Plan your way out of the fog

It’s that weird time of the year between the festie season and Australia day, the time when a good percentage of the population are still on holidays (we won’t talk about them), kids aren’t back at school yet, the days are still long and balmy and it kind of feels like holidays but secretly we know it’s time to get …

Stop planning, start doing.

If I could distill just one thing from over 12 years consulting for communities it’s this; People in any community, no matter how disadvantaged already know how they want to live their lives. And that’s hard for an ‘expert’ to chew on.  Because we are paid to have the great ideas, right? One of the things that always irked me in …

Who does your money support?

This could be a righteous story about how great I am at spending money the ‘right’ way.  About how wonderful we are at saving the planet or the world or how awesomely we walk our talk. Actually it’s not going to be told like that. This is a story of an awakening. You see, I’ve always liked the idea of …

Connection creation is not magic

Connection, the ability to connect may contain some elements that appear to be magic.  But even the most skilled magicians have a ‘go to’ kit which enables them to wow audiences again and again. How to create connection – PART ONE One of the greatest mistakes not for profits make in marketing is assuming that people will connect with them …

What if there were no not for profits?

“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 …