Centre for Social Impact Swinburne

Past events

Youth health equity and the role of social enterprise organisations

(CSI Swinburne's Social Impact Summer Webinar Series - Week 4)

Date: Tuesday 10 December 2019

Social enterprises play a positive role in the health and well-being of young people by enhancing skills and employability, self-esteem, and by reducing stigmatisation, particularly among marginalised groups. This webinar hosts a live discussion between Professor Jo Barraket and Dr Perri Campbell about how Social Enterprises support health and wellbeing outcomes for young people. Preliminary findings from an active ARC Linkage research project are shared, and Jo and Perri will outline key organisational features that support interventions into health and wellbeing, along with key youth program elements. Presented Tuesday 10th December 2019.

Digital inequality in Australia: Results from the 2019 Australian Digital Inclusion Index

(CSI Swinburne's Social Impact Summer Webinar Series - Week 3)

Date: Tuesday 3 December 2018

In the past three decades, digital technologies have become progressively embedded in work, education, government, healthcare and other aspects of everyday experience in Australia. As a result, digital communication is now considered an essential service, comparable to basic utilities in its contribution to welfare. In this context, digital inequalities, marked by differences in the nature and extent of internet access, affordability and capacity for effective online engagement, present a significant social challenge. The Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) is the most comprehensive tool available for measuring digital inequality in Australia. With a dataset extending back to 2014, the ADII can be used to identify the socio-economic contours of digital access, affordability and abilities and to track these elements of digital inclusion over time. In this webinar, Dr Chris K Wilson provides an overview of the Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) and highlight the key findings from the 2019 ADII Report. Presented Tuesday 3rd December 2019.

Sustainable business models

(CSI Swinburne's Social Impact Summer Webinar Series - Week 2)

Date: 26 November 2019

The climate crisis and related social and environmental issues require immediate and systemic changes in order to transition to a more sustainable economy and lifestyles. Emerging research indicates that sustainable business models may serve as powerful tools for the necessary transition. In this webinar Dr. Chris Dembek shares findings of research into using business models for addressing social and environmental problems. He explains what makes a sustainable business model, and how such models can be used to help us enact sustainable transition by reorganising systems around some of the most complex problems.

Social Enterprise Startup: Lessons from The Swinburne Social Startup Studio

(CSI Swinburne's Social Impact Summer Webinar Series - Week 1)

Date: Tuesday 19 November 2019

Recently launched in August 2019, The Swinburne Social Startup Studio is an exciting initiative of CSI Swinburne, supported by Equity Trustees. The Studio aims to assist early-stage social enterprises through the essential steps of testing and developing their ventures, travelling the journey from idea to implementation. At the same time, The Studio uses an action research agenda to communicate its learnings and contribute to the social enterprise ecosystem. In this webinar, Libby Ward-Christie, Studio director, and Kate Saporta, Studio Manager, share their lessons from The Studio so far. Through a conversational interview, Libby and Kate discuss the key themes and learnings they have drawn from engaging with social enterprises, including the importance of building a clear foundation.

Alumni and Friends Professional Development Afternoon

Date: Monday 2 November 2019

On Monday 2 December, over 50 people came together for the CSI Swinburne annual Alumni & Friends Professional Development Afternoon.

As we speed towards the end of 2019, it was a great opportunity to reflect on a busy year for CSI Swinburne, hear about some of the research we’ve been undertaking over the past year, and to network over drinks and nibbles. Attendees heard from our Centre Director, Professor Jo Barraket about some of the highlights of 2019. This includes the establishment of the CSI Swinburne Social Startup Studio, numerous high quality and impactful research publications as well as another successful year of teaching as part of our Graduate Certificate and Master of Social Impact.

Demonstrating the breadth and impact of the work undertaken at CSI Swinburne, three speakers shared a diverse range of insights about projects they’ve been involved with.

Industry Fellow Krystian Seibert outlined the findings from Australia’s first ever survey of philanthropic sub-funds, the CSI Swinburne Sub-fund Survey, which has provided new data on an emerging part of Australia’s philanthropic sector. Senior Research Fellow Dr Kiros Hiruy shared the outcomes of research he and colleagues from CSI Swinburne undertook for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, examining employment strategies for people seeking asylum in Victoria. And Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow Dr Emma Lee told the remarkable story of how constitutional recognition for Indigenous Peoples and other important changes were achieved in Tasmania through a campaign of ‘love bombing’.

Overall, it was a highly enjoyable afternoon of sharing, learning and bonding. CSI Swinburne thanks all of our alumni, friends and students who were able to attend.


Designing for wellbeing: health equity, young people and social enterprise

Date: Thursday 7 November 2019

On the 7th of November 2019, VicHealth hosted the Interim Forum for the Australian Research Council Linkage project ‘Improving youth health equity of young people? The role of social enterprise’. The project team shared preliminary project findings from this cross-case study involving four social enterprises who work with young people. Project partners, young people, social entrepreneurs and health practitioners workshopped ideas for how to make the research findings useful to young people, practitioners, and policymakers.

Common themes on the day included a focus on setting up sound strategies for social business design, making advice readily available to practitioners, and ensuring that we are accommodating all the languages needed to engage different groups of people in the realisation of social enterprise goals. The question of how young people are engaged in leadership positions in social enterprises was raised, providing a fruitful discussion of youth empowerment and the role of co-design.

