Eidos Challenge: Social Procurement

On August 30st, 2017, Eidos Institute will open applications for the Eidos Social Procurement Challenge. Self-nominated teams will have until Friday the 3rd of November 2017 to submit an idea. The winner will receive a $25,000 contribution towards turning their idea into reality.

The Challenge, in partnership with the English Family Foundation, is driven by a carefully developed question – How do we build the capacity to scale on the supply side of ‘Good Procurement’ in a flexible and collaborative way? The competition will crowdsource the best ideas from across Australia to solve a challenge that can boost the economy and the impact of our community organisations.

“Eidos turns conversations into action through the ideas of the crowd. Our partners nominate an issue they are passionate to explore and together we define the problem, stimulate engagement and actively seek solutions. This flips the traditional way of solving problems which are typically procurement led, costly and timely” – Bruce Muirhead, CEO, Eidos Institute.

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Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 Bursary Fund finalists announced


63 Australian social enterprises have been announced as successful recipients of the Social Enterprise World Forum Australian Bursary Fund.

Designed to provide assistance to support Australian social enterprise leaders attend the Social Enterprise World Forum in New Zealand later this year, the successful applicants will receive a bursary to the approx. value of AUD$2,000 - covering flights, accommodation and Forum attendance.

As part of their contribution at the Forum the recipients will participate in a series of facilitated networking events to encourage and build the next cohort of future social enterprise leaders.

“We received a terrific amount of interest for the Bursary Fund applications and are really pleased that through this process we’re able to provide such a unique learning and networking opportunity for the next wave of Australia’s future social enterprise leaders,” Said David Brookes, Managing Director, Social Traders.

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Innovate for impact: Philanthropy NZ Summit 2017

Philanthropy New Zealand’s 2017 Summit took a deep dive into two of philanthropy’s hottest topics: innovation and impact. Among the highlights were Allan and Rachel English who shared their generational perspectives and Mark Randazzo from Engaged Donors for Global Equity.

At the recent Philanthropy New Zealand Innovate for Impact Summit, Allan English from the English Family Foundation encouraged funders to be more innovative and collaborative and called on governments to do more to enable innovation. English acknowledged that while government plays an important role in the community sector, it needs to step into the space to change the rules to enable innovation to take place.

“If we are going to bring about the changes we need to see in society, philanthropy can’t just be in the space of cleaning up the mess,” English said. “We have to be on the front foot to start bringing about the changes that are needed.”

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