We’re at the pointy end…
Lots of people across the Australian #socialenterprise sector have shared what they think the vision and mission for the sector should be. This will name a shared direction, and lay foundations on which we together build a social enterprise national strategy.
Different people touched different parts of the process so far. The Yunus Centre Griffith University consulted with people across the sector and, based on what they heard, developed draft words. ASENA (Alliance of Social Enterprise Networks Australia), open-invite workshops. and members of the SEWF - Social Enterprise World Forum C.I.C. First Nations Committee gave feedback on these drafts and came up with alternatives. Based on this input, a working group including Cindy Mitchell, Dr Sharon Zivkovic Zivkovic, Alex Hannant, Cameron Willis, Carmen Garcia, Ben Pecotich and Jess Moore worked to distil and agree words. Input shows what a diverse sector we are, as well as the common ground we share.The compass for the working group was to take what was heard and find the common ground in the simplest words. These words are now ready for your feedback.
A breadth of voices in this process is critical.
Please share your thoughts by taking this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P8B5BVX.
It should take 3-5 minutes to complete. The deadline for feedback is 5pm AEDT, Thursday March 24.
Once feedback is in, it will be reflected back, and go to the Social Enterprise National Strategy (SENS) Advisory Council to inform finalisation.
About the Draft Vision and MissionSocial Enterprise gathered over three events to help develop a vision and mission for the Australian social enterprise sector. This will name a shared direction, and lay foundations on which we together build a social enterprise national strategy (SENS). Feedback from ASENA, the workshops, and from members of the SEWF First Nations Committee show what a diverse sector we are.
Feedback on the draft vision and mission from the Yunus Centre - our starting point - included:
On process, some want more information and discussion to work through what was said and heard as a group. Others want framing and discussion that is time limited, to enable equal participation and avoid exclusion of the time poor. Feedback showed the balance struck suited most. For the workshops, there were 177 registrations and 119 attendees. 87% said they agreed or strongly agreed that they were able to participate meaningfully, 92% agreed or strongly agreed that their perspectives were listened to and valued, and 92% agreed or strongly agreed that they heard perspectives different from their own. Feedback also showed:
Support for a national strategy is high. With 1 being strongly disagree and 5 being agree, the mean score given by participants was 4.69.
79% of respondents see a sense of belonging to the sector as important or very important, and 67% and 79% feel a strong or very strong sense of belonging to the sector at the national and state level respectively.
- Some want a vision that is broad, outward looking and impact focused, while others want a vision and mission that's sector focused in which they see themselves more closely.
- There is broad support for multiple mission statements (or areas) to specify the unique contribution the sector makes.
- There is broad support for the areas of focus in the draft mission statements, though not the words used to articulate them.
- Many said they want particular forms of community leadership and stewardship (for example, First Nations, lived experience and place-based) woven into the mission.
- Many said they want framing and language that reflects care for people, places and planet equally.
- Many said they want social enterprise, and collaboration or working together, to be explicit in the statements.
- Overwhelmingly, words and phrasing that is simple, clear and direct is favoured.