Webinar Recordings

The Big Idea.

Tuesday 9 July, 2019 at 12pm (AEST)

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

Your introduction to The Big Idea competition and learning resources. Find out what you will gain from giving the competition your all.


An introduction to The Big Issue.

Tuesday 9 July, 2019 at 12.30pm (AEST)

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

Learn about The Big Issue’s social enterprise initiatives.

Julianne discusses the social and economic impact of the social enterprise and the enormous difference it makes in the lives of people who are marginalised.

What is social enterprise?

Wednesday 10 July, 2019 at 12pm (AEST)

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

Social enterprise uses the power of the market to solve our most pressing social issues.

In this webinar, explore the social enterprise landscape in Australia as you begin to formulate your Big Idea.

A case for social enterprise.

Wednesday 10 July, 2019 at 12.30pm (AEST)

Presented by Julianne Gardiner, The Big Idea Manager  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.  


Introducing The Canvas Model: an innovative business planning tool.

Presented by Matt Anderson, Strategy Designer, Business Models Inc.


Develop ideas, crush your assumptions.

Presented by Faustina Delany, Inventiologist, Inventium

Faustina Delany discusses how our assumptions can inhibit our creative process. Faustina provides tools to help you move past your assumptions and get started on thinking about your Big Idea.

Following this presentation, you will have the chance to ask Faustina questions about developing a creative and innovative idea.



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 uses real social enterprise ideas that The Big Issue has adopted and rejected to reveal the secrets to a great idea.

Following her presentation, Sally will be on hand to answer your questions about good social enterprise ideas.


Lessons learned in the first year.

Presented by Nick Pearce, Co-Founder, HoMie

HoMie Co-Founder Nick talks about his experience of setting up a social enterprise and provides advice for those getting started.

Nick will follow his presentation by answering your questions about starting a new social enterprise.


Co-design: It takes a community to create change

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.


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.



Writing your business plan – your questions answered by 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.


Plan for career success

Thursday 22 August, 2019 at 12pm (AEST)

Presented by Jacqui McKenzie, Director, The Nous Group

Business planning is used by corporates, governments and not for profits across every sector. It’s a skill you can use wherever your career takes you.

In this webinar, Jacqui explains the steps of writing a business plan that can turn ideas into reality.

 Jacqui will be on hand after her presentation to answer your questions about business planning.


Financial life of a social start up

Tuesday 27 August, 2019 at 12pm (AEST)

Presented by Wendy Chan, Senior Relationships Manager, Sefa

Wendy is a social enterprise finance expert. Drawing on her years of experience, Wendy walks you through the financial considerations and realities of launching a social business, and how these develop over time.

Following her presentation, you will have the chance to ask Wendy your questions about financing your Big Idea.


Preparing your budget – your questions answered by Jon Whitehead.

Thursday 29 August, 2019 at 12pm (AEST)

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.


Developing your product – your questions answered by Amy Hetherington.

Tuesday 3 September, 2019 at 12pm (AEST)

Presented by 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 disadvantaged groups – your questions answered by Jeremy Urquhart.

Thursday 5 September, 2019 at 12pm (AEST)

Presented by Jeremy Urquhart, National Operations Manager, The Big Issue

Go behind the scenes of The Big Issue Street Magazine Enterprise with National Operations Manager Jeremy Urquhart.

Jeremy will show you how the magazine gets to vendors on street corners around the country. Plus, a case study on expanding the enterprise into regional Australia.

A unique opportunity to ask Jeremy questions about working with homeless and marginalised people.

Marketing your Big Idea – your questions answered by Emma O’Halloran.

Tuesday 10 September, 2019 at 12pm (AEST)

Presented by Emma O’Halloran, CCO, The Big Issue and Homes for Homes

To successfully launch your social enterprise, you will need a brilliant integrated marketing campaign.

Emma, The Big Issue’s Chief Communications Officer, discusses the marketing campaign that launched the Women’s Subscription Enterprise and important lessons learnt along the way.

Emma will be on hand after her presentation to answer your marketing campaign questions.


New trends in social impact investing

Wednesday 18 September, 2019 at 12pm (AEST)

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.

In this webinar, Alex shares insights into the growing impact investing space, and the opportunities for social entrepreneurs.

Following his presentation, Alex will be on hand to answer your questions about social impact investing.



Designing in and with Australian Communities

Friday 20 September, 2019 at 11am (AEST)

Presented by Sandie Pullen, Manager – Community Relations and Social Design, Australia Post

What is human-centred design (HCD) and why are organisations increasingly using this methodology to develop products, services and programs? Sandie, who’s part of Australia Post’s Social Design team, will share how they’re using HCD principles in their work to better understand the needs of local communities. She’ll talk about their online free and accessible Community Design Resources as well as a community initiative being piloted in the City of Maribyrnong called Neighbourhood Welcome Service.

Following her presentation, Sandie will be available to answer your questions about Human Centred Design.


How can I turn my degree into an exciting career that makes a difference?

Friday 20 September, 2019 at 12pm (AEST)

Presented by Anthony Takyi, National Campus Senior Manager and Senior Consultant, PwC Australia

As one of the largest professional services firm in the world, PwC is always on the lookout for talented graduates from a variety of backgrounds and experiences keen for an exciting and challenging career.

Anthony shares advice that will help you to leverage your participation in The Big Issue to enhance your future career prospects.

Don’t miss this opportunity to ask Anthony questions about how to use your experience with The Big Idea in the future.


Leadership without authority.

Tuesday 24 September, 2019 at 12pm (AEST)

Presented by Stephen Duns, Board, Leadership Victoria

Stephen discusses the role of a leader in all types of business and how to develop your own leadership skills.

Stephen will share lessons learnt from his own journey and experiences.

A great opportunity to ask Stephen questions about being a good leader!



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