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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. […]

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. […]