We believe effective social innovation can only come from prioritising what people want and need over what systems want. We put this into practice by using a co-design approach – we work with people to design policies, programs and solutions that work for them. We specialise in designing with hard to reach and vulnerable groups.
Getting to better solutions requires different thinking. We believe that no one discipline has the monopoly on social innovation. Our core methods are drawn from design, business innovation, and the social sciences – but we draw on community development and international development too. Some of our people come from an innovation background, some from a practice background, all are united in their passion for impact.
Our role in Australia is to find new ways to address tough social challenges. We continually ask ourselves ‘Is this leading to change?’ and expect the same from our partners.
Our approach is grounded in our own experience as an NGO developing, testing, and spreading new programs for families and carers. We dedicate significant time to learning and continually improving our own practice.