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3 key insights

OC Connect whets appetite

3 key insights OC Connect revealed, as observed by those present…

Straight Up: interviews with backbone leaders: Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox has particular experience in applying collective impact methodologies in the local context, and is our latest backbone leader to be interviewed for this series.

Counting down days to OC Connect

Opportunity Child is humming with the energy our communities, core team and our partner agencies are generating.

OC Connect will be held next week and we’re working hard with our team of codesigners from across our national collective, to add the final touches.

Q1 2017: Opportunity +

This Quarter — a message from Michelle Lucas

2017 is well advanced and at the end of this first quarter I am so pleased to have connected with many of you already this year.  By way of update, Opportunity Child (OC) is sharing how to ‘Mobilise. Measure. Sustain’ with the Department of Social Services and I am thrilled to have been invited recently to attend the DSS Policy Hack where the new Try, Test, Learn thinking was being applied.

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‘A life-changing ensemble’

Our Executive Director, Dr Michelle Lucas, was recently featured as ‘Changemaker of the Week’ on the Pro Bono Australia website, in an interview that outlined what inspires and challenges her, what drew her to the social sector, and why collective impact is a valuable method in addressing complex social challenges.

Straight up: Interviews with backbone leaders – Moira Deslandes

Until recently, Moira Deslandes has been working as backbone leader for Together in the South, one of our partner communities. In this Q&A, the first of an interview series with collective impact backbone leaders in Australia, Moira reflects on what motivates her, what she finds rewarding and challenging and where she has seen the seeds of change being sown.

Happy Meals and free books – Logan families embrace McDonald’s popup libraries

Our partner community, Logan Together, is running an innovative pilot programme of popup libraries at three different McDonald’s restaurants in Logan, giving free books to children dining there after school with their families.

Today, we need to celebrate the beautiful children

On National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, we are calling out the need to work towards a more inclusive, caring and loving nation that strongly supports all children, families and communities – because, as the theme for Children’s Day 2016 says: ‘My country, our country, we all belong’.

Opportunity Child condemns detention centre abuse in Northern Territory

Following the horrible revelations around the abuse of teenagers at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin, the Opportunity Child collective stands together in strongly condemning the system that allows this abuse to occur.