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The Best of Social Impact: Must-Read Articles of the Month (July 2020)

Social impact, entrepreneurship, and innovation - if it's interesting news, you'll find it here. These stories may not be the ones on the top of your news feed, but chances are they're the ones you'll actually want to read. Whether it's opinions on creating positive social change - or simply the valuable lessons learned along the way, here's a round-up of the past month's most interesting articles.

COVID-19 Reshaping Social Enterprise Sector

Want a snapshot of how the social enterprise sector has pivoted to survive - and in some cases, thrive - in a year where nothing has gone to plan? New issues have popped up all year but social enterprises have had their finger on the pulse for a long time, always looking to solve social issues.

A Bold New National Voice for Social Enterprise in Australia 

Coming together to solve the country's biggest social problems is what social enterprises are all about, so it's high time that there was a national social enterprise body for Australia. In May, that's exactly what emerged in a tumultuous time. ASENA represents 20,000 social enterprises across the country and they've got a big vision for the future.

22 Podcasts Every Social Entrepreneur Should Be Listening to During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Whether you sit yourself in front of Netflix for days on end or pick up a new hobby, lockdown life certainly isn't lacking in content to sink your teeth into. The problem is knowing where to start! If you're ready to learn more about social enterprise from people who know the sector best, this list is choc-full of podcasts suggestions to plug into.

Why We Need to Think About the Language and Identity of the 'Social' Sector

The lexicon of the social enterprise sector is rife with different terms and phrases - no one ever really agreeing on the right language to use. Do the words we use matter? And if they do, how should we be speaking in, and referring to, the social enterprise sector?

Migrant and Refugee Women in Melbourne Find Work Making Face Masks During COVID-19 Lockdown 

When Melbourne residents returned to lockdown and scrambled to find masks, social enterprises stepped in. In just another example of creativity and adaptability, these enterprises gave refugee and migrant women opportunities for employment (from home!) and provided the community with the required protection.

The 4 Stages of a Social Enterprise: Where Are You? 

While a lot is known about what it takes to run a successful for-profit business, there's less guidance for a social entrepreneur. How does a socially-minded changemaker navigate the business world? There are stages that nearly all social entrepreneurs will experience, however, and this article lays them out clearly so you can understand where you're at.

A Guide to Supporting First Nations People in Australia has pulled together a helpful resource showing you the organisations, social enterprises, petitions and funds you can throw your support behind in the fight for justice for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Storytelling for Social Change: How to Make People Care 

There are hundreds of organisations and enterprises out there doing similar work and releasing communication materials of their own. It can feel overwhelming to be bombarded with so many numbers, statistics, and reports! So how can we keep our audience's attention? How can we tell stories that convince them to care?

Wales' 10-Year Plan Envisions Social Enterprise as Business Model of Choice 

There's nothing sweeter than hearing news from all around the world where businesses are realising that social enterprises are forging the way to the future. That's exactly what's happening in Wales where the Welsh Government has backed a plan to rebuild and strengthen the social enterprise sector in the wake of COVID-19 and enable it to address the country's challenges.

6 Attitudes that Equip You for Next-Gen Innovation 

Do you know what it takes to be ready for innovation and resilience, no matter the challenges that get thrown at you? There are 6 attitudes you can use to equip yourself with a positive and solution-oriented mindset. Check them out and see how you can use these attitudes to further your personal and professional projects.

How Social Procurement Can Turbocharge Social Enterprise Growth 

Unlocking the buying power of business and governments could just be the biggest opportunity for growth in the social enterprise sector. So, what exactly is social procurement and how can you make it happen for your social enterprise?

Practical Approaches to Maintain Purpose 

What do you do when organisational stress seems to be overwhelming? How can social entrepreneurs work past that stress and continue to stay authentic, true to themselves and connected to the values and vision which motivates them? Explore how you can maintain purpose even during stressful times.

6 Strategies for Sustaining Purpose 

Want to continue the dive into what it means to stick to your purpose? Dive into the importance of purpose and some strategies you can use to stay on top of it all. This is a must for any social entrepreneur - the stresses of the job are many and knowing what to do when it all gets a little much is essential.

Missing Piece of the NSW and ACT Social Enterprise Scene Launches 

Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory all have their own social enterprise councils. Now, it's NSW and ACT's turn! When SECNA entered stage right, they created a group where all social enterprises across NSW and the ACT can come together and raise awareness for the social enterprise sector and build better connections.

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