Think Act Change: How to change the world "part-time"­ through social enterprise

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!!!

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

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.

 

 

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  • Karen G

    Hi everyone. I will be attending the Plastic event tomorrow. If you would like to give me bras for the Uplift bras project by The Practical Day Dreamers - can you please let me know. Thanks. I'm trying to work out whether to bring a canvas bag or a suitcase for all the bras you might give for the Bra Project . ;0)

    June 10, 2013

  • Carolynn

    I'm so very sorry to have missed this, it's just a hectic time in my project. But soon!

    May 26, 2013

  • Dinh T.

    awesome and inspiring event!

    May 22, 2013

  • Fiona R.

    The best event to date Avis! YGAP come to Sydney soon please, and sign me up, very exciting times!!

    2 · May 16, 2013

  • Lucas

    What a fantastic night. As a documentary maker I don't often come up with ideas but I love helping passionate people tell their stories. Just a little reminder, this saturday only, at AFTRS we are casting ordinary people with extraordinary stories for our next set of documentaries. If we can match your story with one of our 9 documentary makers then we will PAY YOU to help us tell your story. For details see the link below http://www.aftrs.com.au/whats-on/aftrs-events.aspx?id=6034

    May 15, 2013

    • Ian C.

      How ordinary - I gatherer of stories of people who are now very successful people - who have started out very ordinary people.

      May 16, 2013

  • Mikey L.

    Hi folks, thanks to those who tuned in on the livestream last night. For future reference, we'll put it on http://digitalstorytellers.tv. For those who did 60 second shoutouts (err 30 seconds!) here's a link to the raw recording we did last night. At the next session we should hopefully have a recording we can put online of the whole session. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcYskUzlEo8&list=PL03969DBCF08852D7&index=7

    Cheers!
    -Mikey

    May 15, 2013

    • Kate M.

      Thanks very much for this link Mikey!

      May 16, 2013

  • Karen G

    Hi I'm Karen. 
    I spoke at Avis's Think Act Change event tonight about the Bra project. 

    Our current project is to collect 100 good quality 2nd hand and new bras for an organisation called Uplift Bras.

    This is a great project is a great chance to help others and to recycle the bras that don't fit you properly.

    Please show your support by logging onto The Practical Day Dreamers Facebook page and liking the page and joining the event.

    Thanks!

    3 · May 14, 2013

  • Maria C.

    So so sorry to have missed it - my daughter was sick.

    May 15, 2013

  • Sue

    Exceptional. If I coud give it 6 stars I would. Avis I would give 10 stars to!

    2 · May 15, 2013

    • Avis M.

      haha thanks!

      May 15, 2013

    • Sue

      Now put your shoes on :-)

      1 · May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You've inspired me to do more with my life! I will teach ethics to school children and clean rubbish from the Cooks River.

    3 · May 14, 2013

    • Kate M.

      Hi Joseph check out Two Hands Project on Facebook for ideas on how to inspire others to join the Cook River clean up.

      1 · May 15, 2013

    • Avis M.

      Also, check out Responsible Runners and Take3 - they'll both be at next months event!

      1 · May 15, 2013

  • Lachy

    Was awesome and was left feeling inspired! Couldn't wait to scribble down some lyrics and tell my family. Can't wait to tell the others involved in my charity and in my work. Cheers!

    2 · May 15, 2013

    • Avis M.

      you must tell me if you write something!! we'll have you along to play :)

      1 · May 15, 2013

  • Fiona L.

    Thanks for organising a fantastic event last night!

    2 · May 15, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    Awesome people, presenters and presentations. The opportunity to chat with people was great.

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Lisa V.

