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Soup Rallies in the Community Troops

On Friday the 22nd of June, CityHive was packed with members, coworkers and the general public for what was an anticipated evening… GeroSoup is an innovative event that crowdfunds support for local innovations and ideas that benefit the wider community. On the night there were four ventures pitched. Every person in the room not only […]

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The Geraldton Project – Venture Profile

What is your venture? The Geraldton Project is a not-for-profit community strengthening organisation. We are part of the North Midlands Project which was incorporated in 2015. What’s your focus for the next 3 months? Enhancing the quality of life, health and well-being of people living in regional Western Australia through culture, arts, heritage and education. […]

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Looking to Invest in the Midwest?..

Geraldton lies at the heart of a region with a diverse economy and many opportunities for agriculture, aquaculture, mining, tourism, manufacturing and infrastructure opportunities. Centrally located between Perth and Broome, in western Australia, the region has the potential to be a home for projects that build on existing strengths, as well as new and innovative enterprises. With […]

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Fine dining under the stars

Geraldton residents will have the chance to experience fine dining under the stars at the hands of travelling chefs Fervor. The highly sought after Fervor team will offer two eight-to-12-course degustation experiences to around 40 guests in an outdoor setting overlooking sweeping countryside south of Geraldton on October 14 and 15. Two Pollinators members, Pam […]

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ACDC joins CreativeHub

Pollinators’ new CreativeHub premises is transforming into the vibrant, multipurpose creative space that Pollinators planned for, with the Arts and Cultural Development Council (ACDC) the latest venture to move into the West End CreativeHub premises at 189 Marine Tce. The ACDC move marks a major transformation for the region’s peak arts organisation, which is not only moving […]

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Horizon HR – Venture Profile

What is your venture? Horizon HR is a consultancy focused on Human Resources apart from recruitment, meaning all aspects of employee relations, performance management, industrial relations, investigations and training. We help employers both get the basics right to avoid common pitfalls, and also deal with challenges like managing performance & disciplinary issues and making strategic decisions […]

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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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A SINGLE idea to help Council build a better Geraldton

UPDATE 13th November 2013: Since posting this letter City of Greater Geraldton staff, CEO and Mayor have all responded to this letter and addressed many of the concerns. The Council responses are thorough explanations of this participatory budgeting process, and how past consultations and strategies feed into it. If you are reading this blog and […]

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Is Geraldton Australia’s best place to make change happen?

This is both a plug for our city and community, and a serious question to which I think the answer is ‘YES’. That is, if you want to progress some form of social change at a community-scale then Geraldton may the best place in Australia to do it. If you’re a Geraldton resident, then you […]

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CityHive expands to create space for growth and innovation in Geraldton

Pollinators Inc, a Geraldton-based social enterprise, has celebrated the opening of the “CityHive” coworking and meeting space in Geraldton. Occupying two floors of an iconic, Heritage-listed building on Marine Tce, CityHive provides affordable and flexible space and support for community groups, entrepreneurs and innovation. CityHive is the first of its kind in regional Australia, showing […]

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Growing the ecosystem of support for social enterprise & innovation in WA

Social Enterprise & Innovation Support Ecosystem in WA This blog post outlines Pollinators current thinking on what’s needed to better enable the growth of social innovation and social entrepreneurs in Western Australia. We think the same or increased resources could be invested more wisely by government and business to have greater effect. The problem social […]

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Featured Member: Natasha Colliver

As David Bornstein, author of “How to Change the World” said: “Social entrepreneurs identify resources where people only see problems. They view the community as the solution, not the passive beneficiary. They begin with the assumption of competence and unleash resources in the communities they’re serving.” (http://wildpollinators.org 2012) This quote really resonated with me, as […]

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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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