Communities That Care Re Inventing The Social Sector Bottom Up

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Published on October 18, 2018

Author: taniyadejong


slide 1: Communities that care: Re-inventing the social sector bottom-up The jobs of yesterday no longer exist and the jobs of tomorrow haven ’t been invented yet. Over the next 5 to 10 years it is estimated that up to 40 of companies on the S P will be disrupted by rapidly advancing technologies and the entrepreneurs adapting quickly to this new environment. And according to considerable research more than 50 of current Australian middle class jobs will no longer exist over the next decade due to robots artificial intelligence and other new technologies. And some jobs will continue to exist but will be performed by those in cheaper labour markets overseas. Inevitably there is a real risk that more and more people in our society will become even more socially isolated disadvantaged and displaced because they cannot get work or they can ’t keep up with the exponential pace of change. Social exclusion comes at a massive cost to our economy and society. Social fragmentation and loneliness is increasingly becoming one of the biggest challenges facing the community. Loneliness is the global epidemic of our era. More than 2 in 5 people feel socially isolated and unheard. This leads to physical and mental health issues and economic disadvantage. slide 2: Our current life style places incredible demands on people and things to be faster. As a community we are more impatient stressed anxious and depressed as we race from one thing to the next. This lifestyle disproportionately impacts people from minority groups and those facing disadvantage including asylum seekers migrants people with disabilities and serious illnesses those facing discrimination racism unemployment and isolation. It has created a significant divide that we need to bridge. Compounding this despite various attempts by governments and community organisations the dominant Australian social welfare and engagement methodology is to group and support people from similar backgrounds or disadvantage. Although this approach provides for focused attention and is comfortable for participants it also silos the individuals reinforces segregation entrenches labels often based on a negative message creates a dependency mentality and ultimately traps individuals within their existing network never giving them a chance to break out. This social welfare approach has been unsuccessful to date and disadvantage continues to rise across the nation. With an ever-increasing influx of diverse people seeking a home here we have a real opportunity to foster a new wave of entrepreneurship creativity and innovation and create healthy communities bottom-up. Inclusive leadership will be paramount. In the wake of anti-Muslim and other racist sentiments there is an opportunity for all of us to choose to create a happy healthy inclusive and innovative Australia. This is about removing the ‘us and them ’ mentality and acknowledging our common humanity. Ultimately we are more similar than different. It ’s our perceived separation from others that creates a lot of our problems. We need to remove the boxes and walls between us and build bridges of understanding. As a community we need to foster trust understanding and goodwill. We mustempower all voices no matter what their faith background disadvantage disability or age. People need to feel like they have a place here a true home a sense of belonging a sense of self and respect from others. Then they will truly be able to contribute to our future. We need to redesign our social welfare ecosystem and bring together not-for-profits social enterprises governments business and citizens to develop new innovative models to address our complex societal and community challenges. We need to build tolerant harmonious inclusive and supportive communities that bring people together through their common interests not differences. We need to train and develop the leaders to broker inter-community engagement through shared experiences stories and activities. Currently there is a shortage of people capable of delivering these outcomes. slide 3: Emerging evidence and research shows that complex social issues can only be tackled successfully at a local level with whole-community involvement. Prevention and early intervention programs are the key. Let ’s find some ‘uber-innovative ’ approaches to start solving these social problems now. In this new disrupted world it ’s time we disrupted our failing social welfare model. Together we can help people connect care and be cared for. Tania de Jong AM is a leading Australian soprano inspirational speaker social entrepreneur spiritual journey woman and creative innovation catalyst. She founded Creative Creativity Australia Music Theatre Australia Pot-Pourri and The Song Room and works with diverse communities through the ‘With One Voice ’ choir social inclusion programs. Tania sings around the world as a soloist and with her group Pot-Pourri releasing 7 CDs. She is Founder and Executive Producer of Creative Innovation Global. Tania ’s TED Talk How Singing Together Changes The Brain has sparked international interest. Tania has just released her solo CD Heaven on Earth. Tania helps organizations build capabilities in creative thinking and leadership develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship understand and manage disruption foster diversity and community and unleash potential of individuals and teams. Tania speaks and performs around the world and presents leadership and innovation workshops inspiring diverse audiences of 10 to 10000 people ranging from corporate executive teams boards and entire organizations to universities hospitals schools business and entrepreneurship forums and at major national and international conferences and public events. For more detailed information on Tania ’s presentation topics or to book her for your next conference or special event please contact us. Information Presented by :- Tania De Jong AM Level 1 10 Dorcas Street South Melbourne Victoria 3205 AUSTRALIA +61 03 8679 6000 Email: Web:

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