‘Mission control: find your focus and increase your impact’ – Liana Downey

Lecture: Tuesday 19 July 2016, 5.30pm–6.30pm, Weston Theatre, Level 1, Crawford Building 132, Lennox  Crossing, ANU, details here.

‘Why do some nonprofit and government leaders actually succeed in changing the world, while others struggle to point to their impact? What links the eradication of smallpox, the housing of 100,000 chronically homeless individuals, or the remarkable reduction of the incidence of malaria?

‘Successful social sector organisations share a laser-like focus on their goals. They deliberately identify and target their efforts in their sweet spot — the intersection between what they’re good at, what the world needs, and what works.

‘In this talk, Liana Downey will discuss:

How and why missions get out of control
The consequences of missions that are too broad
How to test whether you are inadvertently sabotaging your impact potential
The 7 steps to taking control
How to build a powerful narrative to help you attract and engage a loyal support base’

‘The three sector solution: delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business’: new open access e-book

This collection of essays had its origins in a one-day workshop held in August 2015 at The Australian National University. Jointly convened by Dr John Butcher (ANZSOG) and Professor David Gilchrist (Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative) the purpose of the workshop was to bring together academic researchers, policy practitioners and thought leaders to address a variety of emerging issues facing policymakers, public sector commissioners, not-for-profit providers of publicly funded services, and businesses interested in opportunities for social investment. The workshop itself generated a great deal of interest and a ‘baker’s dozen’ of contributors challenged and engaged a full house. The level of enthusiasm shown by the audience for the subject matter was such that the decision to curate the presentations in the form of a book was never in doubt. The editors trust that this volume will vindicate that decision. At one time the state exercised a near monopoly in the delivery of social programs. Today, almost every important public problem is a three sector problem and yet we have little idea of what a high-performing three sector production system looks like. It is the editors’ hope that this volume will provide a foundation for some answers to these important public policy questions.

Butcher, J & Gilchrist, D (eds) 2016, The three sector solution: delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business, ANU Press, Canberra, http://press.anu.edu.au/node/1949 .

HAVE YOUR SAY – Upper House Inquiry into Crown Lands

The Nature Conservation Council points out that’ public lands should be held on trust for the people of NSW; managed by the Government with management directed at identifying and protecting the diverse values of public lands. The NSW Government is proposing significant changes to the way Crown land is managed in NSW’.

Submissions to the inquiry will be accepted until Sunday 24 July 2016.

Further information is here.