Posts Tagged ‘networks’

May the force be with you – Service design for invisible connections

Posted in Events by emma.gerard on August 28th, 2013

29 August , 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
Yodandy

Image from SDNM

From the Service Design Network Melbourne (SDNM) by Yoko Akama

The innocuous seeming arrows and lines in organisational charts and process diagrams often represent time, context, and connections that are essential to the experiences people have with those organisations. The problem is that arrows and connecting lines are so ubiquitous in diagrams that they seem invisible and are often overlooked.

It is much easier–and human nature—to focus effort on “things” because they represent tangible touchpoints, such as a website, ticket machine, and so on. As a result, many forget to attend to designing the experience of the arrows and lines—the transitions from one touchpoint to the next. They are too important to let just happen. Too important they are.

This talk with Dr. Andy Polaine and discussion explores how thinking about and designing the space and time between touchpoints can help bridge the silos within organisations that prevent engaging and positive service experiences from happening.

Dr. Andy Polaine has been involved in interaction design since the early 90s and was co-founder of the award-winning new media group, Antirom, in London. He was a creative producer at Razorfish, UK and later Interactive Director at Animal Logic, Sydney. Andy was Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of Media Arts at The University of New South Wales, Sydney before moving to Germany and holds a PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney in which he examined the relationship between play and interactivity. He now divides his time between being a Lecturer and Researcher in Service Design at the Lucerne School of Art and Design in Switzerland and his work as a service/interaction design consultant and writer, working with clients such as Telenor, VW Germany and live|work. He has written over 160 articles and papers and co-authored the Rosenfeld Media book, Service Design: From Insight to Implementation. He can be found online at polaine.com and on Twitter as @apolaine.

Time: August 29, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: Multipurpose Room (Level 1), RMIT Design Hub
Street: Victoria Street, corner of Swanston Street
City/Town: Melbourne
Event Type: talk
Organized By: Service Design Melbourne Network read more on their website


Change makers Festival – Australia’s national celebration of social change

Posted in Events by emma.gerard on August 14th, 2013

1 November , 2013 4:00 pmto10 November , 2013 4:00 pm
1 November , 2013 4:00 pmto10 November , 2013 4:00 pm
image from changemakersfestival.org

image from changemakersfestival.org

 

From ‘Be part of it’ buy SIXAUS:
The Changemakers Festival [presented by TACSI] is a celebration of the great work happening in our community, an exploration of the ideas, techniques and technologies that are driving this change, and an invitation for everyone to get involved in creating a better future for their community and our nation. It kicks off in November and works as a ‘distributed festival’, which means that hundreds of Australia’s leading thinkers and organisations will be holding events across every state and territory. There’ll be conferences, meetups, startup weekends, webinars, workshops, and plenty more.

Over the last 10 years, Australia has exploded as a hub of social change. Driven by technology, and inspired by local and international success stories, the social innovation community is starting to tackle some of our toughest social challenges and answer some of our biggest questions. What is the good life? What is Australia’s place in our region and the world? How can we respond to climate change, to refugees, to the changing nature of employment and family? The Changemakers Festival brings these ideas out in the open and encourages strong discussion, cross-sector collaboration, and concrete action to drive social change.

In due course we’ll be sharing the full program with you, but the important question for now is, why not organise and host an event yourself? The Changemakers Festival is a chance to bring people together, to create community, share knowledge, foster collaboration and inspire imagination. If you have an idea for something for your community we’d love to hear it!

To find out more about the festival check out www.changemakersfestival.org and hit the “host an event” button to tell us about your idea.

And if you need to raise some funds to make your idea a reality you’ll be interested in the Changemakers Festival Crowdfunding Challenge on StartSomeGood, which is offering over $5,000 in bonus funds to those running crowdfunding campaigns to fuel Changemakers Festival events. But if you want to take advantage of this opportunity you need to be quick! You’ll need to submit your idea by this Friday and be ready to launch your campaign by August 21 to be part of it. You’ll have help from us and from the StartSomeGood team to make it happen though! (More about the challenge here: http://bit.ly/CMFchallenge)

 

>>>> The Change makers festival kicks off on the 1st – 10th November 2013
>>>> TACSI and SIXAUS who are they?

Sprout Community Market in 2013! Support local community…

Posted in Events, Movements by Zanni on April 3rd, 2013

4 April , 2013
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
2 May , 2013
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
5 September , 2013
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
3 October , 2013
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
7 November , 2013
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
5 December , 2013
3:00 pmto7:00 pm

Sprout holds a diverse and vibrant local Community Market on the first Thursday of each month (except winter & Jan/Feb) at Sprout Community Gardens – corner of Clapham and Watt Sts, Thornbury (Mel ref 30 F4) from 3pm-7pm.  Sprout Market has a variety of stalls (organically grown produce, seedlings and plants; tasty Sprout made food & drink; kids activities/ workshops; local crafts, arts and designs), as well as great local  music. We sell produce that has been produced on site as well as offering stalls to vendors from the wider community, encouraging local community strength, connection and community enterprise with a focus on sustainability.

Sprout Open Gate – Each non-market Thursday from 1-4pm Sprout Opens the Gate for people to buy organically grown seedlings, dried and fresh herbs, plants, fresh produce from the site and other items produced on site or just to have a look around. (Closed one week each school holidays)

If you are interested in having a stall, volunteering or looking to sell local produce, or just want general information about Open Gate or the Market, please contact us on 9484-5565, or 0424 029 180 or email zwaldstein@mindaustralia.org.au

>>> Remaining markets for 2013: April 4th, May 2nd, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th, December 5th.
>>> For more information about Sprout visit the Mind Australia website.


Social Enterprise Conference: Global Shifts 2012

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 12th, 2012

12 December , 2012 8:30 amto14 December , 2012 7:00 pm

Global Shifts 2012 – Social Enterprise Conference

Bringing together change-makers, entrepreneurs and high-profile leaders from Australia and abroad the conference will discuss, debate and demonstrate ways in which pushing the boundaries of existing business models can contribute to positive social change.

The conference builds on the groundswell of activity and commitment in the social enterprise space in our region and beyond, and aims to coalesce this energy into a powerful movement for change.

Held over three days the conference will not only stimulate and engage you in ideas and actions, you will have the opportunity to explore social enterprise Melbourne, network, and converse with people from all over the world who are seeking to bring about change.

12 – 14 December

9 workshops; 17 panel sessions; 1 debate and 1 real-live (Social) Dragon’s Den. 5 keynote sessions. 70+ speakers from Cambodia, India, United States, Bhutan, Vietnam, Africa, Palestine, Israel, the UK and Europe; as well as from all over Australia – from cities and from the outback. From philanthropic not-for-profits to big businesses making big changes… this is the Social Enterprise ecosystem in all its diversity and complexity.

If you’ve ever wondered if it’s possible to make a difference…

If you want to find out more about how social enterprises function and what models really work…

If you want to be inspired; learn; debate; discuss; argue; and be amazed…

Then this is the conference for you: 3 days in Melbourne, 12-14 December…might just change your life.

>> www.rmit.edu.au/globalshifts


Shareable in Australia: Launch

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 9th, 2012

14 November , 2012
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

Shareable is launching a brand new Australian channel by convening local leaders of the sharing economy for an evening of connection, conversation and action.  New technology, sharing business models and a new generation’s preference for access to resources instead of ownership, provides an unprecedented opportunity to strive for freedom, prosperity and sustainability through sharing.

Shareable invites you to come and explore the below questions at this special event to coincide with Global Sharing Day:

  • What is the new sharing economy and why is it important to you?
  • How can we strengthen support for entrepreneurs, civic leaders and community groups working in this emerging space?
  • What initiatives are increasing citizen access to resources in Australia?

Join your host Darren Sharp (Editor Australia) on Wednesday 14 November to learn more about the local sharing economy from these inspirational people and projects:

  • Tom Amos – Sidekicker
  • Liisa Vurma – Eat With Me
  • Jodi Jackson – The Lemon Tree Project
  • Will Emmett – MeeMeep
  • Tom LeGrice – PetHomeStay

Please join us for this special launch event. Drinks and nibbles provided. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, November 14, 5:30pm – 7pm

Hub Melbourne
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Big thank you to our sponsor Hub Melbourne for providing the event space.

>> Register on Eventbrite or read more on Shareable.

Enviro Trivia Contest

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on June 18th, 2012

1 July , 2012
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

we'll give you something to puzzle over

Sunday 1 July, 2pm-4pm

Get your green thinking caps on for a cozy afternoon of environmental trivia at Port Phillip Eco Centre.

Reckon you could tell a tawny frogmouth apart from a barn owl? Do you know when the first earth day was held? or how many tonnes of pollution hazelwood power station produces annually? A tip: you’ll be needing all your senses for this quiz (and if you can recognise a few animal calls, that’ll help!)

Answer quiz questions covering natural history, geography, science and current affairs; win points in a round of charades (Could you act out ‘An Inconvenient Truth’??); plus have a go at other fun challenges to get your team over the line.

Round up your friends or come alone and join an impromptu team. The first team of five to RSVP will receive a special door prize.

There’ll be prizes/give aways for every round.  Hot drinks (inc. our house made chai) and appetizers available.

Entry: Gold coin donation.

RSVP to Paula: gardeners@ecocentre.com/9525 3102/0417 501 383.

Port Phillip EcoCentre
Cnr Blessington & Herbert St., St Kilda (adjacent St Kilda Botanical Gardens)
Enquiries: paula – 0417 501 383 / gardeners@ecocentre.com


Inclusion Timebank launching in the Inner South-East

Posted in Movements by Inclusion Melbourne Volunteering on June 13th, 2012

Local disability organisation Inclusion Melbourne is moving forward with its cutting edge new initiative, the Inclusion Timebank. The Timebank is a new approach to volunteering, work, friendship and community building.

