You have a job. Financial responsibilities. Maybe even a family. So....how do you go about changing the world? Is it even possible? And if so, how?
Come along to Think Act Change to hear from some amazingly inspirational folks who have done just that. Using art, innovation and social enterprise these young leaders have created massive change across the world and have motivated and inspired a new generation of changemakers. The talks will be followed by an indepth panel & audience discussion, where you can ask questions & engage with these awesome folks to find out how you too can bring your dreams to reality.
This months Think Act Change is also a celebration of us reaching 2000 members! All of you have contributed to the growth of this fantastic community, so my sincerest thanks go out to you.....and now it's time for me to give back.
THE BIG NEWS IS I'll be announcing some exciting new developments that will give each and every one of you the opportunity to get involved in creating change directly.
Come along to find out more!!!
ELLIOT COSTELLO - CEO, Y Generation Against Poverty
Elliot Costello believes every person can change the world. In 2008 he started YGAP, a not for profit organization aimed to inspire social entrepreneurs to end poverty. For the past 5 years YGAP has provided youth education and youth leadership programs to tens of thousands of children in some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.
YGAP has also engaged over 10,000 young Australians in its creative fundraising campaigns. In 2010 Elliot steered YGAPs launch of Kinfolk, Melbournes first social enterprise café which channels profits to YGAP’s international development work as well as other locally based not for profit organisations. Following the success of Kinfolk, Elliot and the YGAP team have set the goal for the organization to be largely funded through social enterprise by 2017. YGAP’s next social enterprise is Feast of Merit, a restaurant opening in Melbourne in June 2013.
TOM GOLDNER - Founder, Photo for Freedom
Tom Goldner uses his art to effect social change. Early in 2011, Melbourne documentary photographer and Photo for Freedom founder, Tom Goldner went on a photographic journey through the remote Lake Volta region, a fishing community in Ghana where human trafficking is rife. During this trip he photographically documented the stories of the adults and children he lived with.
Created by Goldner and hosted by Global Gallery Paddington ‘Volta’ is featured as part of the 2013 Head On Photo Festival. Together with not-for-profit organisation YGAP (Y Generation Against Poverty) Tom aims to raise awareness about, and put an end to, modern day slavery in Ghana.
Goldner’s haunting black and white images empathetically communicate the emotional lives of Ghanaian children: revealing their joy and innocence along with the traumatic effects slavery has had on their lives and their community.
SELENA GRIFFITH - Co-founder, Social Innovation Sydney
Selena Griffith is a designer, researcher, educator and local government councilor interested in the roles designers play in mapping our futures. After a successful career in the design industry and as an entrepreneur, she decided to apply her experience to teaching and researching design, management and sustainability.
Griffith believes designers make significant decisions in their work that, due to the potential scale of production, impact on our collective footprint and consumption patterns. If well informed these decisions can make very positive change though reducing resource usage, providing considered end of life options, extending usage and shifting to service systems over physical products.
She also believes that design thinking can be used to solve most problems in innovative ways and that designers cannot make effective change in isolation. They need to collaborate and co-create with people across all professions. To assist students to become agents for positive change she has developed courses in sustainability, design management, design practice, collaboration and innovation and has also designed a number of serious games to illustrate the interconnections of everything we do.
Griffith is co-founder of Social Innovation Sydney, an organization that engages stimulates, supports, promotes and networks Social innovators and entrepreneurs.
Don't forget our 60 second shout outs! If you have something to say this is your chance to take the stage for 60 seconds. Contact me to get your name on the list.