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Solving the Social Procurement Challenge Part 1: Allan English

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How do we build the capacity to scale on the supply side of 'Good Procurement' in a flexible and collaborative way? This webinar is exclusively designed to help you engage with a current and important challenge in Australia. If you're up for it - you may also be challenged to go on and solve Australia's largest Challenge...

Many of the criticisms leveled at what we are calling ‘good procurement’ (variously known currently as ‘social procurement’ or ‘social enterprise’) flow from a traditional and narrow understanding of ‘value’ in terms of both input and output.

Is there a way to ‘price in’ the value of the social benefits associated with this model of operation? Maybe we need to fundamentally reassess how we conceive of value? Maybe there needs to be a blended model of social and economic analysis against which we model outcomes. Perhaps the pricing mechanisms associated with social bonds could provide inspiration.

Or is there a solution which draws upon the strengths of purposeful businesses and leverages them to create competitive advantages such that even in a world where the value-capture mechanisms are inadequate, good procurement will thrive?

The Social Procurement Challenge, in partnership with the English Family Foundation, is about finding a new way to address the issues facing Social Procurement in Australia

Is there a way to ‘price in’ the value of the social benefits associated with this model of operation? Maybe we need to fundamentally reassess how we conceive of value? Maybe there needs to be a blended model of social and economic analysis against which we model outcomes. Perhaps the pricing mechanisms associated with social bonds could provide inspiration. Or is there a solution which draws upon the strengths of purposeful businesses and leverages them to create competitive advantages such that even in a world where the value-capture mechanisms are inadequate, good procurement will thrive?

In this 45-minute webinar, which is part one of a four part series, Eidos CEO, Bruce Muirhead, will facilitate a discussion with Allan English who will share insights into his thinking around the challenges and opportunities facing Social Procurement in Australia.


Allan English


"The English Family Foundation has been particularly focused on the growth of social enterprise in Australia for the past few years. It is clear now that we must develop the capability of the sector to explore new approaches to scaling for impact. We partnered with Eidos as their framework is an innovative way for us to open this issue up to hear national voices. In June this year, Eidos and the English Family Foundation brought together twenty national leaders at the Brisbane Powerhouse who tackled and framed the challenge of growing the social enterprise sector, an issue of strong interest to the English Family Foundation. Essentially asking how can social enterprises in Australia be made more capable and able to achieve higher impact?"


Allan English


Allan is the Founder and Executive Chairman of ASX-listed, and B-Corp accredited, Silver Chef Limited which was founded in 1986. In 2000, as a volunteer, he established the Queensland office for Opportunity International. In 2010, he created the English Family Foundation to support local and overseas social entrepreneurs tackling some of the more challenging issues facing our society. Allan serves on the Advisory Board for QUT's The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and the Philanthropy Australia Council.



About the Challenge


The human capability to develop solutions to ideas is untapped. We believe in putting our challenges to the crowd to solve the seemingly unsolvable. We also seek to enable individuals to collaborate together to develop even richer solutions.

The Eidos Challenge turns important conversations into action. In a nutshell - we better define the problem, stimulate engagement and actively seek solutions. In June, twenty national leaders tackled and framed the challenge of growing the social enterprise sector. Essentially asking how can social enterprises in Australia be made more capable and able to achieve higher impact?

This Challenge, in partnership with the English Family Foundation, is about finding a new way to answer this question. We are looking for solutions in new places. We are asking you to go beyond single dimensional solutions, to enable you and other innovators to collaborate together to develop richer, multi-dimensional solutions. We are calling for you to submit your idea and high-level business plan to solve this Challenge. If selected you’ll receive a $25,000 contribution and helpful support toward achieving your solution!

Solve the Social Procurement Challenge


The Conversation: Social Procurement from Eidos Institute on Vimeo.

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