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. Read more
Bindarri, in collaboration with Doing Something Good and Collaboratory Melbourne, are offering an exciting new opportunity to Melbourne-based digital change makers.
They are looking for four passionate social change makers to undergo an eight week intensive training program provided by some of Australia’s leading digital change makers.
Gain skills and experience in order to co-create strategy, build websites, communicate online and use social media to build movements of positive change.
There are no financial fees for the participants who will earn their stripes by producing various online projects and websites for real positive change projects.
Apprenticeships start on May 13th. Applications close: May 3rd.
Find out more and apply here.
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.
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.
I was introduced to the #ideachat monthly twitter chat, by host Angela Dunn (@blogbrevity) over a year ago. Twitter chat’s are an excellent way to connect with likeminded individuals around topics of both personal and professional interest, and are invaluable for ideas, inspiration, relationship building and links to resources. #ideachat is my favourite, simply because of the people it attracts – smart, friendly and generous tweeps who are more than happy to share insights and wisdom and incredibly useful information on anything from innovation and creativity, to learning and leadership.
Phase One – Protyping
Over the last two-and-a-half years I’ve been exploring ways I can serve people and organisations working toward better futures – so they can be more effective and have greater impact in the work they do. Based on feedback and gaps I’ve identified during that time, I’ve focused around hosting events for much needed conversations and idea exchanges; offering facilitated sessions for collaborative project development, and building capability in the strategic use of social media to grow communities, amplify communications and scale impact.
Late last year I opened up my email to find that an Alex Steffen had registered for the Collaboratory Melbourne Meetup group. “Could it be?” I thought. Sure enough, I clicked on the email and there was the profile of one of the world’s leading thinkers on sustainability, climate change and how we can build better futures: Alex Steffen – founder of Worldchanging.
Adam Bandt launches Ideas for Melbourne.
Inspired by amazing community-based projects springing up in cities and towns all around the world, like New York City’s Highline, Renew Newcastle, and Hepburn Wind, three weeks ago, Federal MP for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, launched Ideas for Melbourne. A collaborative community-based initiative, Ideas for Melbourne is a platform for ideas and projects aimed at making Melbourne a more sustainable, equal and compassionate city.
Hi everyone, it is a pleasure to be asked to provide an update on the Social Change Collaboratory group and what some of us have been up to recently.First though, Gathering ’11 is about to kick off – and what a line up there is (check out the program and register your place). There has been a tonne of planning and we plan to have a mountain of sharing. Gathering ’11 intends to kick start ideas for change, where we get to make a difference and contribute to building better futures.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ~ Bucky Fuller
Gathering ’11 is the inaugural Gathering Unconference, bringing together leading thinkers, change-makers and collaborators from across Australia and around the world to explore what’s possible, and develop ideas on how we can best solve today’s most pressing social and environmental challenges, together.