Global Shifts - Sponsors
The RMIT Social Enterprise Group gratefully acknowledges the support of our partners and sponsors. Together we have worked to create a dynamic and engaging conference to explore, debate, and evaluate the power of social enterprise to contribute positively to addressing the issues arising from global shifts in economies, demographics, political and environmental climates.
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations is the lead government agency providing national leadership in education and workplace training, transition to work and conditions and values in the workplace.
bankmecu is Australia’s first customer owned bank. At the heart of bankmecu is a belief that strong synergies exist between social and environmental responsibility and a cooperative approach to banking. What makes us different to regular banks is our way of living and breathing our philosophy and in our ability to align our values with our stakeholders' expectations of sustainable economic wellbeing.
Small Giants was founded in 2007 to create, support, nurture and empower businesses that are shifting us to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable world. Some people call this type of business social enterprise. We just think it makes sense. Small Giants acts as a catalyst for change, using business as a meaningful tool to create the world we want to live in.
Social Traders is a social enterprise development organisation established in 2008. Based in Melbourne, Social Traders aims to support the growth of social enterprise in Australia. Our work involves increasing knowledge of social enterprise, building the trading capability and investment readiness of start-up and early stage enterprises along with growing the market for social enterprise products and services.
Planet Wheeler Foundation
Planet Wheeler Foundation was established in 2008 by Maureen and Tony Wheeler, founders of Lonely Planet Publications. We are based in Melbourne, Australia and currently fund over 50 projects in the developing world including a number of social enterprises. Our purpose, put simply, is to support practical and effective projects which make a difference in the alleviation of poverty.
National Australia Bank
At NAB Private Wealth, we partner with you and your family to provide highly personalised private banking and wealth management solutions tailored to your individual needs.
uncompromise is a strategic development, project management and communications cabal dedicated to servicing and partnering with sustainable ventures.
Hub Melbourne is a professional member community that drives innovation through collaboration. We believe that whether your goals are business, environmental or social, the solutions lie in effective cross-sector, cross-discipline and cross-geographical collaboration.
City of Melbourne
The City of Melbourne strives to achieve our community’s vision of Melbourne as a bold, inspirational and sustainable city – a great place for people to live and visit. We protect and strengthen the city’s economic prosperity and ensure Melbourne is recognised as a knowledge city that supports innovation and technology. We demonstrate leadership in ecological and sustainable practices and endeavour to plan and build a connected city which is safe and easy to navigate, both now and into the future.
Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation
Connecting people, ideas and funding together to create positive social change
Established in 1923, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation continues to be a leading philanthropic organisation and the largest community foundation in Australia. The Foundation aims to increase life opportunities and promote social inclusion through fundraising, partnerships and the distribution of grants to charitable agencies supporting people who are socially and economically disadvantaged.
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)
TACSI exists to identify and support the innovative ideas, methods and people that will contribute to and accelerate positive social change. Our ambition is to see more people lead thriving lives.
We are a social innovation laboratory which creates, tests and incubates ideas, methods and projects for addressing unmet social needs and helping more people lead thriving lives. We are committed to finding, creating and sharing better methods for innovation in the social sphere.
School for Social Entrepreneurs
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Australia runs practical learning programs for entrepreneurial individuals who have an idea or start–up venture with a social or environmental benefit. Since launching in December 2008, we have a Fellowship of close to 200 social entrepreneurs who have completed our programs across Australia and are connected to the SSE global network of over 850 changemakers in the UK and Canada.
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
The Skoll Centre’s mission is to demonstrate and accelerate the impact of social entrepreneurs around the world through world class leadership development, evidenced-based knowledge, and targeted engagement with a global community of innovators.
Our Community is a world-leading social enterprise that provides advice, tools and training for Australia's 600,000 community groups and schools, and practical linkages between the community sector and the general public, business and government.
Australian Ethical – Investment + Superannuation
Australian Ethical has been specialising in environmental and socially responsible investment for over 25 years. All our investments support activities such as renewable energy, recycling, public transport, organic foods, water technology and education. So as well as choosing to cycle rather than drive, recycling waste and saving water, you can also choose to make sure your savings and superannuation are working toward the same goals as you are.
Pro Bono Australia
Pro Bono is the online hub for people who want to engage with Australia’s Not for Profit and Community sector.
Pro Bono Australia publishes the sector’s most read and authoritative News service, Australia’s leading directory of Not for Profit organisations - the Guide to Giving, and the first and only products-and-services guide for the sector, Source. PBA’s website also hosts the premium sector Jobs and Events boards as well as connecting thousands of skilled volunteers with Not for Profits and Charities through Volunteer Match.
Social Ventures Australia
Social Ventures Australia (SVA) invest in social change by helping increase the impact and build the sustainability of those in the social sector.
SVA’s investments are focused on high potential organisations that are fostering solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing our community. We provide funding and strategic support to carefully selected non-profit partners, as well as offering consulting services to the social sector more broadly.
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Stanford Social Innovation Review is an award-winning magazine and website that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems. SSIR is written for and by social change leaders in the nonprofit, business, and government sectors who view collaboration as key to solving environmental, social, and economic justice issues.
Australian Policy Online
Australian Policy Online is a research database providing access to a wide range of research reports, working papers, discussion papers and statistics essential for effective public policy debate, decision making and implementation in Australia and New Zealand.
About the conference
The conference builds on the groundswell of activity and commitment in the social enterprise space in our region and beyond, and aims to coalesce this energy into a powerful movement for change.
Our speakers will share their solutions, strategies, toolkits, ideas, arguments and their stories.