• QSEC 2018 Annual General Meeting

    CQU Level 6

    Dear members, associates and friends, The Queensland Social Enterprise Council invites members, associates and the wider community to take part in this year's Annual General Meeting proceedings at CQUniversity's Ann Street venue. This year, there will be a particular focus on a proposed strategic direction relating to the expansion of regional engagement through a new regional representative structure for QSEC. We will be joined by Belinda Drew, CEO of the Community Services Industry Alliance, who will update attendees on the work of CSIA in the regions. Members wishing to nominate a person for the executive committee can forward a nomination in writing to the chair by email to Emma-Kate Rose, [masked]. All nominations are due shortly on 28th November. Members can access the nomination form in the link below: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aMwa6vCsVaHZdPQHRu--zsqMm8YGcu2u

  • NOV20 Social Enterprise Drinks & Networking

    Wandering Cooks

    Come and join Brisbane's social enterprise community for a night of casual drinks, good company and great networking. Meet purpose-led founders, social business leaders and all-round good people doing great things. Please RSVP to this event on Facebook. This is a free event, but you'll be welcome to grab yourself a drink from the Wandering Cooks bar or support local food makers on the night by getting some dinner. We'll have a bit of facilitated networking on the night and you can also meet friendly members from Queensland Social Enterprise Council. If you're you thinking about applying for Impact Boom's Elevate+ Social Enterprise Accelerator Program, Tom Allen and Elevate+ Mentors and Alumni will be present to take any questions and help you decide whether the upcoming program is right for you. You can also find more info about the accelerator here: www.impactboom.org/elevate-plus We'll look forward to seeing you there! Elevate+ Alumni you may meet include: Mike Lepre, Bertonni Kim Rollason-Nokes, Ethni Melita and Jonny Shirley, Mammojo Nicola Bone, Sound Off For Schools (Urban Bliss Yoga) Sabrina Chakori, Brisbane Tool Library Michael Mersiades, Chatloop Santi and Gabi, Yaku Latin Goods The Crew from Five mile radius The Welcome 360 team The UpRize team Edda Hamar and Juju, Lána the Label Elise Stephenson, The Social Good Outpost Ben MacMahon, Hemia Optics Elevate+ Mentors include: Emma-Kate Rose and Rob Pekin, Food Connect Brisbane Steve Williams, Marist180 Alex Hannant, Yunus Social Business Centre, Griffith Business School Anna Guenther, PledgeMe Tony Sharp, Substation33 Luke Faccini, The Sponge Rowan Lamont, Designworks Yasmin Grigaliunas, World's Biggest Garage Sale Luke Terry, Vanguard Laundry Danielle Duell, People With Purpose Nicole Dyson, Future Anything Robin Dick, CQUniversity Australia Prof. Brad Jackson, Policy Innovation Hub Kate Ritchie, Ethikate // Brand & IP Protection Strategies Davinia Nieper, #makingithappen Tom Dawkins, StartSomeGood.com Elevate+ is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council.

  • SocEnt Drinks: BCC Procurement Update & QSEC Web Launch

    Fishburners Event Space

    Join QSEC and the Brisbane City Council for a free networking and information session for the social enterprise sector at Fishburners (The Capital). BCC's Rob Law, Senior Category Specialist in Strategic Procurement Office will update attendees on the Council's activities in the Social Procurement space. QSEC will be launching our new membership website, with greatly increased accessibility and functionality for both social enterprise members, associate members and for potential customers and buyers seeking information, goods and services from social enterprise providers. QSEC organises these informal networking events to deepen our relationships with our peers in social enterprise, for innovators to present their adventures and learnings, with plenty of time for Q&A. So join us to catch the usual buzz of experiences and ideas with your peers and supporters.

  • Food Connect Shed: Tour, Talk and Taste

    Food Connect Brisbane

    Come and join the crew at the Food Connect Shed to get a tour of the property, hear about their vision for a community-owned local food hub, ask lots of questions and taste some of their delicious food. Nibbles served and drinks available for purchase. Email: [masked] for more information. Food Connect Shed Ltd is looking to raise $2 million to buy the warehouse, and they launched a 30 day campaign on 21 August to do that. They believe for a fair food system to exist, the public needs to own the infrastructure. They've set up a new company to own the warehouse, and to manage the current tenants (and the tenants they hope to have in the future). They're running an equity crowdfunding campaign so the community can own that warehouse with them. Come on a tour of the warehouse and join us for a Q&A with Anna from PledgeMe. View the PledgeMe campaign page at: https://www.pledgeme.com.au/investments/2-food-connect-shed-ltd Please consider the Offer Document (https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/19c0e6_685fd1408c144ed293be59480e547e03.pdf) and read the general risk warning (https://www.pledgeme.com.au/warning-statement) before investing.

  • Workshop: Human Centred Design with CQUni Social Innovation

    QSEC and CQUniversity's Office of Social Innovation present a training session to support social entrepreneurs, organisation and community leaders who want to introduce and embed Human Centred Design into their practice, new product/service design, delivery, and social impact outcomes. HCD is both a method and mindset that places people and communities at the centre of investigations of social problems and the design of innovative, effective and sustainable solutions. In this full-day workshop, learn about the HCD approach, and explore its value as a method for social innovation through activities and application, guided by Certified B Corp and communications agency The Social Deck. Participants will then unpack the opportunities for using HCD method/mindset in the community context, particularly for embedding social innovation in collaborative responses to complex problems and challenges. Limited free places for carers, students and concession holders: Thanks to the generous support of Brisbane City Council, we are able to offer students and concession holders a limited number of free places to attend. Please let us know if you or someone you know would like to attend. Register here: goo.gl/forms/3aTqFTYN7vs0SvDe2. Please keep in mind that tickets are subject to availability, and registration does not guarantee a place. Lunch and refreshments provided by a social enterprise caterer. Proudly funded by a Brisbane City Council Community Development & Capacity Building Grant. 5% of proceeds donated to social enterprises Seven Women and Fred Hyde Schools.

