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  • 31 March 2022 3:49 PM | Anonymous

    QSEC is looking for Regional Activators to help unlock opportunities for Social Enterprises on the ground in key regional areas and promote direct engagement with potential industry partners. If this sounds like you please see links to EOI and Scope of Work.

    There are six positions in total, five Regional Activators based across QLD and one South East QLD Cluster Activator.

    Closing date for expressions of interest is 15 April 2022. We look forward to hearing from you! 

    Scope of Work Regional Activation workshops April.pdf

    EOI Regional Activators - Industry Linkage Project .pdf (1).pdf



  • 31 March 2022 8:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    People across the Australian social enterprise sector have been working together to develop a shared vision and mission. This names a direction for the sector, and lays foundations on which we can together build a national strategy. 

    Our shared vision is:

    Working together to ensure all people, places and the planet thrive. 

    Our shared mission is to:

    Foster a vibrant and connected Australian social enterprise sector that provides:

    ·      Environmental care

    ·      People-centred services

    ·      Access to decent work

    ·      Community-led innovation

    These words were developed by the sector for the sector, in all our diversity. It was a learning process about shared and different wants for social enterprise in Australia and for how we work together as a sector.

    Different people touched different parts of the process. The Yunus Centre consulted with people across the sector and, based on what they heard, developed first drafts. ASENA –  which represents Australia’s seven practitioner-led state and territory social enterprise networks – and open-invite workshops gave feedback and came up with alternatives. For the workshops, there were 177 registrations and 119 attendees. 

    Based on this input, a group including Cindy Mitchell, Sharon Zivkovic, Alex Hannant, Cam Willis, Carmen Garcia, Ben Pecotich and Jess Moore worked to distil and agree on a second draft, in consultation with members of the Social Enterprise World Forum First Nations Committee.

    These words were then shared with all those who registered for the workshops, and publicly, with an ask that people across the sector give feedback.

    302 people provided feedback.

    They came overwhelmingly from a social enterprise (217), followed by an intermediary (41), an academic organisation (16), a peak body (15), other (15), a philanthropic organisation (14), an impact investment organisation (9), and in government (10).

    They came from across all Australian states and territories. Participants were asked where their organisation had operations. The greatest number said NSW (160), followed by Qld (117), Vic (96), SA (68), WA (64), ACT (62), NT (60), and Tas (53).

    The vision

    The draft vision shared for feedback was: A world that works together to ensure all people, places and planet thrive.

    It was developed to incorporate the key and common themes that emerged from the workshop:

    ·      Collaboration itself as a vision.

    ·      Naming and valuing social, environmental and place-based impact, and equally.

    ·      Using language that is simple, clear and direct.

    The majority of respondents supported this draft: 80% said it was reflective of the sector, and 16% said it was reflective of the sector with minor changes. Further, 89% said they saw themselves and their work in statement, and 9% said they saw themselves and their work with minor changes.

    91 people also provided written feedback on the vision. 

    There was strong overall support for the content, and some common feedback on the words used to express this content.

    The most common theme in the written feedback (30) was support. It included:

    ·       Well done on this draft. It’s something I feel proud to be part of. Well done too on the process to develop it. You created space for all to be part of this.

    ·       I think it's great. I am so happy to sit beneath this common vision.

    ·       … This is a magnificent reconciliation of diverse and divergent opinions in the workshop I went to.

    ·       Such contradictory things were wanted in the workshop I went to and I think this is a brilliant balance. It’s also motivating.

    ·       Makes me feel hopeful and proud to be part of this sector.

     

    Also common were two wordsmithing requests to add a “the” before planet and to remove “world” from the statement. 

    This feedback was reviewed by the Social Enterprise National Strategy Advisory Council. Incorporating this common feedback, the vision was finalised as: Working together to ensure all people, places and the planet thrive. 

