Social Innovation
Learning Network
For the Third Sector

Applications are now open for our new Social Innovation Learning Network for the Third Sector, which will bring together like-minded professionals across charities and not-for-profits to learn, share and innovate for the future.

Over the last 10 years, we’ve worked with many people all facing the same challenge: how to embed social innovation into their organisations. For these leaders of innovation, this can feel like a lonely space, especially when tasked with re-inventing, co-creating and developing new programs and services while also proving and evaluating their impact. It’s common for these leaders to be responsible for creating the conditions and capabilities for their programs to flourish and for innovation skills to be developed – all while influencing more broader structural and cultural change.

Our Social Innovation Learning Network aims to strengthen relationships across the system by connecting innovators so they can collectively build capability and share learning.


Why this network is important

We recognise the pivotal role that charities and not-for-profit organisations play in enhancing people’s lives in Australia. We see how hard these leaders work to make innovation happen, and we know how isolating it can be. That’s why we’re committed to helping leaders connect with others in the same situation, remove competitive firewalls, and create the conditions needed to help these leaders realise their ambitions in the social sector.

Now, more than ever, we must join up across our organisational boundaries, grow our capability for the future that’s right before us, and share our learning for the benefit of those we collectively seek to serve.

What participants can expect

This is not your typical talkfest. Instead, we want to build authentic and valuable relationships that draw on the knowledge of everyone, so we can: 

  • Connect with other leaders across the sector in meaningful ways, 
  • Unearth practical and actionable steps around a range of challenges as determined by the group
  • Build upon the mindsets and behaviours needed to support the conditions for social innovation
  • Share TACSI’s collective knowledge, methods and tools


Who is the network for?

We want to connect 30 motivated leaders committed to making social innovation a reality in their organisation and across the sector.

We’re looking for people who:

  • Lead teams and want more support at a leadership level
  • Work for organisations that prioritise innovative mindsets, behaviours and capabilities
  • Want to connect and learn from others in a variety of roles and organisations
  • Are committed to both actively giving (and taking) in our learning journey

What the network provides

  1. Six interactive network sessions. Over a 6 month period, we’ll meet online each month to explore particular challenges as identified by the group. You’ll be invited to share your own experiences and learn from others. 
  2. Stewarding from TACSI’s Melanie Rayment (and guests), who’ll support your learning with access to a range of TACSI resources including podcasts and learning resources from our own library.
  3. Access to an online platform to share resources, and gain support and guidance from our mentors. 

Now, more than ever, we must join up across our organisational boundaries, grow our capability for the future that’s right before us, and share our learning for the benefit of those we collectively seek to serve.

Melanie Rayment

How to get involved

To ensure a meaningful experience for everyone involved, our first network intake will be capped at 30 people.

We’re curating the network to make sure we have a diversity of perspectives. If there’s demand beyond this, we’ll consider further or alternative cohorts.

For successful applicants the cost to participate in the six month Social Innovation Learning Network is $1,500 (AUD).

Applications close 9am Monday 6th July 2020. All responses will be assessed for suitability for the first network as numbers are limited. For applicants that are unsuccessful in joining this network we will look at alternatives and be in touch.

If your expression of interest is successful, we’ll contact you via mail with next steps.

Brought to you with thanks

The Social Innovation Learning Network for the Third Sector is brought to you with the support of the Fay Fuller Foundation. The Fay Fuller Foundation is committed to supporting organisations and communities to improve health and wellbeing outcomes in South Australia.

Want other ways to learn?

Check out our Keeping Support Services Thriving webinar series, or chat to us about your organisation’s learning needs and we’ll provide info about our tailored learning programmes for embedding social innovation practices within your context. Or talk to us about adding to the range of systemic innovation networks we convene around particular social challenges. Click here for our online enquiry form.