Do Good, Look Great! Our online store, few days remaining

Looking for the perfect gift for your fellow changemaker buddy? Want to stay warm and cozy while inspiring and helping others? Yearning for expert advice? Christmas in July? With a few days left, it’s not to late to pick up some great changemaker-themed gear, inspiring books or first-release tickets to our online event from our very own Changmaker’s Pop Up Shop

FOR THE BODY

Designed by the team here at StartSomeGood, we have a awesome line up of changemaker gear: from a cool range of t-shirts and hoodies to onesies for your little changemakers, that are all ethically sourced and manufactured. image image

FOR THE MIND

Looking for social good books? We’ve also teamed up with some great minds to be able to present a series of our favourite books, both in print and digitally, on social change and social enterprise. 

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Can’t pick which book to get? Grab the collection + a changemakers poster!

FOR MAKING CHANGE

Are you more hands on and urging for expert advice? Changemakers we have you covered! We’re giving our community the opportunity to access the presale for an exciting event that is happening in October this year. The #StartingGood Digital Summit will be a day-long online conference featuring leading thinkers who are using or studying how digital technology creates change, featuring some big names in the business.

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All funds raised will be reinvested into our platform to better serve the social enterprises, non-profits and community groups who use our site.

Check out our page and get your changemaker gear today!

DIGITAL DIG: STORY FROM THE FUTURE

Digital Dig

Media Release

EMBARGOED until 18 July 2025

TK soundbytes declared that this year’s Digital Dig would be held on St Helene’s Day 18th August.

St Helene is the patron saint of archeologists and each year TK choses a year and invites hacks loose to find out what were the key stories and messages of that year for the NFP sector.  This year TK have chosen 2015 as the year and there will be a 24 hour dig commencing at 12:01am on 18 August 2025 and will conclude at 11:59pm that same day (UTC will apply.)

“Hackers are invited to dig through a range of ancient social media such as Facebook, twitter, soundcloud, you tube, pinterest and instagram.  I’m not quite sure what to expect on these platforms as there were very few NFPS back in 2015 actually using them for anything more than promotion of events”  Ms Dot Komm Digital Dig’s Diva said today. 

Komm is encouraging diggers to dig deep and get dirty with email searches to see if there were signs of ideas germinating and to see if they can identify early adopters.  “I am asking diggers to do use a range of cross searching tools to see if links to accounts of individual leaders are possibly hidden in their personal and private on line activity that remained hidden or invisible from their employers.” 

“I am expecting a number of visual records from platforms like flikr to be uncovered and possibly some early crowd-sourcing innovations.  It is possible that there are some remnants of community engagement strategies that used digital platforms still retrievable from that time.”

The Great Crash of 2016, when the internet was off line for thirty-six hours, when viral terrorists struck NFPs lost a lot of data, however there were a good number still using hard copy backup.  Komm said: “I understand after that there were examples of student teams coming into NFPs and digitising records to avoid future losses.”

The Green Army established by the ASEAN group of countries in late 2014 was creatively used by a the environmental NFPs to develop digital data archives which preserved and set that sector up very well for online donations and linking volunteers to small and large scale revegetation projects. 

“I am not sure if any other part of the NFP sector adopted these ideas, so I am looking forward to finding that out.  I also understand the use of social media for mobilising and self-organising was quite powerful on short time limited campaigns. I am hoping that this year’s diggers will uncover other examples of where these tools and techniques were used to innovate service design and delivery too.”  

History tells us that self-organised groups got involved with a range of divestment strategies to address environmental and social challenges such as asylum seekers, climate change, mental health and domestic violence.  The innovations that lead to the power shifts in energy use from coal to renewables was heavily supported and led by the NFP sector through its workforce participation in the union movement and ethical banking strategy. 

Komm said: “The 2014 Annual Summit of NFPs made a resolution to divest all savings to ethical banks and this lever shifted the entire finance sector with community banks and credit unions becoming more powerful.  I am expecting the financial records diggers discover will put this story into a context that links individual board decision-making and will identify some of the unsung heroes of the last decade. “ 

Diggers aka crackers can register via the TK kiosk.  Please note that the kiosk will continue to recognise first generation wearable software in this year’s dig. Crackers will be adopting the name hackers for the duration of the dig to honour the period.

