NEXT GENERATION OPEN DATA

This week the NSW Minister for Innovation, the hon. @VictorDominello announced the NSW Data Analytics Centre (the DAC) – a place where government, business and NGOs can go and leverage the volumes of data that we collect but rarely manage to make use of. The launch took place at UTS, in a spectacular space with…

INDIGENOUS DIGTIAL

The complexities of Indigenous disadvantage are too great for any single solution, what I know in my heart is that social enterprise and digital are the future and well worth trying to address closing the gap. Where there are no jobs, create them, where there are gaps, there are opportunities to design solutions, tech can…

SPARKING SOCIAL CHANGE

Don’t you just love a crazy idea? It takes a lot of courage to try something new, especially something that you don’t know will work, yet entrepreneurs and start ups pursue crazy ideas every day and thank heavens they do. How else would the likes of Apple, Uber or AirBnB come about? I love and admire…

RAPID PROTOTYPING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

“We have enough, and we can do better, so why is it so hard to cause social change? “ I believe it’s because we wade through bureaucracy and stifling processes that take forever to be signed off and implemented. It’s no coincidence that I became fascinated with rapid prototyping, a process I’ve witnessed at Hackathons where participants…

THE ALCHEMY OF WORKING TOGETHER

In the world of social care and social disadvantage we are losing badly, despite countless efforts and $250 billion dollars spent annually, disadvantage is growing and we are seeing increasing instances of domestic violence, child protection, mental health and homelessness. In fact in this ‘lucky country’ one in seven Australians live below the poverty line.…

A SOCIAL INNOVATION EXPERIMENT

Twitter is a wondrous place, I believe it is more equal than Facebook and LinkedIn and it seems anyone can get traction on an issue with a little help from clever hashtags and virtual friends. I recently thought I would try a social innovation experiment, I tweeted “Who wants to help me organise a  Hackathon for…

INNOVATION IS THE KEY TO SHIFT SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Last year(2014) a friend whom I call the goddess of Start up – Nicole Williamson – introduced me to the parallel universe of tech and start up – I was mesmerized by the innovation and the hunger for creation. I’m so grateful to Nicole for introducing me to her world and being so generous to…

DISRUPTION4GOOD

disruption: dis|rup¦tion Pronunciation: /dɪsˈrʌpʃn/ According to Oxford Dictionaries, the Definition of disruption in English: nounDisturbance or problems which interrupt an event, activity, or process My relationship with disruption started early – in primary school my parents received report cards with comments like “Anne-Marie is disruptive in class.” Luckily I never really took this in a bad way, you see I was disruptive because I wasn’t a sheep, I…

ITS COLLECTIVE

I’m an optimist, my view is that its not that hard to get people together to work on something important like better supporting the most vulnerable. I also don’t think its that hard to come up with new, innovative, flexible solutions.I believe that people from various disciplines and sectors want to contribute to designing new…