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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 levelled 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 two of a four-part series, Eidos CEO, Bruce Muirhead, will facilitate a discussion with Mark Daniels, Head of Market and Sector Development, who will share insights into his thinking around the challenges and opportunities facing Social Procurement in Australia.



Mark Daniels


Mark plays a key role in social procurement by introducing new markets to the benefits of social enterprise. He also works with social enterprises to build capacity in winning contracts and finding customers. Mark has led milestone projects including the Social Enterprise FINDER and his involvement in creating new regional Australian social enterprises specifically designed to increase employment for marginalised groups.

Mark has wide ranging experience in social enterprise across program, advocacy, policy and project development. Prior to joining Social Traders in 2008, he was Social Enterprise Manager for the Brotherhood of St Laurence, managing a number of social enterprises aimed at assisting people into mainstream employment as well as providing expertise to other agencies looking to establish social enterprises. Mark has also developed policy and community development activities for public housing estates in inner city Melbourne. Mark is a sought after as a keynote speaker on a range of social enterprise topics.


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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