VicHealth Innovation Challenge – Alcohol: Ideas Jam

By | October 27th, 2014|

Most Victorians drink. Alcohol is a part of most social occasions. The problem is, the more you drink the more likely you are to suffer from an injury, accident or aggression, and the more likely you are to do or say things you may later regret. If you drink heavily and regularly, your chance of getting a disease increases too. Almost half (46%) of all Victorians drink in a way that increases their risk of injury, with this rising to two-thirds (67%) for young people aged 16-29. It’s no wonder that over ¾ of Australians think alcohol is a serious issue facing our community. The VicHealth Innovation Challenge If you want to see a better drinking culture in Victoria, one where people can say no to a drink when they feel like stopping, and where drinking to get drunk isn’t seen as acceptable or normal, you should join us for the VicHealth Innovation Challenge – Alcohol. VicHealth are looking for bold new ideas for campaigns, programs, services and other initiatives that help change Victorian drinking culture by either: 1. reducing the amount Victorians drink, particularly those who already drink heavily, or 2. increasing the acceptability of saying no to a drink, or drinking a bit less. The most promising submissions will receive a share of the Innovation Challenge investment pool of $300,000 to test their ideas over the following 12 months. […]

VicHealth Innovation Challenge – Alcohol: Discovery and Insights Forum

By | October 13th, 2014|

VicHealth Innovation Challenge – Alcohol: Discovery and Insights Forum VicHealth wants to see a better drinking culture in Victoria. One where people can say no to a drink when they feel like stopping and where drinking to get drunk isn’t seen as acceptable or normal. > Almost half (46%) of all Victorians drink in a way that increases their risk of injury, with this rising to two-thirds (67%) for young people aged 16-29. > Alcohol-related harms requiring police or medical attention appear to be increasing in Victoria, with hospitalisations involving alcohol up by 33% > Alcohol is one of the top 10 avoidable causes of disease and death in Victoria. It’s no wonder that over ¾ of Australians think alcohol is a serious issue facing our community. VicHealth thinks it’s time to do something about it. […]

Collaboratory Melbourne Meetup August 2014 – Collective Impact: could this change everything?

By | August 13th, 2014|

Collective Impact is not just a fancy name for collaboration, but represents a fundamentally different, more disciplined, and higher performing approach to achieving large-scale social impact. – John Kania & Mark Kramer Over the last three years Collective Impact has grown from an emerging practice in the United States into a global movement. With the implementation of the Collective Impact framework, communities around the world are experiencing significant and measurable improvements with some of their biggest challenges, where previously – despite decades of funding and a great deal of program level activity – they were seeing very little change. Introduced by John Kania and Mark Kramer in 2011,  the Collective Impact framework provides an approach to tackling complex issues – one that is innovative,  and structured to make collaboration work effectively across government, business, philanthropy, not-for-profits and community. Implementation of the Collective Impact framework has been shown to mobilise both the financial and human assets and resources within a community, and align them to achieve significant and lasting change. […]

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. […]

Hume Food Summit 2014

By | June 23rd, 2014|

Healthy Together Hume want to explore with you what a better food future might look like for Hume. Hume has a vibrant, multi-cultural and abundant food history. But our growing population, rapidly changing environment and fast-paced lives have significantly reduced our ability to produce and access healthy affordable food. In order to build a future for Hume in which we can all thrive, we need to ensure that healthy and sustainable food is accessible and affordable for all. In cities and towns all around the world residents, local businesses, community organisations, government and social entrepreneurs are coming together to build better food futures. By setting up community gardens, farmer’s markets, food hubs, school programs, food swaps, social enterprises and other innovative initiatives, they are building stronger communities, improving the health and wellbeing of residents, growing the local economy and laying solid foundations for the future. […]