The Dig will generate a digital archive that will become part of the national fourth estate to be preserved for future generations.  The best find will be rewarded with a trip to 2026 SXSW Festival (in Austin, Texas, USA) and to have their find displayed in the central file of the Australian National Collection in Canberra.  TK will announce that best find on 1 November 2025 at noon UTC. 

For more information go to TK kiosk.

@MoiraDes

Want to help changemakers around the world dream big, raise funds and do good? We’re looking for a Crowdfunding Support team member!

We are StartSomeGood, the crowdfunding platform for social change. We enable and support anyone with an idea to create positive social impact to raise the funds and mobilize the community they need to bring their dreams to life. StartSomeGood was founded by social entrepreneurs, for social entrepreneurs, and we are dedicated to creating a world where anyone can be a changemaker.

We are looking for a motivated and talented intern to join our small and hard-working team as we grow this innovative and global social enterprise.

You are: eager to be involved with and learn more about the social change world. You are mission driven, a creative thinker, and have a keen eye for detail. You understand the importance of great customer service and are excited to make people’s days a bit brighter by providing excellent support. You are looking for a chance to grow professionally, learn a ton, and have a little fun in the process. Finally, you are professional, articulate, and able to work independently as part of a virtual team. Ideally, you will be located in one of the following regions: United States, SE Asia, Australia, or Western Europe. 

The Role: This is a chance for you to dive in and get directly involved with the global changemaker community. In your role, you will support individuals and organizations with customized guidance as they create powerful crowdfunding campaigns and build new futures for their communities. You will take ownership of your projects, and in doing so, you will manage relationships, brainstorm, advise and motivate the changemakers using StartSomeGood to ensure their experience is top-notch. You will give them the tools and advice they need to run a successful fundraising campaign, and you’ll be there to celebrate with them when they do. You may also have the opportunity to create content for the StartSomeGood blog, specifically regarding topics pertaining to venture support.

This position is a great opportunity to get excellent experience with crowdfunding and learn first hand what works best for social enterprises and non-profits alike. You will receive hands-on experience (no coffee-making errands here!) and experience the energy of a rapidly growing, virtual social enterprise startup. You’ll build great contacts with changemakers of all kinds and develop crucial communication and problem-solving skills that will last long after the internship has finished.

This unpaid, part time internship is designed to last a minimum of four months, with expectations of approximately 8 - 10 hours of work per week.  You can be based anywhere in the world so long as you have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection. You will be joining a virtual team with team-members in the United States, Australia, SE Asia, and the United Kingdom.

Responsibilities include:

  • Review and approve new ventures
  • Support new ventures to help them create and manage fantastic and successful campaigns;
  • Advise on specific aspects of a campaign, from videos to rewards;
  • Brainstorm and implement ways to make our venture support process even more efficient and effective;
  • Create content for the StartSomeGood blog;
  • Work on special research projects with other team members.

Requirements:

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Access to a computer and a reliable internet connection
  • The ability to work independently 
  • A passion for social entrepreneurship
  • Superb organizational skills and a demonstrated attention to detail
  • Empathy and strong interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in English
  • A hunger to change the world

How to apply

Send a cover letter stating your interest and suitability for the role and resume including references to patty@startsomegood.com

Start.Some.Good

Start.

To start anything requires initiative, and start is both a noun and a verb – a statement of fact and a doing word.  When we start something good or bad or indifferent, we are intentionally setting in motion a chain of events and just where those event lead will be dependent on a mixture of planning and improvising with what we find on the journey we have embarked upon.

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The more tools and skills we have in our backpack, the more likely you are to be equipped to maximise what you have started. This is a journey you make for yourself as well as on behalf of others.

Some.

Some is a non-specific word – it is open to be invested with meaning by it’s surrounds.  Some is often a prefix to other words like sometimes, something, somehow, somewhere … and as a prefix it is a promise of a future place, location or vision. 

Good.

And then there is good – and we often pair good with bad (and occasionally with ugly too!).  We know something is good because it is not bad. As a word it is endowed with morality, desire, approval, worthiness.   It is not value free.

