Message from Peter Shergold
This new parliament, formed with the assistance of the Greens and independents, may provide new opportunities for social innovation and the community sector. Parliamentary reforms, including the opportunity for more private members bills to be put to the vote, suggest that Indigenous, environmental, remote and rural issues will be high on the agenda.
In this issue
Free Book Offer
Social Business September
Robyn Archer - Yakety Yak
Patrick McClure on Ethics
Social Entrepreneur of the Year
APSILC supports Kinaway
Jeremy Nicholls (SROI) visit
John Elkington talks sustainability
Tonya Surman workshops
CSI (WA) Events
ANZTSR Research Conference
CSI joint chair - Swinburne
The 2010 election
Cheryl was, of course in the election. Standing as an independent for the senate in NSW she gained significant coverage for her ideas on political reform and community engagement. Peter did a great deal of media commentary on Radio National ('Public Servants and the Impasse') and ('Election Special - Leadership'), ABC News24 ('New Front Bench - Newsline') and ('Election 2010' - 'One Plus One') and Sky News.
Free Book offer! 'The World that Changes the World'
Peter has just contributed to a new book on how philanthropy, innovation and entrepreneurship are transforming the social system. It is edited by Willie Cheng and Sharifah Mohamed.
CSI is making 70 copies of 'The World that Changes the World' available FREE to CSI supporters on a first come, first served basis. Just email us on email@example.com.
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September edition of Social Business on Sky Business News
In our September program, Peter spoke with Documentary filmmaker Ian Darling about his film Polly and Me which attempts to raise awareness of the issues of addiction, abuse and neglect. Greg Foran from Woolworths talked about their Fresh Food Rescue program where surplus fresh food is rescued from the waste stream and turned into meals for the needy. Scott Harris, CEO of the Beacon Foundation, also spoke about the work the Beacon Foundation is doing in low socio-economic status secondary schools to provide positive pathways to employment.
Latest news included the National Pro Bono Resources Centre latest survey results, the progress of the Hepburn Wind farm in Daylesford and Mission Australia's Men's Homelessness report. Read more.
Watch Social Business.
Robyn Archer talks about resilience in the Arts at Yakety Yak
In our monthly 'Yakety Yak' dinner and conversation series, Peter Thompson speaks to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership in the field of public and social innovation, corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship or philanthropy.
Robyn Archer, director, performer, writer and public advocate for the arts talked about the need to nurture emerging artists and art forms to create a resilient and thriving sector. She also urged business to form stronger partnerships with artists, and discussed the many benefits this provides to employees including unlocking creativity.
Watch the video.
Patrick McClure on ethics
CSI Ethics Fellow, Patrick McClure, discusses how to establish and maintain an ethical culture within organisations, in the August edition of 'The Board Builder'.
He says there is a strong business case for CEOs and boards of not-for-profit organisations to build a strong ethical culture, including managing risk, being accountable to stakeholders, building capacity in the organisation and protecting reputation.
Social Entrepreneur of The Year's Vision: Empowering African Communities
UNSW Commerce graduate Shanil Samarakoon has been named 2010’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, by the School for Social Entrepreneurs. While still at university he set up Empower, an organisation that helps poor communities gain access electricity generation – a key component to social and economic growth. In an interview for Knowledge@Australian School of Business, Shanil outlines Empower’s latest project that aims to generate self-reliance in rural villages in the African nation of Malawi.
APSILC supports Victoria's first Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
MBS Asia Pacific Social Impact Leadership Centre has become a foundation sponsor of Kinaway - Victoria’s Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce. Kinaway is a new independent professional association formed to support Aboriginal businesses and improve social outcomes for the Aboriginal community in Victoria. More.
Photo L-R: Jennifer George, Dean & Director MBS and Wayne Kayler-Thompson (CEO of VECCI)
Coming Up at CSI
Jeremy Nicholls focuses on finding ways for organisations to better understand and manage the social value they create. He has co-written a number of guides to SROI and developed the SROI Primer with London Business School. He has also developed an online version of SROI and worked on many SROI analyses for private, public and third sector organisations.
Interviews for CSI Conjoint Chair - Swinburne University of Technology
Interviews are currently being held for the CSI conjoint chair at SUT. We hope to be able to make an announcement shortly.