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The Centre for Policy Development is Pushing Our Luck to get your good ideas heard by Australian politicians and influencers

So many of us have great ideas, but do they ever really get heard? Countless game-changing ideas get overlooked because they have up-front costs, but their benefits won’t be felt until the long-term or because they are too complex to explain in just a few seconds. 

The Centre for Policy Development is a progressive think tank that is dedicated to making good ideas happen. It provides a platform for Australia’s progressive thinkers to address some of the country’s most important issues.

Pushing Our Luck, their upcoming book, is a guide for informed citizens and progressive thinkers on what a truly progressive Australia could look like. Some of Australia’s most important leaders came together to author this book, which contains ten chapters addressing important issues that will shape the future of Australia leading into, and stretching beyond, the next election.

The Centre for Policy Development’s ultimate goal is to open up political debates to good ideas by sending Pushing Our Luck to all 226 Australian federal politicians, as well as 500 influential journalists. Each copy costs $36 to produce, print, and send. That means they need $27,936 to put ideas that could change Australia for the better into the hands of the people who have the most power to make them happen. 

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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Bill Drayton predicts the future! We’ve got the scoop in the trends to watch in social entrepreneurship.

  • To celebrate the beautiful summer weather, NY+ACUMEN is switching it up this Sunday, July 28 from 4pm – 6pm by hosting an outdoor brown bag session in Central Park for its July Exchange. These exchanges are a great place to listen to fresh ideas from new people, share your own, and challenge the way you think about poverty, business, and creating sustainable change. Look for the colorful balloons spelling A-C-U-M-E-N near the entrance to Central Park West and 67th St.
  • The reSET Social Enterprise Awards recognize aspiring individuals with a viable, sustainable, and socially responsible business plan that will improve the community, create jobs, and demonstrate the possibilities created when profit and purpose are pursued. Apply with your ideas by July 31st to compete for $5,000 and public recognition at the fall 2013 reSET Social Enterprise Awards.
  • Win funding to strengthen New York City through The My Voice, Our City Competition. Seeking to empower black and Latino young men, ages 16-24, this competition is calling for local organizations, and community leaders to submit program ideas that will brighten the future of New York City. With over $36,000 in prizes, enter by July 24th for your shot to win!
  • At a recent event, David Bornstein interviewed Ashoka founder and social entrepreneurship guru himself, Bill Drayton. And, in case you missed it, Eli Malinsky of the Centre for Social Innovation provides a recap of it for you in Forbes. Drayton has an excellent track record for predicting social entrepreneurship trends, and in this article he touches on five of the biggest trends social entrepreneurs should look for in the future: 1. find comfort in change, 2. commit to the movement, 3. see challenges as an opportunity, 4. aim high, and 5. embrace empathy. Read more about these trends here.

Shawn D. Ross

I am a Northwest Native living in Washington State. A graduate of Washington State University and University of Phoenix with degrees in Architecture and Education I write about social, cultural, and personal improvement on the StartSomeGood Blog and SDRinspire. I am also a filmmaker and owner of Giraffe and Penguin Productions, a single daddy of two beautiful children, avid reader, writer, and hat wearer (Not in that picture but believe me, I wear ‘em). I am currently at work on my first feature length documentary. Follow me @shawndross and visit my websites: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Mashable and Feast on Good focus on the future and DELL looks for ideas to improve global education

  • Join NBCUniversal and Feast on Good collaboratively build the stories we hope to see dominate the news of the future in #REVUP2050. 15 finalists with the most public engagement will be given the opportunity to address The Feast and call attendees to action in October.
  • Impact 8, launched by the MaRS Center for Impact Investing, is designed to fast-track social ventures to a higher stage of investment readiness. This will fill the gap in the existing support infrastructure for social ventures by focusing on the “missing middle.” Apply by July 12 to be part of this eight-week intensive course.
  • Mashable’s 2013 Social Good Summit in New York will take place from September 22nd through the 24th. With the theme #2030NOW, this summit will address where we are trying to go by 2030 and how we can use digital tools to get there.
  • How would you improve education access for primary students across the globe? The DELL Education Challenge is accepting entries until September 23rd for ideas that will revitalize primary K-12 education worldwide. Not only are all applicants automatically entered into the 2014 DELL Social Innovation Challenge, all semi-finalists get at least 4 hours of professional mentoring and winners receive seed funding and a paid trip to pitch their idea.

Shawn D. Ross

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I am a Northwest Native living in Washington State. A graduate of Washington State University and University of Phoenix with degrees in Architecture and Education I write about social, cultural, and personal improvement on the StartSomeGood Blog and SDRinspire. I am also a filmmaker and owner of Giraffe and Penguin Productions, a single daddy of two beautiful children, avid reader, writer, and hat wearer (Not in that picture but believe me, I wear ‘em). I am currently at work on my first feature length documentary. Follow me @shawndross and visit my websites: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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Language Matters

Language matters. It frames our challenges and guides our thinking. It can limit or expand our viewpoints, act as either an invitation or a barrier for others to get involved, focus our attention or distract us from the real issues.

There can be a tendency in the non-profit and social change sector to be very problems-focused. Our passion and inspiration for change often comes from seeing something deficient and wanting to improve it. However in focusing exclusively on the problem we risk losing sight of our higher goals, which is the creation of a better world on the other side of that problem. Success comes from focusing on solutions, not problems, creating a world that supersedes those problems, rather than simply reduces their impact, scope or effect. As my old cricket coach always used to say: “focus on the gaps, not the fielders”. (Mental note: cricket analogies don’t generally work with Americans). Or as Hildy Gottlieb, thinker, author and social entrepreneur says, “problem solving doesn’t solve problems.”

Reflecting on this recently we came to the conclusion that we had got this wrong. Somehow as we were creating StartSomeGood we ended up using language that was very problems-oriented and somewhat negative in tone. The key example of this was the two main subheadings on our Venture pages, which read 

The Problem. 

Our Solution.

Problem then solution. We realized we were forcing emerging changemakers to frame their initiatives around the problems (the fielders), rather than solutions (the gaps). We believe that this type of framing is less inspiring for potential partners and supporters but is also a less empowered, less transformational way for changemakers to think. We believe we can encourage our community to express their ventures in a different, more inspirational, more inviting way. Starting first with describing the better world they are creating, then describing their actions in the pursuit of that world.

Starting today, here’s what the sub-headings on new Venture Pages are 

What Is The Future You Are Creating? 

How Are You Creating It?

We hope this speaks better to the future being created every day by changemakers on our platform and allows a fuller expression of each of their vision and intentions. Much of the work of social change is describing a better world, changed in some important way, better serving the needs and aspirations of citizens, communities, countries and regions, and painting a picture so evocative that people want to be part of making it happen.

And it begins with our choice of language.

Please let us know what you think of this shift in the comments below!