If you are a local of the inner South-East, international student, local student, senior citizen, person with support needs, professional, young person seeking work experience (or basically anyone really!), the Timebank allows you to share your skills (languages, tutoring, gardening, design, housework, art mentoring, anything really!) with other Timebank members and learn new skills or get help in return. For every hour of help you give someone, you receive a credit hour, which you can spend on help from someone else. No money ever changes hands. An hour for an hour. All recorded on our fantastic online portal:

www.melbinc.timebanks.org

Members sign up through Inclusion Melbourne’s Volunteer application process and are assisted by the Timebank coordinator to make their initial exchanges.

It sounds simple – almost like bartering or the well-known LETS system – however Timebanking has the potential to transform communities through:

  • Creating access into a pool of skills and services that would not usually be available due to financial or other limitations
  • Filling the gaps in services provided by government
  • Valuing everyone’s time as equal
  • Facilitating new friendships
  • Upskilling whole neighbourhoods
  • Joining people together to see needs met
  • Creating an environment of respectful reciprocity in a diverse body of people

The Inclusion Timebank is open to anyone who lives, works or ‘does life’ in the area around Armadale (including East St Kilda, Balaclava, Malvern, East Malvern, Toorak, Prahran, Windsor, South Yarra and Caulfield North).

There will be an information session and launch held at Inclusion Melbourne in Armadale at 5:30pm on Monday 25 of June, at 5.30pm. If you would like to book a place at an information session, learn more, or sign up, please call the Timebank Coordinator on 9509 4266 or email us at timebank@im.org.au


FareShare: looking for volunteer market gardeners

Posted in Models, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on February 29th, 2012


FareShare, formerly known as One Umbrella, is an innovative, energetic organisation, rescuing food and fighting hunger.

Since 2001 we have given away healthy, nutritious meals to the hungry and the homeless in Victoria, using food donated by businesses. By ‘rescuing’ food, we mean that it would otherwise be wasted, ending up in landfill. And in saving food from landfill, we also do our bit for the planet by helping to cut methane pollution and reducing demand for new food products. (See our environmental report prepared by Hyder Consulting.)

We are a small, not-for-profit community organisation operating on a very small budget, and with no operational funding from government. But through the tremendous passion and commitment of staff, volunteers and supporters, we continue to increase the amount of food we rescue and nutritious meals we prepare and give away to charities.

We want to establish a crew of volunteers to work in a market garden in the Oakleigh/Clayton area on Wednesdays from 9am to about 4pm. The vegies you will be cultivating and harvesting will be donated back to the FareShare kitchen. This could be each Wed, or fortnightly or monthly. Healthy exercise in the fresh open air – a great way to give back to the community!

Please email rosemary.kelly@fareshare.net.au to find out more information and to get you started volunteering with FareShare.

www.fareshare.org.au


Sprout Community Markets in 2012

Posted in Events by Zanni on February 21st, 2012

1 March , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
5 April , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
3 May , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
6 September , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
4 October , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
1 November , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
6 December , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm

Sprout holds a diverse and vibrant local Community Market on the first Thursday of each month (except winter & Jan/Feb) at Sprout Community Gardens – corner of Clapham and Watt Sts, Thornbury (Mel ref 30 F4) from 3pm-7pm.  Sprout Market has a variety of stalls (organically grown produce, seedlings and plants; tasty Sprout made food & drink; kids activities/ workshops; local crafts, arts and designs), as well as great local  music. We sell produce that has been produced on site as well as offering stalls to vendors from the wider community, encouraging local community strength, connection and community enterprise with a focus on sustainability.

Sprout Open Gate – Each non-market Thursday from 1-4pm Sprout Opens the Gate for people to buy organically grown seedlings, dried and fresh herbs, plants, fresh produce from the site and other items produced on site or just to have a look around.

If you are interested in having a stall, volunteering or looking to sell local surplus produce, or just want general information about Open Gate or the Market, please contact us on 9484-5565, or 0424 029 180 or email zwaldstein@mindaustralia.org.au

Markets for 2012 are:
  • March 1st
  • April 5th
  • May 3rd
  • Sept 6th
  • Oct 4th
  • Nov 1st
  • Dec 6th

Veggie Growers Competition

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on January 25th, 2012

11 February , 2012
11:00 amto2:00 pm

Port Phillip Urban Food Network – PPUFFN – is hosting its first ever veggie growers competition

We’re searching for the best offerings from edible gardens right across Port Phillip. As well be as well as local food growing entrants,  we need spectators to help us decide the winners!  There are 5 entry categories, including best-tasting tomato variety, monster veg &  most unusual edible plant. Plus an honorary award for the most weird and wonderful looking contribution!

$450 prize pool / winners by popular choice / swap tips with other food gardeners.

So,  get ready for some horticultural muscle flexing and  join us on the day!

Full competition entry details

Full prize details

Saturday 11 February, 11am

St Kilda Youth Service Training Site, Cnr Pickles & Richardson St, Port Melbourne
(only 5 mins from Bay St shopping st)

Enquiries: paula – 0417 501 383  / gardeners@ecocentre.com