Experience your industry before you jump in

kerrygrace-2014 Building your social enterprise, Inspiring your community

A colleague recently commented on the necessity of fledgling business owners (in particular social enterprise owners) trialing and testing their industry before launching themselves upon the world. Personally, I couldn’t agree with this sentiment more.  You may have participated in one of those conversations.  A ‘good idea’ is borne, the committee says “Everyone will want one of those”, a grant …

When a social enterprise is not an enterprise

kerrygrace-2014 Abundance thinking, Inspiring your community, Leading change, Our Team, Philanthropy, funding and social investment

Unless you’ve been living under a rock by now you’ve heard the term ‘social enterprise’. There are many and varied definitions of the illustrious notion of social enterprise, our working definition “a business entity that TRADES for a social purpose” (noting the word TRADES). In Australia social enterprise is not a legal structure in it’s own right and for that matter, a …

Ready to grow your enterprise?

kerrygrace-2014 Building your social enterprise

It doesn’t matter what type of enterprise you own / manage there comes a tricky time when you need to take a deep breath, brace yourself and choose to push forward or cease. Well, of course you could choose to flounder for a few years but (trust me) you don’t want to do that, it’s exhausting. Today I spoke with …

Lip service isn’t helping

kerrygrace-2014 Abundance thinking, Blog, Building your social enterprise, Inspiring your community, Leading change

If there’s anything that boils my blood it’s the use of disadvantaged communities for their sexy statistics of disadvantage.  And the resulting commodification of problems. Actually, I ‘get’ the commercial imperative of these actions.  I understand that it’s a tough world for NGOs big and small (particularly small) right now.  I get that ‘poverty sells’. But what I truly look forward …

Move beyond overwhelm

kerrygrace-2014 Leading change, Our Blog

So many people I work with suffer overwhelm. More often than not it stems from a heart-felt desire to do amazing things, to cease suffering and to help everyone whilst precariously juggling self-care, family commitments and life. Overwhelm can do weird things to people too, it can create snappy tyrants, some just retreat and some ramp up the speed of …

Death by call centre

kerrygrace-2014 Blog, Inspiring your community, Leading change

  I’m on hold. Just holding onto my sanity. I’ve carefully articulated my way through the voice recognition section, I’ve understood the consultants are on the phone, I’ve given in to waiting – I need a solution to the issue. Do you know that feeling? When life is whirling on around you and the call on hold goes on. And …

Your emotions are your choice

kerrygrace-2014 Blog, Inspiring your community, latest-news, Leading change, Our Blog

None of my beliefs are likely to evoke as much dispute as this one… your emotions are your choice. Without fail people tell me that their emotions are ‘beyond their control’, that they should ‘let them happen naturally and not disturb them’ and you never know what external situations will prevail to change your emotional state. Now, the caveat I have …

The system or the people?

kerrygrace-2014 Blog, Regional communities

I’m angry. What’s she raving about now you may ask? It’s something that’s been bugging me for a while.  A long while. I’ll let you in. As you may know I have a keen interest in adding value to government initiatives that have been designed to make the lives of everyday people better.  I’ve been involved in Work for the Dole …