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Change + Maker Summit: Social Enterprise, Startups and Global Change

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The University of Sydney

Peter Nicol Russell Building, Theatre 2

Camperdown, NSW 2006

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The Change + Maker Summit is an inspiring one-day forum for budding and existing social entrepreneurs, startup developers, global change makers, designers, international development professionals and students sharing how to design great businesses for positive impact. This year's theme is: Social Enterprise, Startups and Global Change.

With a line-up of international speakers, world-class social entrepreneurs and inspiring impact designers - this event is an engaging day of workshops, discussions and big ideas.

Learn from the successes and failures of existing social enterprises across the Asia Pacific region, from distributing solar lights in slum communities in India to re-invigorating the lost art of sustainable paper making in Vietnam; from innovative education programs in Australia to fair trade livelihoods projects for marginalised women in Nepal.

Event location is the University of Sydney's Peter Nicol Russell Building, Theatre 2

Campus map here: https://cce.sydney.edu.au/site/361 or use the coordiantes 8N on http://www.nssa.com.au/17asrc/resources/University-of-Sydney-campus-map.pdf

This program is coordinated by Laika Academy.


Themes and Interest Areas:

> Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship

> High Growth Startups

> Innovative Design for Social Impact

> Sustainability and Business

> Participatory Development Innovation

> Humanitarian Design and Engineering

> Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

> Education for Social Change

> Fair Trade and Livelihood Development


Program: Saturday, 7th October 2017

Peter Nichol Russel Building, Theatre 2, UniSyd

0830 - 0900 -- Registration

0900 - 0930 -- Welcome to Country / Summit Opening

0930 - 1015 -- Opening Keynote + Lightening Talks

1015 - 1115 -- Mix and Mingle - Morning Tea

1115 - 1245 -- Parallel Sessions 1

1245 - 1400 -- Lunch

1400 - 1515 -- Parallel Sessions 2

1515 - 1545 -- Afternoon Tea

1545 - 1700 -- Parallel Workshops 3

1700 - 1745 -- Closing Keynote and Remarks

1800 - onwards -- Post-Summit Drinks @ (Location TBA)


Parallel Session 1

1a - Provocative Design Leadership using Liberating Structures (Speaker: Kelsey Lotus Wong, DSIL Global) - This workshop will focus on a series of hands-on activities to ensure teams working in any sector have the tools to amplify creativity and open communication for projects and/or product development. Participants will begin by exploring “Liberating Structures”, a suite of creative tools and techniques and apply these tools through work in small teams. Get ready to get moving! Kelsey bring a wealth of experience all the way from San Fransisco as an experienced designer, community orchestrator and culture consultant. Kelsey has worked for six years in partnership with social entrepreneurs and innovative teams to bring their wildest visions to life.

1b - The Internal Journey of Entrepreneurship (Speakers: Linh Phạm and Ellie Nguyễn, Knowmads, Vietnam) - This interactive session invites participants to explore the ‘Knowmadic Journey’, turning inward to understand their own values, talents and purpose that can be harnessed for creating positive impact. Utilising processes from a world-class creative business and leadership school in Hanoi, this session discusses common stages of an entrepreneur’s evolution from the Calling, to the Journey, to the Breakthrough and discovering the Gift. This workshop is ideal for personal leadership development and those seeking to make a positive difference in the world, starting from themselves.

1c - Following Your Creativity: How to Launch Your Unique Social Enterprise (Speakers: Nhung Hong, Zo Project, Vietnam) - With new enterprises popping up everyday, creating a unique brand that will help you stand out from the crowd is critical to your business success. In this session, you will learn about the importance of sharing your personal story and how to harness your unique skills for creating an enterprise that truly reflects your passion. Nhung joins the summit from Vietnam where she founded Zo Project, an organsation that is restoring the lost craft of sustainable, handmade 'Do' paper making.

Parallel Session 2

2a - Design Hack: Using Design Thinking to Create your Social Enterprise (Speakers: Melanie Lazelle, Heron's Catch, Global) How do you create a strategy for guaranteeing that innovation and creativity flourish in your organisation? In this session, you’ll find out why design-led companies such as Apple, IBM and Nike have outperformed their competitors over the past 10 years simply by applying design principles to their business’s innovation strategy. Design Thinking is a creative methodology used by designers to solve complex problems, and find desirable solutions for clients. A design mindset is not problem-focused, it's solution focused and action oriented towards creating a preferred future. If your struggling to put your ideas into a cohesive business strategy, this interactive workshop is for you!

