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Solar energy could re-power the planet and the NT economy

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 24th June 2019 -  The Northern Territory is one of the sunniest places on earth, and according to a new report, turning sunshine into energy could be the answer to reviving the territory’s flailing economy.

Opinion

Are you data-driven?

Mike Davis, Monday, 24th June 2019 -  Data can either provide you with useful intelligence or create a foggy bulwark to progress, writes Mike Davis, in this article which highlights three levels of data sophistication and depth of process that an organisation can orient toward.

ACOSS warns against government’s ‘unprecedented’ tax cuts

Luke Michael, Monday, 24th June 2019 -  The Morrison government’s plan to give people on $200,000 a tax cut of $11,000 a year will guarantee funding cuts to essential services and hurt society’s most vulnerable, the Australian Council of Social Service says.   

NSW community groups facing an uncertain future

Luke Michael, Monday, 24th June 2019 -  Community organisations in New South Wales could be forced to choose between cutting staff or closing altogether because of measures in the state budget, sector advocates believe.  

Changemaker

Leading the next generation of philanthropists and changemakers

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 24th June 2019 -  Sarah Wade is the CEO of Kids in Philanthropy, an organisation equipping the next generation with the skills to be changemakers, and making philanthropy accessible for all. She’s this week’s Changemaker.

Divers set rubbish world record

Maggie Coggan, Saturday, 22nd June 2019 -  Hundreds of eco-friendly scuba divers have broken a world record for the largest underwater cleanup, retrieving over 700 kgs of rubbish and 30 kgs of fishing line.    

Oxford University receives £150 million gift to help share humanities with the world

Luke Michael, Friday, 21st June 2019 -  A US philanthropist has made the largest single donation to Oxford University “since the Renaissance”, as part of a plan to transform the way the institution teaches and researches humanities.

Global refugee crisis prompts calls for policy rethink

Luke Michael, Friday, 21st June 2019 -  NGO leaders say Australia must seriously rethink its refugee policy and increase its humanitarian intake after it was revealed more than 70 million people were forced to flee their homes in 2018.

Opinion

50 years after Australia's historic 'equal pay' decision, the legacy of 'women's work' remains

Contributor, Friday, 21st June 2019 -  It’s been five decades since the historic equal pay decision, but decisions made centuries ago mean that female-dominated jobs still sit at the lower end of the pay spectrum, writes Leonora Risse, in this article which first appeared in The Conversation.       

Victoria says goodbye to single use shopping bags

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 20th June 2019 -  Lightweight, single-use plastic shopping bags are set to be banned from all Victorian food and retail stores, with conservation groups labelling the move as a first step in the long fight on plastic waste.

Opinion

Impact investing – Tokenism and words no longer enough

David Crosbie, Thursday, 20th June 2019 -  The Australian government has put its toe in the water of impact investing but we’re falling behind countries like the UK and Canada where governments have made significant investments to support the market, writes Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie.

Opinion

Cultural overhaul: Implementing a complete revamp from the ground to the board

Sue Karzis, Wednesday, 19th June 2019 -  The NFP industry is ripe for disruption, writes Sue Karzis, CEO of State Schools’ Relief, as she shares her experience of leading an organisation through a complete cultural overhaul.

Opinion

Gender inequality and social entrepreneurship

Cindy Mitchell, Wednesday, 19th June 2019 -  Cindy Reese Mitchell explores how the gender norms that hobble women’s full participation in business also apply to those who are passionate about social innovation.

Australia’s heading in the wrong direction… but do we have to be?

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 19th June 2019 -  Cross-sector collaboration will be the key to stopping Australia’s drift towards a future of economic, social and environmental decline, community sector leaders say.   

Building a better business culture for Australia’s children

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 19th June 2019 -  Australia is being urged to better protect kids from harmful business practices, with a UNICEF report outlining major policy gaps leaving children vulnerable.

‘We need a serious change in approach’: Indigenous strategy comes under fire

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 19th June 2019 -  Community leaders have slammed the government’s management of its Indigenous Advancement Strategy, following revelations the program was yet to be properly evaluated five years after rollout.

Victoria secures NDIS funding certainty

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 18th June 2019 -  Victoria has settled a bitter feud with the Commonwealth over National Disability Insurance Scheme funding after signing a long-term agreement with the federal government.  

Analysis

Case Study: Using mixed methods to understand the value of developing a typology of innovation agencies

Geoff Mulgan, Tuesday, 18th June 2019 -  This programme developed a typology of innovation agencies around the world, and then used follow up qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and develop its value to agencies, writes Geoff Mulgan, as part of a series of case studies highlighting different approaches to capturing impact.

Charities take fundraising into their own hands

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 18th June 2019 -  A group of Australia’s top charities have joined forces to create an independent, not-for-profit fundraising organisation to provide a sustainable flow of funds to the four organisations.     

Opinion

Designing ‘moments’ to progress complex problems – A look at nuclear weapons

Elise Harper, Tuesday, 18th June 2019 -  Like many modern social problems the threat of a nuclear weapons attack has no single cause and is constantly changing. Elise Harper explains why looking at the problem through the lens of complex adaptive systems, could hold the key to mobilising people at scale to affect systematic social change.

Sharing meals and the stories of refugees

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 17th June 2019 -  When Iraqi refugee Salwan Shaooka was forced to flee Iraq and the approaching threat of ISIS to find a better life in Australia, settling in and finding a job wasn’t easy.

Welfare automation prioritises ‘efficiency over human rights’

Luke Michael, Monday, 17th June 2019 -  The automation of welfare services in Australia risks pushing vulnerable families deeper into poverty, the United Nations has heard.  

Opinion

Why innovation is important to social enterprises

Contributor, Monday, 17th June 2019 -  There is an opportunity for social enterprises to play a more proactive role in creating innovative solutions to some of the world’s most wicked problems, write Janet Sernack and Gabrielle Martinovich from ImagineNation, as part of a four-part series about rejuvenating to survive and thrive for social benefit.

Aussies urged to think before they give

Luke Michael, Monday, 17th June 2019 -  Australian donors are putting children at risk of harm by supporting overseas projects without applying proper scrutiny, a child protection expert warns.  

Changemaker

Make money, make impact

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 17th June 2019 -  As the co-founder of Impact Generation Partners and co-chair of Philanthropy Australia, Amanda Miller is bringing business, private investors and social entrepreneurs together to use finance for good. She’s this week’s Changemaker.

Radiohead hack aids action on climate change

Maggie Coggan, Saturday, 15th June 2019 -  Climate change action group, Extinction Rebellion, has thanked English rock band Radiohead for donating the proceeds of music the band was forced to release after a hack.  
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