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Social Innovation in Australia        Christian-Paul Stenta
Australian Innovation System
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CO DESIGNINGTHRIVING SOLUTIONSA prototype curriculum for social problem solving[November 2011]      Based on the Working B...
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Social innovation in Australia
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Snapshot of social innovation in Australia. Delivered at the launch of SIX Asia in Hong Kong and ANIS 2012 in South Korea.

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  • Introduction\n
  • TACSI was established in late 2009 as the first centre dedicated to social innovation in Australia.\n\nWe exist to identify and support the innovative ideas, methods and people that will contribute to and accelerate positive social change. To turn Bold Ideas into Better Lives.\n
  • The context in which we find ourselves in Australia:\n\n1. Strong GDP growth in comparison to other advanced economies - some say our economy’s performance post GFC is the envy of the world\n\n2. Substantial growth in trade, particularly in the last 10 years\n\n3. Substantially lower public debt in comparison to most European countries, the US and the total Euro zone and OECD\n\n4. Not to mention the 2nd largest producer of gold, 3rd largest supplier of iron ore, the 4th largest copper deposit and largest known single deposit of uranium in the world\n
  • Is there a relationship between such strong economic performance and investment in social outcomes?\n\n“Investment in innovation activities directed towards social outcomes continues to grow. Expenditure on R & D by Australian organisations for “society” has grown more than 6 fold since 92-93. Annual growth rates in total private expenditures (business and private non-profit) in “social” R & D are higher than annual growth in government, although higher education and government compromise 77% of total expenditure in this area.\n
  • There is a compelling narrative for such investment. Australia faces a broad range of social challenges, including:\n\n1. An ageing population\n2. Significant environmental challenges including drought, water shortages and environmental concerns associated with mining\n3. An ever increasing gap in disadvantage between indigenous and non indigenous Australians\n4. Democratic participation and a growing disengagement from the political process by the electorate\n5. Population growth and its relationship to urban planning and migration\n6. Child development, education and child protection\n7. Structural transformation of the economy\n8. Housing shortage\n9. Social exclusion - recent reports estimate that 1 million Australians are experiencing deep social exclusion\n
  • Number of organisations are operating within the social innovation ecosystem as incubators, research institutes, enterprise hubs and financial institutions.\n\nThere is a high degree of partnership and collaboration between organisations, evident in the recent establishment of a Social Innovation, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Alliance.\n
  • State Governments and the Australian Government are active supporters of social innovation, enterprise & entrepreneurship and recognise to engage with public sector innovation and reform.\n\nNotable projects include:\n\nAustralian Public Service Innovation Action Plan which demonstrates commitment to fostering innovation in the Australian Public Service in order to deliver better outcomes\n\nCommunity Development Financial Institutions addressing financial exclusion\n\n$10M worth of grants for Social Innovation in Western Australia\n\nGov 2.0 Taskforce - increasing the openness of government\n\nDiscussions continue to progress regarding the establishment of an Australian version of MindLab - cross ministerial innovation unit involving citizens and businesses in developing new solutions for the public sector\n
  • HSM - seeking to change our relationship with alcohol by providing an online platform that combines public accountability and community support - to date 4453 have signed up from Australia and New Zealand and is presently being scaled to the UK\n
  • Catalysing community renewal, economic development, the arts and creative industries across Australia.\n\nCommenced in Newcastle and now operating in Adelaide and Townsville.\n\nTakes empty shops, offices, commercial and public buildings and makes them available to incubate short term use by artists, creative projects and community initiatives.\n\nThis type of community driven activity resulted in Newcastle being named in 2011 as one of the Top Ten cities to visit by Lonely Planet.\n
  • AroundYou is a unique online destination that helps people to discover what is happening locally in any area of Australia. Founded in 2009, AroundYou has become the largest provider of event information in the country and thousands of people visit them each day to find events, activities and other things to do in their community. Has grown to include over 35,000 activity and event listings with more than 200,000 unique visitors each month in 2 years.\n
  • Collaboration between businesses that deliver services and products through a socially responsible business structure raising awareness of their work across Australia during the UN International Year of Co-operatives.\n
  • Co-working environments dedicated to changemakers are growing across Australia, with HUB in Melbourne, Platform 72 and Vibewire in Sydney, TACSI in Adelaide, spacecubed in Perth and discussions progressing to establish a co-working space in Alice Springs in central Australia.\n
  • Social Traders develop enterprise through their Social Enterprise Builder, fund social enterprises through The Crunch business development program, and promote social enterprise and social procurement through Social Enterprise Finder. Are also working to build the social economy through research and collaborations.\n
  • TACSI’s crowdsourcing of social solutions around Australia. Currently being used by the United Nations Youth Representative for 2012 to find solutions driven by young people around Australia.\n
  • TACSI’s latest co-design project working around the challenge of an ageing society - started with a question around improving outcomes for older people, and has progressed with a focus on improving outcomes for caring & cared for older people. We have just last week published a prospectus called the Great Living 6, an investment prospectus that introduces six solutions and a new organisation to help ensure longer lives are great lives.\n
  • A curriculum being developed by TACSI to spread our approach to social problem solving. Co-designing Thriving Solutions is a curriculum that aims to equip teams, in and out of public systems, with the behaviours, skills, and tools to 'work backwards'. Learning experiences include: camps, classes, workshops, new models of reflection and feedback and the hybrid 'work & learn' model we're prototyping with our own Radical Redesign team.\n
  • Family by Family responds to the problem of too many families stressed and in crisis, and too few families with the supports to thrive. The first solution to come out of TACSI’s Radical Redesign team. Family by Family is a new model for family support, developed with 100 families from the City of Marion in South Australia. We are currently spreading Family by Family to a new location in Playford, South Australia to better understand how we can best adapt the model to different communities and contexts.\n
  • A demonstration project between the Australian Government Department of Human Services and TACSI exploring how co-design and our Working Backwards approach can be used inside of public systems to enable better outcomes.\nTACSI and DHS are working together to:\n\nco-design ideas for how DHS could enable better outcomes for families with kids starting school\ndevelop co-design approaches for future service delivery\nbuild knowledge about family life to improve future service offers.\n
  • The Social Innovator Dialogues is a unique and groundbreaking collaboration between TACSI, Centre for Social Impact and Australian Social Innovation Exchange.\nThe Social Innovator Dialogues brings international thought leadership and expertise to Australia through a series of events. Including cutting edge thinkers and doers on innovation in public sector policy, social justice and sustainable design, the series addresses the big issues affecting decision makers across the public, private and third sector and encourage changemakers in Australia to wrestle with the opportunities and challenges of innovation that are remaking the world as we know it.\n
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    1. 1. Social Innovation in Australia Christian-Paul Stenta
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    4. 4. Australian Innovation System
    5. 5. Australian Public Service Innovation Social Impact Action Plan CDFI Pilots Bonds Social Enterprise WA Social Development InnovationInnovation Fund Grants ($10M) ($32M) Australian Gov 2.0 MindLab? Taskforce Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission
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    7. 7. www.renewaustralia.
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