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Social Enterprise Marketplace & Awards Day image

Over 150 budding entrepreneurs joined us for the Community Marketplace & Awards Day at the Old Beechworth Gaol this month providing an opportunity for schools participating in Social Enterprise Schools to demonstrate and showcase their enterprise skills, developed through Social Enterprise Schools. The range and sophistication of ideas turned into real businesses with salable services and products including; Beeswax wraps, drone footage services, t-shirts & socks and so much more. The Marketplace was followed by a formal Awards ceremony these young entrepreneurs joining us to receive their Social Enterprise Schools Award.    

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Think-Start-Grow program in the Towong Shire video

The world of digital marketing will take centre stage at a series of free innovative and interactive workshops held by Towong Shire Council next month. The workshops will be facilitated by Tim Gentle, founder of Think.Digital, in a hi-tech 14-metre coach that travels throughout Australia providing digital experiences and education. The workshops are part of the Think-Start-Grow program - a major initiative to develop and support entrepreneurship throughout the Shire. Mr Gentle said the workshop would including information on digital marketing, the importance of a good website and search optimisation, social networks, eCommerce and customer relationship management. “In today’s online world, people are using the web to connect in more ways than ever before,” Mr Gentle said. “Participants in this course will walk away ...

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Cultivating Creative Thinkers Through Social Enterprise in Education image

Professor Bill Lucas is an international advisor to ACRE and its Social Enterprise Schools initiative. Bill partnered with ACRE last week in Melbourne and Beechworth to present some very thought provoking, lively and interactive workshops on a key educational capability: Critical and Creative Thinking. Bill is a passionate advocate for the value of teaching capabilities to young people, employers, parents and teachers, drawing on the strong evidence that exists. Critical and creative thinking, social and emotional capability, ethical understanding and intercultural understanding are capabilities that have been introduced into the Australian curriculum. ‘Capabilities play a vital role in global education. Australia must treat capabilities with the same respect as other subject areas or risk falling behind international standards’. Bill Lucas 2018 Top ...

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World First in Social Enterprise image

In a significant win for social enterprise in Australia, a world first social license has been signed in Scotland this week, in the lead-up to the Social Enterprise World Forum. A 20-year social license between the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship(ACRE) and Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) from Scotland was signed by ACRE CEO, Matt Pfahlert and Paul Chowdhry, Chairman of SEA International. Aileen Campbell, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government was in attendance to witness the signing. The agreement supports the Scottish Government’s strategy and funding for ‘Internationalising Social Enterprise’ through exporting their knowledge to the world. The license makes ACRE the first organisation, and Australia the first country that SEA have licensed as part of their global network of ...

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SEA Australia teams up with International Partners image

This week 50 social enterprise leaders from 12 countries are uniting in Scotland ahead of the 2018 Social Enterprise World Forum in Edinburgh. This marks the first time the Social Enterprise Academy, started in Scotland in 2004 and operating in Australia since 2014, has brought together its international partners. Global movement Social enterprise has spread around the world, gaining momentum over the last 20 years as a new way of doing business and tackling social and environmental issues. Social enterprise support in Australia Social Enterprise Academy, operated in Australia by the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) since 2014, has grown as part of Australia’s ecosystem of support for people leading social and environmental innovation in its communities. Alongside other ...

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