#7 Flying Pigs at Number 20

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#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 …

What’s annoying me today: disengaged youth

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I have a bee in my bonnet. Apparently I’m rather annoying in this frame.  So I thought I’d share it with you.  Maybe there’s something you can do. I’m annoyed. REALLY annoyed that we bang on about a lack of opportunities for young people, in particular opportunities in employment.  The Brotherhood of St. Laurence’s report ‘The Teenage Dream Unravels‘ (March …

#5 Flying Pigs at Number 20

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Week 5 of posts to inspire you in your leadership journey and through the week.   …”The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.” Maya Angelou ‘Caged bird’ Full version here   Leadership Tips for Emerging Leaders  Well I …

More about SEFA

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Earlier this year I interviewed Hanna Ebeling, Relationship Manager at Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA). Listen to the interview to learn more about SEFA and some handy insights about social finance, the SEFA selection process and ways for social enterprise to survive and thrive. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196052544?secret_token=s-5IB4g” params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

Solving the five biggest problems in regional communities

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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 …

When working for the Dole works

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You know Work for the Dole is working when you overhear a group participant telling a friend they are at ‘work’. Note, the ‘at work’ statement is NOT inter-changable with ‘at a course’, ‘painting stupid walls’, ‘working for the dole’, ‘bored senseless’ or ‘volunteering’.  They declare they are at work, working and simultaneously imply a sense of belonging, being happy to be …

The unspoken impact of community events

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In an ever disconnected world I find great comfort when I see a poster for a humble community event.  The kind of event that is probably arranged by an exhausted committee of people who are driven by their purpose.  The kind of event that could involve a performance from the back of a truck and perhaps a collection of other activities that …

What if there were no not for profits?

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“It’s time to stop calling yourselves not for profits. It’s about profit for social purpose” Cheryl Kernot, Social Enterprise Symposium Coffs Harbour 5 November 2014. For too long the notion of dealing to embedded social issues has been the sole responsibility of government and by proxy not for profit organisations. Certainly the massive shift in ‘social impact culture’ is changing …

What’s your plan for 2015?

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Imagine starting the new year with a rested mind, a rejuvenated body AND A PLAN! Don’t wait until January 2015 to plan out the new year.  START NOW… Kickstart Energiser is a simple four week program (1hr per week) designed specifically for community leaders enabling you to leap into the new year…   Want more?  Check it out HERE Starts 10 November. …