I come into 2021 with a sense of energy and hope. Alongside the overwhelming sense of trauma and destabilisation as a result of Covid-19, we’ve also seen people, families, communities, and institutions innovate at an unprecedented pace. We have seen that we can make changes at a scale previously considered impossible.
Our new organisational strategy – set to be released in the coming months – will explore not only how to create great innovations but, crucially, how to take the next step in working with partners and communities to create an ecosystem that moves social innovation from the margins to a mainstream way of working. Far beyond guiding our success and longevity as an organisation, our strategy will be about realising our potential to make wide-reaching and sustainable change in the world.
We’ve hit the ground running and have been spending our time on the following:
- Exploring what a “Social R&D” system could look like in Australia
- Developing community responses to mental health support
- Scaling innovations and learnings for wide-reaching and sustainable social change
- Proposing a powerful new vision of ageing and the future of home
- Continuing our ‘Innovating Us’ journey
- and much more.
On Kaurna Land, Kaurna Elder Uncle Frank Wanganeen shared his knowledge and guided the team with Aunty Vickey Charles an Alawa/Mara woman from the Northern Territory now living on Kaurna land, on a cultural walking tour of Kaurna Yerta along the Karrawirra Parri. Our sincere thanks to Kaurna Elder and Kaurna/Narungga man Uncle Frank Wanganeen for sharing his knowledge of place with us.