    The mission

    The draft mission shared for feedback was: Foster a healthy and connected Australian social enterprise sector that provides:

    ·      Environmental care and solutions

    ·      Dignified people-centred human services

    ·      Access to decent work

    ·      Tools for community-led innovation

    It was developed to incorporate the key and common themes that emerged from the workshop:

    ·       Broad support for multiple focus areas or missions to name the specific contributions the sector makes.

    ·      Broad support for these four areas.

    ·      Weaving in community leadership, to reflect First Nations, lived experience and place-based leadership.

    ·      Using language that is simple, clear and direct.

    The majority of respondents supported this mission, though a significant number wanted minor modifications: 57% said it was reflective of the sector, and 36% said it was reflective of the sector with minor changes. Further, 83% said they saw themselves and their work in statement, and 13% said they saw themselves and their work with minor changes.

    135 people also provided written feedback on the mission. Again, there was strong overall support for the content, and some common feedback on the words used to express this content.

    The common themes were:

    ·      Change the word ‘healthy’, most often to ‘vibrant’.

    ·      Remove ‘and solutions’ from ‘environmental care and solutions’, with some strong dislike of the word ‘solutions’ and others seeing it as redundant. While some alternative words and greater description were also suggested, they varied greatly and there was strong support for the word ‘care’.

    ·      Simplify ‘dignified people-centred human services’ to ‘people-centred services’, to remove the only qualifying adjective and to include the many enterprises set up to meet human need that are not classified as human services.

    ·      While different people prefer different words, ‘decent work’ was most commonly supported to describe this focus area, which aligns language to the Sustainable Development Goals. ‘Decent work’ is intended to capture work that is productive and offers conditions of freedom, fairness, security and human dignity.

    ·      Simplify ‘tools for community led innovation’ to ‘community-led innovation’.

    The draft and all feedback was shared with the Social Enterprise National Strategy Advisory Council. While personal preferences for exact wording varied, as the best reflection of what the sector said, the mission was finalised as: Foster a vibrant and connected Australian social enterprise sector that provides:

    ·      Environmental care

    ·      People-centred services

    ·      Access to decent work

    ·      Community-led innovation

    A milestone (or two)

    It’s a big milestone to have named a shared direction and call to action as a sector. Practically, it gives us a compass in our work together and provides a foundation for a national strategy.

    It’s also a big milestone that this was built together by people across the sector. We are diverse – and people have strong and different ideas about particular things. We also share that we strive for a better world. 

    Enormous thanks to all who came together to build not only this vision and mission, but this collaboration.

    What’s next?

    A vision and mission for the sector was the first of five foundations named by the Yunus Centre research, needed to enable the sector to build a national strategy together. The four others being built are:

    1.     To design and set up a new fit-for-purpose organisation to lead the national strategy process, connect actors and efforts across the breadth of our sector, and to engage with the Federal Government. Social Enterprise Australia, as this will be known, is now in the final stages of name registration with ASIC and there will be a sector co-design process to decide how it will be structured.

    2.     Establish principles of practice to agree on shared values and how we’ll work together. A co-design process for this will kick off in April. Stay tuned.

    3.     Profile and promote the value of social enterprise through communications, education and advocacy.

    4.     Commission an investment case for the social enterprise sector, to articulate the value of the social enterprise sector.

    Feedback and enquiries should be directed to SENS team through Jess Moore jmoorejmoore@gmail.com

  • 28 March 2022 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 21 March 2022 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 21 March 2022 3:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 14 March 2022 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    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 Mission

    Social 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:
    1. 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.
    2. There is broad support for multiple mission statements (or areas) to specify the unique contribution the sector makes.
    3. There is broad support for the areas of focus in the draft mission statements, though not the words used to articulate them.
    4. Many said they want particular forms of community leadership and stewardship (for example, First Nations, lived experience and place-based) woven into the mission.
    5. Many said they want framing and language that reflects care for people, places and planet equally.
    6. Many said they want social enterprise, and collaboration or working together, to be explicit in the statements.
    7. Overwhelmingly, words and phrasing that is simple, clear and direct is favoured.
    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.


