CEO Introduction – Carolyn Curtis

October is gearing up to be a huge month for TACSI as we approach Open State in South Australia and the 7th International Carer’s Conference.

TACSI is hosting Home and Housing – it’s not what you think, on the 28th September based on our Age of Innovation work with The Wicking Trust, and of course, we are thrilled to be supporting Indy Johar’s visit back to Australia for his session New Foundations for Social Change on the 5th October.

If you haven’t registered already, do so, he’s a powerful speaker for change.

We know Australia’s housing system isn’t working for many of us – what can we do about it?

The importance of having access to a stable, safe and secure home is something we know is important. It brings a sense of empowerment and self-determination. It is the platform from which we access supports, our networks and our community. It is also a key mechanism to express and develop our identity. Therefore, when we’re not secure in our housing situation, almost all facets of our social and emotional wellbeing are affected.

A growing body of evidence indicates that housing, as a whole, is becoming less capable of facilitating the positive outcomes we have previously relied on it to provide. Examples include those described above, among others such as personal wealth creation. Recent reports tell us both home ownership and rent are becoming increasingly unaffordable[1][2][3], home ownership rates are declining, more people than ever are entering retirement with outstanding mortgages[4] and mortgage stress is likely to get worse before it gets better[5]. What can we do about it?

Home ownership continues to be flaunted by many as the ‘be all and end all’ solution to Australia’s housing challenges. However, with house prices high (and still increasing), making ownership more affordable will require house prices to suddenly decrease, or our incomes to suddenly increase. While the latter would be nice, it’s probably safe to assume this is unlikely to happen in the near future. While some might welcome a sudden decrease in house prices, we can’t ignore that change would also bring negative social and economic consequences, with those insecurely housed likely being among the groups hit hardest.

All of the above indicates we need to begin re-imagining how we live. We need to develop alternative solutions and models that enable and provide the positive outcomes traditionally provided by home ownership. While we don’t disagree home ownership needs to become affordable again, we also see it as only one part of a broader effort aimed at achieving a housing system that supports better outcomes for all of us.

In response, we have identified five long term outcomes we want to work towards and that will provide the focus for the next generation of TACSI’s work in housing. They are:

1. The establishment of new models of home ownership that increase security of tenure and are supported by sustainable finance options.

2. The design and building of housing and urban precincts that increase social connectedness and overall wellbeing.

3. A social housing system that increases access to housing that adapts to changing needs and improves social connectedness.

4. Models of co-living that value identity, create secure tenure and increase social connectedness.

5. A rental market that emphasises security of tenure, supports self-determination and provides physical and financial sustainability.

Although it’s easy to view these outcomes discretely, our work to date shows they are interdependent. Changes in the context of one will cause changes to the context of the others. Therefore, although we’re undertaking projects that work towards these outcomes, we are challenging ourselves to apply more of a systems perspective to this work, so we can respond to the interdependent relationship these outcomes share.

Of course, we can’t change the entire housing system ourselves. It is going to take sustained collaboration from many people, public and private organisations, and multiple levels of government, especially as the world moves closer and closer towards a collaborative and increasingly distributed economy. TACSI wants to start this process of collaboration – if you or your organisation has something to contribute towards these outcomes, we’d love to hear from you (see below for contact details).

We’re hosting an event as part of the Open State Festival to showcase some of our recent work in home and housing. We’d love to see you there.

Register now

Brugh O’Brien, Senior Social Innovator:
Kelly Ann Cunningham, Principal:

Our Social Innovators guide to Open State

Open State is upon us with 2017 promising to be a huge year with more than 180 events and sessions available to choose from. Open State’s purpose is to connect global and local leaders with South Australians, to explore new opportunities and address South Australia’s challenges together.

Last year Open State attracted over 25,000 attendances at over 60 events. Importantly, it brought people together.

