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Sydney Design Thinking Meetup #33: Design Thinking in Social Enterprises

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Level 10, 50 Carrington Street · Sydney

How to find us

Where all the buses are at Wynyard train station

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Please join us for some thought provoking conversation with interesting people keen on design thinking. This month we're talking about design thinking in social enterprises. We'll have a couple of speakers followed by a panel.

**Julia Suh - Director of Small Shift**
Julia is a leading voice in citizen-led urbanism, and specialises in applying human-centred design as a tool for social change and advocacy. Julia’s purpose is to support people to build a sense of belonging to their local places and community; and create a new kind of city-making narrative — one that includes people on the margin. Julia has taught and practiced architecture, placemaking and urban design in New York, Auckland, Hanoi and Sydney, building an extensive knowledge of various communities; and urban spaces that support or neglect them. In 2017, Julia was awarded Westpac Social Change Fellowship and has been backed by Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

Is top-down urban development killing our spirit, our innate ability to self-organise and improve our own lives and places? Julia spent her formative years in a 5,500-unit masterplanned ‘village’ in Seoul, seen neighbourliness shine in post-earthquake Christchurch, and worked with incredibly talented people who are experiencing homelessness and isolation in Sydney. To build community resilience, social trust and employment pathways, her bottom-up social enterprise Small Shift supports locals to reimagine and create public spaces together. Learn more about how she is taking the Small Shift model to disadvantaged areas, and contribute your thoughts on how we can create inclusive communities.

**Bronte Hogarth - Founder of Raise The Bar**
Bronte Hogarth is a social entrepreneur from Sydney. In 2017, she started Raise The Bar which diverts used coffee grounds from landfill by turning them into natural skincare products. Bronte recently completed a successful crowdfunding campaign to launch Raise The Bar and was one of the Foundation For Young Australian's Young Social Pioneers in 2017.

Bronte will share some of her journey with starting Raise The Bar.

**Kath Hamilton - Founder of loop+**
Kath has 15+ years experience as a digital executive leading product, engineering, business development and marketing. Her extensive experience with blue-chip corporates such as Yahoo!7, News Corp, Telstra and Westfield now combines with her passion to build products that can radically improve the lives of others. loop+ was conceived to support the functional recovery of her nephew who sustained a spinal cord injury at birth.

loop+ is an activity tracker for wheelchair users that monitors health risks in everyday life. The platform is comprised of a sensor pad which remains in the wheelchair connected to a mobile app and dashboard for remote clinical monitoring. For the first time, wheelchair users who either can’t feel their lower limbs or are non-verbal and unable to communicate their discomfort, have a way to visualise what’s going on with their body. Remote monitoring supports early detection and intervention of pressure wounds, respiratory issues and scoliosis.

**Ben Pecotich - Founder/Design & Innovation Director of Dynamic4**
Ben is a designer, innovation coach, and social enterprise founder. In addition to Dynamic4, he's the CTO & co-founder of Better Goals (, a social enterprise helping people with intellectual disability develop more independence. He's also a founder of the Sydney Design Thinking meetup.

Dynamic4 ( is a purpose-driven design & innovation company, and certified B Corp. They collaborate with people to design and build ideas for happier communities that are more empowered, inclusive, and sustainable. Jetpack for Changemakers ( is Dynamic4's coaching/incubator program for early stage social enterprises.

Thanks to ThoughtWorks Sydney for hosting us and providing refreshments.