Countdown to the Two Feet Showcase

We’ve been fortunate over the course of the past six months to work with some of the most inspiring organisations that are committed to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. Whether it’s improving the lives of people with disabilities, reducing waste within our food system or tackling homelessness – it has been a privilege to work with such dedicated and passionate people.

As our Two Feet Program comes to a close across the country, we’d like to invite you to the Two Feet public showcases we are holding across the country.

The showcases will give you the chance to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the Two Feeters, and to network with thought leaders from social enterprise, NFP and the for-purpose ecosystem more generally. We will also be sharing our 2018 programs and accelerator calendar.

If you’d like to join us, click on the links below and sign up to the events we are holding across the country. It’s important you get in quickly though, as we only have limited spaces available that are filling up fast!

Sydney Two Feet Public Showcase

Brisbane Two Feet Public Showcase

Melbourne Two Feet Public Showcase

Finally, over the course of the next two weeks we are going to be sharing the stories of some of the teams to get you excited about who you’ll be meeting! As we release each story, we will add the links to their blog posts below.

Can’t wait to see you all over the coming weeks!

– TDi Team.

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...