Curiosity meets social entrepreneurship: #StartingGood Virtual Summit for aspiring changemakers

“What do you want to do when you grow up?”

Being asked as kids, there’s zero boundaries or consideration for practicality. And now that we’ve done the growing up part, we still don’t know what we want to do. So when will we know? In my experience, I think it’s the point we allow ourselves to be lavishly curious to learn — just like a kid.

And no, not the learning we do at school and university. I mean, the learning about anything and everything.

I am Jody, the Summit Marketing Manager for the 2018 #StartingGood Virtual Summit. At the beginning of my Marketing Degree, I couldn’t have told you what I wanted to do, let alone that I would be working on something exciting and meaningful. If this sounds like something you’d like to do but think it’s unrealistic, stick around because this is for you.

Growing up, I knew I was very empathetic, even before I knew there was a word for being able to feel people’s emotions and thriving off helping others. ‘Grown ups’ would tell us to choose a career path that aligned with our strengths, but that didn’t seem possible. Monetising off helping people and caring? That seemed a bit of an oxymoron.

This was before I had heard the term ‘social enterprise’. I became familiar with the concept at the end of 2016, when I started noticing Thankyou water in major shops, going to The Social Good Summit and doing a social impact project in rural Bangalore, India.

I started becoming obsessed with going to events, workshops and panels about social impact, design thinking, marketing, personal development and everything in between. I had (and probably still have) a good case of FOMO and wild curiosity to learn new ideas and concepts. And I am not proud to admit that this case of FOMO has costed hundreds, if not thousands (oops!)…

Although I am extremely grateful it has given me a deeper understanding of my role in the social enterprise wonderland, I am uber passionate in making sure the people who need to be in this space are not held short due to the lack of accessibility to information and inspiration. That’s why it was important for me to be working on this Virtual Summit that will be condensing a wealth of knowledge and inspiration into twelve days for FREE?!

The speakers are just a bonus with a mix of those I’ve personally been inspired by and haven’t heard from yet. So with that, we are announcing our first round of eight speakers who are some of the world’s most influential thought leaders in this space who will share their founder stories and give you practical tips to get you started doing good.

  • Muhammad Yunus: Founder of Grameen Bank, which focuses on providing micro-loans without requiring collateral to those in need. Received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for pioneering the concepts of micro-finance & microcredit!
  • Peter Singer — Prominent thinker on applied ethics and significant contributor to the movement of Effective Altruism.
  • Charles Best — Founder & CEO of and founder of Irregardless, a crowd-sourced writing style guide.
  • Bec Scott — Co-founder/ & CEO of STREAT, dedicated to combating youth homelessness.
  • Jan Owens: Founder/CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians, who will be speaking on the future of work.
  • Tim Jones: Founder/CEO of The Grow Good Guy, who will be speaking on marketing and sales for social causes.
  • Scott Harrison — Founder of Charity Water, dedicated to building community-owned water projects worldwide where it is needed most.
  • Cinnamon Evans — CEO of the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, an award winning not-for-profit sustainability centre.

Make sure you register to save your spot on! I hope you’ll join me in being lavishly curious to learn and discover how you’ll start some good from 19th — 31st March.