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How corporate Australia is embracing Sustainable Development Goals.

How corporate Australia is embracing Sustainable Development Goals.

“There are a range of ways the private sector can contribute to the SDGs – through responsible business operations, new business models, investment, innovation and technology, and collaboration,” Alice Cope, UN GCNA.

mykensho - Global Impact-driven EduTech Enterprise

mykensho - Global Impact-driven EduTech Enterprise

mykensho is a unique technology, knowledge and human-enabled adolescent identity, career and advanced life skill development ecosystem solution. 

A new way of giving this Christmas

A new way of giving this Christmas

Finding the right present for your loved ones can be difficult, but now disruptive social businesses are making giving a little bit easier, providing not only great gift ideas but ones that support charitable work here and overseas.

Social enterprise & the UN Millennium goals

Social enterprise & the UN Millennium goals

Social businesses and not-for-profits are coming up with innovative ways to tackle the SDG in anyway they can from finding different approaches to tackling these ingrained and complex issues.

When the weight of expectation becomes crushing

When the weight of expectation becomes crushing

There is so much going on that I want to share and be proud of, but I cannot work out why I look at the string of emails and messages I have been unable to muster the effort to respond to and wonder how I woke up suddenly feeling like I was drowning.

When time-out looks like a challenge...

When time-out looks like a challenge...

There is never a perfect time to take an extended break. There is always a seemingly good reason to delay, shorten or simply keep it as a pipe dream. In May, I took the plunge and and boarded a plane to Santiago, Chile to pursue my long awaited adventure to South and Central America.

Entrepreneur Tales: Beehive hostel

Entrepreneur Tales: Beehive hostel

We’re all travellers sometimes, and when we do hit the road, we take our values with us.

I recently stayed in Sucre, Bolivia’s former capital now university town has a colonial charm that draws in tourists in for Spanish lessons and a chance to escape the hustle bustle of other Bolivian cities such as La Paz.

How a country kid became a social enterprise accelerator

How a country kid became a social enterprise accelerator

Geoff Gourley, Founder of One10, shares the story of his journey to launching the company.

Mentoring with Spark

Mentoring with Spark

Last Friday Geoff headed along to mentor some aspiring entrepreneurs at Deakin’s first Spark event of the year.SPARK@Deakin is an experiential program designed to give students, staff and alumni of Deakin University an opportunity to see, experience, and relate to the early stages of the entrepreneurial path. The focus of SPARK@Deakin is educating and training aspirant entrepreneurs regarding how to approach a project from a commercial perspective. 

Discovering resilience and managing emotional investment

Discovering resilience and managing emotional investment

I was sitting in another meeting with a potential investor last week. It was very much the same old spiel until the woman running it said something that really resonated: “We don’t invest in just anyone. We need to make sure you’re resilient.” That was followed up by a number of examples of resilience at work, in personal life, and during conflict and rejection.

The Not for Profit flourishing with Social Enterprise

The Not for Profit flourishing with Social Enterprise

Not-for-profits need to explore innovative and entrepreneurial ideas for creating more sustainable and stable revenue streams. For some, this is a daunting concept that will shake up how they have always operated. For others, engaging in enterprise is a well established practice, and their challenge is around how to remain a leader of innovation in the sector.

What happens when shit gets (too) real.

What happens when shit gets (too) real.

Most people have ideas. Some are good, most are not. For some, ideas have become their currency, as they develop, design and co-create solutions to problems they’ve identified (or invented). For those of us in the realm of digital development, communications, or dare I say it, the entrepreneurial space, we are judged on the strength and viability of our ideas. 

Lessons on Crowdfunding with Good Beer Co. Founder

Lessons on Crowdfunding with Good Beer Co. Founder

Crowdfunding. Everyone’s doing it – but how do you pull it off? James Grugeon, founder of the Good Beer Co., has just completed a 60 day long crowdfunding campaign to secure preorders and support for the first Australian social enterprise beer company’s first beer (Great Barrier Beer) to be made in, sold in and benefiting of Australia.