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Is the community sector a toxic environment?

Is the community sector a toxic environment?

If you work in the community (read not for profit) sector, particularly in a community development, coordination or management role I’d say you wouldn’t be surprised to hear the sector described as somewhat ‘tricky’ sometimes (not all the time) even tipping into dysfunctional. I wonder sometimes […]

Experience your industry before you jump in

Experience your industry before you jump in

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 […]

When a social enterprise is not an enterprise

When a social enterprise is not an enterprise

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 […]

Ready to grow your enterprise?

Ready to grow your 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 […]

How to change the world

How to change the world

This week we’ve been truly immersed, elbow deep in activities that will change the world around us.  Maybe a lot, maybe a little. As I leave my desk, step away from my work mind and look back on the week that was I search for the […]

Lip service isn’t helping

Lip service isn’t helping

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 […]

Move beyond overwhelm

Move beyond overwhelm

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, […]

Death by call centre

Death by call centre

  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? […]

Your emotions are your choice

Your emotions are your choice

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 […]

The system or the people?

The system or the people?

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 […]