‘Social Innovation’ Category

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Reflection, Social Innovation

Keep Calm and Hub On

This post has not been easy to write at all, and I’ve sat here for a few nights now writing, deleting and repeat. I am leaving Hub Australia in early April 2013. And before rumours spread, I need to explain how and why I’ve come to this decision. Before I joined Hub Melbourne, I was in search for stimulations so [...]

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Reflection, Social Change, Social Innovation

Hope & Courage

As my colleague explain our product, TeacherTime, to a suited man at the National Australian Association of Angel Investors Conference, the first few comments were pessimistic views and comments. When @HansKonings interjected with an optimistic view that the industry has the capacity to change and need to be changed, the suited man replied with a doubtful, “well, of course it can change”.

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Social Innovation

Social Innovation in a Hyperconnected World

Perth, 26 September 2011 for Social Innovation in Western Australia (SiiWA) 20 minutes Although the title of tonight’s conversation is “social innovation”, you’d realise that throughout tonight, I’m using the word innovation and social innovation interchangably because I think its time to put human hearts into innovation. Innovation should be, I believe, around adding social values – otherwise, innovation for [...]

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Social Change, Social Innovation, Technology

And 54 hours later…

I came out of Startup Weekend, feeling exhausted and just slightly insane.

Going in, I wasn’t sure what to expect of the weekend, and from the pitches, it was clear that there were quite a large number of tech genius in the crowd so I might feel a little out of place but it was all good in the end. I was hoping to hear more ideas more in the social innovation space but was slightly disappointed that most of them were only ideas that we want, not need.

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Social Innovation, Technology

Online Volunteering: It’s not about the technology, its how you use it

International Volunteering Day Symposium 2010: Online Volunteering View more presentations from Ehon Chan. I was asked to speak at the International Volunteering Day Symposium 2010 eons ago (well, about a month ago) by the Department of Communities on Online Volunteering, and here’s just a quick summary of my spill. I found it challenging to first of all define what “online [...]

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Social Change, Social Innovation

Community Sector is Dirty Job

I was invited to sit in a staff meeting of a large non-profit organisation heavily funded by the federal government working on building communities and bridging gaps in the community. I spent about an hour talking to them about what I do and my beliefs as well as answering all their questions. One of the leaders of the organisations mentioned [...]

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Social Change, Social Innovation

The Next Era of Social Change: Uncovering Human Capacity

A few months ago, I was invited to be a part of a discussion with a group of social innovators from around the world discussing about what we believe is going to be a trigger for a massive global transformation. We call this the Emergent Transformation. It’s going to change how humans do thing, especially young people, utilising technology to [...]

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Social Innovation

Conversations That Matters

Stories are everywhere, and given the chance, what stories do you want to listen to? What stories have you heard today, and what stories have you created today? A story that is worth remembering, and a story that will make a difference. We’ve heard about a hug can change a life. And what if, a conversation can change a life? [...]

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Education, Social Innovation, Technology

Technology: Bridging the Gaps

I presented this as a keynote at the recent 12th Asia Pacific Student Services Association (APSSA) Conference at Queensland University of Technology on the 9th of July 2010. The following is a shorten version of the 45 minutes presentation. The challenge with this presentation was that there wasn’t a common interest amongst the delegates and there were delegates from all [...]

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Social Change, Social Innovation, Technology

Harnessing Interconnectedness to Bridge Gaps in Social Innovation

At the end of last year, I got an email from Sarah Moran about a competition on Facebook organised by V Australia. When I clicked on it, the app asked me if I allow them to access my Facebook info and not wanting to risk it without reading much into their privacy terms, I decided to ditch the idea. A [...]

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Social Innovation, Technology

Mobile Internet to Reach 1 Billion Users

Nathaniel recently did a recap of his prediction for social entrepreneurship 2009. I have written about measuring social impact, and one of the other predictions he had is the development of mobile technology. There has been a number of predictions about mobile internet lately. The IDC predicted that mobile internet users will increase by up to over 1 billion by [...]

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