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Collaborating with the crowd - An #EpicCollaboration event

Excited by the potential of people-power to change the world? Have an idea that could make big impact, if only you could get people to collaborate?

Join epic collaborators Stephen Johnson (Altitud3), George Samuels (Hub Melbourne) and Kirsten Larsen (Open Food Foundation), who will share their thoughts in a series of lightning talks. Each speaker will discuss how they approach collaborating with large groups in different contexts for different outcomes.

Between each 5-minute lightning talk, there will be opportunities to share and discuss your ideas in smaller groups, network and dream big together.

This Epic Collaboration event is hosted by Collabforge in partnership with Collaboratory Melbourne, sponsored by Hub Melbourne. Proceeds benefit Epic Collaboration.


Stephen Johnson is a prominent thought leader and strategist in social business design with over 15 years experience advising Fortune 500 companies. Critically acclaimed for his contribution to industry, and with accolades including Cannes Cyber Lion, AIMIA and Webby, he brings a remarkable blend of ideas and analytics to commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

Stephen's passion for mobilising communities to action in support of social and environmental change is widely sought after, as is his innate sense for collaborative innovation and emerging economic models. Affiliations include the United Nations, World Wildlife Fund, One Girl and the Alliance for Climate Protection, where he is actively engaged as a movement architect and strategist on health and environmental projects.

Stephen recently contributed a story about Fight for the Reef to the Epic Collaboration knowledge base, which you can read here.

George Siosi Samuels is the Business Catalyst for Hub Melbourne, but is also known as the “Cultural Animator.” He typically works with entrepreneurs, freelancers and community-driven enterprises. He’s published a successful animation series; been featured by the likes of Adobe, ABC Radio and Entrepreneur On Fire; and runs an explainer video business. George believes that effective collaboration will come from cultural change, the wisdom of nature and our ancestors.

Kirsten Larsen works on and in food systems, through the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne and Eaterprises Australia (a social enterprise focused on transforming the way food is distributed and exchanged). With endless and awesome partners and friends, Eaterprises has instigated the development of the South East Food Hub, the Australian Food Hubs Network and their most recent adventure, the Open Food Network and the Open Food Foundation (open source solutions for the food revolution).

Who should attend:

Individuals interested in crowdsourcing, coworking and collaboration for epic impact. 

What you can expect:

Inspiration, great people, quality conversation and plenty of ideas.

What to bring:

An open mind, and a smart phone or tablet so you can fully experience the digitally-enhanced world cafe format. (So be prepared and make sure it's charged up.)

Where does the ticket cost go:

All funds raised from this event will be used for hosting, facilitation and development of the Epic Collaboration project, managed by Collabforge.

To find out more about Epic Collaboration, please visit the website here.

Suggest a theme for a future event:

We’d love to hear about your collaboration challenges and ideas for future event themes. Please drop us a line anytime!

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  • Amoz Q.

    Hi, i too is also interested in joining this event, contact me via my mail, [masked]

    September 9, 2014

  • Stephanie B.

    Not sure I will make this now :( Hope it is a good night, looking forward to the next one.

    1 · June 26, 2014

  • Rebecca D.

    Hi Jane,
    I found the twitter pop-up was blocked for me and Chrome wasn't clear about what was going on. Second try it notified me and when I allowed it I was able to tweet.
    Hope you can make it tomorrow!

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi David,

    Events sounds great. Will try and make it. Am trying to tweet about it from Meetup but it's not working. (Facebook share function seems to work, but not Twitter). Just thought I'd let you know.

    Hope it goes well.

    Cheers, Jane

    June 25, 2014

  • Suzie G.

    would LOVE to be in Melbs for this - sounds amazing - so sorry to be missing out. have an awesome night, David, Hailey and everyone.

    June 23, 2014

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