You don’t need to be a crowd-funder to start some good – you can do it everyday as a change-maker.  Initiating steps forward to build a more just, creative and humane world is to always be starting some good – but don’t leave it to just starting, keep it going and see each day with the sunrise another invitation to start some good.

Goodness Bank

Make goodness your currency and add to your bank of goodness each day.  One deposit into the Goodness Bank isn’t enough.  See how the stocks of goodness rise with every deposit you make – not just for others but for yourself too.  There are plenty of stories about studies (like this one and this one) that show the health benefits of giving.  If you have time and/or money, knowledge and/or skills to share around you are actively and intentionally making micro-finance deposits of goodness and adding to the International Index of Goodness.  The more that is deposited, the more that can be redistributed to those who need it.

So next time you want to start some good … Start. Some. Good.

@MoiraDes

Inner North Community Foundation $20,000 crowdmatch supports community groups to multiply fundraising dollars

Melbourne-based philanthropic trust Inner North Community Foundation are leading the way in nonprofit fundraising with their innovative crowdmatch program, helping local community organisations to multiply their fundraising dollars.

The Inner North Community Foundation has allocated $20,000 to match the targets set by each participating community organisation. The projects include: 

Outer Urban Express – A bus to transport talented young people at risk from disengaging from school to performing arts training workshops run by Outer Urban Projects.

Visual Diaries – An art program for artists with an intellectual disability that will add a specialist artsworker to the studio and gallery of Arts Project Australia in Northcote.

Youth Ready for Work – Providing real job interview experience and CV writing skills for school students to increase their job readiness through the Inner Northern Local Learning and Employment Network.

Pacifix Expo an education expo with the aim of increasing the percentage of young Pacific Islanders students who go through to successful tertiary study, hosted by Bridging Worx.

Jobseeker Program for Migrants – A program offering Russian and Slavic jobseekers a range of job-search skills and strategies as an introduction to the Australian job market, run by the Russian Ethnic Representative Council of Victoria based in Fitzroy.    

Pink Lightning - helps women aged 15-25 who face significant life and employment barriers. Many of the young women have been disengaged from school or employment for long periods. 

WORCS, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre -  protects and upholds the human rights, wellbeing and dignity of asylum seekers. WORCS is an employment network which brings together asylum seekers and professional mentors online

“The crowdfunding program aims to create a low-cost, innovative social media framework for local community organisations to generate much needed fundraising dollars,” says Chairman of the Inner North Community Foundation, Mr Kevin Breen. 

“We are thrilled to launch such a cutting edge solution to help multiple players in the community sector,” says Mr Breen. “It offers capacity, capability and catalystic impetus to the entire philanthropic space.”

Find out more about the Inner North Community Foundation Crowdfunding Challenge now! 

Attention Australian projects! - $10,000 is on offer to support your participation in the Changemakers Festival.

Got a great event idea but don’t have the cash? The Changemakers Festival is Australia’s national celebration of social change. As an “open source” festival it is made up of hundreds of events hosted by local organisations and individuals all around Australia.

StartSomeGood is proud to be the official crowdfunding partner of the Festival and host of the Changemakers Festival Crowdfunding Challenge. The program helps you to crowdfund the support you need to put on an event during the Changemakers Festival (October 17-26). 

Run your crowdfunding campaign with us during July and be in the running for a share of $10,000 thanks to ING DIRECT.

Crowdfunding is a fantastic tool for pre-selling tickets and generating support for your event, so don’t miss this opportunity to receive an up to an extra $3,500 to make your event a great success!

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Here’s how it works:

  • Register your initiative on StartSomeGood
  • Choose Changemakers Festival 2014 from the drop-down list of partners
  • Put together your campaign (with the help of the StartSomeGood team)
  • Run your campaign and wrap it up before July 31
  • The most successful campaigns (most supporters, most innovative and most creative) will receive up to $3500 in bonus funds courtesy of ING DIRECT.


Want to get crowdfunding campaign ready?
We have a webinar coming up for anyone interested in participating on Thursday June 26 at 1pm AEST. RSVP now!

You can also sign up for our Crowdfunding 101 email course from the StartSomeGood homepage.

