Ok - I know this may be controversial, but this months meetup will be on a WEDNESDAY due to scheduling issues, so please note the change of date & of venue also. Hope you can all still make it!
"Crowdfunding for Change" - Wednesday 14th March from 6-8pm. Doors at 5.30pm.
This month we're aiming to bring you the biggest ever ThinkActChange! For this unique event we will be partnering with both Social Innovation Sydney (http://www.socialinnovationsydney.org/) and The Fetch (http://thefetch.com/).
Venue on the evening, door prize and drinks will be provided by our sponsors for the night, Ninefold (http://ninefold.com/).
The theme will be "Crowdfunding for Change" and our special guests on the evening will be from Indiegogo (http://www.indiegogo.com/), the worlds leading international crowdfunding platform. Indiegogo have been featured in Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable and The Huffington Post as well as on CNN.
So the question is; what is crowdfunding and why should you care?
The simple fact is that there are so many people in this world like you and I, with great ideas and big dreams, who are looking for the opportunity to get funding. Crowdfunding offers anyone with an idea - creative, cause-related, or entrepreneurial - the tools to effectively raise money, build awareness of their project and get their ideas started.
At this event we'll feature a panel discussion about crowdfunding & how it can be used for social good. Keynote speaker on the evening will be Adam Chapnick.
Adam Chapnick - Head of Business Development, Indiegogo
Adam is IndieGoGo's business development mastermind, a global visonary who will stop at nothing to bring crowdfunding to anyone, anywhere in the world. Prior to IndieGoGo, Adam founded Distribber (http://www.distribber.com/) where he still serves as CEO. Adam speaks regularly on cutting edge distribution strategies at markets and festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Digital Hollywood & The Apple Store.
Adam was recently named one of "19 Brave Thinkers in Independent Film" by uber-producer Ted Hope's Truly Free Film Blog. And if that wasn't exciting enough, Adam hit a solo home run to win the championship game for his little league team when he was 12; an achievement he has noticed is more impressive and meaningful to him than others.
THE PANEL will include:
Ross Dawson - Futurist, Author, Entrepreneur
Ross Dawson is globally recognized as a leading futurist, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and authority on business strategy. He is Founding Chairman of four companies, including the leading future research and strategy firm Future Exploration Network.
He is a best-selling author of books including "Getting Results from Crowds (http://www.resultsfromcrowds.com/)", a definitive guide to crowdsourcing.
Ross’s frequent media appearances include CNN, Bloomberg TV, SkyNews, ABC TV, Today and Sunrise shows & the Washington Post.
Alan Crabbe - Co-founder, Pozible
Alan Crabbe is the co-founder of Australia's number one Crowdfunding platform, Pozible (http://www.pozible.com.au/).
Alan describes himself as a creative tech with a real passion for taking Crowdfunding to the next level.He has an obsession with and fascination for design, innovation and new creative ideas that change the world.
Ryan Wardell - Entrepreneur
Ryan is a serial entrepreneur. At the age of 24 he has already started five companies - 2 of which were in high school. His previous venture was Project Powerup, a crowdfunding venture specifically for startups.
Ryan is passionate about entrepreneurship and helping startups succeed. He believes that crowdfunding will revolutionise the way early-stage companies are funded in the future. He regularly speaks at events on topics such as young entrepreneurship and crowdfunding.
He has never worked a 9-5 job and never will.
Gillian Leahy - Film Director
Gillian Leahy, is an AFI Award winning documentary maker (My Life Without Steve, 1986). She has directed over 16 films, most of which have been about improving people’s lives. Her film, Our Park (http://www.documentaryaustralia.com.au/user/my_films/op/add/), (1998) was a poem to the wild and the tame in her local park. She is based in Sydney.
She is currently running a funding campaign, The Chikukwa Project (http://www.pozible.com.au/index.php/archive/index/4946/description/0/0), on the Australian crowdfunding site, Pozible.
Remember to use the hashtag #thinkactchange on twitter.