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. […]

August #ideachat: “Ideas for Social Good”

By | August 9th, 2012|

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. […]

Next Steps for Collaboratory Melbourne: From Prototyping to Beta Testing

By | March 23rd, 2012|

 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. […]

Building a more sustainable, equal and compassionate Melbourne, together

By | August 18th, 2011|

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. […]

Design for Social Impact, OpenIDEO and Gathering ’11

By | June 7th, 2011|

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. […]

Gathering ’11: To Build Better Futures, 11-13 June 2011

By | June 1st, 2011|

“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. […]

Want a better future? Here’s how we can start building it.

By | May 24th, 2011|

Originally posted at Something needs to change. It’s clear that industrial age institutions and systems aren’t the answer to today’s complex social and environmental issues. Albert Einstein once said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” So how do we come up with real solutions to the big issues facing all of us? […]

Time for a new approach? Rapid prototyping at the Social Change Collaboratory

By | February 14th, 2011|

Last year I attended a rapid prototyping workshop at Deloitte Digital in Melbourne, run by CEO Pete Williams and Innovation Manager Simon Townsend.  The workshop was designed to demonstrate the rapid prototyping methodology used at Deloitte both internally and with clients. The objective for this team-based exercise was for participants to create a board game that was engaging, easy to follow, used only the the materials given, had tight time constraints and a set process. It also had to be in theme – in this case, Wikileaks. […]

People and platforms: building something new

By | February 3rd, 2011|

I’m amazed at how quickly I see life changing around me. New ways of working, new ways to do business, new ways of sharing and new ways to connect. I remember playing on my old Commodore 64 not that many years ago (or so it seems). Now I carry around an iPhone and MacBook Pro in my satchel nearly everywhere I go. My nephews have grown up having never known life without the internet. […]