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Sustainable Development Goals for Business

In order to solve our complex environmental and social problems, we must meaningfully engage and inspire. This workshop will elevate your Responsible Business and Sustainability Strategy through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and show you how to bring your stakeholders on the journey.

“The SDG workshop was very insightful and helped me to make sense of the Principles of Responsible Business Strategy, SDGs and their application. I am thankful for having the opportunity to attend and learn. I would recommend this workshop to others” Duygu Caymaz, Sustainability Programs ANZ, Veolia

Presented by Asha Kayla from The Impact Faculty, in partnership with World’s Biggest Garage Sale, UQ Centre for Policy Futures and UQ Australian Institute for Business and Economics. If you’re interested in attending this workshop please contact us.

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Circular Economy Futures |  Every Month

The ‘circular economy’ is a buzzword across many industry and government initiatives at the moment, it is estimated by 2030 it will have an economic global worth of $4.5 trillion! Using circular principles in your business, community or professional practice has the potential to create economic value and social value. But what exactly is it? And what does it look like in practice?

This group is for anyone with an interest in the circular economy or circular principles. We welcome people from all industries, disciplines, professions and backgrounds to come along and learn about the circular economy and engage in discussion and networking.

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Circular Economy Futures October
On Wednesday night we held another wonderful Circular Economy Futures Meetup. We had some amazing speakers; Tom Allen, CEO of Impact Boom, and Tim O’Brien founder of Hatched. Check out our summary below on an incredible night filled with SO much valuable information!

 

Making Brisbane the social enterprise capital of Australia

Tom discussed the importance of ideas in creating impact – stressing that there has never been a more urgent time in our history to take new ideas forward. If the whole of Brisbane had two ideas each we would have over 5-million ideas that could potentially improve our lives and make impact!

He talked about moving out of the ‘ideas boom’ and into the ‘impact boom’ – which is all about diverting energy into spaces/projects that can make something better. He also shared how important purpose is in giving someone drive and meaning. Quoting Angela Duckworth, “Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.” Using it to frame the reality that if you don’t have purpose it will be exponentially more difficult to push through barriers you will face while pursuing your goals.

Finally, he gave us the roadmap to improving the chances of achieving our goals by 95%:

1. Tell someone what your idea or goal is.

2. Find someone who will hold you accountable and check-in with you.

Tom concluded by sharing his own goal with us of making Brisbane the social enterprise capital of Australia!

If you would like to get in touch with Tom you can do so here.

“Purpose comes from yourself, it comes from the everyday… Finding what your ability is and making it a possibility.”

 

 

Tim founded Hatched 4-years ago as a strategy consultancy that embeds impact into organisations. He talked about his journey working for major corporations on projects where the outcomes didn’t ‘feel good’ that’s when he made the decision to found Hatched – to make a difference in the world. He said, “there’s a moment in everyone’s journey where they can make the decision to keep going or change what they’re doing.”

He talked about ‘possability’ – that is turning your ability into possibility to make exponential impact. Each and every one of us has an ability (potential) that can be used to make a difference. He discussed the importance of purpose for organisations. In a world that is drastically changing (representing risk and opportunity for businesses) purpose is the thing that helps them navigate that change successfully.

Finally, Tim debuted his new impact measurement platform ROOY to our audience. ROOY works by measuring outcomes through newly developed methodologies created by Tim and his team. He discussed how businesses need to be able to integrate financial and non-financial data into their measurement strategies to stay true to their purpose. He finished by sharing a recipe with us for creating businesses that change the world:

EMBRACE POSSABILITY + PURPOSE = BUSINESSES THAT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

Want to learn more about Tim can help your business? Get in touch with Tim here.

 

Social enterprise should be a redundant term, it should just be ‘business as usual’

 

 

Some of our highlights from the panel discussion:

1. Tom discussed how in the future he hopes social enterprise is a redundant term – that it should just be ‘business as usual’. When asked by one of our audience members how people employed in “run-of-the-mill businesses” can have altruistic purpose and help these businesses change Tom suggested helping others in the community who do need those services. Collaboration is another way to create impact and social enterprises still need those standard business services like accountants or lawyers.

2. Tim shared some promising insights from the European market after he was asked what to do when investors don’t care or don’t want to see impact metrics in your portfolio. He told us in Europe it is the standard now to include impact metrics alongside financial – it is a proven way to reduce risk in a portfolio as not accounting for change/impact is a huge risk to businesses in the future. AND there is a huge correlation between impact and financial return. He said Australia is still lagging in impact investment but give your impact metrics to investors anyway – who cares if they don’t want it right now – one day they will be happy you did.

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