Each year The Australian Centre for Social Innovation releases a curated guide to Open State with our Innovators selecting the events that particularly ‘speak’ to them and their passion for life and innovation.

Open State allows us to peer into the future and tackle some of the challenges we face as a state, and as global citizens, across six themes in 2017: Future Food, Future Human, Future Enterprise, Future Planet, Future Cities and Future Democracy.

What does rapid change and advancements in technology mean for our health and wellbeing as future humans? How is technology changing our brains?

What will the future planet where we live look like – will it be a toasty Earth or another? Will the plastic in the oceans weigh more than the fish?

On this planet or another, what will our future cities look like? How will people, design and technology shape the cities of tomorrow?

What does future food look like? How can we be sure our diet isn’t making us dumb?

With today’s businesses able to be run from anywhere, young people are challenging traditional career-paths. Can future enterprise make a profit and deliver social good, and what will careers look like?

At the heart of it all is our future democracy; requiring us to address global issues and how to find new ways to work together. How does the new digital world affect our decision making?

Download our Social Innovators guide to Open State

Innovation training for your organisation.

Our new training catalogue detailing all our workshops, coaching and seminars that you can access for your organisation is out now.

These learning experiences are crafted with highly trained TACSI experts in the social innovation field. Each are highly practical and immediately applicable in your work settings or organisation. Whether you would like coaching in social innovation practices, help training staff to understand the importance of process and engagement in innovative thinking or would like a bespoke training seminar for your organisation, all our services are listed here including –

  • Coaching
  • Introductory seminars
  • Foundational intensives
  • Specialist skill development
  • Co-design training

We also have a series of more programs that can be tailored to your organisation including Systems Innovation by Design, Funding Innovation for Social Impact, Building In-House Innovation Capability, Social Innovation for Leaders and Managers and Social Innovation for Design Practitioners. We realise that learning is different for everybody and our training covers approaches for designing service models, business models, policy commissioning and funding as well as systems innovation.

Download the catalogue

The Co-Design Symposium

Following a sellout event earlier in the year, Peer Academy are excited to announce the second Co-Design Symposium in October, in partnership with Monash University.

In a time of decreasing trust and relevance, the public purpose sector is responding through more open and collaborative approaches, which require different ways of working and a shift in mindset from ‘us and them’ to ‘we’. Co-design, design thinking and/or human centred design are practices that enable us to work alongside citizens, not for them.

The Symposium is a skill-sharing event for the public purpose sector. We will be coming together to explore the value of design and new ways to place people at the centre of policy and services. Through a series of practical sessions, we will learn how to deploy the best methods that enable us to work swiftly, collaboratively and with impact.

The event gathers some of Melbourne’s leading design practitioners from organisations such as TACSI, The Policy Lab at Melbourne University, Family Safety Victoria, Huddle and more to guide you through hands on, intimate skill-sharing sessions that will equip you with the mindsets, methods and practical tools to apply in your day to day work.
There will be a mix of experiences from ‘introductory’ through to ‘deep diving’ workshops to meet everyone where they’re at. Whether you are an existing co-design or design practitioner, work in the realm of policy or community services delivery, or are just getting started on your design thinking journey, the Symposium is for you.

Find out more and buy your tickets here

Creative Innovation 2017 Asia Pacific

“Human Intelligence 2.0 – Thriving in the Age of Acceleration”

13-15 November Sofitel Melbourne On Collins

Creative Innovation 2017 Asia Pacific is the premiere conference for anyone who cares about creativity, innovation, leadership, change and transformation.

Ci2017 will help you understand and make the most of the exponential advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, automation of jobs and vehicles, healthcare, energy, workplaces and cities of the future and other major trends.

You will join with directors, leaders and emerging talent from many of Australia’s and the world’s major organisations, State and Federal Government departments, Universities and entrepreneurs across all sectors.

