Category Archives: Diary Entry

Social Enterprise Manifesto launched in Brisbane

Last night I helped launch the Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Alliance’s Social Enterprise Manifesto in Brisbane. The launch was hosted by Social Ventures Australia (SVA), and included brief presentations by myself as Chair of the Qld Social Enterprise Council, … Continue reading

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A cardboard bike!?!

This might not be a social enterprise or then again it might, but developing a cardboard bike would revolutionise the world. Why do governments continue to fund the poisonous financial disaster that is the car industry and not incredible entrepreneurs … Continue reading

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I have a sideline

In my spare time I make Seiza (meditation) stools / benches. I make them with reclaimed materials and coat them in non toxic paints and varnishes. Sometimes I stencil a little lotus or Buddha on them. I sell them at … Continue reading

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Yesterday I went to a breakfast event with Peter Holbrook from Social Enterprise UK

Peter Holbrook from Social Enterprise UK spoke at a breakfast hosted in Brisbane by QCOSS yesterday, telling inspiring stories of social enterprise in the UK including an employee ownded bus company, and an enterprise that repurposes firefighting hoses into high … Continue reading

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Think big, get pointy

Last night I went to the opening of ss48 in Brisbane and listened to keynote speaker Nick Barter, the head of the MBA program at Griffith Uni. I have often pondered on doing an MBA but always thought it to … Continue reading

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Thatcher is dead. No cause for celebration.

Please, no eulogising of Thatcher. She and Reagan were two of the architects of the modern free market economy currently ruining society and the environment. Forced poverty by the right wing onto working people through the thoughts (and sometimes misreading) … Continue reading

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Tensions of leadership

My experience of working in Community Development for many years means that I have developed a style of working ‘with people’ rather than for or above people. Even when I ran my own businesses I tried to work alongside people … Continue reading

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