Engaging disengaged youth PART 2

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about being annoyed by the systems that ‘support’ youth who are disengaged. And I mentioned I was going to do something about it. So, here’s the update. What I mentioned that I was going to do is create an opportunity for young people in my locale in the multimedia industry.  It was going …

#7 Flying Pigs at Number 20

#7 Flying Pigs at Number 20 Week 7 of posts to inspire you in your leadership journey and through the week.  These spiritual window-shoppers, who idly ask, ‘How much is that?’ Oh, I’m just looking. They handle a hundred items and put them down, shadows with no capital. What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping. But these …

#6 Flying Pigs at Number 20

Week 6 of posts to inspire you in your leadership journey and through the week.  When things fall apart The golden wings of opportunity swoop down To guide you. Because now’s your chance to fly To f*cking soar. To change direction. To go exactly where you want, for a change. Yes. Or— You can continue grasping for the already broken pieces. …

The timing is always right

Did you ever wonder what life would be like if you had met that person back then, or said that thing when you’d thought of it, taken that course on that date or got on the bus there and then. Did you ever criticise yourself for taking so long to get ‘over it’?  For saying ‘that’ thing, or foolish for …

Solving the five biggest problems in regional communities

As you may know regional communities are important for Evolve Network.  A lot of our consultancy work has been in this realm.  The following post is for our friends working in regional Aus. As I speak with people who reside in regional communities they tell me time and time again their greatest issues revolve around a lack of funding, lack …

No marching band, no stripes

I distinctly remember a visit from the Governor General to my primary school in the early 1980s.  According to Wikipedia this must have been Sir Ninian Martin Stephen who, according to my recent reading (on Wikipedia) appears to be a rightly honorable Sir. But my childhood memories of this leader are quite different.  To me he was the man who …

The commodity of connection

If your organisation relies on government funding for survival no doubt you’re starting to get a bit worried about the future.  A few weeks ago I posted an introduction to Evolve Network’s ‘giving’ series which commenced with the feature on giving that brings community together. Over the next few weeks I’m going to share some ideas with you about engaging philanthropic …

Giving brings community together

On the south-western edges of Sydney the Macarthur region has taken a lead in the fight against cancer with the annual 24-Hour Fight Against Cancer fundraising movement. The movement was established in 2005 and has since grown to incorporate over 1,500 people who walk in the event each October, not to mention a raft of supporters, sponsors and beneficiaries.  To …

Who is giving to you this Christmas?

As not for profit organisations face a new era of business sustainability understanding the intricacies  of revenue generation beyond government funding is becoming an increasingly important skill set to hone. I’ve been exploring and experimenting with alternate models for financial sustainability for years but in the past months decided to do a deeper dive, in this case into the motivations behind …

Why do people give?

As the festive season, “the time of giving” draws horrifically closer I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my motivations for giving and donating. I’ve been asking myself: * Is there a difference between giving and donating? * Why is giving important to me? * What motivates people to give, when and how? * And when is it OK to talk about giving – …