The inaugural Social Change Makers Festival was held in Sydney last week, what a brilliant mix of inspiring individuals getting together to share their experiences and expertise in social innovation. Ella Sayers and I were lucky enough to be Skyped in to participate in a full day of talks and workshops – the notes below were taken from the day and we’ve put up sound bites from some of the speakers – find them on our sound cloud page.
Straight off the bat Lauren spoke on collaborative consumption and how its re shaping the way we think about the things that we own and the way we interact with those things. LaCongo, Ebay and Openshed were mentioned as examples of successful collaborative consumption models. Lauren spoke about the fact that the relationship to our stuff is all about the frequency of use, how we use it and why. Product services system = the object exists due to a need then the service forms around the distribution of that object and finally the system makes it happen. We are ALL (at last) realising that the object isn’t actually about the object – it’s about its use – it’s about the life surrounding the object.
Collaborative consumption does 3 things
1 Redefines our access to stuff (OpenShed, Zoo kal)
2 Creates new redistribution markets (Ebay, 99 Dresses, free fashion, gumtree)
3 Encourages collaborative lifestyles – shift the view from the stuff and begin to trade in skills/ time/ apples/ friendship. (people have become their own micro entrepreneurs)
We are in an exciting cycle of giving, receiving, giving, receiving… etc.
Laura also gave us some really important points of advice
— Know thy self – develop real genuine interest
— Solve one problem … Distil – keep courage and vision / Start somewhere/ Think big start small
And finally the best thing anyone has ever said in the history of the world: “Use the internet to get off the internet”
that resounded strongly with me… I even made a poster.
Which totally encapsulates the healthy modern internet users of our time and perhaps could be used as a mantra to those on a negative track getting sucked into its never ending black hole.
more posts to come with notes and thoughts on what was said at the first ever Social Change Makers Festival. watch this space!