Any questions? Email hello@startsomegood.com.

Seeds Grow in White Space

Have you ever wondered why you might get a great idea while enjoying a walk on the sand or join the dots while standing in the shower enjoy the warm water flowing over you? Did you know JK Rowling dreamed up Harry Potter in between train stations while the train she was on was not moving anyway and she daydreamed out the window?

Ideas come and flow often when we least expect it and sometimes can’t be squeezed because we are thinking hard and long on a problem. Ori Brafman’s book The Chaos Imperative tells us this is all because of the white space created in our brain. That part of our brain that works quietly behind the scenes organising our thoughts and finding ways to help us join the dots when we least expect it, busy neurones working away to birth our next Eureka! Moment.

We all know that the white space on a page is that part of the page that is left empty, unencumbered and in design while often called negative space, it is the bit essential for the design to be fully composed. In music the space between the voice or instrument is vital for the whole sound to be heard.

All the while where there is ‘nothing’ there is something. It is in the place where nothing is happening and most often because nothing is happening that an enterprising idea is formed and starts to take shape. As a social change agent you notice that ‘nothingness’ and shape it to start some good.

Here are some ideas on how you might create some white space for your ideas to bubble up and find a home. Listen to a completely different musical style to what you usually do for a day, have a note pad by your bed for ideas that come on waking up, dance for 5 minutes to have a break instead of making a coffee, talk to someone from a completely different background to you or age group (there is a lot of wisdom to tap into out there and it might just be around the corner or on the guy who is sitting next to you on the bus).

I love the line from Leonard Cohen’s song Anthem: It is in the crack that the light gets in. This is a great example of white space – the unstructured, yet mediation of the crack shedding new light on the situation. It is also useful to bring the ancient wisdom of Lao Tzu who reminds us, it is the holes, those spaces making the wheel useful. So in your endeavours, make some space, for the ideas to be generated and find time to cut doors and windows for a room where your ideas maybe incubated and before too long those seeds will start some good!

Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu

Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;
It is the center hole that makes it useful.
Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes which make it useful.
Therefore profit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there.

(translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)

@MoiraDes

Do Good, Look Great! Our online store launches today

At StartSomeGood we’re all about supporting changemakers to do good around the globe, and today for the first time, we’re launching our very own Changmaker’s Pop Up Shop.  

The team here at SSG has been hard at work designing and gathering a great line up of products, including a range of t-shirts, hoodies and onesies for your little changemakers, that are all ethically sourced and manufactured. 

We’ve also teamed up with some great minds to be able to present a series of our favourite books, both in print and digitally, on social change and social enterprise. 

Finally, we’re giving our community (that’s you!) the opportunity to access the presale for an exciting event that is happening in October this year. The #StartingGood Digital Summit will be a day-long online conference featuring leading thinkers who are using or studying how digital technology creates change, and will feature some big names in the business! 

Check our page and grab your changemaker gear today! 

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Creative project shines a light on aid worker trauma

In June 2013, while working in the Haiti earthquake response, humanitarian and aid worker, Amy Brathwaite set out to work on a solution for the psychosocial struggles that herself and fellow aid workers face during disaster response. Amy’s Kick at the Darkness - A Photographic Journey crowdfunding campaign on StartSomeGood raised over $6,000, which helped create  a short documentary entitled “Kick at the Darkness - An  exploration of the psychosocial impact of humanitarian aid work.” Amy hopes this documentary will help to increase dialogue within the humanitarian community and help aid workers heal and share. I recently spoke with Amy, about the campaign and what she believes helped make it so successful:

How was your crowdfunding experience?  Were there any nervous moments along the way?

It surpassed anything I could’ve hoped for! I spoke to enough trusted friends and received substantial guidance and direction from the team at StartSomeGood that I believed if I was vulnerable and shared my story that it would work. And it did.

There were definitely moments where I questioned myself, or wondered if I was asking too much, but I kept nurturing it, sharing it and it came together.  I am very grateful to all those who believed in the story enough to make a contribution.

Has there been any positive feedback and/or support from the focused community?

