I have argued previously that capitalism is broken and that we need to find new approaches that are good for people, animals and the planet. Further I asked if social innovation might be part of that new approach. The world is facing an unprecedented financial crisis that is creating a future in which traditional jobs are being destroyed. Jeff Jarvis outlines this future well in … Continue reading The jobless future and social innovation
A while back I did a Live Local Challenge, attempting to consume only food produced within 100 kilometres of my home for a week. You can check out the results and learnings from the process in a series of blog posts from 2009. Since that time I’ve been much more conscious of what I consume and where it comes from. Last week we screened Food … Continue reading Local Food or Less Meat?
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?
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
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
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”
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 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