a social enterprise hub pops-up in Alice Springs
On Monday, June 20th, the Desert Peoples Centre held a PopUp Social Enterprise Hub at the Desert Knowledge Precinct. Gathering together local social entrepreneurs, supporters and a few participants from out of town, we dived in to conversation to try and deepen understanding and grow relationships into collaboration.
Welcomed by Harold Furber and Keith Castle, respectively the Chair and General Manager of the Desert Peoples Centre, all present gained an understanding of what had lead to setting up a social enterprise hub in Alice Springs.
Bringing together a diverse group to build a community of practice and develop the sector. Part networking and collaboration opportunity and part workshop, the Hub connected practitioners and supporters from central Australia with people from outside of the region, including organisations like Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi, Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku, Red Desert Gatherings, Alice Springs Convention Centre, School for Social Entrepreneurs, Enterprise Learning Projects and the Commonwealth Bank.
Through an artfully facilitated programme, everyone involved seemed energised by what was a busy and thought-provoking day and the Hub gained considerable insight into the needs of the local community of practice. This will be crucial to shaping the content of upcoming events and workshops and the way the Hub will provide support to local social enterprises and entrepreneurs.
A day of 1001 connections, ideas and practical steps into action … watch this space, or better yet, get involved!