2b - Scaling Your Impact: From your desktop to world (Speakers: Murli Padmanabhan, Pollinate Energy, India / Anita Kerr Nepali, Seven Women, Nepal) - Your big ideas may start in your bedroom, but they definitely shouldn't stay there! This session will equipt participants with the knowledge and skills for scaling their social enterprise so they can make a larger positive impact in the world. You will not be short of expert advice in this session with our speakers offering constructive stories from their own successes and failures in expanding their enterprises. Anita joins the summit from Nepal where she is the President of Seven Women, a fair trade organisation that began in a tin shed and has now changed the lives of over 5,000 women and their communities. Additionally, Murli offers his wisdom as the Executive Vice President of Sales at Pollinate Energy, a social enterprise that started with a pilot project selling 100 solar lights in India and has now sold over 23,000 products reaching over 100,000 people.

2c - Financing your Vision: How to Run a Killer Crowdfunding Campaign (Tom Dawkins, StartSomeGood, Australia) - Tom Dawkins is a serial social entrepreneur and the Australian co-founder of StartSomeGood, a crowdfunding platform exclusively for social change initiatives. He previously founded award-winning Australia non-profit Vibewire, opened Australia’s first co-working space and was the first Social Media Director at Ashoka. He has worked with numerous non-profits, associations and government entities to help them tell their stories and build community. In this workshop, Tom will discuss his unique ‘tipping point’ model and how it has helped 550 ventures raise over $6 million with a success rate far above the industry average.

Parallel Session 3

3a - Journey with a Difference: Using community based tourism for rural development (Speakers: Ha Ngugen, KHAC, Vietnam) - Sometimes navigating your way through the see of websites advertising volun-tourism trips overseas can be tricky territory and its hard to know if your actually contributing in a positive way. In this session, Ha offers a exciting alternative for the conscious traveller that guarantees both a direct positive impact for local communities and an authentic cultural experience that travellers will remember forever. Community based tourism emphasises the development of local communities and allows for local residents to have substantial control over and involvement in their own tourism industry with a major proportion of the benefits remaining within the community. By sharing activities such as festivals, homestays, and the production of artisan goods, community-based tourism allows rural communities to participate in the modern economy while cultivating a sustainable source of income and maintaining their way of life. Got some travel coming up or keen to implement this idea elsewhere? Then don’t miss Ha’s workshop on the ins, outs, ups and downs of creating a thriving community based tourism company.

3b - The Sustainable Edge: Designing products that matter (Speaker: Pranathi & Nripal Adhikary, Abari, Nepal) - Abari's story is one of mud and bamboo in the 21st century. Abari is a Nepalese research, design and construction firm committed to sustainable building practices that marry traditional yet sophisticated natural materials like adobe, bamboos, stones and reed with contemporary energy efficent design. Their projects include earthquake resistant housing, schools buildings and appropriate technology for improving village life. During this session, participants will learn from the organisation's Founder/Director and leading architect about how to create sustainable products that bridge the venacular with the modern.

3c - Enterprising Education: A new vision for transformative learning (Speakers: Vibha Joshi, Parallel Voyages, India / Chinmay Vadnere, Parallel Voyages, India / Julian O'Shea, Laika Academy, Australia) - Whilst learning about social change and entrepreneurship in books is a great start, real change happens when you step out into the world and make it happen. Many successful social entrepreneurs in the world today often found their calling after being confronted with an issue first hand, whether it be visiting marginalised women overseas or witnessing homelessness in their own community. In this session, participants will explore the power of innovative education programs that break people out of the lecture theatre and push them into the world, thus motivating action for positive change. In doing so, speakers will share their vision for a new kind of education and offer their tips and tools for designing memorable and inspiring programs that combine education, adventure and social change.

PLEASE NOTE: Speakers, schedule and content are subject to change


Who Should Attend:

> Social Entrepreneurs (existing and budding)

> Designers

> International Development Practitioners

> Fair Trade Professionals

> Livelihood Development Practitioners

> Educators

> Engineers

> Architects

> Innovators

> Makers

> Creative Professionals

> Students

> Community Development Workers

> You!


What's Included:

A full day of ideas, global speakers, collaborative discussions and more. Also - amazing catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea). Plus great connections and networking with global leaders in the industry as well as right here from Sydney.


