Do funding models encourage collaboration?

Let’s face it… in an ever competitive funding landscape there is more pressure on individual not for profits to be louder, to stand out, to push for results and to provide cost effective solutions. But is this an approach that will truly sustain social change? Today I’m reading about collective impact in an article by Kania and Kramer (2011) The …

Leading your team beyond conflict

Imagine this… Your company has an IT system that works. When the system was established (with great effort) it was the most up to date and efficient system. Over a few years things changed, the team changed, the technology changed and the access to support services changed. While the system is not in dire need of change, something has to …

Want social change to stick?

There’s the services (not all, but some) that want to own it all (and the funding that goes with it). Then there are the do-ers of good that obsess over saving people rather than enabling them to change by themselves

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 words that sum up why I do this… Kid President, you’ve done it again… I …

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? When life is whirling on around you and the call on hold goes on. And …

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 make the lives of everyday people better.  I’ve been involved in Work for the Dole …

What’s annoying me today: disengaged youth

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 …

Baby-Tooth “forget the government”

This track from Baby-tooth (Sam Jarrett) who I met at ‘the Youthie’, a highly innovative youth centre in Nambucca Heads (NSW). It’s so inspiring to hear the message of freedom – self-determination and appreciation of family and community come from such a young person. Thanks Baby-Tooth, I feel the fire in my belly again. CHECK IT OUT (warning, explicit content): Forget …

Why I won’t attend your support group

If 1 in 4 Australians experience a mental illness at any time, could that possibly mean that 1 in 4 Australians (give or take a few) are caring for someone with a mental illness at the same time? And if that’s the case it’s highly likely that those 1 in 4 Australians are busy searching for some form of information, tools or something! …

When working for the dole works

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 …