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CQUni changemaker shares experiences on social innovation podcast

CQUni changemaker shares experiences on social innovation podcast

Published:06 July 2017

CQUni Social Innovation Program Manager Robin Dick has shared his experiences on the Impact Boom social innovation podcast.

CQUni Program Manager for Social Innovation Robin Dick has joined the ranks of international changemakers, with a feature interview on popular social innovation podcast Impact Boom.

The Brisbane-based program is dedicated to profiling “world-leading practitioners, social entrepreneurs, academia, innovators, thinkers and doers”, and recent guests have included founders of Barayamal indigenous business accelerator, the Be Awesome Festival, and African Clean Energy, as well as Queensland Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch.

Robin, who joined the Office of Social Innovation last year, began working in the sector in his native Scotland, before moving to Australia and driving projects in government, education, and not-for-profit organisations.

Speaking to Impact Boom host Tom Allen ahead of social innovation events in Melbourne and Brisbane this month, Robin outlined CQUni’s journey to embed social innovation principles across operations and programs.

“You’ve got to get people to understand why you’re doing it, and you’ve got to have a real purpose around it and be able to evidence where the outcomes are coming to the university as a whole,” Robin told the podcast.

With experience across mental health, family violence prevention, suicide prevention, homelessness, dementia care, integrated communities, health and well-being, sport and physical activity, education and community planning, Robin is currently developing CQUni’s Changemaker program, an opportunity for CQUni student to gain social innovation skills and experience.

Due for launch in Term 1, 2018, the program builds on a range of existing CQUni initiatives, including the Social Innovation Studio Gladstone, and annual participation in The Big Idea social enterprise competition.

“We’re really working hard to embed social innovation – the Changemaker program will give a basic understanding of what social innovation is, as well as mega-trends, wicked problems, and then we’ll also be engaging students through a number of extracurricular means,” Robin said.

Robin is also coordinating a social innovation lecture series at CQUni Melbourne, with the next event this month.

On Wednesday, 12 July, Robin will host an event featuring CQUni's Professor Carolyn Unsworth, along with Travellers Aid Australia chief Elias Lebbos, titled Mind the Gap: Filling the innovation void to enhance public access and mobility independence.

Kicking off at noon at CQUni Melbourne, and including lunch, tickets are $30 or $15 concession, and free for CQUni staff, students and alumni.

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Then on Tuesday, 18 July, at CQUniversity Brisbane, Impact Boom host Tom Allen will join a panel discussion for Create Good. Transform the World. How? Start with Breakfast.

The event is the first in CQUni Brisbane's lecture series, The Social Innovation Exchange. Tickets are $20, or no charge for CQUniversity students and staff, and breakfast is included.

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In 2017, CQUniversity is taking its social innovation agenda to the world stage, with membership of Ashoka U, a global not-for-profit organisation seeking social change through education, innovation and entrepreneurialism.