Recent HighlightsLaunch of the NAB / CSI Financial Exclusion Indicator
NAB and CSI have just completed the first detailed measurement of the extent of financial exclusion in Australia. The research aims to deepen understanding of financial exclusion and its relationship with social and economic disadvantage. To date, this study is the largest and most detailed examination of financial exclusion undertaken in Australia and one of the largest studies of this type in the world. This national financial exclusion indicator is an annual measurement which will be publicly released each year. Read more...
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‘Yakety Yak’ interview with Andrew Forrest – Perth
Our Yakety Yak guest for April was Andrew Forrest, successful businessman and philanthropist. Andrew provides a rare insight into his personal experiences and relationships that inspire his work to end indigenous disparity. We hear about his formative years growing up on the family property ‘Minderoo Station’ in regional WA and the profound influence of head stockman Scotty Black on his life. He also discusses his involvement in the Australian Employment Covenant and his charitable organisation, The Australian Children’s Trust.
Rupert Myer discusses the importance of transparency in NFP reporting
Rupert Myer was chair of the Jury for the 2010 Transparency Awards. In the May edition of Social Business he talked about key insights gained through this year’s awards process, as well as his views on how we can promote more of a culture of giving in Australia. > Watch video
We also heard from Foxtel CEO Kim Williams about the range of initiatives Foxtel is supporting in the areas of community, environment and reconciliation. > Watch video
Samantha Jockel spoke about her boutique social enterprise Biddy Bags and how it is ‘connecting nannas through craft’. > Watch video
CSI (UWA) Advisory Group welcomes Prof Paul Flatau
The CSI (UWA) Advisory Group, chaired by Dr Michael Chaney, met in April to discuss the work of the Centre for Social Impact nationally and in Western Australia. Following the meeting, UWA Business School Dean, Professor Tracey Horton, hosted a small function to welcome Professor Flatau and officially introduce him to the Advisory Group and the broader UWA community.
Pictured: CSI (UWA) Advisory Group Chairperson, Dr Michael Chaney; CSI (UWA) Director, Prof Paul Flatau
Innovations in homelessness in WA
The Innovations in Homelessness Policy and Services in Western Australia forum was presented by CSI (UWA) and Social Innovation in Western Australia (SiiWA) in May at the University Club of Western Australia.
The forum showcased a major new homelessness service in Western Australia, the Street-to-Home program and the role of social enterprises in providing employment options for those who are homeless or formerly homeless.
More than 60 government, corporate, academic and third sector representatives attended to hear speakers engaged in homelessness innovation. Read more...
> Go to 2011 events calendar for full list of CSI upcoming events
Pictured: Panel members from the Innovations in Homelessness Policy and Services in Western Australia forum with Prof Paul Flatau, Director CSI (UWA) (back right)
Driving social innovation – the Canadian experience
CSI (UWA) and the Western Australian Department for Communities welcomed Canadian social innovators Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack to Perth in May to share their experiences during a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia.
Through their vast experience over three decades in what is still an emerging field in Australia, Al and Vickie shared their work and how they have achieved impact, durability and scale. Read more...
Pictured: Visiting Canadian social innovators Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack; WA Mental Health Commissioner Eddie Bartnik
Social Innovator Dialogues with Charles Leadbeater – June: Syd, Melb, Adel
Next month the Social Innovator Dialogues Series will bring global innovation thought leader Charles Leadbeater to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Leadbeater is a world expert on collaboration and innovation. His 2011 Australian tour ‘Dancing with Disruption’ tackles the interesting and growing discussion happening about the role and impact of social innovation in government and across the public sector. Tickets from $200 for not-for-profit organisations.
Some of the questions to be explored include:
> Register for Sydney seminar on Thursday16 June
> Register for Melbourne seminar on Tuesday 21 June
> Register for Adelaide seminar on Saturday 18 June
To whet your appetite, read Leadbeater’s report Learning from the Extremes (co-authored by Annika Wong), which examines "how social entrepreneurs around the world are devising new approaches to learning in extreme social circumstances , when there are few teachers, schools or text books".
Graduate Certificate in Social Impact applications open
At UNSW applications are open to commence study in semester 2 2011. For more information contact the Australian School of Business on email@example.com or ph 02 93853507. CSI scholarships are also available.
Read more about the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact