Working within, between and across sectors – an introduction for social entrepreneurs

Have you ever wondered why the different sectors exist, and why they are so different? You’re not alone, and understanding the differences is critical to success as a social entrepreneur. Each sector has its own psychology, motivation, opportunities, constraints and challenges. Drawing on research and interviews with leaders from each sector and a decade of […]

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Images of Friday Fika

Friday Fika is the name for our weekly member’s gathering at Saltdish cafe, Marine Terrace, Geraldton. Fika is a Swedish habit of drinking coffee and catching up with colleagues. In Sweden it’s not usually breakfast, and is usually accompanied by sweet pastries. Even without the pastries, people are loving the space we’ve created to just catch […]

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Quick update on the Bike Hubbub

The Bike Hubbub (bike repair and recycling service) is very popular throughout the Pollinator network. After an initial repair workshop, set up of website and mailing list, and regular repair sessions, there was still steady support. And we had to prioritise other projects, so put a halt on activity for a while. Now, there are […]

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Hive gains momentum

Many Pollinators will have been familiar with the idea of a ‘hub’ or ‘hive’ as a more creative, affordable, coworking space in Geraldton. Well, the proposal has really gained momentum, has its own website, and we are now collecting detailed information from potential tenants through our survey. Since the last post on the topic, we […]

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Ride-share with PickupPal

Anyone in Geraldton can now join find a ride or find a passenger using PickupPal. After some market research, setting up the service, and trialling with a few people, we’ve had amazing results. Together we’ve already saved tonnes of carbon, made new friends, traveled hassle-free across vast distances. If you need a reminder, PickupPal is […]

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Social Innovation in WA – September 2010 Forum

Monday’s SIIWA forum brought together a range of social innovation organisations with members of WACOSS and facilitator Jason Clarke to grow social innovation in WA. There were GREAT people there: Brodie McCulloch who is variously working on a Hub, CycleFreo, Social investment fund and happens to run a marketing and communication company in his spare […]

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Hubs and Hives in North America

Co-working and space sharing as a means to grow social innovation. I recently enjoyed 6 weeks in the USA, and immersed myself in the progressive culture of some of the West Coast cities: San Francisco, Boulder, Denver, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. There is no doubt that in each case there are a definite set of […]

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Look into the future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Geraldton

I’ve been having conversations with local entrepreneurs, social researchers, consultants, finance professionals and business support agencies about social innovation and entrepreneurship. Now, with the support of IndieAir and Saltdish, we are bringing some of the best minds and hearts in town together to talk about the ideas and projects. The event is on Friday 16th […]

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‘Pitch’ for Incubator feasability

Here is the brief ‘pitch’ for seed funding to get the Incubator one step closer to reality. The funds would contribute to a feasability study for a social business incubator. Incubators are physical spaces where business start-up entrepreneurs can access support from professionals, peers, and investors, and have a physical location to base their business. […]

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Dryland Permaculture Research Institute

Dryland Permaculture Research Institute is an inspiring and well-established enterprise located a few kilometres north of Geraldton’s city centre. The organisation meets the current and anticipated needs for practical knowledge and appropriate plants and technologies for ecologically sustainable living in Geraldton’s near-desert conditions. Experts in Permaculture design and practice The current customers include local and […]

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Can competitions change the way we drive social change?

I researched and co-wrote the attached article when in the UK, and am very interested in what opportunities there are to replicate this approach in Australia. For example, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation recently ran it’s competition for ‘Bold Ideas. Better Lives‘ receiving 254 applications. While the focus was on ‘social innovation’ not social […]

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Enterprise and Innovation for social good

Are you buzzing about innovation for social good? There is an intense buzz of ideas, enterprises and investment around the world, for social good. Governments are rethinking how they deliver services, entrepreneurs are competing to solve homelesnesss and climate change, cross-sector collaborations are being used to re-invent the global food system, and corporate intrapreneurs are […]

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