Media Release – Getting to the heart of running a social enterprise
A free workshop for corporate escapees who are contemplating the shift to a career in social entrepreneurship.
Presented as part of the annual Changemakers Festival, the ‘Getting to the heart of running a social business’ workshop will help people who want to start a social business or community organisation:
- understand the skills and qualities they can transfer into the community sector
- gain clarification around their goals
- get an introduction into legal and organisational structures and funding models
- develop a hit list of what to do next.
Inspired by mentoring sessions and conversations with corporate escapees who were yearning to make a difference, business and strategic development trainer and consultant Meredith Lewis came up with the idea for this workshop, and felt that the Changemakers Festival was the ideal forum in which to present it.
Social businesses are springing up in a variety of effective, interesting and innovative models. Many people are drawn to work in this area because of the chance to right wrongs, address social imbalance, and of knowing that they have made a real difference in the life of others.
All of the above can be true, of course. But what can go unacknowledged is that setting up and running a social venture can also be challenging, complex, and risky. There are differences between the for-profit and not-for-profit cultures that need to be acknowledged and overcome.
Workshop convenor Meredith Lewis has over 25 years’ experience of working in the arts, creative, tertiary and community sectors including as a project manager and manager of a community organisation. She enjoys working with innovators, and specialises in helping people develop plans and strategies that anchor and promote creative thinking, humane values, and good business.
Naturalis Clinic (www.naturalisclinic.com.au ) is a new holistic health clinic and workshop space in Northcote that offers an array of services. As a business that exists to promote holistic health and wellbeing, it is an ideal venue for this workshop.
Date: Friday 24 October 2014
Venue: Naturalis Clinic, 9 Langwells Parade, Northcote, phone 03 0039 9662
Cost: Free BUT bookings MUST be made at Eventbrite here
For more information contact Meredith Lewis:
M: 0421 653 325
Please also check out the Changemakers Festival Event page on this blog