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Pollinators PESTLE

PESTLE – a proven method to generate relevant innovations

Imagine yourself in Steve’s shoes: He’s enthusiastic about innovation and has the CEOs’ support to run a innovation workshop. Steve, however, was less enthusiastic about actually leading the process. While Steve has deep technical expertise in his department, he wasn’t confident about generating new ideas relevant to the whole organisation. But now, after a bit of research and some mentoring from an innovation […]

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ACDC-MWCCI-Pollinators

Alliance to lead action and strengthen representation across the region

It could read like the start of a great joke: “An artist, a businessman and a social entrepreneur walked into a bar….”, however while this newly-formed Alliance got off to a light-hearted start, it is a serious endeavour with significant implications for the future of the region. This week the Midwest’s three leading representative organisations signed a new […]

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Pitch, Plan and Projection

Pitch, Plan and Projections

Each year we have several events and programs, like Catalyst and Startup Weekend, where participants present their idea for a new innovation or venture to an audience. This can sometimes be the pinnacle of months or preparation, or just a few hours. However people come to this point it’s usually a key moment in the development of […]

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Pia Lanzinger_Geraldton

Pia Lanzinger – collaborative art and social games

Pia Lanzinger creates socially-engaged art with places and communities, or in her words “focuses on collaborative projects in public spaces that attempt to notice the breaks and inconsistencies in the conditions of daily existence, and enable communicative experimentation.“   Thanks to Spaced 2, Western Australian Museum, City of Greater Geraldton, Pia will be working on “Geraldton […]

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Podio

Peer Learning: Podio as an all-in-one management solution

Pollinators hosted a peer learning session to discuss use of Podio to enhance team productivity in different organisational contexts. This post outlines some general recommendations from the conversations, and has specific suggestions for particular users and purposes, This session was attended by people in executive or manager-level roles within small to medium organisations.  This conversation continued pre- and post-session within […]

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Field Notes on Collaborative Ecology

Field Notes on Collaborative Ecology — Blues for the Bush presentation

Blues for the Bush combines a open day with evening entertainment at Bush Heritage Australia’s Charles Darwin Reserve, east of Perenjori. As part of the open day, Gunduwa Regional Conservation Organisation hosted a series of presentations on ‘collaboration’. Guiding questions for speakers included: Why collaborate, what is it all about, and is it ‘old’ or ‘new’. Collaboration is one […]

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Comparing website platforms

Peer Learning: Which platform or CMS to use for your website?

Pollinators hosted a peer learning session to discuss the relative merits of different web platforms (which includes ‘content management systems’ or CMS) for different users, audiences and purposes. This post outlines some general recommendations from the conversations, and has specific suggestions for different users or purposes. This session was mainly attended by those who professionally build and develop websites, and […]

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Express:Impress:Progress team doing their final presentation

Entrepreneurs learn and launch at Startup Weekend

Geraldton Startup Weekend was held over the 19th and 20th September, providing a structured, fun and fast way for local people to launch new ventures or projects. A mix of participants from business, government and community formed teams and used new tools to form, test, then present their ideas for new ventures. The benefits go beyond the prizes for the winning […]

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Recruiting: Grow yourself, Pollinators and our community

Pollinators Inc are seeking Expressions of Interest for three new roles within our team. Working from Pollinators is a highly desirable role in an ethical, healthy, professional environment leading an enterprise doing very creative and meaningful work. The first step (and we suggest you take it now — we’re recruiting for an immediate start) for interested applicants is […]

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Paul, Andrea, Lynette at Flock Celebration

Flock peer mentoring program flies to new heights

Fifteen local organisations have just celebrated completion of the Flock program, run by Pollinators Inc and seed-funded by the City of Greater Geraldton. This innovative and unique program proved a new approach that enables innovators and entrepreneurs to ‘fly further, faster, together’. The program is a fantastic example of how collaboration can contribute to the development of individual enterprises and community groups, all […]

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Laneways CityHive

Limited office space available in West End of CBD

Private office space has become available at CityHive  — Geraldton’s award-winning, innovative office, meeting and workspace located in the exciting West End of the CBD. Owing to the growth and expansion of two of our private office tenants, space has become immediately available. This is the perfect environment for small and growing businesses, NFPs and social enterprises. More information about CityHive is online: https://pollinators.org.au/city-hive/ with specific […]

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Redevelopment Incentives Scheme

Pollinators submission to CGG re: CBD incentives

Below are details of a written submission to the City of Greater Geraldton as feedback on their draft “CBD redevelopment and revitalisation scheme” presented at March Council meeting: http://www.cgg.wa.gov.au/meeting/ordinary-meeting-council-25-march-2014-mullewa-130pm Below is: A brief explanation of why Pollinators is involved, Links to related documents, Our submission and CGG’s response. Your feedback on any or all of this is most welcome! […]

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Flock community stream

Flock — flying further, faster, together

Pollinators, supported by the City of Greater Geraldton, are excited to launch Flock – an innovative peer mentoring program. Participants came together last week for the opening session where they learned about the principles, action-learning approach and collaborated on prioritising the topics they wanted to focus on during the program. Flock has been designed to help be outstanding […]

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MSC Workshop

Evaluation of Pollinators Inc 2013 — Final Report

Pollinators Inc Board are very happy to be sharing the final Evaluation Report of our activities and impact. Pollinators Inc contracted Clear Horizon to conduct an independent evaluation of its activities, events and services. The purpose of the evaluation was to understand: The effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of current activities, Areas for improving the organisation’s reach, relevance and impact, […]

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Julian Canny

Julian Canny — A funny approach to growing the arts

Julian Canny grew up in Geraldton and after living around WA has returned with a mission to make people laugh. His venture ‘The Comedy Emporium’ is at heart a stand-up comedy promotion business which is now expanding its role to include other commercial arts programs. Julian says, “Our whole idea is to encourage comedians in regional WA, growing […]

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Pollinators Learning Marketplace Workshop Participants

Learning Marketplace — learnings, partners and platforms

On Thursday 20th March 2014, representatives from local and state government, non-profit and business came together at CityHive for the launch of the Midwest Learning Marketplace pilot project. Below is a summary and some of the highlights of the conversations, which are the basis for Pollinators expanding stakeholder engagement and developing the technology to meet […]

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Euan Beamont

Euan Beamont — turning waste into energy

Euan’s background in agriculture and passion for a sustainable future have lead him to partner with Tom Vogan (an engineer), in facilitating the development of the bioenergy industry in Western Australia. Together, Euan and Tom formed Energy Farmers four years ago and have since worked on a number of projects and developing new technologies to turn organic waste […]

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