    Hi all, I'm trying to launch '10 Pieces' which encourages group tour travellers to pick up 10 pieces of litter per day of their overseas tour. Please help me launch it by voting for my idea in this competition which could let me win $25k towards implementing it. Register then click on the email link then you can vote daily until 3 June. http://www.thisisyourplanet.com/ideas/beauty/128 Thanks :)

    4 · May 14, 2013

  • Kate

    inspiring speakers & great practical ideas

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Kimi A.

    left my first Meetup feeling totally inspired. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful group of speakers, I loved how they shared their stories with honesty and openness that resonated with us all. I am already looking forward to the next one.

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • andrea l.

    Loved the energy and ideas of the speakers and met some wonderful people. Andrea, inventor of Fair Go, www.fairgogame.com an ethical game for a sustainable future where only those who give back to society can win.

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Bob R.

    Lovely to hear stories of failures and success when setting up Social Enterprises.
    Well done to Avis, Ygap, Selena and the team behind TAC.

    On the journey you'll face roadblocks:

    How do you communicate your idea to convince others?
    How to deal with the stress?
    And the biggest block...our own mind and limitations.
    Here's a shout out to an event on the 29th of May - 'Awareness within, let the change begin'

    Speakers are Clare Mann - a Psychologist, and communication expert.
    Tom Cronin - Left a stock broker job to teach meditation. He'll talk about stillness.
    Wayne Donnelly - a hypnotist and master NLP practitioner to entertain us.
    Prabhu - Sound Vibration master who will take you on a journey

    We'll be celebrating the end of Mindful in May with Jenny Kirschner and a Q&A panel discussion.

    We'll also have a lovely dinner as well. Check out: Meetup - http://ow.ly/l2gtw
    Event page - http://ow.ly/l2grz
    Facebook - http://ow.ly/l2goz

    It will be quite a night!

    Cheers, Bob

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Ian S.

    Bloody brilliant! Great speakers.. inspiring! Thanks

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Wicky

    Totally awe-inspiring. Great event, thanks Avis and all the team.

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Ian C.

    Excellent night last night lots of enthusiastic people doing and wanting to be social entrepreneurs. It is all about people

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • sonya r.

    What a corker... i got quite a few human crushes last night - felt good loved hearing peoples process. Well done!! i mean is there any other way to be???

    2 · May 15, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    Wonderful Event Avis and team.
    Thank you so much.
    Lisa

    2 · May 15, 2013

  • Minty G.

    Ahh, sorry to change my RSPCA so late. Work!! Have an awesome evening :)

    May 14, 2013

    • Minty G.

      *rspv!

      1 · May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Perhaps rpvs

      May 14, 2013

  • Lisa V.

    Wow! I'm inspired! So incredible to be in a room with so many other like-minded people.

    2 · May 14, 2013

    • Robert S.

      Told ya so ! I bailed at the last minute. The next one is up your alley too Lisa.

      1 · May 14, 2013

  • Bryony

    Totally amazballs! Thank you so much for tonight, it has given me insight into how I'd like to pursue those thoughts I have running around in my head.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Bryony

    Totally amazballs! Thank you so much for tonight, it has given me insight into how I'd like to pursue those thoughts I have running around in my head.

    May 14, 2013

  • Frederick M.

    I am working on all you SEs to change the world fulltime! If that is what you want to do. It's all about currency ....

    Selena knows what I am doing.

    If you want to know more about it, drop me an email: [masked]. The facebook is:
    https://www.facebook.com/timebeatsglobal

    May 14, 2013

  • Barry

    Huge turnout tonight!

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be a little late

    May 14, 2013

  • Que

    Sorry for late change in RSVP but am stuck at work. Hope you all enjoy your night

    May 14, 2013

  • Stephanie

    sorry for the short notice. I can no longer make it.

    May 14, 2013

  • Avis M.

    Due to the very LARGE attendance tonight, there will be limited seating......for approx 300....so some of you will have to stand! Sorry! But promise it'll be TOTALLY worth it :)

    2 · May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am semi retired but would love to join your group to listen to great ideas of change and offer some myself...Margaret Kirkman

    May 13, 2013

    • Avis M.

      great! we'll see you tonight!

