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(Social) Upstarts

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This presentation accompanied my talk on WHY I co-founder Flashpoint Labs, a start up social enterprise inspiring and empowering young people from diverse backgrounds to be creative learners, thinkers …

This presentation accompanied my talk on WHY I co-founder Flashpoint Labs, a start up social enterprise inspiring and empowering young people from diverse backgrounds to be creative learners, thinkers and professionals through changemaking photography. The talk can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tST5zVk879Q&feature=share&list=PL2D9EF458E02A81D8&index=39


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  • Acknowledgement of Country. Proud to take part in an Indigenous cultural custom that has been practiced since time immemorial. Find out more about Aboriginal Flag: http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/fastfacts/AboriginalFlag.htmlFind out more about Torres Strait Islander Flag: http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/fastfacts/tsiFlag.html
  • So if you’re all going to become social innovators, you are going to need to make a crucial shift, a paradigm shift. You need to replace profit and the profit motive with wellbeing and a holistic motive.You need to replace detached economic rationalist thinking and analysis with an understanding of systems, complexity and dynamics. An understanding of the interconnectedness of things, the embeddedness of systems and the nature of constant change.
  • Once you have been able to do this, you can use 5 key criteria or bottom lines to check whether your new product, campaign or initiative is truly socially innovative and universally conscious. You can ask yourself, is this new initiative:Social beneficialEnvironmental Sustainable Culturally stimulatingEconomic viable Politically influentialIs it having a positive social impact on people and communities, Have I thought through the cradle to cradle life cycle of all its inputs and outputs, Is it encouraging or provoking cultural production or reinforcing positive culture in some way,Is it financially feasible, will it break even or make money, what will you do with the money if you make a profit, Is it advocating for some group of people or will it effect some policy or political outcome.
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    • 1. (social) upstarts mickey kovari
    • 2. aim: offer my perspective start you up
    • 3. motivation and drive social inequality social injustice social change how and what? social impact
    • 4. we are all connected my wellbeing is inextricable linked to yours and everybody else’s
    • 5. characteristics true grit generative energy laser focus obsessive learner hubristically ambitious
    • 6. Photo: EmanueleSilvestro
    • 7. Photog Frank Baron
    • 8. Flashpoint Labs changemaking photography
    • 9. youth development flashpoint labs photo agency
    • 10. a crucial shift replace profit and the profit motive with wellbeing and a holistic motive.
    • 11. sweet spot (the why) purpose what works sphere of influence passion community needs
    • 12. holistically conscious social political economic cultural environmental
    • 13. big vision social innovators social enterprises participatory economics direct democracy fair, just, creative and sustainable
    • 14. START UP NOW!! 1. skill up a. b. TACSI, SIX, NESTA, Young Foundation, HDL, OpenIDEO Ashoka, Skoll, Social Innovation Thinking 2. find your sweet spot 3. get grit and get to work
    • 15. Social Innovation Thinking www.mickeykovari.com @mickeykovari

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