The 2017 ACOSS National Conference, in partnership with VCOSS, is the event where community leaders, policy and decision makers, practitioners, academics and people with lived experience come together to collectively tackle the issues driving poverty and inequality in Australia. This year's theme is Australia in 2030: Creating the future we want.
Community Sector News
What are the opportunities for investment in non-profit organisations? Recent work suggests that the possibilities are broader than first imagined. Pushing the Boundaries of Impact Investing looks at global health research and development where nonprofit organisations have explored and appear to be having success in attracting impact investment.
Cocreation or co-design is being seen by governments, philanthropists, nonprofits and community groups as s a way to engage a wider community in tackling pressing problems but few appear to be resulting in bold innovation. How Cocreation Can Enhance Innovation looks at what may be discouraging progress.
Learn to love complaints, it's free feedback. The simple advice is respond quickly, clearly and flexibly. The Victorian Ombudsman’s new good practice guide for complaints relating to human rights issues is designed to help state and local government agencies effectively deal with these complaints. However it is just as relevant to community service organisations.
Using funding as a way to control advocacy is not just an issue in Australia. The Lobbying Act in the UK with associated and extensive red tape provisions is now being seen as requiring, at the very least, significant reform with one leading environmental group describing it as a “democratic car crash” David Crosbie , Community Council of Australia recommends Avoiding a Democratic Car Crash and fight for our right to advocate and defend democracy.
The Australian Human Rights Commission president Professor Gillian Triggs at Progress 2017 launched Defending democracy: Safeguarding independent community voices. At a time when the outcome from the review of the Deductible Gift Recipient tax status could be the silencing of the environmental movement, this report is very timely.
Collaboration can be more than just working together to meet each other’s needs – it can also provide an environment that enables creativity and more interesting solutions. Creative vs. Transactional Collaboration looks at the lessons from experiments in nonprofit innovation at 92Y.
Unleashing Social Sector Creativity with Design observes that “Innovations that truly make leaps are not easy. They require that organizations reorient their work so that it focuses on their overall impact goal, not just the individual beneficiary at the center of the innovation project. As a result, design-thinking methods, such as human-centered design, are helpful but not sufficient.
There’s a great public sector job going: a statutory appointment to lead a relatively new, award-winning independent regulator that enjoys strong support from a fiercely loyal group of key stakeholders. An ability to fill the incumbent’s big shoes and maintain that stakeholder support will be highly regarded. Must be available to start in October. Statutory commissioner wanted; stakeholder relations experience essential
The search for the secret sauce for innovation culture. "Have you ever wondered what makes some organisations innovative while others use the best available techniques and advice but just can’t make it stick?