Project team: Jo Barraket, Jane Farmer, Gemma Carey, Chris Mason, Andrew Joyce, Roksolana Suchowerska, Perri Campbell, Jo McNeill and Batool Moussa. Partner organisations: VicHealth, Social Traders and Foundation for Young Australians, plus four very generous social enterprises!

Industry and Beyond: Insights from the Swinburne Society 4.0 Forum

Social Research Innovation Institute

Date: Wednesday 30 October 2019

The 2019 Swinburne Society 4.0 Forum provided a platform to explore themes of communities powered with data, public interest technology and work and wellbeing, while offering a social science and policy response to Industry 4.0. Key social challenges for the data economy discussed over the day included ensuring equal access; fostering openness and collaboration; and moving data insights into action. Data collaboratives were championed as key opportunities to create public value, with data as an equaliser and essential resource, allowing people to speak the same language and drive evidence-based decision making. Issues funding public interest technology and innovation were also identified, alongside ways to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence to fundamentally change society for the better.

The forum also explored the changing nature of work and effects on wellbeing and attitudes, with the example of younger generations of workers choosing purpose over legacy, and a desire to work for organisations with which their values align. Increasing automation will require constant upskilling and reskilling, with a shift to more ‘human-focused’ work, and the rise of the gig economy and precarious employment has already seen increases in depression and anxiety among workers. However, opportunities exist to improve wellbeing and suggestions included collective voice and ownership through unions and co-ops; strong social safety nets designed for present work conditions; and a shorter working week to encourage work-life balance. The Society 4.0 Forum is an initiative of Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute.

Watch Professor Erin Wilson introduce this year's annual commencement lecture - 'Making a difference - designing for change'

CSI Swinburne webinar: Making a difference - designing for change

Date: Wednesday 27 March 2019

This year's annual commencement lecture introduces Professor Erin Wilson, who has recently joined CSI as the Uniting Kildonan Chair in Community Services Innovation. Through discussion of a range of projects and approaches, Erin explores ideas in the deliberate design of activities and projects so that they both make a difference and this difference can be scaled up or out to extend the reach of this change. In the context of anti-collaborative funding policy, this discussion asserts the challenge of sharing 'what works' across the community services sector.

Watch Dr Chris Mason's webinar on Social Enterprise Reporting Tool 

CSI Swinburne webinar: Social Enterprise Reporting Tool (SERT)

Date: Thursday 13 December 2018

The Social Enterprise Reporting Tool (SERT) is a free, secure and useful reporting web-tool, designed with and for small to medium social enterprises. Based on significant research with Australian social enterprises, SERT was developed by the CSI Swinburne team as part of a research program with colleagues at UWA CSI, and supported by the Bankwest Foundation. In CSI Swinburne's second webinar, Dr Chris Mason, who managed and led the SERT research, describes how the idea for the tool came about, and provides a drive-through of SERT and its various features and benefits.

Watch Dr Erin Castellas' webinar on Map for Impact

CSI Swinburne webinar: The Victorian Social Enterprise mapping project

Date: Thursday 10 May 2018

Erin presents the findings and implications of our ground-breaking study, ‘Map for Impact: The Victorian Social Enterprise Mapping Project’, which was the first to map the scope and diversity of Victoria’s social enterprise sector. Through a process of online data mining, the study identified 3,500 Victorian social enterprises, which were plotted at an interactive online map: Map for Impact.

Watch Luke Terry’s lecture on Vanguard Laundry Services

Navigating the social enterprise landscape: a conversation with Luke Terry

Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018

Join CSI Swinburne Director Jo Barraket in conversation with leading social entrepreneur, Luke Terry – CEO of Vanguard Laundry Services – to discuss the trials, tribulations and triumphs of social entrepreneurship in Australia.

Watch Rebecca Riccio's lecture on philanthropy education

The journey to experiential philanthropy education with the help of Doris Buffet

Date: Tuesday 11 November 2014

Rebecca Riccio (Northeastern University) explains how experiential philanthropy education prepares young people for lives of giving and civic engagement. This program is supported by the vision of Doris Buffett and her Learning by Giving Foundation.

Watch Brad Smith's lecture on the future of philanthropy

Bringing transparency to the world of philanthropy - The Foundation Centre's role in empowering through knowledge

Date: 1 September 2014

Watch this lecture by Bradford Smith, Chair of the US Foundation Centre, with response from Dr Wendy Scaife, Queensland University of Technology.

Watch Peter Singer's lecture on the ethics of giving

Should charity really begin at home?

Date: 10 July 2014

Well-known Australian philospher, Peter Singer, says charity should not begin at home. We should use the resources we have to bring about the most good.

The panelists Julian Burnside AO QC, Sandie deWolf AM, Berry Street, and Jo Barraket, Centre for Social Impact Swinburne, respond with their views to widen the discussion about philanthropy.

Watch Professor Jo Barraket's commencement lecture

Centre for Social Impact Swinburne

Date: 3 April 2014

Prof. Jo Barraket's commencing address as Director, Centre for Social Impact Swinburne (CSIS).

Fifteen years in social enterprise has helped Jo develop a sophisticated understanding of social innovation. This address considers different types of social innovation and their effects, and argues that recognising and supporting social innovation requires a shift towards resourcing, leadership and impact measurement approaches that can respond to emergent practice in hybrid systems. These systems mix ‘old’ and ‘new’, suggesting that alchemy rather than innovation alone, is a pathway to social impact.