I forgot to write about this; late last year I spoke on a panel at the Social Enterprise Symposium – Entrepreneurship for a better Northern Rivers which was in beautiful Byron Bay, a mecca for people interested in doing things differently. The symposium aimed to promote awareness and education in social enterprise development taking steps towards creating a more diverse economy.
The panel’s topic was Social Procurement, hosted by Cheryl Kernot from the Centre for Social Impact, and featured myself, Mark Daniels from Social Traders, Joanne McNeil ex-Parramatta City Council, and Peter Morichovitis Chief Procurement Officer at Gold Coast City Council.
It was a great discussion with different perspectives on how to make social procurement work, and working examples given. Peter Morichovitis spoke about the ground breaking piece of procurement he did in 2012 /13 with the aim of lowering long term unemployment on the Gold Coast by procuring socially for a whole of council cleaning tender. The Gold Coast City Council is one to watch for their procurement policy under Peter’s leadership and I think we’ll see more impact created there than anywhere else in Queensland in the next few years.
You can watch a video of the breakfast panel here