Local Food Project Big Ideas Jam

By | June 3rd, 2014|

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come. – Victor Hugo Do you believe that Melbourne can have a food system that is healthier, more sustainable and fair for all? We do. We also know that there are ideas out there that could transform the way we produce, distribute, prepare, share, sell or consume food – contributing to a local food system that would enable Melbourne to thrive, now and well into the future. WHY WE’RE GOING LOCAL Local food systems play a pivotal role in strengthening the local economy, help build stronger, more resilient communities, provide much needed jobs at a local level, and give consumers access to healthy, fresh food at affordable prices. Localising the food economy also returns diversity to land that has been all but destroyed by chemical-intensive monocropping, reduces the cost and environmental impact of shipping produce over long distances, and means farmers are able to make a decent living. With a growing interest among Australians in the quality, provenance, freshness and price of food, and an increasing demand for food that is locally produced and seasonal, we believe that there is a unique opportunity in front of us to come together and build a healthy, sustainable, resilient and fair local food system that will support all of Melbourne to thrive, now and into the future. […]

Workshop: Transformative Dialogue – Moving From Conflict to Constructive Conversations, with Sarah Rozenthuler – Fri 9 May

By | March 26th, 2014|

While conflict can be destructive to our communities, relationships and wellbeing, it also holds the unique potential for transformation – of our work, our relationships and ourselves. So how do we learn to move from conflict to constructive conversations? How do we build our capability to foster genuine and transformative dialogue like masterful facilitators? What are the sources of theory and practice? What does this mean for our inner work, conversational routines and collective rituals when perspectives and opinions clash? Join psychologist Sarah Rozenthuler, bestselling author of Life-Changing Conversations,  for this unique one day workshop to: build your capability to shift situations of conflict toward generative outcomes and constructive relationships discover how you can break limiting patterns of talking nice, talking tough or not talking at all learn the tools and techniques to have transformative conversations and tap in to the greater potential of working with others […]

Workshop: More than Just Talk – Conversations that Matter, Sat 3 & Sun 4 May

By | March 26th, 2014|

  A two day event on dialogue and thinking together. Michael Hann and Graham Richardson want to shift the culture of conversations. Research shows that we routinely get stuck in patterns of talking nice, talking tough or not talking at all about the big issues that affect our lives, our workplaces and society. Imagine the impact if this changed. So they are inviting you to More than Just Talk, a 2-day intensive learning experience to move beyond everyday habits of conversation and collaboration, and get into more transformative forms of dialogue, reading the room and thinking together. […]

Sustainable & Fair Food: Going Local, with David Holmgren at the Sustainable Living Festival

By | January 29th, 2014|

Healthy food systems are the foundation for healthy lives, communities, economies and ecosystems. In order to build a future for Melbourne in which we can all thrive, we need a food system that is sustainable, resilient and equitable. Join world-leading environmental designer, ecological educator and writer, David Holmgren, and farmers, retailers, restauranteurs, growers and community advocates from around Melbourne and across Victoria, coming together to explore how we can build a better food system by ‘going local’. At Sustainable & Fair Food: Going Local, you’ll hear why building a local food economy is good for the environment, farmers, community, your weekly food bill and our future. You’ll get to share what ‘going local’ means for you, why you think it’s important, and how City of Melbourne might help us all to ‘go local’. You’ll also get to cocreate a vision for City of Melbourne about what ‘going locall’ might look like for producers, retailers, restauranteurs, community and government in and around Melbourne. […]

Collaboratory Melbourne Meetup February 2014: John Hagel – Harnessing the Power of Pull

By | January 29th, 2014|

No one will argue that we live in a world of tumultuous and accelerating change, visible everywhere from the exponential adoption rates of digital technologies and growing urbanisation, to the failure of our public institutions and increasingly volatile financial markets. This degree of change, this Big Shift, can be disruptive and destabilising, but it is during periods of upheaval, that the right move, one aligned with these waves of change, can achieve far greater results than a big move. Simply put, by leveraging the forces that are driving change, we have the opportunity to achieve much, much more with so much less. Join us for this special evening, with John Hagel, cochair of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge and coauthor of The Power of Pull, and learn how we might harness pull to reshape our lives, organisations and industries. […]