  • WORKSHOP: Start a Co-Operative Enterprise with NCEC

    Nundah Co-Op

    We're pleased to announce the next workshop in QSEC's 2018 series, How to Start a Co-Operative Enterprise (June 20) with Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative at CQUniversity Brisbane Campus. Bring together a mission, resources and people in one of the most resilient and impact-proven forms of enterprise in the world. Under the guidance of Richard Warner, coordinator of Australian Social Enterprise of the year Nundah Community Enterprise Co-Op, learn how to start and operate a cooperative enterprise, owned and controlled by members. It's NCEC's 20th birthday this year, and this event is a special educational celebration of this anniversary. Develop your cooperative ideas in a fun and collaborative workshop setting, and be guided through material from the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals' "How to Start a Co-op". More info and booking: https://bit.ly/2soYv2M

  • 20th Anniversary Drinks with Nundah Community Enterprises Co-Operative

    This month, it's a big pleasure to have a legend in the social enterprise sector, Nundah Community Enterprises Co-Operative, hosting this drinks as part of celebrating twenty radiant years of social work and community development. Winner of the Australian Social Enterprise Awards 2015, as well as finalist in 2014 and 2016, NCEC operates Nundah's Espresso Train (featuring some of the best social enterprise catering around) and NCEC Parks and Property Maintenance. Through these, NCEC creates more than 8,000 hours of long-term employment annually to people with disabilities as well as providing social enterprise training to community start-ups. Hear coordinator Richard Warner reflect on 20 years of creating a meaningful difference in the lives of Co-Op members. This free event will be hosted by QSEC member Nundah Community Enterprises Co-Operative in Nundah. You can purchase drinks and food on the night. QSEC organises these informal networking events to deepen our relationships with our peers in social enterprise, for innovators to present their adventures and learnings, with plenty of time for Q&A. So join us to catch the usual buzz of experiences and ideas with your peers and supporters.

  • Social Enterprise Drinks with PledgeMe

    Just Earth

    It's all about the money this month! So, in the lead up to QSEC's Crowdfunding Workshop with Tom Dawkins, we're super excited to be hosting another star in crowdfunding - Anna Guenther from PledgeMe. Anna has led the way to create PledgeMe as New Zealand's first crowdfunding platform, raising a huge $23,769,070 and supporting 1,246 successful projects. Come along to hear from Anna about the crowdfunding laws in Australia and get a clearer picture about this fantastic way to generate resources and support for your social enterprise. This free event will be hosted by QSEC member, Just Earth in West End - you can purchase drinks and food on the night. QSEC organises these informal networking events to deepen our relationships with our peers in social enterprise, for innovators to present their adventures and learnings, with plenty of time for Q&A. So join us to catch the usual buzz of experiences and ideas with your peers and supporters.

  • Workshop: Business Model Canvas for Social Enterprise

    CQU Level 6


    QSEC 2018 Series Workshop #2: Business Model Canvas for Social Enterprise with Dr Ingrid Burkett, Director of Learning and Systems Innovation at the Australian Centre for Social Innovation. Dr Ingrid, a long time QSEC collaborator, has applied the Business Model Canvas to social enterprise, forging a tool which takes your enterprising ideas and creates agile, specific foundations for action. Whether you're looking at the next steps in the planning and startup phase of a social business, or if you are seeking transformation of an existing organisation, Dr Ingrid's workshop is the best resource available. ________________________________________________________________ BOOK ON EVENTBRITE (https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/business-model-canvas-for-social-enterprise-tickets-42902319994)(Members discount available) ________________________________________________________________ This project is proudly funded by a Community Development and Capacity Building Grant from Brisbane City Council, and sponsored by CQUniversity. 5% of proceeds donated to CQUniversity's preferred social enterprises, Seven Women and Fred Hyde Schools. ________________________________________________________________ More about BMC for Social Enterprise Work hands-on with your Business Model Canvas under the guidance of one of our most inspirational pracademics, Dr Ingrid Burkett, who has adopted the business model canvas specifically for social enterprise. The Business Model Canvas is a simple way to represent your business plan in a visual manner, and to put the various aspects of the plan into a very accessible context. This platform is commonly used to grow concepts to a workable business plan, facilitating things like formulation, development, strategy, communication and competitive analysis. It is recognised as a vital step in business by the likes of NASA, Microsoft and Deloitte.

  • Be Heard - First Social Enterprise Drinks 2018

    Wandering Cooks

    • What we'll do For the first Discussion and Networking Drinks of 2018, join Brisbane's Social Enterprise community to share your insights, experiences and ambitions with both newcomers and veterans in and around the field. The broad aim of this Drinks event in particular is to give you the opportunity to voice some things you'd like to see established or developed in the sector - whether it's something as general as a provoking a conversation across the culture and community, or something in particular that QSEC itself could offer, or pursue with government. This free event will have some light catering, and there is a standard bar service at the venue. • What to bring If you can, please bring a pen and some thoughts on how the social enterprise sector could be better! • Important to know Free attendance and some light snacks, paid bar.