking tough or not talking at all learn the tools and techniques to have transformative conversations and tap in to the greater potential of working with others […]

Workshop: More than Just Talk – Conversations that Matter, Sat 3 & Sun 4 May

By | March 26th, 2014|

  A two day event on dialogue and thinking together. Michael Hann and Graham Richardson want to shift the culture of conversations. Research shows that we routinely get stuck in patterns of talking nice, talking tough or not talking at all about the big issues that affect our lives, our workplaces and society. Imagine the impact if this changed. So they are inviting you to More than Just Talk, a 2-day intensive learning experience to move beyond everyday habits of conversation and collaboration, and get into more transformative forms of dialogue, reading the room and thinking together. […]

Sustainable & Fair Food: Going Local, with David Holmgren at the Sustainable Living Festival

By | January 29th, 2014|

Healthy food systems are the foundation for healthy lives, communities, economies and ecosystems. In order to build a future for Melbourne in which we can all thrive, we need a food system that is sustainable, resilient and equitable. Join world-leading environmental designer, ecological educator and writer, David Holmgren, and farmers, retailers, restauranteurs, growers and community advocates from around Melbourne and across Victoria, coming together to explore how we can build a better food system by ‘going local’. At Sustainable & Fair Food: Going Local, you’ll hear why building a local food economy is good for the environment, farmers, community, your weekly food bill and our future. You’ll get to share what ‘going local’ means for you, why you think it’s important, and how City of Melbourne might help us all to ‘go local’. You’ll also get to cocreate a vision for City of Melbourne about what ‘going locall’ might look like for producers, retailers, restauranteurs, community and government in and around Melbourne. […]

Collaboratory Melbourne Meetup February 2014: John Hagel – Harnessing the Power of Pull

By | January 29th, 2014|

No one will argue that we live in a world of tumultuous and accelerating change, visible everywhere from the exponential adoption rates of digital technologies and growing urbanisation, to the failure of our public institutions and increasingly volatile financial markets. This degree of change, this Big Shift, can be disruptive and destabilising, but it is during periods of upheaval, that the right move, one aligned with these waves of change, can achieve far greater results than a big move. Simply put, by leveraging the forces that are driving change, we have the opportunity to achieve much, much more with so much less. Join us for this special evening, with John Hagel, cochair of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge and coauthor of The Power of Pull, and learn how we might harness pull to reshape our lives, organisations and industries. […]

Social Innovation Forum: Beyond the Safe City, 5 & 6 March 2014

By | October 22nd, 2013|

The City of Melbourne’s vision is for our city to be bold, inspirational and sustainable – “a place where everyone feels safe and able to be part of our community at any time of the day or night”. In addition to being recognised as the world’s most liveable city, in the year 2000 Melbourne became the first capital city in the southern hemisphere to be designated as an International Safe Community, and continues to be the only capital city in the southern hemisphere to maintain this status. We believe that a safe city is one where all feel welcome and connected, and a place where all can thrive. YOUR INVITATION Join us for the Beyond the Safe City Social Innovation Forum to explore how we might go beyond being a safe city to establish Melbourne as the most vibrant, safe and welcoming city in the world for all who live, work and visit here. […]

Unconference: Art of the (Im)possible, 31 Oct & 1 Nov 2013

By | October 14th, 2013|

The Art of the (Im)possible: creatively and artfully enabling artists, activists and social entrepreneurs to achieve (what others might call) the impossible. Throughout history, artists, activists and social entrepreneurs, have helped us envision better futures and make positive change in the world. Without access to significant amounts of money or the power that comes with the backing of large institutions, these resourceful individuals have become impresarios. They have embraced collaboration and learned to think more innovatively,  leveraging limited assets to tackle important issues. Their ingenuity has led them to craft better and more effective ways to raise awareness, gather supporters around a cause, solve problems, spread their message and transform communities. Join us at the Art of the (Im)possible Unconference to learn how leading artists, activists and social entrepreneurs are: bringing people together to address issues that matter strategically using social media to build community and enable participation using free online tools to collaborate more effectively applying creative approaches to develop socially innovative solutions  building financially and personally sustainable projects for longer and greater impact  tapping into the incredible value of peer-to-peer networks for learning, funding and collective action […]

Open Space and Unconferences

By | October 14th, 2013|

An unconference is a type of gathering that is designed to enable rapid exchange of information and ideas, provide a space for conversations that matter and foster the development of collaborative relationships. […]

Edge Conversations: The Changing Face of Personal Identity, 13 June 2013

By | June 4th, 2013|

How do you introduce yourself when you meet someone? With your name, your job title, your Twitter handle, your customer number? Do you follow “Hi!”, “Hello”, “Hey” or “How’s it going?” with a statement of your nationality, the part of town you’re from, your relationship status or the name of the football team you support? How we identify ourselves is relational. How we express ourselves is contextual. In a future where we have relationships with hundreds or thousands of people online, personally and professionally, known and unknown, across multiple channels and a variety of contexts, what does identity mean? […]

EcoCity Food Forum 2013 with City of Melbourne

By | May 16th, 2013|

EcoCity Food Forum 2013 with City of Melbourne Back in February we started talking with City of Melbourne about running an event to bring together people working toward a better food system. The main objectives were to discover existing and planned food enterprises and initiatives, explore ways all could support each other, and identify opportunities to work together – particularly with activities that could help City of Melbourne achieve the vision set out in its Food City food policy.  […]

Digital Changemaker Apprenticeships

By | April 16th, 2013|

Bindarri, in collaboration with Doing Something Good and Collaboratory Melbourne, are offering an exciting new opportunity to Melbourne-base [...]