  • 14 March 2022 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Compiled by Impact North and The Yunus Centre It’s your shortcut to all the key insights and highlights from last year’s conference. Download your copy now.

    https://www.impactnorth.org.au/sesna-2021-report

    Together with The Yunus Centre, Impact North has put together the Social Enterprise Summit Northern Australia (SESNA) 2021 report.

    From centering Indigenous voices and building on the rich history of social enterprise in First Nations communities, to shaping the future of the sector with intercultural collaboration and mutual support, SESNA 2021 had so much wisdom on offer. Some of the key takeaways from the report include:

    ● The social enterprise sector must centre Indigenous sense-making and knowledge into our practices

    ● As the Australian social enterprise movement grows, so do opportunities to publicly champion equity agendas for First Nations peoples

    ● Consulting and collaborating with First Nations people only when an ‘Indigenous perspective’ is needed, does a grave injustice to diverse skills, identities, interests and passions


  • 08 March 2022 10:28 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Financial help for flood-hit small businesses, primary producers and communities in SEQ

    Published Saturday, 05 March, 2022 at 12:41 PM

    Premier and Minister for the Olympics
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Financial support for flood-affected Queensland small businesses, farmers, not-for-profit organisations, and sporting and community clubs will now be available following a new agreement between the Prime Minister and Premier. 

    An initial $558.5 million, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments will be provided to support communities in need.

    Demand driven grants of up to $75,000 for primary producers, up to $50,000 for affected small businesses and not-for-profit organisations, and $20,000 for sporting and community clubs and associations will be available through Queensland Government agencies to help flood-affected communities get back on their feet. 

    These grants will be available through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority, call 1800 623 946 or visit http://www.qrida.qld.gov.au


    Learn more


    Financial help for flood-hit small businesses, primary producers and communities in SEQ - Ministerial Media Statements



  • 02 March 2022 2:52 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    We are running a webinar on Finance Solutions for jobs-focused social enterprises and we would love for you to come. If you don’t know us, White Box Enterprises has been established to enable jobs focussed social enterprises to grow and scale. One of the ways that we do this is by working with social enterprises to identify ways in which finance can support growth.

    Finance Solutions isn’t necessarily about your organisation taking on finance, we adopt creative approaches to find solutions that fit the problem. This could involve a group of investors buying a property to house social enterprises on appropriate terms; raising capital against contracts won; or financing a social enterprise to buy an existing business, or…

    Even if this isn’t on your agenda right now, please take the time to get someone along from your organisation to understand how it could benefit your organisation when the need/opportunity arises.

    The webinar will hear from the White Box Finance CIO, a case study of the soon to be opened Social Enterprise Hub in Braybrook and time for QnA from the audience.

    Details

    Finance Solutions Webinar

    Thursday 31 March

    11am -12pm AEDT 

    No cost.

    Registrations https://events.humanitix.com/finance-solutions-for-social-enterprise



  • 02 March 2022 9:59 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)
    The Funding Network
    TELL YOUR STORY!

    Calling all grassroots non-profits and social enterprises helping Queenslanders in need! 

    We're so excited to announce that TFN Live will take place in Brisbane on Thursday 26 May, generously hosted by Clayton Utz. We’d love to hear from grassroots non-profits and social enterprises that are running innovative programs to support Queenslanders experiencing disadvantage.

    Three finalists – as chosen by an independent selection panel – will receive professional coaching and the chance to deliver a pitch to an audience of 100+ guests at an exciting virtual live crowdfunding event to raise an estimated $20,000 each.

    A big thank you to the Morgans Foundation, who will generously provide matched funding on the night. This event is also supported by Deloitte and the Queensland Community Foundation.

    Applications close Thursday 24 March – apply now!

    If you have any questions about your application, get in touch.

    APPLY HERE

    NEW TO TFN LIVE EVENTS?

    Check out the video below for a snapshot of how our events work and the unforgettable experience you're up for!

    EVENT DETAILS
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    5.30pm (6pm start) - 8.30pm AEST
    Thursday 26 May 2022
    Clayton Utz
    71 Eagle Street Brisbane
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