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Social Procurement

The Challenge

 

 

The Eidos 'The Place' Conversation tackled a significant economic and social gap - enabling government and business to buy from social enterprises to grow the social enterprise sector. The Conversation brought together a diverse national collective at the Brisbane Powerhouse to pull apart the challenge of social procurement and produce the right challenge question to solve. Job done.

Next step?

Harness a broader input into the outcomes of the Conversation. Over the next week, we'll be progressively adding content - notes and film - to provide greater context to the question.

....and then

Eidos will launch a $25,000 award donated by the English Family Foundation for the provider of a strategy and solution.

Thanks for your personal contributions Allan English, Belinda Morrissey, Timothy O'Brien, Khory McCormick, Lindley Edwards, Narelle Kennedy, Jack Heath, Rodd Pahl, Duncan Murray, Kaerlin McCormick, Lesley van Schoubroeck, Luke Terry, Mark Daniels, Sandy Blackburn-Wright, Sarah Kelly, Robert Pekin, and Ryan Menner

 

 

 

Challenge Opened: 04:22 AM, Wednesday 10 May 2017
Challenge Closes: 04:00 AM, Thursday 02 November 2017
Time to go: Closed

 

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The context

Eidos is changing the way problems are solved. Instead of waiting for solutions to come to us, we create space for solutions to Australia’s most important problems to emerge.  We look for economic or social gaps which are yet to benefit from the power of creative problem solving. 

Eidos turns conversations into action through the ideas of the crowd using a 3 step process involving Conversations, Challenges and Connections.  We better define the problem, stimulate engagement and actively seek solutions.  This flips the traditional way of solving problems which are typically procurement led, costly, and time-consuming. 

 

Eidos is a network of foundations and philanthropic partners dedicated to developing ideas through collaboration to improve economic and social outcomes. It works by applying shared intelligence to challenges and building partnerships between social enterprises, universities, governments, businesses and other partners.  We work with our partners to identify economic or social gaps that remain unsolved.

The Eidos Charter seeks to respond to these challenges by:

  • First and foremost, help solve social and economic problems through developing new solutions by connecting with social entrepreneurs, researchers, policy-markers and practitioners.
  • Use a unique process which combines conversations to better define the problem, challenges to find solutions and connections to support solutions to scale.
  • Incentivise problem solvers to address challenges and scale their business for impact
  • Position Australia’s entrepreneurs as leaders; and
  • Strengthen the position and influence of partners at the forefront of thought leadership, problem solving and enterprise – locally, nationally and globally.

Eidos

Who we are: Eidos is a network of partners dedicated to developing ideas through collaboration to improve economic and social outcomes. It works by applying shared intelligence to challenges and building partnerships between universities, governments, businesses, impact investors and other social partners.

What we do: Eidos encourages collaborative solutions to major challenges through the application of shared intelligence. It achieves this goal by connecting together its unique network to better define problems and seek solutions from a network of problem solvers.

How we do it:  Eidos provides a space to turn conversations into action through the ideas of the crowd using a 3 step process combining Conversations, Challenges and Connections. 

  • Eidos Conversations brings together key private and public leaders, influencers, thinkers and entrepreneurs for face-to-face and online roundtables, events, and hacks on Australia’s biggest problems. The events are future-focused - not short-term fixes - and act as a vehicle for cross-over between economic and social issues. The purpose of each conversation is to better define the problem, facilitate thought leadership and public engagement.
  • Eidos Challenges acknowledge and incentivise solutions to key challenges as defined by the Eidos conversation. Via awards, challenges and prizes - donors, corporates and philanthropists can invest in solving key challenges. The challenges will enhance a culture of innovation, collaboration and competitiveness.
  • Eidos Connections using a flexible process to enable the solution to develop. As each solution will take a different form e.g. business vs a policy, the focus is on mentoring the problem solvers and providing connections to ensure the idea comes to life e.g. investors, regulators, incubators.    This process will typically take 12 months with ongoing impact measurement.

Eidos will work with a range of media, innovation, investment and regulatory partners to support this process. 

Eidos Challenge | Conversation | Connection #1

In association with the English Family Foundation, Eidos will pilot the approach with the first conversation kicking off in June/July 2017.  The process will tackle a significant economic and social gap, seeking to enable businesses to buy from social enterprises to grow this sector, which is commonly referred to as Social Procurement.

Timeline:

  • Conversation: June/July 2017, Brisbane, venue and date to be announced
  • Challenge: August 2017, 6 week process, $25K prize
  • Connections: October 2017 onwards

Conversation:

  • The diagram below provides the detail of 4-hour experience for participants who will engage in a process that includes storytelling by those directly involved, problem exploration using a series of open questions, perspective taking to build empathy and reflections to better define the problem 

 

  • 8 to 12 individuals from diverse backgrounds including influencers, creative entrepreneurs and individuals engaged in the problem
  • The conversation will be made available live or after the event via audio or video engaging a larger audience
  • A challenge brief video will be made to summarise the defined problem that will engage problems solvers in the challenge phase
  • All media is made available through the Eidos website

Challenge:

  • Key networks of potential problem solvers are identified with specific strategies to engage each of them via a mix of social media, traditional media and events
  • Potential problem solvers will be pointed to the Eidos website and challenge page
  • An online forum will be made available on the challenge page to enable individuals to explore the problem with each other hosted by MindHive
  • Individuals with an idea will download a problem solvers pack with a template for submitting the ideas
  • Ideas will be submitted to a specific email address
  • Each idea will be screened by Eidos and provided to the judging panel
  • The panel of judges will shortlist 5 ideas and who will be interviewed or pitch to the panel

 

Extended Version of the Video

 

Please note: A full podcast of the conversation can be found within the solution document. 

Challenge Opened: 04:22 AM, Wednesday 10 May 2017
Challenge Closes: 04:00 AM, Thursday 02 November 2017
Time to go: Closed

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Meet the Panel

Kaerlin McCormick Consultant
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Thought Leader

Timothy O'Brien Founder
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Bruce Muirhead Chief Executive Officer
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Jack Heath CEO
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Lesley van Schoubroeck
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Allan English
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Kaerlin McCormick Consultant
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Narelle Kennedy Managing Director
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Rodd Pahl Managing Director
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Lindley Edwards Group CEO
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MindHive Support Support
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Sandy Blackburn-Wright Managing Director
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Belinda Morrissey Executive Officer
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Luke Terry Vanguard Laundry Services
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Timothy London Head of Product and Design, MindHive
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Iain Walker
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Carolyn Ballinger (Dr)
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Kerry Miles
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Mike Metcalfe Consultant
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Lewe Atkinson Global Partner
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David Lee
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Vern Hughes Director Civil Society Australia
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Tim Potter Executive, Brand and Allied Services
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Matt Singmin
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Janine Pohe Director
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Kerri Shilvock
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Documents associated with this Challenge

File name File type Date uploaded Size (KB)
Social_Procurement_in_Australia_Report_-_December_2010.pdf
.pdf
5/10/2017 4,192
Social Procurement - LG Professionals Australia .pdf
.pdf
5/10/2017 1,223
SC_Social_Procurement_in_LG.pdf
.pdf
5/10/2017 99
Eidos Conversation June 8th .pdf
.pdf
5/31/2017 1,515
Social procurement success: what it takes - Social Ventures Australia.pdf
.pdf
5/31/2017 277
Social Enterprise for Employment Outcomes_Aug2015 (1).pdf
.pdf
6/28/2017 622
 

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