We are less focussed on the success stories of single projects or organisations than we are the environmental conditions that facilitate that success. We therefore work to understand the different parts of the system; the elements that are working well, the bits that are broken and the gaps. We then focus our efforts on helping to build a healthy ecosystem in which change-makers can operate.
An implication of this is that our support has been directed to intermediary organisations; that is agencies whose purpose is to in turn support frontline social change organisations. These include The Difference Incubator, Ethical Property Australia, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and Australia Progress.
We apply our expertise and resources to influence others rather than acting directly ourselves. We work behind the scenes and are ambivalent about recognition.
We work with people who are trying new ways to make the world better. To be effective these people are single minded in pursuit of their goals. It is our job to support them by creating the environment that increases the possibility of their success.
Get things done
We are not interested in building consensus, we are committed to making a difference. We are under no illusions that everything we try will work, or that in hindsight all our efforts will be judged to be well spent. But rather than pick out lower level projects, we are focussed on the slow hard work of helping to build an ecosystem.
Our energy is spent:
- seeking to understand the field of social innovation; what lessons are being learned around the world; who else is thinking about the problem and what are they doing about it?
- recruiting and marshalling the efforts of stakeholders
- designing a roadmap for change, and getting on with implementing it.
See How Field Catalysts Galvanise Social Change, Hussein, Plummer & Breen, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Oct 2017.