Building regional social innovation
In 2016 we flew into Lachlan Shire, 6hrs west of Sydney and ran a workshop for a great group of people who were passionate about building positive futures for their region. They were doing good things, but knew that with more support and learning they could achieve great things in their region.
In the process of running the workshop and talking over a few drinks afterwards we began to grow a big idea.
The people at the workshop were doers – they wanted to do things differently because they could see that doing more of the same was not going to work to build a future for many people in the region.
They were natural entrepreneurs, and they were born innovators, but they needed more than a workshop to tap into that potential.
Most of the examples we share of social innovation in workshops are urban examples – few are about the innovations that take place in regional and rural Australia, despite the fact that there’s lots happening across the regions that could contribute to the growing field of social innovation.