Don’t miss the world class line-up of visionary innovators, futurists and leaders that are gathering at Ci2017 to help us better understand and prepare for our rapidly changing world. This event will give you the knowledge and tools to develop the leadership mind-set you need to transform your organisation. A place to imagine the future, inspire your leadership and achieve business success.

With global and national awards to its credit, this is the must-attend event for everyone seeking fresh insights, ideas, tools and connections. Join us at Ci2017 to prepare for the age of acceleration and transform your thinking and organisation.

Creative Innovation Asia Pacific was named Corporate Event of the Year in the Global Eventex Awards. Creative Innovation Asia Pacific was also named Australian Corporate Event of the Year and in the Anthill SMART 100.

40+ global speakers, 3 day conference, master classes, deep conversation, hot spots, gala dinner and grand debate

One day conference tickets starts from $1,180 // Deep Conversation $150 // Master Classes $260 each // Gala Dinner $225

13-15 November 2017, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, Australia

We are delighted to offer a special discount to Ci2017 please use the password “acceleration” to receive 10% off Platinum, Gold and Silver conference packages.

Find out more and buy your tickets here

TACSI people – Welcome Kelly Ann Cunningham

A huge welcome to Kelly Ann Cunningham, our newest addition to the TACSI innovation team. Kelly Ann is from Aotearoa. Taranaki te maunga, Waiwhakaiho te awa, ngāti pākehā te iwi.

She lives and breathes human-centered design and is a design all-rounder with expertise in design research, participatory and co-design, communications, digital and service design. Kelly Ann has worked across the public, private and community sectors.

Kelly Ann provides coaching and in-depth teaching to organisations and individuals looking to grow their social innovation practice. She is passionate about the intersection of co-design, indigenous wisdom and neuroscience, and has actively contributed to the growth and understanding of human-centered design and social innovation in Aotearoa.

Before joining TACSI she designed and delivered solutions to support people and families living with long term health conditions, create systems change in communities, reduce alcohol related harm, encourage positive parenting, increase health equity for Māori and Pacific people, foster positive ageing, and increase the well-being of young people. Kelly Ann joins us from innovate change.

Event: Indy Johar – New Foundations for Social Change

Despite the efforts of well-intentioned professionals, activists, civic leaders and citizens, the needle is barely shifting on major social issues. But through new responses from challenged urban and regional centres we’re learning more about the power of ‘place’ to create networks that connect the structural, institutional and social elements of sustainable progress.

A hemisphere apart, North Camden in London and Dandenong in southern Melbourne, are grappling with different but equally challenging socio-economic problems. In North Camden more than one-third of children grow up below the poverty line. In Dandenong there are 20,000 people looking for work, yet local employers struggle to fill job vacancies. Both are now experimenting with new ways to respond. Through these and similar cases Indy Johar and TACSI will show how multi-actor, systems innovation approaches at the local level are generating a shared understanding, coordinating fragmented resources, and building dynamic responses that help communities keep pace with the challenges they face.

When: Thu, 5 Oct 2017 at 9:30am–11:30am
Location: Open State Hub, Victoria Square

FREE event – book now

Open State Oration with Allyson Hewitt – Social Innovation: Doing good better

Join our friends at the Don Dunstan Foundation for an Oration and Q and A session with Thinker in Residence Allyson Hewitt as part of the Open State festival. A panel discussion with key leaders in the public, private and non-profit sector will follow Allyson’s Oration.

Allyson leads the social innovation programs at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Canada. Allyson has assisted hundreds of social ventures to become economically sustainable and increase their social impact, has initiated and implemented public policy to support social enterprise and has developed a range of social innovation programs at MaRS.

Allyson Hewitt’s talk is her last public event of her second visit to Adelaide. Allyson’s first visit engaged broadly with the South Australian community. This visit will dive deeper into key segments of the Purpose Economy.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Cost: Gen Admin $18 | Member/Unwaged/Concession/Student $10
When: Thursday 5th October, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm ACDT
Location: The Open State Hub

Register here

2017 Upcoming Events