Introductions and getting to know each other

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The purpose of this thread is to give Navigators a space to introduce themselves, interact with each other, and make new connections.

To help us create a better understanding of our strengths as a group, here are some possible questions to help with introductions:

How are you involved/engaging with the SE space?
How do you feel about being a part of the Navigators group?
What motivated you to join this learning journey?


Ian Daniels Wed 24 Apr 2019 4:00AM

I'm Ian Daniels and I am hoping that my loose connection will encourage ALL invitees to share their details. My involvement is through a commitment to the broader cause rather than a specific social enterprise. I operate About Managing Pty Ltd as a management consulting business but my real 'business' is to contribute to the Boards and Management Committees of charities and other not-for-profits utilizing my finance, human resources, information technology and governance skills and knowledge. I have a strong and long lasting commitment to social justice. I am currently contributing to Community Living Association Inc (CLA) through several roles on its management committee. CLA is a leading social enterprise - and auspicer of several other social enterprises. I am currently contributing to Aurous Limited which includes Nundah Activity Centre through roles on its Board. I am currently contributing to Laidley Community Centre Inc. (LCC) as Vice President and Treasurer. LCC is a community assistance group through which I have led the development of a social enterprise cafe.

I feel very honoured to have been invited to join what I believe to be one of the greatest social movements of this century.

I am motivated by several of the QSEC Board members and seeing what they have achieved. My current reading "The Future Chasers" by Jan Owen has re-invigorated me!


Alex Hannant Tue 30 Apr 2019 9:18PM

I'm Alex Hannant. If there's one thing I'm passionate about it's finding ways to organise and create the conditions that enable people to make change. I believe in the power of social enterprise, in all its various forms, and see it playing a central role in a positive future, if we're to have one. I have some experience in sector development and realise both how challenging and rewarding it can be. I think we currently have a great opportunity to take social enterprise in QLD to the next level, and am committed to making a contribution via this project and our wider work at the Yunus Centre, at Griffith University.


Rena Frohman Mon 6 May 2019 10:31PM

I'm Rena Frohman and I'm part of the SESP Project Management Team. I'm here to support the Navigators Group to make new connections, create meaningful discussions and enact group decisions. I'm excited to work with you, learn from you and hear your voices about how Social Enterprise in Queensland can continue to make positive impacts in diverse contexts.


Dr. Crystal Williams Tue 7 May 2019 12:07AM

I'm Crystal Williams and I am also part of the SESP Project Management Team. Like Rena, I am here to support the Navigators Group. I have a doctorate in entrepreneurship and innovation, with a focus on the creative & cultural industries. Social enterprises are found across sectors, a large portion is in the arts and creative industries. Having research experience, I can assist you with any data collection discussions that arise in the threads. I am looking forward to hearing your ideas on how or what future research could support Queensland's social enterprises.


Jamil Ebrahim-Ahomed Tue 7 May 2019 1:01AM

I'm Jamil Ebrahim-Ahomed. My role is to provide support to the SESP Project Management Team in delivering this exciting project. I have just completed a masters in entrepreneurship and innovation in the field of social and community entrepreneurship. My interests and passions revolve around making the world a better place, and generating a sustainable well-being for the masses. Like Alex, I believe in the power of social entrepreneurship and its potential to address our most complex problems. I am excited about engaging with everyone in this space, and look forward to working with the team and the Navigators to help learn about, build and strengthen the social enterprise sector in Queensland.


Emma-Kate Rose Tue 7 May 2019 3:46AM

I'm Emma-Kate Rose, but you can call me EK! I'm currently Chair of QSEC - my second term in office! I am passionate about social enterprise and business for good, and its ability to shine a light in many dark places to create systemic change. I have lots of grassroots organising experience (climate change and political activism) and currently GM of Food Connect, now in its 14th year of operations to transform our local food system. I look forward to working with all of you to create a little bit of history through our collective action!


Jemima Welsh Tue 7 May 2019 10:57PM

Hi everyone, I'm Jemima Welsh. I'm part of the Queensland Social Enterprise Council with EK, and really thrilled to see the landscape of social enterprise growing and gaining traction throughout QLD. I'm also Grants and Impact Officer at the English Family Foundation (big supporters of this project!) and Impact Investment Analyst at ImpaQt, which sits at Queensland University of Technology. Happy to answer any questions about the role of impact investment and philanthropy in helping to boost the SE sector. Welcome to the Navigators Group!


Gaala Watson Thu 9 May 2019 3:42AM

Hi everyone! My name is Gaala, I am a Kungalu and Birri-Gubba Woman born and raised in Brisbane :slight_smile: I am a member of the SESP Project management team, I run an arts business, Bimbi Love, and am a board member at the Food Connect Foundation. I am really excited to be part of this journey, particularly increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and opportunity within the social enterprise sector in Queensland. Looking forward to working with you all!


Peter Jenner Mon 13 May 2019 1:21AM

Hello all...I am Peter Jenner, Academic at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Spent the majority of my career in an entrepreneurial guise prior to entering Academia 4-5 years ago following completion of my PhD into Social Enterprise Sustainability.
I continue to research and teach Social Enterprise/Entrepreneurship at USC.
Delighted to be part of this group and keen for us to make a real impact on the development of the sector in Qld.


Wendy Chan Mon 13 May 2019 3:06AM

Hi All, I'm Wendy Chan from Sefa - a debt lender to for purpose mission driven organisations. We get to meet to a lot of different enterprises across Australia and would be keen to share our insights on impact investing and social enterprises. Though I am now based in Sydney, I grew up in Brisbane and growing social enterprises in QLD is close to my heart. I look forward and am excited to be working with everyone here.

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