Unbound Ideas Summit
Breaking the mould of traditional conferences, this Summit is all about DOING, rather than being another talk-fest. Get access to loads of hands-on, practice-based workshops tailored to the needs and skills of whoever’s in the room. We’ll also have debates, storytelling sessions, networking opportunities and even a comedy act!
This year’s Summit will feature an Unconference style session where we hand the facilitation over to you - the experts in the room. Self-nominated participants will be invited to lead in a 30 minute mini-workshop sharing their own ideas, knowledge, skills and experiences with other participants.
Do you have a unique workshop you’d like to offer? Or an exciting idea you want build a movement around? Get in touch with the organisers and we can make it happen!
As the cherry on the cake - we are also running Tuk Tuk Conversation Tours throughout the day (yes, you read correctly!). We have a real Tuk Tuk that will take you on a short tour around Melbourne’s loved CBD sites while you build solid connections with Australia’s top social innovators and ask your burning questions.
Session Topics Include…
Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories: Voices from the Ecosystem Ideas Hack-a-thon: Bring an Idea & Lets Make it Real Learning from Failure Telling Your Story: Creating an Exceptional Communication Strategy Wisdom in Unusual Places: Startup Advice from People you wouldn’t expect Navigating finance: How to fund your idea Work-life balance & self care as an entrepreneur The Joy of Making: An innovative makers lab
1. Panel: Learning from Failure
Hear stories of entrepreneurs when things didn’t go to plan. This misses and mistakes in an honest and open forum. We will hear from a panel their biggest mistakes, what happened and what they learned along the way.
2. Workshop: Storytelling & Communication
Learn how to share your personal and business story in a practical and hands-on session. Turn ideas, experiences and your journey into an engaging pitch for investors, customers and partners.
Kaia Myers-Stewart, Unbound
Kaia Myer-Stewart is the Communications Manager at Unbound, a social enterprise leading innovative education programs on sustainability, social enterprise and social impact design, and winner of UNLEASH Innovation Lab in Singapore. During this workshop, she offers her extensive background in communications and marketing strategy with diverse roles in technology, software development, education and psychology.
Bri Johnstone, One St.Over
Bri Johnstone is the Director of One St. Over, a service design consultancy specialising in innovation programs, community management and organisational culture. Bri is also the Founder of Hear You Now - a mental health focused social enterprise, Program Founder of RMIT’s Bright Sparks program - designed to inspire, prepare and connect the next generation of female leaders and entrepreneurs, and was the Senior Manager at RMIT’s Activator - RMIT’s in-house entrepreneurship hub.
3. Workshop: Wayapa Wuurrk - Work-life balance and self care as an entrepreneur
There’s more to life than the hustle - and this session uses movement, community and connection to achieve some work-life balance. This session focuses on important teachings from Wayapa Wurrrk - an Aboriginal-owned social enterprise that trains and supports Aboriginal entrepreneurs in creating independent businesses that deliver Wayapa® workshops. Wayapa® is an Aboriginal wellness modality that teaches Aboriginal philosophies around holistic wellbeing. These workshops aim to increase the accessibility of Indigenous knowledge around sustainability and wellbeing, and are in high demand from schools, community groups, corporates and individuals as a cultural learning tool and alternative to Eastern practices such as yoga. Wayapa® is also the only known Indigenous modality certified by the International Institute for Complementary Therapists.
Jamie Marloo Thomas, Wayapa Wuurrk
Jamie is a respected senior knowledge-holder within the Gunditjmara and GunnaiKurnai communities, and is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Wayapa Wuurrrk (wayapa.com). Jamie has trained over 25 Aboriginal Wayapa practitioners; providing meaningful work opportunities for Aboriginal Victorians. Jamie also brings 23 years of experience in Aboriginal enterprise, wellbeing services, and cultural mentoring.
