In this episode, we sit down with Anne-Marie Elias, an Egyptian-born, Italian-Australian whose core focus is to be a catalyst for change and help restructure broken social systems. We discuss social systems, social enterprises, and measuring success with lessons for businesses from civic communities.
Anne-Marie Elias is an Egyptian-born, Italian-Australian whose core focus is to be a catalyst for change, and through a collective effort restructure the manner in which our social systems support those in need.
Disruption is in Anne-Marie’s DNA; as a result she has spent three decades breaking down the cycle of social disadvantage. Starting her career as a youth activist, Anne-Marie went on to become a senior policy adviser to several Australian and NSW Cabinet Ministers. During this time, she also worked for NGO’S, and the private sector.
Throughout her career, Anne-Marie became aware of how our social systems were letting down those in need of support. Where some would walk away, these issues frustrated Anne-Marie, and in December 2013 a serious wake-up call came along with the loss of a young life, very close to her heart.
In February of 2014 Anne-Marie founded The Collective NSW. This networking group aims to protect the most vulnerable in our society through cross-sector and community collaboration. This is a unique approach where instead of relying on government the community leads the way with regards to problem- solving initiatives.
As a professional speaker, Anne-Marie’s passion and enthusiasm for collaborative disruption is undeniable. With a culture that often views social problems as too difficult, Anne-Marie leads the charge and asks all of us to step up, and seek opportunities to be the change.
- What it means to be a “Chief Disruptor”
- The definition of a social enterprise
- How failing social systems affect communities
- How to help communities solves problems on their own
- What civic community engagement can teach businesses
- The importance of social capital, and how it is transformed into financial capital
- Measuring success in community-building initiatives
So sit back, relax, and get ready for the show…
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