Meshpoints hosts fortnightly peer learning sessions for innovation facilitators from across regional Western Australia. Recently we discussed the benefits and challenges of facilitating learning programs for entrepreneurs in the regions. … Continue reading Are entrepreneurial learning programs valued in regional communities?
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Someday you may be invited to a space, place, meeting, opportunity or community that we sense may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It could be through hard work, good fortune and … Continue reading How to be, for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
This guide is for startups, sponsors, mentors and anyone working with or providing services to startups. Understanding what is a good incubator, how they measure their success and how they … Continue reading How startup incubators make money
In advising the entrepreneurs, directors and investors on growing better incubators the discussion often turns to measurement and indicators. Sometimes we come to this topic while trying to articulate and … Continue reading Indicators for incubators: matters worth measuring
One function of facilitation is indicated in its etymology: to make actualisation of an aspiration easy. So, facilitation requires discerning others’ aspirations and perceptions accurately. Projecting, relating to one’s own experience … Continue reading Listening, for facilitators: enabling ease through discerning difference
Curated suggestions for those facilitating startup incubation 2019 planning or summer reading. Make a cup of tea and enjoy perusing. Let us know what you appreciate or make your own … Continue reading Summer suggestions for incubator facilitators
Local governments, corporates and SMEs can embrace and enable innovation for transformational benefits. And, venturing into the world of startups, unicorns, incubators and angels can be risky and expensive. There … Continue reading Finding Innovation – four steps and a stumble
Startup Muster’s annual report is very useful within its scope and as one perspective on the strengths, challenges and size of the startup ecosystem. And for me this year the … Continue reading A more mature muster
This is an fantastic paper from one of the world’s most prestigious economic research institutes: The Centre for Economic Performance. One of three very useful conclusions for those running or … Continue reading CEP Discussion Paper: Incubators, Accelerators and Economic Development
This blog was first appeared on Medium courtesy of Impact Seed. What is a good incubator? A result (and cause) of an increasing number of startups, is an increasing number … Continue reading What is a good incubator?
Superficially, and perhaps appropriately given the metaphor, new and existing incubators can be subject to the ‘chicken and egg’ dynamic: how to evidence demand from startups when the desire for … Continue reading Evidencing demand for incubators
Western Australia has great history of inventions, innovations and ventures growing from its regions. While fantastic, most of this history and stories are not widely known. More than just ‘nice’ … Continue reading Innovations from Regional WA (Beta)
Twenty one percent of WA’s population and more than ninety percent of export value come from the regions with much of that concentrated in a dozen regional centres of populations … Continue reading Regional incubators in Western Australia
Partners for Incubators For many incubators, partnerships can leverage significant additional resources and services for the benefit of ventures. Successful hubs in ecosystems often build a density of connections that … Continue reading Partners for Incubators
This is a brief guide, based on historical precedents, of the most beneficial ways the WA Incubator Facilitator can be of assistance through in-person meetings and visits. The majority of support … Continue reading Assistance from Incubator Facilitator
The official and full information is available online the Incubator Support website. These resources are for convenience for applicants working with the WA Incubator Facilitator. Incubator: has specific meaning that can include … Continue reading Incubator Support resources for applicants
This June (2018) I’m in a United States’ on an International Visitor Leadership Program exchange scholarship. This post gives a little context about the remarkable program, diverse participants, and activities spread across … Continue reading USA IVLP: advancing entrepreneurship
What’s an appropriate motivation and intention for growing the WA innovation ecosystem? This question can more easily be asked now, because there is sufficient shared acceptance of ‘innovation ecosystem’ existence, … Continue reading What’s an appropriate motivation and intention for growing the WA innovation ecosystem?
This post is about the lessons learning through developing the Mid West Innovation Agenda and Mid West Innovation Action Agenda (unpublished*). This is most relevant if you are doing something similar … Continue reading Learning from and for regional innovation strategies
On Thursday 23rd of November 2017 Minister Alannah MacTiernan hosted more than one hundred delegates at a Regional Innovation Summit in Bunbury. While the majority of the participants were from … Continue reading Report from the 2017 WA Regional Innovation Summit
On 5th December StartupWA hosted the ‘State of Startups’ event, a review of the startup ecosystem in Western Australia for 2017. You can read the full event report on the … Continue reading State of Startups Speech
Since 2008 I’ve been voluntarily created or contributed to the growth of more than a dozen “online communities”. This post, published on world changing.com in 2009, shares the insight that got me started: communities can be … Continue reading Growing great digital communities: 7 Mistakes and 7 Recommendations
I have a refreshed sense of the relationship and importance of edges and convergence in enabling the emergence of new ideas and innovations. A fine awareness of the dynamics at … Continue reading Innovation at edges: four facilitation principles
This posts documents a small digital side-project to connect kitesurfers in Geraldton. Some of the tools and approach may be relevant to you, if you run any sort of group, club … Continue reading Sweet digital tools for a club – Geraldton Kite Crew case study
Does social change, require changing socially? Every thought-provoking tweet, crowdfunded project or inspiring social impact conference brings new ideas to our attention and catalyses interesting conversations. But have you ever wondered whether and how effectively sharing inspirational ideas and asking big … Continue reading Social change by changing socially
If you’re trying to change a system or build a new one, collaborating with like-minded people with aligned interests is a likely occurrence. Whether it’s growing the social enterprise ‘sector’, an ‘ecosystem’ of support … Continue reading Eight Insights for Alliances
Do you have an idea, insight or passion you think could make a great Startup? Time spent at the beach could actually be relevant to your business success… Recently I’ve helped launch StartupWA, … Continue reading Five things startups can learn from kitesurfing
What would be your response if I told you that the 5th largest Australian Bank was: So innovative it’s model is being exporting its model across the world, So good it’s … Continue reading Four reasons why Bendigo is the most surprising Bank in Australia
I’ve just returned from a conference on coworking, which gave me reason to revisit the relevance of the ‘sharing economy’ and ‘shareable cities’. While we’re seeing a huge upsurge in sharing … Continue reading Geraldton as a Shareable City?
