Blog

Local Food Launchpad 2016 with City of Melbourne

By | June 14th, 2016|

UPDATE: Local Food Launchpad 2016 has finished, but our participants are just getting started. Check out their projects and see what's ne [...]

Forward Thinking Series with Vicsport

By | June 12th, 2015|

The business of community sport is changing and getting people active through sport is becoming more challenging. Lifestyle changes, shiftin [...]

Building resilience toward mental health issues for young people

By | March 26th, 2015|

A social design lab for developing innovative health promotion initiatives with young people, for young people. Improving the mental health [...]

VicHealth Innovation Challenge – Getting more Victorians physically active.

By | August 1st, 2014|

Less than a third of Australians are getting enough physical activity to benefit their health. This can lead to increased risks of chronic disease and mental ill health, and has been estimated to cost the Australian economy a total of $13.8 billion each year. While many of us play traditional club sport to keep active, it’s not the answer for everybody. The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) is a pioneer in health promotion — the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health. – and they are looking to invest in innovative ideas to get more Victorians physically active. Ideas that take advantage of emerging trends in sport and recreation, and the latest research in to what is driving participation in sport and physical activity for adults and children in Australia. What’s the Challenge? If you are a sport and physical activity provider, community organisation, local council, social innovator, schools, entrepreneur or changemaker you could share in a pool of $400,000 in start-up funding to test your big idea and make a big impact. You are also invited to join David and Julian from Doing Something Good, for a series of workshops to explore emerging trends and the latest research, hear from pioneering entrepreneurs, innovative activity producers and design professionals, learn about innovative approaches to creating products and services like design thinking and Lean Startup and discover the latest theories on behaviour change to help you develop your idea. […]

The Search: Bringing $1M in support to Australian communities tackling society’s big issues

By | July 7th, 2014|

For most Australians life is good. By a measure of average wealth, we’re among the wealthiest in the world. Our cities regularly top global lists for livability, and our nation has recently been named as one of the happiest places to live on the planet. But while most Australians enjoy a high standard of living by international standards, many are facing serious social and economic problems that are proving tough to resolve, and in many cases becoming worse. Once the domain of government or not-for-profits, it has become clear that the complex nature of many of these issues means that no single program or organisation, however innovative, influential, well managed or well funded, can successfully address them singlehandedly. In fact, if we are to make the large-scale societal change required to tackle these big challenges, then we need to adopt collaborative, community-driven, data-based approaches and ensure better cross-sector coordination, rather than rely on the usual isolated intervention of individual organisations. […]

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. […]

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 [...]

December Collaboratory Wrap Up – Futures in a Field of Hope

By | December 14th, 2012|

Our final Meetup for the year was an insight filled journey in to the past, present and future of collaboration – creating scenarios for futures in a field of hope. A big thanks to Neil Houghton for his great work in framing the discussion and designing a process to give us a taster of strategic foresight and scenario creation, and fellow panelists Bridgette Engeler Newbury and Tim Longhurst for an entertaining and possibility provoking conversation. […]

Leveraging Social Media to Build Better Futures – Global Shifts Conference Presentation

By | December 13th, 2012|

I’ve been running social media workshops and working with clients to develop community engagement strategies and design social change campaigns for at least two years now. I love ‘exploring the edges’ in theory and practice and thought I’d take the opportunity to bring some of that to the Global Shifts Conference in Melbourne this week. In addition to covering some of the basics, we discussed social objects, memes, when good content goes viral and the power of pull. […]