Introducing 2017’s Sydney & Brisbane Two Feeters!

This week marks the second week of the launch of Two Feet 2017, with our first sessions taking place in Sydney and Brisbane. We’re really excited to be interstate again this year, staying in tune to the social impact communities in Brissy and Sydney. We love the enterprises we’re working with, read on to meet them!

Sydney

Civic Disability Services provide meaningful support to people with disabilities- helping them to reach their potential, achieve their goals and participate in their community.

Indigenous Community Volunteers help to source and provide skilled volunteers to Indigenous communities around the country, to help them turn their ideas into a reality.

TapON are currently developing a platform to help those with disabilities better connect with service providers that meet their needs.

Amok Catering operate our of Western Sydney and run a catering company that provides work to women who are socially excluded or may be victims or domestic violence.

Human Sound Project are part of a global movement that is empowering diverse organisations, schools and communities to come together and tell their stories through songs that they write, create and perform.

Pingala are building community-owned solar farms in Sydney with a dream of seeing renewable energy as a major source of power across the city.

Moeloco work with local artists to create inspirational flip-flops that spread the message of peace, giving and happiness. For every pair they sell they donate a pair of school shoes to a child in need

 

Brisbane

Jobs Shared are a platform that promotes the idea of job sharing. The enterprise want to make flexible work hours the norm through their network of skilled employees, promoting work/life balance.

Little Delish Bakery produce and create beautiful food that is made with ingredients sourced from local, sustainable farmers. Little Delish also works with and supports One Girl and the QLD Women’s Legal Service.

Feathersome Magazine are looking to promote female leadership by publishing authentic stories that are created in collaboration with their community and networks.

Liberated Heart are a clothing company that operate out of Byron Bay. The enterprise works with artists to produce the patterns seen in their collections and look to spread messages of creativity, individuality and free-spiritedness in their designs.

OurBiz is a co-working space and community for those who are professionals and also parents. They provide a flexible and comfortable working environment that is suited to the lifestyle of working parents.

Life Beyond 30 are a community group that run social activities for women around QLD to promote self-care and friendship.

Pyxis Australia support and help vulnerable and disadvantaged young people find meaningful work.

It takes a village to grow an inclusive sustainable business

TDi has been committed to inclusive sustainable businesses since the early days of the social enterprise movement in Australia.

Two Feet Accelerator: Where are they now? YEVU

This week we’ve been chatting with Anna Robertson from YEVU – a social enterprise clothing brand designed and manufactured in Ghana.

YuMi Tourism Partners (Alotau) – Milne Bay Organics

“Coconut has been incredibly embedded in the Milne Bay tradition – from the food consumption through to the traditional dancing.” Last year, the YuMi pilot program took us to Alotau in Papua New Guinea, where we worked with difference maker, Rhona.

Indigenous tourism is key to economic recovery

Long-time friend, and associate of TDi, Ash Bartley has just started a new role with Visit Victoria.  We caught up with her recently to celebrate her new role and ask about the opportunity for Indigenous tourism in Australia’s economic recovery.

YuMi Tourism Partners (Alotau) – VilLink Tours & Expeditions PNG

“With what I’m doing, I want to encourage the other young women out there, that they can also have the chance to make a difference.  Not only in earning money, but sharing what they know, and getting other communities involved.”

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.

When life gives you lemons… pivot your business model

Nemika Brunton is based in Alotau, Papua New Guinea.  We met her during the YuMi Tourism Partners Pilot program.  The program addressed starting small, testing and learning, and how to adapt and respond to market needs.  These lessons have certainly helped Nemika shift her business focus in response to COVID-19. Tourism is a key industry for the town and many of the local businesses were tourism based.  So, the impact of COVID-19 hit the town hard.  Many locals – including Nemika – have adapted quickly to totally new businesses and customers.

Supporting Social Enterprise during COVID-19

Following a tumultuous year of bushfires, COVID-19 and recent floods in Southern NSW, lots of small businesses and the families and communities they serve, are doing it tough.  One way we’ve seen people showing their support for these local businesses is through the #shoplocal #shopvictoria and #buyfromthebush movements.  We’ve been inspired by this and wanted to share a #shopsocialenterprise guide based on some of the businesses we’ve been working with over the last 18 months.

Resilience, at what cost?

Over the past six months we as a team have navigated our own business and helped hundreds of others to do the same. We went from having a clear business model and ready to write our best year ever to having nothing as certain and many parts of our own business model under threat.

Finding motivation to continue business during COVID-19

As the current economic climate evolves with COVID-19, we have been sharing some perspective from both our own work and the continual conversations and support we’re offering others. Initially, we shared a metaphor about what this first felt like – like our house was...