Women in Social Enterprise

A few ladies from my studio and I attended this event on May 2nd. Zac was meant to come but I think the estrogen put him off. It was very inspiring! See 54.10 for my question on how they encouraged people to believe in the new markets that they were creating.

The event was hosted by Jan Owen, CEO, The Foundation for Young Australians and the speakers were:

A few of my favourite quotes (unfortunately I forget who said what):

“If you’re not measuring it, you’re not managing it”

“People don’t invest in what you do, they invest in why you do it”

“Have a thought-through idea”

Snippets from readings

This book by Nic Frances, ex-CEO of The Brotherhood of St Lawrence, is a great insight and easy to read.

Page 5, Frances, N. (2008). The End of Charity: Time for social enterprise. Crows Nest, Allen & Unwin.

This links back to class nicely, where buzzwords are the latest communication tool. The idea that the words are out there but the concepts aren’t being taken on board fascinates me. It is watching the world change before your very eyes. This is the mid-way point between the conception and practice of a theory.

Page 7, Frances, N. (2008). The End of Charity: Time for social enterprise. Crows Nest, Allen & Unwin.

A nice definition, especially for my area of interest. Social enterprise should strive to be financially independent. This is one thing that ‘Social Traders’ aims for in their program.