What to bring:

> Casual dress code - the venue can get a little cold so please bring warm clothes

> Notebook and pens

> Water bottle

> Your awesome self!



We have designed this event for inclusion and to do this we have a Pay As You Can pricing model.

Suggested prices are as follows:

• Student / Unwaged: $10 - $100

• Individual / Sole Trader: $50 - $250

• NGO or Social Enterprise: $100 - $300

• Small Business or University: $200 - $500

• Medium Business or Corporate: $400 - $1000

• Government or International Business: $850 - $1500

• Major Supporter: $1000+

Note that these are just suggested amounts, and we don't want cost to be barrier for anyone attending.

If you would like to pay an amount not listed - just use the Additional Amount / Donation button to make the difference. For example, to pay $125, please select one ticket at $100 and then put in $25 in the Additional Amount box. For any questions or alternate ticket buying options - such as receiving an invoice - get in contact.

If you purchase a ticket and can't make it for any reason, please let us know and we'd be happy to pass your ticket on to another attendee so you can receive a full refund.



I have special dietary requirements - can that be catered for? - Sure can. We will have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. If you have other special dietary needs - please get in contact with us below.

I'm on the fence about coming - should I do it? - Yes. Everyone coming will be super lovely and we will make sure you have a great day.

I'm not sure I can afford a ticket in the suggested price range - can I still come? - Yes. We are serious about inclusitivity - so per our policy Pay As You Can. The minimum price through Eventbrite is just $10. If this is a barrier - please get in contact and we will help make it happen.

Can I pay more than the suggested price? - Yes. And big thanks for your support of this great initiative.

One of the speakers look amazing and work aligns with my own, can I arrange a one-on-one meeting with them while they are in Australia? - They are amazing. We would love to help you do that - just get in contact and we will make it happen either on the day, or in the days on either side.

How can I convince my boss to let me attend? - Let her know that this is a professional and continuing professional development event that's got a high calibre line up of global speakers, lots of opportunity to network and meet sector leaders, and ideas and strategies at the cutting edge. Also, volunteer to take great notes and share the outcomes with your team on return.

I'm travelling to Sydney for this event, where should I stay? - This event is super central with lots of accommodation close to the university, so you have a lot of options. Check out the standard hotel booking sites, hostel options or AirBnB. Plenty of choices!

So should I book my ticket now? - Yep. They are limited and we expect them to go fast, so click on the Tickets button and make it happen.

I'm with the media and am interested in attending or arranging an interview with one of the speakers, what's the best way to do this? - Cool. Get in contact (details below) and we would love to host you with a Media Pass and line up an interview.

I have another question that's not on here - what do I do? - Drop us a line - our contact information is below.


Contact Us

For more information about the program, attending or getting involved. Get in contact:

Julian O'Shea (Summit Coordinator - Australia): julian@laikaacademy.com / 0400 260 565

Brittany Laidlaw (Summit Coordinator - Australia): brittany_laidlaw@hotmail.com / 0403 049 734


Photo Gallery from our Last Summit: Innovate It, Create It, Make it - Global Design & Development

  • Nripal Adhikary

    Nripal Adhikary

    Abari, Nepal


  • Tom Dawkins

    Tom Dawkins


    CEO & Co-Founder

  • Vibha Joshi

    Vibha Joshi

    Parallel Voyages, India

    Founder & Chief Design Officer

  • Anita B K

    Anita B K

    Seven Women

    President of Seven Women Nepal

  • Melanie Lazelle

    Melanie Lazelle

    Heron's Catch


  • Ha Nguyen

    Ha Nguyen

    KHAC Social Enterprise, Vietnam


  • Ellie Nguyễn

    Ellie Nguyễn

    Knowmads, Vietnam


  • Julian O'Shea

    Julian O'Shea

    Laika Academy


  • Murli Padmanabhan

    Murli Padmanabhan

    Pollinate Energy, India

    Executive Vice President - Sales

  • Linh Phạm

    Linh Phạm

    Knowmads, Vietnam


  • Pranathi


    Abari, Nepal

    Lead Architect

  • Hong Nhung Tran

    Hong Nhung Tran

    Zo Project, Vietnam


  • Kelsey Lotus Wong

    Kelsey Lotus Wong

    DSIL Global

    Principal Consultant



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