If capitalism is broken is social innovation a way to fix it?

Over the past several years I have come to think that capitalism as practised in the western world is fundamentally broken. Even before the global financial crisis (GFC) this feeling was strong. But in the aftermath of the GFC my discomfort with modern capitalism has continued to grow. Nothing I have seen, read or heard has shifted my perception. I know and understand the world … Continue reading If capitalism is broken is social innovation a way to fix it?

Some thoughts on making change: it starts with us #gathering11

Since I’m in transit to New York to speak at the 140Conference about Twitter, Community & Social Innovation David Hood had planned for me to join in Gathering11 from a distance using the power of technology. However, due to what can only identified as #EPICFAIL on the technology front from both sides of the Pacific, that didn’t happen. In any case here are some of … Continue reading Some thoughts on making change: it starts with us #gathering11

Inspired and delighted with people’s willingness to work for positive change #sibsyd

I’m exhausted after a busy weekend and totally inspired by the people I just spent the weekend with! We held the first Social Innovation Sydney Startup Camp this weekend. It was great to see so many people willing to work together in an open and collaborative way on developing social innovation projects. It really inspires me with hope for the future of our world to … Continue reading Inspired and delighted with people’s willingness to work for positive change #sibsyd

Serious stuff: “dream machines that deliver the desires of the material heart”

I was lucky enough to hear my friend Mark Pesce speak at the Social Innovation BarCamp in Sydney on 6 Nov and his talk, while entertaining, was also profound. Mark commenced by referring to mobile phones as “dream machines that deliver the desires of the material heart”. Then he pondered the notion of materiality and how it takes us away from the ‘real’ and towards … Continue reading Serious stuff: “dream machines that deliver the desires of the material heart”

1 more sleep until Social Innovation BarCamp #sibsyd

After many weeks of planning with my co-conspirators Selena Griffith, Michelle Williams and Kim Chen we are finally on the eve of the second Social Innovation BarCamp. This venture was a leap of faith for us. At the start we did not know if anyone else had a passion for social innovation and wanted to join in creating conversations around making change happen. Nor did we … Continue reading 1 more sleep until Social Innovation BarCamp #sibsyd

Points of Information – We’re off to see the wizard

Points of Information is an amusing Canadian take on the quaint Australian custom of compulsory voting in elections (i.e. the government punishes you by way of a fine if you cannot be bothered to get of bed and cast a vote in municipal, state & federal elections). As Tim Poon comments: “Well, I dunno. I appreciate that voter participation is a key part of democracy, but … Continue reading Points of Information – We’re off to see the wizard