Australian Social Innovation Exchange Limited is a non-profit company formed to find better ways of tackling social problems and responding to growing community needs or opportunities.
To enable Australia’s changemakers to accelerate pioneering early-stage ideas into positive social change.
To build networks that connect Australia’s social changemakers with the right people, tools, investments and knowledge.
We endeavour to work in programs and projects that are empowering, pioneering, making the process of connecting people more systematic, being as open and collaborative as possible and, crucially, learning and sharing more about what works and why.
What we do
- Run events and forums, usually in partnership with other groups, to promote social innovation and enable learning and collaboration
- Develop and test new approaches and methods for social innovation
- Connect people and organisations in Australia working and investing in social innovation to support a growing community of practice in Australia and globally
How it all started
Board of Directors
Martin Stewart-Weeks – Chair In his consulting work over the past 18 years, Martin Stewart-Weeks has specialised in strategy, policy analysis, facilitation and market and social research. At Cisco, as Director for IBSG’s public sector practice in Asia-Pacific, he works at the senior executive and political level to help shape Internet business solutions and online strategies at both an agency and whole-of-government level.
Martin has been a key member of the global team developing a new e-government framework, the ‘connected republic, for Cisco’s public sector work. Martin Chairs the Australian Social Innovation Exchange (ASIX) Steve Lawrence – ASIX Executive Officer Prior to ASIX Steve was, for 29 years, Founder, CEO and Social Entrepreneur with WorkVentures, an entrepreneurial non-profit organisation, based in Sydney.
Established in 1979, WorkVentures has annual revenues around $16million, employs 150 staff and places hundreds of unemployed Australians in jobs each year. Over the last 30 years Steve has also been part of creating over 13 new nonprofit organisations, most of which are still operating. They include JOB futures, United Way Sydney, Jobs Australia, Social Ventures Australia. Steve has qualifications in social work and management, he lectures regularly on social enterprise, local economic development and non-profit management. He is co-author of ‘Nonprofits in Business’ (1995). In 2004 Steve received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for Social Enterprise for NSW & ACT.
In 2005 WorkVentures and Microsoft won the Prime Ministers Community Business Partnership Longevity Award for their 20 year collaboration to bring technology resources and skills to disadvantaged Australians. Steve is a Board member of Currency House Inc, a non-profit organisation which promotes the performing arts in Australia and a member of the committee establishing the Australian School for Social Entrepreneurs. Hugh Morrow Alex Varley Alex Varley is the CEO of Media Access Australia (www.mediaaccess.org.au), a not-for-profit, public benevolent institution that develops and promotes access to media through technology for disadvantaged people. Its current major areas of focus are captioning, audio description and access to the Internet and computers for disabled people.
Since leaving the oil industry in the late 1980s, Alex has had extensive experience in the management of not-for-profit organisations, including senior roles at Sydney Theatre Company and the Australian National Maritime Museum, as well as the Australian Caption Centre. He is also the inaugural Chairman of ACCAN (Australian Communications Consumers Action Network) a peak consumer body in the area of communications. His academic achievements include a business degree and post-graduate qualifications in urban planning, which is surprisingly useful in the world of electronic media! He has written articles, papers and submissions on a wide range of issues, including petrol pricing, social planning, disability policy and the impacts of media policy on access. For fun Alex is a keen football (soccer) player, manager and coach with the Hurlstone Park Wanderers. Jennifer Dobbin