What do startups, not-for-profits and baby boomers have in common? A lot, as it turns out! The baby boomer generation is moving into the next stage of life and getting older is being disrupted. Retirement is out and people over 60 running for president, creating new enterprises and taking on leading roles is in. For those who want to get involved, opportunity is on the horizon.
Ted Setnikar (The Lacemakers Son) Ivy Diegmann (The Exchange) and Georgia Heath (SpareTime) will discuss the ways in which unusual collaborations and intergenerational approaches can help us all to reinvent, rediscover and find our voice.
Bernadette Schwerdt - author, speaker, entrepreneur
Bernadette is the founder and head writing coach of the Australian School of Copywriting, a former account director with Young & Rubicam Advertising and a lecturer in writing at RMIT.
She is the author of the best-selling book 'Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs' and a recent TEDx speaker on a topic close to her heart: 'How to Succeed When You Don't Know What You're Doing'.
She writes for BRW, Money and Inside Small Business and provides commentary on digital disruption for Sky News, ABC Radio and other networks. Bernadette also moonlights as a professional actor and is seen regularly on TV shows such as Neighbours, Jack Irish and Winners and Losers.
Georgia Heath is a social entrepreneur, strategist and innovator and is the co-founder of Yup Yup Labs. She left her role as a public servant in order to help government and NGO's solve some of our biggest social challenges through start-up thinking, human centred design, smart cities and open data. Spare Time is the first product of Yup Yup Labs and connects skilled people to volunteering and paid work opportunities in their community. Spare Time was a winner of the SA Government D3 Active Ageing Challenge and is launching in October 2016.
Ted was born in 1948 in Slovenia, part of ex-Yugoslavia.
My mother died on my first birthday and at the age of four and my alcoholic father sold me to a farmer. After ten years of physically and mental abuse I was placed in an orphanage where, for the first time, I experienced kindness, caring and discipline.
After the orphanage I escaped Yugoslavia through France and Germany to Austria and migrated to Australia on 7 December 1967. After arrival I lived and worked in a Migrant Hostel where I attended English classes and a Technical College and completed a Certificate in Cooking and Catering. I began working for several hotels and restaurants then established my own catering business. When I migrated when homosexuality was illegal and I felt like a criminal even though I adopted this country with a loving heart. I was referred to a psychiatrist by a GP for treatment of my homosexuality. I recently disclosed my sexuality to the world by writing a book, The Lacemaker's Son, to prove that, by being one's true self, you gain respect and live a freer and happier life.
At the age of 58 I retired and now work as a volunteer for two organisations. I live in Adelaide with my partner and practice a Japanese form of Buddhism, Soka Gakkai International, which promotes peace and forgiveness.
Ivy Diegmann Heads ACH Group’s Innovation Incubator. She is a connector of ideas and people, with 20 years’ experience in co-creating new good life opportunities that are attractive to people looking to stay well and keep sharp. Ivy is best known as the lead designer of the first Consumer Directed Care pilot in Australia, which shifted the balance of power to customers and offered them greater choice and control. The pilot was recognised as leading practice, informing legislation change, and is now the everyday way of working. Ivy has a background in the public sector finance and property management and has worked across non-government and local government sectors spanning housing, residential, community and health services.