In conversations with a friend about our slightly different perspectives and approaches, I looked up definition and etymology of Leadership: “guide”, “cause to go with”. What I freshly appreciated from … Continue reading I’ll follow you: followship and leadership co-arising
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#PUBLICsymposium was an amazing event, and a rare and much appreciated opportunity in WA. A deep bow of gratitude to FORM and sponsors who footed the bill for most of … Continue reading Reflections from Day 2 of #PUBLICsymposium
Rather than tackled the impossible task to personally condense the first day’s messages and ideas from dozen civic leaders’ life’s work from Day 1 (and which the ‘crowd’ has done … Continue reading Reflections on Day 1 of FORM’s #PUBLICsymposium
Thanks to feedback from some wonderful people, I’ve updated the question shared in a previous post. I expect many more iterations to occur! The summary of the final submission for a Churchill fellowship, and trajectory … Continue reading An updated inquiry: Learning from and with innovative cities
Geraldton’s Community bank branch an amazing array of services, grants and funding opportunities for community groups. The image attached is an unofficial attempt to highlight how some of these work, … Continue reading Bendigo Bank community services ecosystem
Arriving in Geraldton from years in Sweden, UK and traveling, I was holding a question about “the conditions that are enabling of sustainable human communities. My 5 year inquiry has taken the form … Continue reading How can innovation in local communities be of benefit, globally? The next question…
On my recent holiday with the family through parts of Bali and Lombok I had my eyes open for local social and creative enterprises. While we were definitely tourists this … Continue reading Social and creative enterprises in Bali and Lombok
It still surprises me how much a simple shift in attention can change everything. In this case, what I’ve noticed is how the shift in attention from the activity one is … Continue reading Awareness in and of transitions
Why would I spend several sweating hot days doing an inquiry that resulted in just a three word answer? Because I’m lazy. A peer, Michael Doneman, was acting as my coach when … Continue reading Lazy, Intelligent, Curious and quite possibly Generative
Holacracy has been on my radar since 2008, and recently completing their become a Certified Holacracy Practitioner has turned me into an enthusiastic advocate for this new ‘operating system’ for organisations. … Continue reading Holacracy — a magical ‘OS’ for organisations
Last summer I was invited to a wonderful party, a party for revolutionaries. Dressing as Gandhi had great benefits: learning to tie a dhoti, learning to ride a motorbike wearing … Continue reading Revolutions and revelations
There is an intense buzz of ideas, enterprises and investment around the world, for social good. Governments are rethinking how they deliver services, entrepreneurs are competing to solve homelesnesss and … Continue reading Pollinators gets buzzing
This was originally published on the WorldChanging blog, here. With new options for collaboration, telecommunications and social networking coming online at a furious pace, it’s worth pondering how society will … Continue reading Community as Technology
Beyond being one of the Max-Neef’s Fundamental Human Needs (see footnote) I think our identity is actually central to effectively working towards sustainability. Questions of identity have come up repeatdly … Continue reading The significance of Identity for Sustainability
Backcasting – first, get clear on your vision of success… Backcasting is a process of starting from a vision of success, then looking back to today to identify the most … Continue reading Backcasting
Whether you are an entrepreneur or CEO of a listed company, there is nothing more crucial to strategy and success than understanding your business model. In fact, the last two … Continue reading Business Model Innovation and Design
Integrating the best of business (they trade, and make a profit) and charity (they have a social mission, and re-invest all profits into achieving their social mission), social businesses (also … Continue reading Can social innovation competitions move beyond hype and deliver change?
Awakening to action and inquiry in different territories of awareness One way to FRAME the concept of leadership is that being a leader is about leading yourself with integrity by … Continue reading Developing as a Leader, through Action Inquiry
Dictionary definitions of leadership highlight associations ‘showing the way by going in advance‘, ‘guiding behaviour‘, ‘inducing, directing, and inspiring‘. And the word development is an antonym of envelop, so can … Continue reading Leadership Development Framework
Can organisations move towards sustainability without coaching? Arising and Article 13’s research reveals the critical role coaching can play in the shift towards sustainable and profitable business. Most large organisations … Continue reading Sustainability Inside-Out: the role of coaching