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. […]

The Social Change Collaboratory: the start of something good

By | January 21st, 2011|

The inaugural meetup for the Social Change Collaboratory Melbourne was one of those nights I’ll always remember; a room filled with more than 50 of Melbourne’s bright sparks who want to make a difference is real food for the soul. I can honestly say I didn’t expect such a big response from people to attend the meetup and have also been amazed by interest online from other Australian cities and from people on the other side of this big, beautiful world. It’s definitely the start of something good. […]

The Garden Project

By | January 21st, 2011|

The garden project now has its own website: Growing networks for good The Garden Project is the first of many collaborative projects for Doing Something Good (DSG). DSG  will be  working with Bindarri, Collabforge and members of the Drupal community to build the online communications systems for Hub Melbourne, Beyond Zero Emissions, Friends of the Earth and Bindarri with their staff, members, volunteers and other skilled professionals. Building knowledge and skills into these organisations, their members and supporters is one of the key objectives of this project. […]

Plans for the first Social Change Collaboratory Meetup

By | January 18th, 2011|

[From a post on Social Change Collaboratory Meetup site Wednesday 12 January.] “You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one.” ~ John Lennon My dream for the Social Change Collaboratory (or what it could become) is a coming together of a diverse group of dedicated change-makers that are smart, creative, resourceful and dynamic, and wanting to make the world a better place. My aim is for us to cocreate a platform that connects, seeds, inspires and facilitates collaborative social change projects with real impact. […]

Join us in the Social Change Collaboratory

By | January 16th, 2011|

[Original Post 5 January 2011] The idea for a regular meetup of social change agents/architects/artists came about as the concept for Doing Something Good unfolded mid-2010, no doubt inspired by Loretta Rae’s Creative Instigators, #samehuman dinners and a bunch of other great events and meetups I’d been to. […]

Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale

By | January 16th, 2011|

[Original Post 31 December 2010] Excellent primer on networks, emergence and social change by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze of the Berkana Institute. An inspiration for the development of Doing Something Good and Collaboratory Melbourne. […]