I’ve received tremendously emotive feedback from a number of people who have viewed the film. One of the most gratifying feelings is seeing someone nod their head in agreement when watching the film. I just feel a little burst of connection inside, knowing “they get it! they hear my message.”

What kind of legwork is involved in raising money through crowdfunding?

Talking about your idea. Asking for what you want and being transparent. It’s such a simple thing. I nurtured my campaign, sought feedback, did research and most importantly employed the advice given to me. I asked friends to support me and lined up a few people to make a donation as soon as the campaign launched. It provided tremendous momentum and validated the statistic that "those campaigns with contributions in the first 3 days usually surpass the tipping point," -StartSomeGood.

What worked during the campaign?  What did not work?

I feel very lucky that it seemed to have a momentum of it’s own and I credit reaching out on an individual level  to my friends and community and asking for their support directly (or by sharing it) to help me to achieve my goal.

My project discussed a sensitive issue, so I think people need to feel that I was authentic with my intention and if they sense it, they will connect and support. I’ve realized it’s not about ‘making something perfect’, but about being courageously imperfect and vulnerable.

Do you have some useful insights for any future crowdfunders?

Be transparent. Be open. Be authentic. Believe in yourself and your message.

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With help from some talented friends, Amy and company are in the process of creating the website www.amybrathwaite.com that will include a page for the Documentary as well as a discussion board for aid workers to share their stories and connect. “It will up and running very soon!”

Meet our Venture Support Team: One-on-one with Patty Simonton

At StartSomeGood, we’re committed to giving our campaigns the best possible chances of success. That’s why every single campaign on our site is matched up with an expert member of our Venture Support team who is there to support you from beginning to end. We’d like to introduce Patty Simonton who is our North American Catalyst and also on the Venture Support Team! 

Want to tap into their expertise but aren’t ready to run a campaign? Kick things off by telling us a bit about your idea and someone will be in touch.

How would you describe your work on Venture Support?

I provide hands-on support to organizations and individuals who are looking to put together a powerful and persuasive campaign to raise the money they need to do something awesome. This support may include strategy consultation as well as feedback and suggestions about content and layout, marketing, funding goals, and rewards. I find I also provide moral support to those who are running campaigns; I’ve been there myself and completely understand the overwhelming sense of nervousness that you experience when you launch a campaign.

What makes a good crowdfunding campaign? Examples of some of the standouts you’ve worked with?

Powerful campaigns start with a powerful first impression. The campaign title is important, as is the summary sentence, both of which can pique the interest of passersby. Great campaigns have tangible, achievable funding goals, and a passionate team that demonstrates their ability to make that goal a reality. I like to see campaigns that provide a transparent budget because it helps to show that the team has really thought through exactly how they will make their dream come to life. Unique, interesting rewards are also important, and should not be undervalued. I often ask Ventures to take a step back and look at their campaign from the perspective of someone who knows nothing about them and ask, “Would I donate to this project?”

Some of my favorite campaigns include: Inspire Students with Starts in Kenya, by Nomad Domes and Tinker Tour, a project by the SPLC and Mary Beth Tinker. This was her first of two successful campaigns.

Why StartSomeGood?

Because every day I get to help passionate people who want to make the world a better place achieve their dreams.  It’s so awesome to work with changemakers around the world who not only recognize the problems in their communities, but step up to solve them. It’s incredibly inspiring.

What keeps your flame lit?

Waking up every day with the knowledge that there are a lot of people around the world who strive build peace, create beauty, and strengthen their communities – and knowing that if I do things right, I can help them do that well.

What are you doing when you’re not supporting social good ventures?

I help coordinate opportunities for people to come together to build community and create magic.

Interesting fact about you?

Between the ages of 5 and 25, I attended 13 different schools in six different cities, in three different continents. The fact that I’ve lived in DC for the last 18 years is testament to the fact that it’s really just that awesome.  Come visit – I’ll show you around.

What makes you donate to a crowdfunding campaign?

Some combination of the following: 1. You’re a great friend of mine.  2. Your project is awesome and reflects something I believe in.  3. You have personally asked me to donate.  4. You’ve convinced me that you’re not only passionate about your project but that you’re qualified to follow through on it and I trust you to do so.  5. Your funding goals and budget make sense to me.