Social Change Champion: Susanna Bevilacqua
Susanna Bevilacqua is the Founder and Director of Moral Fairground. She’s an inspirational, collaborative and visionary individual who believes that every action should have a positive impact on people and planet. Susanna is passionate about exploring how purpose driven enterprises and citizens can lead positive change and create vibrant and collaborative communities. She works with purpose driven enterprises and diverse networks, delivering initiatives and projects that encourage collaboration, shared value and impact.
Susanna has broad and diverse experience, with over 27 years working and leading community-based initiatives through the banking sector and 10 years creating events and programs with Moral Fairground. She also sits on the board of the Moreland Early Years Management and is the Social Enterprise Ambassador for the Australian 2021 SEWF bid.
What is your social enterprise elevator pitch?
Moral Fairground champions ethical business practices and raises awareness to the benefits of conscious consumerism. Our goal is to see a thriving and collaborative socially conscious community that is making a positive impact on our world.
We do our part in making this happen by delivering events and programs that celebrate positive social change, raising awareness of ethical business and social enterprise, connecting community to ethical businesses and social enterprises, as well as creating networks amongst like-minded, socially conscious individuals and businesses. We also work with social enterprises, business with impact or purpose, local councils and communities to facilitate collaborations that create positive impact.
What are your biggest personal and/or professional challenges as a social entrepreneur in Australia?
Not having enough time in a day to do all the things I would like to do to achieve change. Having big ideas, great potential, but only a small team to deliver outcomes.
What’s the best piece of advice you have received so far since starting your own social enterprise?
Do not try to do everything yourself. Look at your skill gap and see if you can find collaborators to help you achieve your social enterprise goal. Don’t be embarrassed or afraid to ask for help, if you don’t ask you will not get. Make your failures your great successes.
If you were to start over, is there anything you would do differently?
Whilst I have made many mistakes along the way, they have helped me learn a myriad of things. I would not do anything different, but I am better prepared for the future.
Where do you see the future of social enterprise in Australia?
Australia has the potential to be the leader in the social enterprise space. Success of the social enterprise sector in Australia will be determined by the willingness of the community, business, government and people to come together collaboratively to support the growth of the sector. Social, economic and environmental issues of today need a collaborative approach across industries, segments and governments.
What appeals to you most about Social Change Central?
Social Change Central is a great platform to explore all the grants and funding opportunities available for the social enterprise sector.
The Social Change Central changemaker community is growing at a fast rate. How can our members learn more about you and help support your organisation?
We are a very small team mostly run by volunteers and we organise large events like festival, conferences and awards. Given the nature of the organisation we rely on sponsorship and funding to help us achieve our goals, so looking for any collaborator interested in supporting our events financially. We also need help with PR and Marketing event by event and always in the look out for a great bunch of volunteers.
And finally, what would you do if you found a lottery ticket that ended up winning $10 million?
Would love to create an Australia-based business with impact hub across multiple states in Australia for communities, business and people to collaborate on issues they are concerned about in their local community. This would provide a voice not only for the social enterprise sector but for business that would like to have impact or know how to have impact, for people of diverse demographic backgrounds. It would also provide job opportunities and a space of international interest. I would also take a month off and go on a holiday.