Sara Jones, Wayapa Wuurrk
Sara is the Co-Founder & Director of Wayapa Wuurk. Sara brings 15 years of experience working with Indigenous communities across various sectors, including employment, training and mentoring, culture and art servicing. Sara’s previous roles include Deputy CEO of The Replay Group, specialising in Indigenous employment, training and mentoring; and Business Development Manager for the Koori Heritage Trust in Melbourne.
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1. Panel: The Great Debate: 'The World Needs More Entrepreneurs'
Entrepreneurs are like modern rock-stars - everyone wants to be one, they are all over the media and they are revered as revolutionary leaders. Social entrepreneurs, that is founders of enterprises created to fulfil a social mission, are also hailed as the new superheroes for their innovate approach to social change.
Over the last 10 years, there has been a growing stream of new programs, incubators, grants and courses encouraging the masses to jump on board and launch the next big venture. But is this really the best avenue for innovation and positive social change? Where are these trends really leading us, and is it all its cracked up to be? We also see little discussion on the value of intrapreneurial innovation based on lived experience within existing companies, and the role of government in this debate. In which case, we have to ask the question - is more entrepreneurship really the answer?
In this panel, we hear from giants from the social innovation ecosystem debating whether the world really needs more entrepreneurs.
2. Workshop: Navigating Finance
Money, money, money - it matters! In this masterclass session, we explore financial options available to new startups and the practical tools needed to get an idea funded.
3. Storytelling: Migrant Entrepreneurs: Stories from the Field
Melbourne is home to numerous inspiring stories of migrant entrepreneurship - this session dives deep and we learn from the remarkable innovators that now call Melbourne home.
SisterWorks is a not-for-profit social enterprise 'Handmade with Love in Melbourne'. SisterWorks supports women who are migrants, people seeking asylum or refugees to become financially independent and happily settled in Australia. Today, SisterWorks includes over 171 Sisters: 68 remarkable volunteers, 10 board members, 5 part-time staff and 88 amazing women who are working hard to become entrepreneurs or to have work experience in Australia that allows them to become self-sufficient and independent.
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1. Participant-led Session: Power to the People
Over to you! This un-conference style session is designed to learn from expertise in the room - the participants themselves! Nominate a topic/workshop you'd like to lead, and we'll provide the space. More engagement, less sitting quietly.
2. Workshop: Ideas Hack-a-thon Intensive
This session aims to harness people’s diverse range of creative ideas, and help make them real. Participants will be guided through a series of fast-paced activities on motivation, idea generation, project planning, skill sharing and more, taking action each step of the way. All ideas are welcome - come with your dream to launch a business, build a robot, find a cure, open a food-truck or write a novel — and leave with new networks, action plans, and practical tools for getting s*** done.
Brittany Laidlaw, Unbound
Brittany is a sustainability educator and social enterprise expert with a strong background in entrepreneurship within the international and community development sector. Her work has primarily focused on South East Asia and the South Pacific Islands, having collaborated with communities in the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Hong Kong and Timor Leste. Her commitment to sustainable development through innovative enterprise led to her receipt of the Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award in 2013 and the Westpac Future Leaders Award in 2016. Brittany now offers her skills as Program Coordinator with Unbound.
Julian O'Shea, Unbound
Julian is a social entrepreneur, educator and humanitarian engineer who is passionate about education and technology for social change. He is the Founder of Unbound (formerly Laika Academy), a social enterprise that designs and leads innovative education programs across the Asia-Pacific region. Before starting Unbound, Julian previously headed up the Engineers Without Borders Institute in their education and research division. His work in innovative education saw him recently named one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers by Creative Magazine and in 2016, he was the inaugural Westpac Social Change Fellow.
3. Workshop: The Joy of Making: Innovation Makers Lab
For all the creatives, this one is for you! This hands-on session is all about pushing the boundaries of design and technology - helping participants turn their napkin sketch concept into a real life prototype. Roll up your sleeves, its going to be a good one!
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