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Summer treats: staff picks 2017

Once again SVA staff offer a plethora of treats for your holiday reflections and inspiration.

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Hard measures for soft skills

The OECD’s Dr Andreas Schleicher outlines the ‘21st century skills’ or general capabilities, why they matter and whether they can be measured. +Podcast

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How to be more effective in reducing disadvantage?

After 10 years in the sector, SVA Consulting reflects on the strategies and interventions that it has seen deliver the greatest impact. +Audio

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CEO reflects on learnings from SSE’s experience in Australia

Michele Goldman, SSE Australia’s CEO in its final year of operation, reflects on the organisation’s learnings and how they could be applied to support the social enterprise ecosystem. +Audio

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Once were SVA: where are they now?

In this special SVA Quarterly article, we catch up with six people who used to work with SVA to find out what they are doing now, and how their time at SVA shaped what they do.

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Unlocking the PAF market

Accessing PAFs: six rules of engagement

The realities of private ancillary funds (PAFs) and what it takes to position your organisation for that serendipitous alignment. +Podcast

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young people on puzzle pieces of map

Why STEM practices should be taught across the entire curriculum

If the Australian workforce is to be prepared for the future, science technology engineering and mathematics practices must be embedded across the entire curriculum. +Podcast

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Features of successful community leadership programs

What do successful community leadership programs look like? SVA shares insights from programs it has reviewed. +Podcast

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Hard measures for soft skills

The OECD’s Dr Andreas Schleicher outlines the ‘21st century skills’ or general capabilities, why they matter and whether they can be measured. +Podcast

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leadership-complexity & change

Leadership amidst complexity and change

Lisa Paul AO PSM, previously secretary in Federal Government departments responsible for education and employment, talks about her approach to the challenges of leadership, its loneliness and rewards. +Podcast

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Founding SVA Consulting

Four of the key players behind Australia’s first dedicated non-profit consultancy for the social sector tell the story of setting up and shepherding SVA Consulting through its initial years. +Podcast

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Scaling SVA Consulting: an insider’s perspective

SVA Consulting Executive Director, Olivia Hilton reflects on what brought her to the business and the principles that have shaped and guided its growth. +Podcast

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Impact group

How to be more effective in reducing disadvantage?

After 10 years in the sector, SVA Consulting reflects on the strategies and interventions that it has seen deliver the greatest impact. +Audio

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What makes for a collaborative philanthropic partnership?

Indigenous women’s social enterprise, Marnin Studio and SVA describe what it takes to create a collaborative philanthropic partnership. +Audio

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How the Federal Government can help grow social impact investing

What steps can the Commonwealth Government take to help access more private capital for social impact investing to address some of our big social challenges? +Audio

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Yunus advocates social business as tool to stop increasing inequity

Micro-credit founder, Professor Muhammad Yunus urges us to consider social business as a tool to address the world’s increasing inequity, whether it’s getting rural Bangladeshis out of poverty or Australians off welfare. +Audio

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women above clouds with telescopes

CEO reflects on learnings from SSE’s experience in Australia

Michele Goldman, SSE Australia’s CEO in its final year of operation, reflects on the organisation’s learnings and how they could be applied to support the social enterprise ecosystem. +Audio

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Summer treats: staff picks

SVA staff share a collection of articles, podcasts, books, videos and films touching on sector topics that have inspired them as they go about their work to address disadvantage.

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Social procurement success: what it takes

Vanguard Laundry Services, the most recent social enterprise created by Luke Terry in Toowoomba, exemplifies how to benefit from social procurement opportunities. + Podcast

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Networking for social purpose: what’s needed?

With networking increasingly important for achieving social change, we explore SVA’s successful model in education which points to the core elements needed to grow an effective network. + Podcast

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Process efficiencies

Process efficiencies help non-profits achieve more impact

Case studies show social purpose organisations are reaping the benefits of improved process efficiencies. Find out how. + Podcast

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Incubating a pilot

Lessons from incubating a new model for tackling unemployment

Incubating the Industry Employment Initiative highlighted the importance of knowing your endgame, evaluating to improve rather than prove, and of strategic funders who are willing to take risks. + Podcast

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A portfolio approach to corporate social investment

Using various approaches as part of a well-managed portfolio can help corporates to maximise the benefits of their social investment activities for business and society. + Podcast

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Healthy country, healthy people

Analyses of five Indigenous Protected Areas across Australia demonstrate the social and cultural co-benefits of Indigenous land management initiatives. + Podcast

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How culture grows effective outcomes

Te Whānau O Waipareira is working with SVA Consulting to build an outcomes management culture and strategy to measure what really matters for Māori families. +Audio

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