Social innovation

Submission

20 May 2017

Governments have a role in facilitating innovation, regional development, and the growth of professional and highly skilled jobs in the regions. This can be achieved including via program or infrastructure funding, or through the relocation of government agencies or bodies to regions. Where the...

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Guide

09 May 2017

The Navigator is your guide to leadership for social purpose. At the Centre for Social Impact (CSI), we believe that effective leadership for social purpose is one of the keys to achieving a better world, where people have the opportunity to achieve their goals free of discrimination and social...

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Audio podcast

02 May 2017

Founded in London in 1997, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is one of the world's leading social enterprise development organisations. A charity that supports people using entrepreneurial approaches to tackle...

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Research report

27 Feb 2017

This report presents findings from an analysis of the scale and scope of the sharing economy in Melbourne. The central aim of this report is to outline the breadth of the sharing economy in Melbourne, and to identify future directions for further investigation. The new services that form the...

Audio interview

22 Feb 2017

Following on from the first Cityscapes conversation earlier in the month, Tim Williams from the Committee for Sydney speaks to Julie Wagner, Non-Resident Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution. Julie...

Conference paper

16 Feb 2017

Innovation is considered to be a sine qua non to improve efficiency and effectiveness in government and respond to citizens’ increasing demand for better services. This paper draws together literature related to innovation in the public sector. A qualitative analysis was conducted to establish...

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Working paper

20 Dec 2016

This working paper aims to answer three questions: what is the social investment approach (and what is it not), how should it be applied and where would it be most productively applied?

The current New Zealand Government is following a “social investment” approach to improving the lives...

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Commentary

Article

24 Nov 2016

Social procurement – using business and government purchasing power to create social value – has tremendous potential for social impact. Procuring goods or services from social enterprises committed to employing and supporting marginalised groups, can create almost immediate change.

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Commentary

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28 Sep 2016

Three months into the full implementation of the biggest reform the disability sector in Australia has ever seen, we spoke to four disability providers about their journey to introduce and leverage innovation strategies within their organisations. Having observed House with No Steps, Cerebral...

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Research report

01 Jun 2016

Over the next two decades the number of people in Australia aged over 75 will double. The generation of baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) is often described in aggregate as the wealthiest and potentially healthiest generation in Australia’s history. Many have suggested that they...

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Article

31 May 2016

Burnie Works is a community-wide collaborative initiative in North West Tasmania that is applying the collective impact framework to address the complex problem of low school retention and high youth unemployment. Their generous learning spirit allows us to critically review how Burnie Works has...

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Research report

19 Apr 2016

The humanitarian system has a proven ability to produce innovations, but it does so sporadically and often struggles to take good ideas to scale quickly. The system does not consistently invest in innovation, and humanitarian actors have not always been successful at actively managing innovation...

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Journal

Conference proceedings

11 Dec 2015

FECCA is pleased to announce the release of a special edition of Australian Mosaic. Issue 42, is a snapshot of the FECCA 2015 National Biennial Conference: Building a better future for all Australians, held in partnership with Ethnic Communities Council of NSW (ECC NSW...

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Research report

03 Dec 2015

This Report addresses the Terms of Reference of the Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into the Australian Innovation System. The Report recommends that Government should take action, in collaboration with research organisations and business, to lift innovation performance in five...

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Research report

03 Dec 2015

This inquiry looks at the challenges to Australian industries and jobs posed by increasing global competition in innovation, science, engineering, research and education.

Innovation has consistently been acknowledged as a fundamental driver of productivity and economic growth which can...

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Discussion paper

Report

31 Oct 2015

Contemporary public managers find themselves under pressure on many fronts. Coming off a sustained period of growth in their funding and some complacency about their performance, they now face an environment of ferocious competitiveness abroad and austerity at home. Public managers across...

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Research report

10 Aug 2015

The insights in this document were produced as part of a project to design a social marketing programme that would support people with long term conditions to positively manage their health. The project was led by innovate change for Counties Manukau Health and East Health Trust...

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Commentary

30 Jul 2015

Based on a presentation to a Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA) Forum on ending entrenched disadvantage in Australia.

Capital and failure are two words we don’t often hear together in the social purpose sector.

This article addresses capital and...

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Commentary

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10 Jun 2015

The social impact bond (SIB) innovation is gathering pace around the world and here in Australia, but it is still very early in the development of this nascent market. Expectations are high – from investors and service providers alike – but implemented contracts are thin on the ground, and...

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Working paper

13 Mar 2015

Presents new research on the objectives, motivations, and challenges of ‘innovation spaces’ in humanitarian and development work.

Introduction

The use of the term ‘lab’, more commonly seen in the physical and natural sciences, conjures a sense of a safe haven for...

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