Welcome

The SLA online community is a place for connecting and networking with people who are engaged in creating a new culture of leadership in Australia. People interested in real leadership for real progress – whatever that might mean to us.

Originally a network of SLA program graduates, dating back to 1999, with the launch of this new website, the

SLA 'community' has now expanded to include anyone who is passionate about new approaches to leadership to create the change we want to see in the world.

Welcome.

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Membership

Once you become a member you can interact with colleagues by blogging, participate in online discussions, post news and events, advertise job opportunities, share resources and search for expertise amongst other members by area of interest.

Our aim has been to keep the site as simple and intuitive as possible. Having said that, we realise there may be some fine-tuning to do. And we encourage you to feedback if there’s anything you think we need to work on.

How this site works will be determined by the culture established by its users.

Okay, so where do I start?

Complete your profile

Click on "your profile" tab top right then select edit on your profile page.

A completed profile will enable others to connect with you, discover what you are doing, what you have done, your projects and interests. SLA receives many enquiries about connecting with individuals with leadership training and experience and about projects and initiatives that are underway or in development. An up to date profile will enable greater connections and increased opportunities.

Please let us know what you are working on, what your challenges are and how the SLA Community might be able to help. There is an abundance of knowledge and experience between us.

Tags

Interested in a particular issue? Want to link in with other people who share the same interest? Click on a tag in the tag cloud (bottom right) to get a listing of all the relevant content that has been posted. Click on the post author to view their profile and find details of what they are doing around this issue. Explore ways to link in.

Post - Event - Job - Resource

Post information you’d like to share with the network – photos, videos, research papers, your upcoming event, job opportunities, articles or links to other sites and projects.

Click the relevant action under 'ADD NEW >>' to share your information with the network.

Content Guidelines

This site was built to encourage rigorous debate and you should freely express yourself and your point of view while treating others with courtesy and respect.

You are responsible for any content you post and should be aware that what you post can remain online indefinitely and may be found through search engines or online archives.

There are a number of opportunities provided for showcasing, publishing and linking to your work. But please do not use the community for undue or unsuitable promotion. This could take the form of: off-topic or repeated promotion of personal activity, commercial or professional services, or other websites/networks; fundraising activity; or repeated linking or spamming behaviour. The SLA Community welcomes collaboration and integration with the work of other people, organisations and networks - but not without relevance to the community.

If you refer to information you found on this site we ask that you acknowledge the SLA Community and attribute the URL of the relevant SLA Community page.

Feedback

Tell us what you think in a new post or by adding a comment to a "feedback" post. We're interested in your feedback on the site – let us know if there’s something you’d like to see, or raise any concerns about current content.

Announcement: Sydney Leadership 2014 scholarships

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
25th September 2013

Sydney Leadership program - Scholarships for NFP & Community leaders  

Leaders in the community and not-for-profit sector are invited to apply for a scholarship to participate in one of Australia’s most highly regarded leadership development programs in 2014.

The Sydney Leadership program is an annual, eight-month program that brings together a group of 30 leaders and emerging leaders from across the business, government and not-for-profit sectors to develop their skills to lead change with positive social impact. The program, which has run since 1999, has a reputation for providing a powerful learning experience with both immediate and long lasting impacts. Selection for the program – and for the scholarships – is competitive, but anyone with a real interest is encouraged to apply.

“This is an invitation for people with both the desire and the potential to make a real difference in their work,” said Geoff Aigner, Director of Social Leadership Australia. MORE >

Australia's response to asylum seekers - an adaptive challenge

Posted by Lisa Ryan
12th September 2013

What do you think about Australia’s current policies on asylum seekers?  Would you like to see a deeper conversation about the issues around asylum seekers, conversations that take us somewhere new and help Australia make progress on this issue.

A small group of us – including SLA alumni and others – has started working together on creating opportunities for people to be part of a deeper dialogue.   We are thinking about holding events, or doing work with media (social media, mainstream media), to get people with different ideas and approaches to the issues talking, learning from each other, and trying to generate new options together.

We’ve run a trial event using the Deliberative World Cafe method, we’re planning our next activities now and we are looking for new people to join us.  We aren’t looking for experts in asylum seeker policy, just people who want to contribute to a deeper conversation on these issues.

If you are interested in contributing some time and thinking, please let me know.

Lisa Ryan
Hecate@zeta.org.au
0419 228 180

 

 

 

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leadership scholarships

Posted by Jo Singleton
12th September 2013

Social Leadership Australia—the leadership development centre at Australia’s first charity, The Benevolent Society— today announced $16,500 worth of scholarships for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leaders to participate in the 2014 Sydney leadership program.

The Sydney Leadership 2014 scholarships will be awarded to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leaders working in the NGO sector or in a significant community leadership role whose work, either directly or indirectly, is driving positive social change.

Sydney Leadership is an annual, eight-month program that brings together 30 leaders from the business, not-for-profit and government sectors. The program’s aim is to foster new leadership skills and a new determination to create positive social change.

Director of Social Leadership Australia, Geoff Aigner, said, “Sydney Leadership is building a coalition of people across Australian business, government and not-for-profit sectors with the skills and determination to make a lasting, positive impact in the community. These scholarships represent an opportunity for Indigenous Australian leaders, businesses and communities, to benefit from this powerful program.” MORE >

Evaluation: it's YOUR business - SVA Consulting Quarterly

Posted by Karen Prout
11th September 2013

SVA Consulting Quarterly Sept issue on Measurement & Evaluation features an interview with Tris Lumley, from New Philanthropy Capital in the UK, who calls on non-profit leaders to hold to and measure against clear goals.

He says that leaders need to be brave and stand by their goals and not be swayed by funders.

"It is up to the chief executive or the boards to say, ‘We need to do this stuff because it’s right, because we’re here to do the best job we possibly can for the people we are trying to help.'...

"There needs to be more focus on the brave leaders who are going to push this forward, who will communicate failures and what they’ve learnt from them, or turn down funding because it takes them away from their theory of change."

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Australia's response to asylum seekers - an adaptive challenge

Posted by Lisa Ryan
29th August 2013

What do you think about Australia’s current policies on asylum seekers?  Would you like to see a deeper conversation about the issues around asylum seekers, conversations that take us somewhere new and help Australia make progress on this issue?

 

A small group of us – including SLA alumni and others – has started working together on creating opportunities for people to be part of a deeper dialogue.   We are thinking about holding events, or doing work with media (social media, mainstream media), to get people with different ideas and approaches to the issues talking, learning from each other, and trying to generate new options together. 

 

We’ve run a trial event using the Deliberative World Cafe method, we’re planning our next activities now and we are looking for new people to join us.  We aren’t looking for experts in asylum seeker policy, just people who want to contribute to a deeper conversation on these issues. 

 

If you are interested in contributing some time and thinking, please let me know. 

 

Lisa Ryan

Hecate@zeta.org.au

0419 228 180

 

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