Invitation to join new network for rural & regional Community Entrepreneurs

Posted by Adam Blakester
10th January 2013

Late last year Starfish Enterprises and EvolveNetwork initiated a new network aiming to find and connect community and social entrepreneurs* who are working throughout rural and regional Australia.

The purpose of the group is to share information, learn from each other and get to know each other. Over time we believe this could grow and become a useful “community of practice”.

Let me know if you are interested to join this network or would like to discuss this further.

Cheers, and all the best for 2013.

Adam Blakester (Alumni, Sydney Leadership 2004)

adam@starfishenterprises.net | 0419 808 900 | 02 6775 2501

* Download a one-page information sheet with more information about social enterprise and their work in the fast growing fourth sector here.


The Way Forward: An address by the 2012 Sydney Leadership program graduates

Posted by Rachael Vincent
23rd November 2012


A speech for the Sydney Leadership 2012 graduation

22 November 2012

We find ourselves here at the edge of learning. At the end of a year, at the end of a journey of awareness and the development of new skills. We stand at the beginning of something new.

What began here eight months ago, beset by fear, uncertainty and hope has progressed, in silent subtle ways, in voice, in resilience, in awareness. With eyes wide open.

If our days at Woolloomooloo have taught us anything, it is this, that while work may be good, it may not be effective. While it may be just, and noble and right, it may also sustain a false economy. Clothed in a wicked guise of hoped for, but unanticipated resolution, a panacea for the ills of the few, bound together by righteousness and a lightening of our moral burden.

Our time in Kariong made evident the gaps between systems, where the disadvantaged fall every day and where Omelas looks away from the the heavy walls, double fences and linoleum floors of our incarcerated youth. MORE >

Help! Connections wanted for new regional Qld programs

Posted by Terri Soller
13th November 2012

Clark Thompson, Sydney Leadership graduate working in regional Qld on the cover of the brochureSocial Leadership Australia is developing two new leadership programs specifically targeted at the needs of regional Queensland communities and we'd love to hear from you if you know anyone in Roma, Dalby, Charleville or surrounds who might be interested in being a part of the process.

The invitation is to come and take part in a local roundtable discussion with other people from business, government and not-for-profit organisations in December.

Roundtables will also be held in Cairns region - dates to be announced (please contact us and we'll put you on our mailing list for those.)

The aim of the roundtables is to identify the key areas of need for new leadership in regional Queensland and help shape a program with the greatest potential for real impact where it's needed.

This will also be an opportunity to meet other like-minded people and start a new network of local movers and shakers interested in working together to help create a better future for their state. MORE >

Transformative Scenario Planning Course with Adam Kahane in Melbourne and Sydney

Posted by Liz Skelton
22nd October 2012

Transformative Scenario Planning Course with Adam Kahane in Melbourne and Sydney MORE >

Sydney Leadership scholarships for NFP leaders - closing 31 October

Posted by Rachael Vincent
19th October 2012

Social Leadership Australia is delighted to announce a number of scholarships for participants from the not-for-profit and community sectors in the 2013 Sydney Leadership program.

The scholarships include:

- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Leadership Scholarships (x 2)
- Nursing & Midwifery Leadership Scholarships (x 2) (please note extended closing date, below.)

as well as: 

- funding for participants from the artshealth, and the not-for-profit and community sectors generally.   MORE >

Applications closing for Sydney Leadership 2013

Posted by Liz Skelton
12th October 2012

If you know anyone who would be a great candidate for Sydney Leadership next year please encourage them to apply.  As always we are looking for diversity across sectors, issues, areas of influence, age and culture. If you know someone who is trying to impact social change from their position in the corporate, government or community sector  and they want to make a difference with their  leadership, then encourage them to  apply for the Sydney Leadership 2013 program. Applications are open, deadline is next week.  Please contact Julie Ahern 02 9339 8093 to speak further.  Thanks Liz MORE >

Interesting reading in 'In The Black' about SLA...

Posted by Jo Singleton
14th September 2012

In The Black

An article in 'In the Black' this month demonstrates how Social Leadership Australia is leading the way in its  approach to teaching leadership...see attached PDF

Request about community of Airds (SL2012 Community of Interest)

Posted by Caroline Vu
6th September 2012

Dear SL community,

I'm one of the current SL2012 participants and writing on behalf of our Community of Interest group.  We've just embarked on our Community of Interest project and have chosen to look at the community of Airds.  MORE >

The dismal state of Australian public debate as seen through the adaptive leadership lens

Posted by Rachael Vincent
31st August 2012

An extract from: 

Gags gone but public debate is still a joke
Opinion piece by Sarah Maddison in the Sydney Morning Herald, 31/8/12


Artwork by The Sydney Morning Herald....

So the health of Australia's democracy continues to decline, and with the likely election of another conservative government next year, I hold grave fears for the longer term.

Anti-democratic reforms taking place in Queensland, including Howard-era style restrictions in NGO contracts that prevent organisations from ''advocating for state or federal legislative change'' should be sounding the alarm.

More than this, I think Australians are hungering for some vision in our politics, for some debate on the big-picture questions about how we see ourselves as a nation. But is it really our politicians who are responsible for that vision? Can we seriously identify any likely incumbent in The Lodge in coming years who we believe can articulate such a vision? MORE >

An Invitation to "The Last Race" - a special event on 20 August 2012

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
7th August 2012

The Last Race InvitationYou are warmly invited to join Social Leadership Australia and Alumni for drinks and canapes and a special screening of this award-winning short documentary by Sydney Leadership Alumnus, Anita Belgiorno-Nettis.

6.00 - 7.30pm Monday 20 August

The Benevolent Society
Level 1, 188 Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2012

Angela Moran
Event Coordinator 
t 02 9339 8036

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