An Open Letter to Tony Abbott

Dear Tony, On behalf of myself (and, I suspect, millions of other Australians), I have one very simple request to make. Don’t f**k this up I, for one, was diametrically opposed to the LNP taking power in yesterday’s Federal election. I had many strong, well-researched and widely-shared opinions about the profound damage you and your party are likely to perpetrate …

authenticity, transparency and naughtiness

Despite an ever-growing interest in living more sustainably, authentically and lovingly, it seems as if those with the greatest commitment to working for the common good are suffering under a new puritanism, where the focus appears to have become more about ‘becoming pure’ than ‘being truthful.’

Warning All Social Entrepreneurs

Firstly, the bad news … You’re all going to fail. You’re not going to fail once, but dozens of times. You’re going to work 80-100 hours a week, make virtually no money, spend what little money you have on a crazy idea that – at the beginning at least – virtually nobody will understand – your relationships will suffer, your …

Modernizing the Impact Sector

Successful entrepreneurs share one fundamentally common trait … they identify gaps in a market and develop a bridge to generate, at the very least, a measurable, replicable and sustainable result. In Australia there are approximately 600,000 non-profits – one for every forty men, women and children in the country. The US, by comparison has one for every two hundred – …

occupying my heart

For the past week or so, every now and again – and completely without warning – I’ve found tears pooling at the corners of my eyes and sliding down my cheeks. Sometimes I’ve been unaware of them until cool air, or the taste of salt, or a slightly quizzical look brings my attention to the sensation. The tears are sometimes …

Structuring for Success

I’m fortunate to have been working with changemakers for more than 15 years. It’s inspiring, humbling and frequently frustrating work. Frustrating because I’ve watched great ideas succeed – for a time – before failing and watched others never get past the drawing board. Frustrating because every venture that fails takes time, money and energy away from others – and in …

love … the foundation of sustainability

In the seventeen years I’ve been working with sustainable ventures I’ve made some bad decisions. Decisions that have cost me time, money and friendships. I don’t think that makes me bad at what I do, or fundamentally inexcusable as a human being. If anything it makes me very much the same as most other people – we do what we …