Bilum: The Power of Story to Drive Inclusive Economic Growth

Bilum: The Power of Story to Drive Inclusive Economic Growth

by Annie Smits, TDi CEO   In May this year we attended the first official public screening of The Bilum Story, hosted by the AUS-PNG Network at The Lowy Institute in Sydney. Before the screening, I introduced the film to a crowded room, by bringing to the fore a little bit of background and TDi's heart-connection to PNG, and I'm sharing this speech with you here today. It's a bit of a love letter to PNG, to bilum, and to the weavers, and it's part of our ongoing recognition of the importance of the creative and cultural industries as a whole.      Tonight you ... READ MORE

Why We Need More Coaches and Fewer ‘Experts’ in International Development

Why We Need More Coaches and Fewer ‘Experts’ in International Development

By Kate Wilson, TDi Associate   An intuitive mindset coach and mentor, Kate's insight and expertise is so valuable to our team – we hope it will be for you too. This post was originally published on Kate's website, Resources Reimagined and explores the vital role of coaches in growing women business owners.   Why do we need more coaches in international development? Let me answer this by focusing on the example of women business owners and how they are often supported by donor agencies….   What do women business owners really need? All across the world, women are ... READ MORE

Meet our WOW participants

Meet our WOW participants

We introduce you to some of the participants of the Women of the World program, due to begin in early 2022. READ MORE

PNG Local Business Coach focus: Mari Ellingson

PNG Local Business Coach focus: Mari Ellingson

Empowering women in business is something we’re very passionate about. So when we get to build local capacity in our women-led business coaching program it’s even more exciting, as the potential impact is so much greater. Mari is one of our Local Business Coach participants in Papua New Guinea and we have loved getting to know her.  Mari owns a business in Port Moresby which develops niche export markets for PNG organic products. She does this by connecting PNG small businesses with SMEs in other countries. Mari decided to apply for the Local Business Coach program so that she could ... READ MORE

Women of the World

Women of the World

Women of the World – a cohort business program offering economic independence and health literacy programs for migrant and refugee women. READ MORE

PNG Local Business Coach focus: Mary Handen

PNG Local Business Coach focus: Mary Handen

We are excited to be partnering and building local capacity in our women-led business coaching program in PNG. Mary is one of our Local Business Coach (LBC) participants and we have loved working with her over these past few months. We caught up recently and want to share a bit about Mary.  Mary was born and raised in PNG. An Accountant by profession, Mary has 35 plus years of experience serving in and climbing the corporate ladder abroad and in PNG. Currently an entrepreneur, she is the Managing Director of Jedjays Limited, a provider of clean and sustainable energy through ... READ MORE

Business and mindset coaching offers key to covid recovery for women-led businesses in PNG

Business and mindset coaching offers key to covid recovery for women-led businesses in PNG

TDi are working with PNG Women's Business Resource Centre to recruit and coach a total of 100 women-led SMEs (or deliver 800 hours of coaching) over four rounds of coaching from May through to December, with an average of 200 hours of coaching per round. Alongside, 4 Local Business Coaches are being trained in TDi's method to continue to support women-led SMEs in PNG. Here are the results for the first of the four rounds of coaching. READ MORE

What 10 years and deep curiosity has taught us

What 10 years and deep curiosity has taught us

Last year TDi celebrated 10 years, and over that time we’ve had the opportunity to travel with a number of organisations and often get a bird’s eye view of what’s going on. Recently, TDi's CEO Anthea Smits, had the opportunity to reflect on what the past 10 years and deep curiosity has taught us. This article is a reflection on our top 6 learnings. READ MORE

Hope in a challenging environment

Hope in a challenging environment

A reflection by TDis, Carlo Demaio, on the PNG Highlands township of Porgera. READ MORE

Flexible and responsive coaching is key to sustaining women’s economic empowerment during a crisis

Flexible and responsive coaching is key to sustaining women’s economic empowerment during a crisis

While each business owner faces their own set of challenges in response to the uncertainty and upheaval of COVID-19, we are observing a series of consistent coaching requirements emerge. READ MORE

Why mindset matters to women’s entrepreneurship and why we should invest in it, especially now

Why mindset matters to women’s entrepreneurship and why we should invest in it, especially now

At The Difference Incubator (TDi) we’ve been supporting social entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses for over a decade. In 2019 we partnered with PNG Women’s Business Resource Centre and Kate Wilson from Kamaji Tree Consulting and Coaching, with the support of the Australian Government, to unlock the full potential of eleven talented female social entrepreneurs in PNG.    At TDi, we know that an individual’s mindset is a big driver of business success. For us, mindset is made up of the underlying beliefs we hold about ourselves, others and the world. It shows up in all ... READ MORE

Customer Empathy Interviewing

Customer Empathy Interviewing

When was the last time you asked your customers what they thought? We use Customer Empathy Interviews to help businesses deeply understand their customers and design competitive products and services. It’s also been one of our top coaching tips for business owners needing to adapt their business model during COVID-19. Our behaviours have changed significantly in a very short amount of time - for example: We might be spending less money on going out for dinner at our favourite restaurant, but have increased our spending on Ubereats or Hellofresh. Understanding things from your customers ... READ MORE

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