Podcast Episodes

An introduction to The Big Issue

Presented by Julianne Gardiner, The Big Idea Manager  at The Big Issue

Learn about The Big Issue’s social enterprise initiatives and the enormous impact they have on the lives of homeless, disadvantaged and marginalised people.

Julianne discusses the way The Big Issue “helps people help themselves” through different social enterprises and programs.


How to get the most out of The Big Idea

Presented by Julianne Gardiner, The Big Idea Manager at The Big Issue

Guests : Brianna Kerr, Co-founder, Kua; Steph Huang – Co-founder, Homegirls; Jesse Slok – Co-Founder and Chair – Bawurra Foundation.

Your introduction to The Big Idea competition and learning resources. Find out what you will gain from giving the competition your all, and get tips from past winners of the competition.


What is social enterprise?

Julianne Gardiner, The Big Idea Manager  at The Big Issue and Danya Sterling, Manager- Education Enterprises at the Big Issue

Julianne chats to Danya about what the term “social enterprise” means, and looks at the Australian and global landscape.


A case for social enterprise

Julianne Gardiner, The Big Idea Manager  at The Big Issue and Danya Sterling, Manager- Education Enterprises at the Big Issue

What role does social enterprise play in our society? Discover how social enterprise not only fills gaps in traditional services, but also rights the failings of a traditional economy by creating job opportunities for people who are marginalised.  


What makes a good idea? Your questions answered by Sally Hines.

Presented by Sally Hines, COO, The Big Issue & Homes for Homes

The Big Issue’s Chief Operations Officer, Sally Hines, talks about the makings of a good social enterprise idea.

Sally explains what makes an idea viable, and gives a few examples of what works… or doesn’t!


Lessons learned in the first year.

Presented by 

Entrepreneurs Pat Ryan (Dismantle) and Sarah Gun (Gogo events) talk about their experience of running a social enterprise and provide advice for those getting started.


Financial life of a social start up

Hannah Miller, Capacity Building Program Manager, Sefa Partnerships

Drawing on her years of experience, Hannah walks you through the financial considerations and realities of launching a social business, and how to navigate the options.


Social Impact Investing

Presented by Alex Oppes, Associate Director, Social Ventures Australia

Alex works with one of Australia’s leading impact investing organisations, financing projects that have the potential to deliver a social or environmental return, as well as financial. We find out what social impact investing means, and how it can create opportunities for social enterprises.


Developing your product 

 Amy Hetherington, Editor, The Big Issue

The Big Issue Editor Amy Hetherington explores the unique challenges involved in producing a magazine that appeals to both the vendors selling the product and the customers who buy it from them.

Use this opportunity to ask Amy your questions about product development.


Working with people experiencing disadvantage

Gemma Pidutti, State Operations Manager – VIC/TAS, The Big Issue

With over 20 years experience working with The Big Issue’s vendors, Gemma understands the complex challenges they face. Learn about working with marginalised Australians and what needs to be considered when supporting them into employment.


Helping People Help Themselves

Guest speakers, The Big Issue

Behind the millions of magazines sold on the street and sent to subscribers are thousands of stories, full of challenges and courage.

Everyone supported by The Big Issue has experienced marginalisation of some kind, including homelessness, long-term unemployment, mental illness or disability, and is looking to improve their life. Hear their stories in this panel.

Take this opportunity to ask our guest speakers questions about their personal experiences with the Big Issue.



Day to Day Operations of a social enterprise

Jeremy Urquhart, National Operations Manager, The Big Issue 

Jeremy is responsible for managing the operations of The Big Issue’s various social enterprises and supporting state offices across Australia. Hear about the day to day operations of running a successful social enterprise, what’s changed in the last 24 years and the lessons learned along the way.


Marketing on a shoestring

Stephanie Say, National Communication and Partnerships Manager, The Big Issue 

Steph discusses some ways in which The Big Issue promotes its different social enterprises. We also look at what elements need to be considered in a successful marketing campaign.New trends in social impact investing


Evaluating your idea

Presented by Patrick Lyons, Partner – Social Research, Synergistiq

How do you know whether your social enterprise solution meets the needs of the community you are seeking to assist?

Patrick from Synergistiq provides insight into the world of co-design: creating your business in consultation with communities to ensure it’s fit for purpose.




Online Workshops

Starting your business plan – workshop with Danya Sterling

Presented by Danya Sterling, Manager – Education Enterprises at The Big Issue

Your business planning canvas is now well underway! In this webinar, discuss the elements of traditional business planning and learn how to shape your canvas into a working document.

Following her presentation, Danya will be available to answer your questions about developing your Big Idea plan into a working document.

Preparing your budget – workshop with Jon Whitehead.

Presented by Jon Whitehead, CFO, The Big Issue & Homes for Homes

The Big Issue’s CFO Jon Whitehead takes you through the basics of writing a budget for a social enterprise, using The Big Issue Classroom as a case study.

Jon will be available after this presentation to answer any other questions you have about writing your budget.



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