      May 14, 2013

  • Natalie M.

    Do we need to print a ticket?

    May 13, 2013

    • Avis M.

      Nope just come along

      May 14, 2013

  • Kevin B.

    Thank you for the invite. Sure will see you and we have common interest. May have 60sec shout out. Cheers
    Kevin

    May 13, 2013

    • Avis M.

      I think we're full for the 60 sec shoutouts...

      May 14, 2013

  • Janet M.

    Hi I'd like to sign up for the 60 second shout outs please! =)

    May 12, 2013

    • Avis M.

      hi janet, we may have too many i'm afraid. we'll see tomorrow!

      May 13, 2013

  • Frederick M.

    362! Wow. A big day!

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi - looking forward to this..Fair Trade Association Aus/NZ currently have nominations open for consumer/individual and retailers -the prizes include visiting producers of Fair Trade products. Don't want to shout out as the info is all on their website - they are only 3 staff so visit their facebook, say hello and LIKE!! Thanks Avil for your hard work in pulling this all together and bringing the community together.http://fairtradeassociation.com.au

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Bronwen M.

    Hi Avis, I'd also like to have a 60 second shout out - will confirm my name at the door. Looking forward to it!
    Bronwen Morgan

    May 10, 2013

  • janine c.

    Hi Avis
    Great one! Can I have a 60 second shout out too please? I will confirm my name at the door. Cheers Janine

    May 9, 2013

  • Stef F.

    First time going. I'm excited!

    3 · April 24, 2013

    • Jose C.

      First timers! is their a group for this? haha

      2 · May 6, 2013

    • Monica G.

      Hey Stef, Laura and I will be there as well! :)

      May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'd like to sign up for a 60-second shout-out as well.

    Thanks for your help!

    May 9, 2013

    • Avis M.

      no probs! just make sure to confirm your name on the door!

      May 9, 2013

  • Bryony

    Well well well, it's my first time too :-)

    3 · May 6, 2013

    • Avis M.

      look forward to seeing you!

      2 · May 8, 2013

  • Jonathan b.

    Selena Griffith is my hero! (Or is she my heroine?)

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Mosen

    can't make it. But hope see you all next time.

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Jenny

    Really excited for this topic. Somebody I met the other day, called it being a " slasher" ( / )
    eg. Part time pharmacist / part time entrepreneur

    3 · May 3, 2013

    • Jose C.

      Part time dreamer / part time realist & action taker!

      May 6, 2013

  • Jose C.

    "Be the change you seek in the world.." - Gandhi My first meetup event and by the looks of the attendees quite a big one! Looking forward to meeting all the bright, fascinating and courageous minds out there seeking change!

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am working fulltime with a young family and my social enterprise has been on the backburner and its eating away at me! any help and advice to get it up and going would be tremdously helpful :p

    1 · May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      To answer Jimmy's point, your family will always be your top priority that is true, but outside of your family, work and sleep you will still have time to yourself. That is where you start. Just remember to be patient and persevere. The small victories will keep you motivated.

      May 3, 2013

    • Jimmy H.

      If you want to create more time in your day:

      1. You outsource everything that is "non-essential"­ such as housework, cleaning, washing. It may be a few hours a week but it frees your time to work on your project.

      I guess this comes down to "opportunity cost". What's more valuable to you? more money or more time?

      2. You stop worrying about embarrassing spelling mistakes unless it is on a legal contract. There are better things to worry about.

      3. After your job, you should consider looking after your young family, their first six years are more important then their next 12.

      Both our advices are valid but they are two very different approaches.

      Everyone has a different advice because we are all different. You need to find "YOU" and find someone like "YOU" who has succeeded and follow their advice.

      btw, I know someone here who once tried to run a social enterprise whilst working........ She now runs her social enterprise full time! :-)

      P.S. VXW - Me know English! ;-)

      May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organising this event!

    1 · May 6, 2013

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