I observe the world and create new ways of doing things or new things to make a better world. I get excited by emerging technologies and new media, especially harnessing the power of technology and its impact to create meaningful values.
I've worked as a strategist, catalyst and educator for some great organisations such as Foundation for Young Australian's Centre for New Public Education, the Queensland Government Department of Communities, and Virgin Unite Australia.
If you'd like to work together, get in touch.
You can also find me on Twitter if you're into that.
"... the brain behind the blasphemy." -- The Age, December 2011
Having grown up in a developing country and seen first hand the inequalities life and society can bring, Ehon's motivations are simple and compelling. He has passion for creating opportunities for people to change their world through connecting people, capital, and ideas. His work has focused on creating innovative and disruptive impact-focused projects and purpose driven businesses, tapping into the opportunities brought by digital media and technologies.
As a serial entrepreneur, Ehon has had both successes and failures with enterprises he's co-founded. In 2009, he co-founded News Unlimited, Brisbane's leading digital entertainment magazine, and in 2010, he co-founded Youth Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation (YES) Brisbane, the city's first incubator program for young entrepreneurs and changemakers in partnership with Visible Ink and Brisbane City Council (destroyed during the Queensland Flood). In 2011, he co-founded TeacherTime, a company that build collaborative technologies for educators. In the same year, he joined Hub Melbourne, a coworking community driving innovation through collaboration, as a consultant and catalyst, and in 2012, he formed the founding team of Hub Australia, cofounding Hub Sydney (opened May 2013) and led the discussion for the $1million seed funding for Hub Adelaide (opened September 2013).
Ehon's founded and been involved in numerous campaigns and community development projects including multi-award winning campaigns like Soften the Fck Up, a male suicide prevention campaign, To Mama With Love, a Mother's Day fundraiser which raised over $300,000 to invest in 6 change-makers around the world, and "We Can Help Us", a $4million nationwide (USA) mental health promotion campaign in collaboration with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Inspire USA Foundation & the Ad Council.
Although far from his mind, his effort and contribution to social change has won him numerous awards and accolades such as Suicide Prevention Australia's "LIFE Award", The Age's "Top 100 Most Influential People", Australia Trade Commission's "Top 30 Digital Influencer", Shoe String Magazine's "Young and Influential" and "Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs", and GOOD Magazine's "GOOD 100 People Moving the World Forward" which includes the likes of Kirsten Bell, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton.
He's served on the advisory board of StartSomeGood, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank's PlanBig, Opti-MINDS Inc. and is currently a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. In 2013, the Australian Government appointed Ehon as a member of the Y20 Planning Group as part of Australia's presidency of G20 in 2014 and he'll also be chairing the Happiness and It's Causes Conference 2014 - the world's largest forum on human happiness.
I've spoken at numerous conferences such as TEDx, Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australia Biennial Conference, Young Minds, PechaKucha, Social Business Summit and National Volunteering Conference, guest lectured at universities like RMIT, University of Queensland & University of Sydney, and spoke/provoked Board meetings. If there's something you'd like me to talk about related to innovation, collaboration and mental health, get in touch.
“Ehon is a remarkable social innovator – often on the cutting edge of digital projects. He is both innovative in his ideas and approach while being practical in how the innovation can happen. Ehon is passionate, articulate and engaging and a crowd favourite at any conference. More importantly Ehon can explain the digital world in a way which engages and inspires a wide variety of people, while also moving them to action.” – Mark Creyton, Director Education, Research and Policy, Volunteering Queensland
“The Office for Volunteering, Department of Communities was pleased to invite Mr Ehon Chan to speak at the International Volunteer Day Seminar 2010 as he has consistently demonstrated his enthusiasm, innovation and leadership in volunteering. Ehon gave an engaging presentation outlining how organisations can use technology to expand volunteer roles and attract new volunteers. He shared personal examples and stories on the benefits of using social media and online forums and demonstrated how using the internet to volunteer removes barriers and increases participation. Later, Ehon joined participants in a round table discussion to answer questions and discuss challenges that they experience in their own agencies. Ehon is a very inspiring and passionate presenter who had a positive impact on Seminar participants. Feedback from the Seminar reflected this.” Ann-Maree Byrne, Director Office for Seniors and Office for Volunteering, Department of Communities
"Ehon recently gave a great presentation about social networking at a professional development session coordinated by our service four weeks ago. His presentation was really well-received by the 100+ people from a range of sectors who attended, with feedback indicating that a large majority of them agreed that the session was relevant to their work environment, they would change their work practice as a result of attending his session, and found Ehon's session interesting." Sophie Morson, Psychologist, Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Queensland Health