About David Hood

The founder of Doing Something Good and Collaboratory Melbourne, David is passionate about enabling people and organisations to address complex issues and build pathways to better futures. He is a digital native, and highly regarded facilitator, who specialises in strategic communications and community engagement, and the design of innovative participatory events and transformative learning and development programs. Over the last 15 years he has worked with a range of organisations across the not-for-profit, corporate, community and government sectors. A graduate of the School for Social Entrepreneurs program in 2011, he was named Melbourne Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and one of The Age’s Melbourne Magazine Top 100 most “passionate, powerful and provocative personalities of 2012”.

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. […]

Edge Conversations: The Changing Face of Personal Identity, 13 June 2013

By | June 4th, 2013|

How do you introduce yourself when you meet someone? With your name, your job title, your Twitter handle, your customer number? Do you follow “Hi!”, “Hello”, “Hey” or “How’s it going?” with a statement of your nationality, the part of town you’re from, your relationship status or the name of the football team you support? How we identify ourselves is relational. How we express ourselves is contextual. In a future where we have relationships with hundreds or thousands of people online, personally and professionally, known and unknown, across multiple channels and a variety of contexts, what does identity mean? […]

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 [...]

Unconference: EcoCity Food Forum Melbourne, 22 March 2013

By | March 7th, 2013|

Unconference: EcoCity Food Forum Melbourne, 22 March 2013 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 fair. Doing Something Good in partnership with City of Melbourne, are hosting a one day forum for those working toward a better food system.  We’re bringing together people and organisations from across the food industry, with health and environmental advocates, government representatives and community members to: discover socially innovative and sustainable initiatives transforming food systems in Melbourne, across Australia and around the world envision what a sustainable, resilient and fair food system for Melbourne might look like discuss what we can all do to create opportunities, enable success and accelerate change learn how we can better cooperate, collaborate and coordinate our efforts make plans for individual and collective action […]

Workshop: 8 + 15 April, 2013 – Using Social Media to Achieve Strategic Outcomes

By | February 26th, 2013|

It's 2013: Time to get social Social media and online platforms have transformed the way we connect, learn, create and work. They enable us [...]

Workshop: 4 March – Getting Started Online (Melbourne)

By | January 24th, 2013|

Have an idea for a project, startup or social enterprise – with a big vision but minimal budget? Smart, effective use of social media and other freely available online platforms can help you: develop valuable networks of information and knowledge grow awareness of your project or enterprise build your personal and professional profile attract the people and resources to make your big idea happen Join us for this intensive one day workshop packed with practical information, handy tips and strategic insights on how you can get started using social media and web-based tools efficiently and effectively for marketing, communications, productivity and collaboration. […]

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. […]

December Collaboratory Meetup – Enabling Pathways to Better Futures: Futures, Foresight and Scenarios

By | November 30th, 2012|

“We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.” – Marshall McLuhan The key to building better futures is right in front of us. Rather than looking solely at our past we should be studying possible futures – not to predict what will happen, but to help us shape it. […]