Opinion


22 October 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s claims that divesting deprives fund members of a good investment could prove misguided given the value in accounting for social and environmental impacts, writes sustainability expert Dr Carol Adams in this piece first published on The Conversation.

14 October 2014

It is bad change-strategy to drop something like the ACNC while it appears to be working and is so strongly supported, writes Research Director Curtin University Not-for-profit Initiative, Penny Knight who offers a “Plan C” alternative for the Federal Government.

09 October 2014

App developers can be proactive, and build their apps accessibly for people with disability from the start, writes former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes.

02 October 2014

Can Australia reduce its aid budget in the 21st century and continue to aim for best practice, asks Matthew Sinclair, an Australian delegate to the World Trade Organisation Public Forum in Geneva.

25 September 2014

The charity sector has a low appetite for risk especially when it comes to leveraging its assets, writes David Crosbie CEO Community Council for Australia.

24 September 2014

The recent global launch of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce report shows Australia as having the foundations for a thriving, world-leading impact investment sector, writes Australia’s Taskforce representative, Rosemary Addis.

18 September 2014

Investors can ensure the Australian social investment market gets off to a better start by understanding and including social purpose organisations from the beginning, writes social impact investor and analyst, Emma Tomkinson.

11 September 2014

What does it take to address root causes and grow opportunities for the deeply excluded? Ownership is a key, writes Richard Warner, Coordinator of Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative Ltd.

10 September 2014

The value of skilled and in-kind contributions from businesses rather than cold hard cash should not be underestimated says young entrepreneur and marketing expert Scott Robinson.

10 September 2014

Those of us who have worked (and struggled) to achieve long term whole-of-community change owe it to ourselves and the communities we work in to take the potential of Collective Impact seriously, writes David Lilley, Collective Impact Consultant, with United Way Australia.

28 August 2014

Australians should be profoundly disappointed that the Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews is lending his strong endorsement to the World Congress of Families Conference in Melbourne this week which has such an outdated view of what Australian families look like in 2014, writes the Federal Shadow Minister for Women, Communities and Carers, Senator Claire Moore.

27 August 2014

While recent analyses of the evolving relationship between Government, the Not for Profit sector and communities is compelling but there is a vitally important element missing – the roles for and contribution of co-operatives and mutuals writes Les Hems, Director of Research, Net Balance Research Institute.

25 August 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s election promise of creating two million jobs over a decade is actually promising to do slightly worse than what has happened in the past, writes Fabrizio Carmignani, Professor at Griffith Business School at Griffith University, in this piece first published on The Conversation.

19 August 2014

In an age when every Government decision is marketed as ‘reform' it's hard to distinguish genuine reform from short-term budget fixes, says Australian Council of Social Service CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie.

14 August 2014

The roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will force disability providers to open their doors to a new way of doing things and offers a chance to completely reinvent themselves, writes the CEO of Achieve Australia, Anne Bryce.

12 August 2014

Caution is needed when surveying the uptake of sustainable practices in business, according to Paul Davies, Chief Operating Officer at sustainability firm Banarra.

06 August 2014

Andrew Forrest’s recently released Review of Indigenous Training and Employment Programmes offers a unified set of proposals, however, these options could make things worse, writes Eva Cox, Professorial Fellow Jumbunna IHL at University of Technology, Sydney in this piece first published on The Conversation.

01 August 2014

While many aspects of working life have changed in recent decades, the inequality of outcomes experienced by male and female employees has been remarkably resistant, writes Liz Temple, Lecturer in Psychology at Federation University Australia, in this piece published on The Conversation.

30 July 2014

Australia has much to contribute to the understanding of how the Collective Impact community change framework can be implemented, writes visiting Canadian expert, Liz Weaver, Vice President of Tamarack – an Institute for Community Engagement.

30 July 2014

With the appropriate support from the board, developing an organisational capacity for innovation can contribute to meeting the challenges of the Not for Profit and government funded sector, according to innovation specialist Danny Davis.

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