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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 three of a four-part series, Eidos CEO, Bruce Muirhead, will facilitate a discussion with Sandy Blackburn-Wright (Social Outcomes), and Sarah Jane Kelly (University of Queensland) who will share insights into their thinking around the challenges and opportunities facing Social Procurement in Australia.



Sandy Blackburn-Wright

Sandy has 15 years international development experience in Southern Africa, 10 years corporate experience in professional services and financial services in Australia, serves on a number of boards, is an author, script writer and public speaker. She has taken an active role in growing the impact investing market in Australia and has established several large social innovation projects.

Sandy was the Head of Social Innovation for Westpac, working to establish the bank as an active player in the emerging impact investing market and led the establishment of an industry forum on social finance. She was part of the team that built and issued Australia’s first social impact bonds and has been acting as an advisor to government, corporates, philanthropists and not-for-profits on the opportunities of social innovation and impact investing here and in the region. Sandy also established the Organisational Mentoring Program at Westpac to build the capacity of social enterprises and remains involved in strategic grantmaking through the Westpac Foundation.

Sandy serves on the Australian Advisory Board of the International Taskforce on Impact Investing sponsored by the G8, sits on the Advisory Board for the Australian Centre for Not-for-Profit and Philanthropic Studies at QUT, the Business Advisory Council of the Benevolent Society and is a Director of the Community Services Industry Alliance.


Sarah Jane Kelly

Sarah is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland T.C. Beirne Law School and has recently completed four years in the role of MBA Director at the UQ Business School, in which she has led the program to a ranking of number 1 in Australia and 10th globally. Sarah has multidisciplinary training in law, marketing and psychology and has practiced previously as a commercial lawyer and manager. She has won awards for her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and is currently teaching sports law. She has conducted research and consultancy in sport, governance and marketing with industry, government and the not-for-profit sector nationally and internationally. She has published in leading academic peer reviewed journals and her expertise extends to sports law, marketing and management, consumer behaviour and branding.

Sarah currently holds several board positions including as a director of the Brisbane Lions AFL Football club, the Wandering Warriors, Somerville House School and Sports Analytics.



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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