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Family by Family: Australian social innovation in action - MaRS Global Leadership

MaRS Discovery District

Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

Family by Family: Australian social innovation in...

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Best for: labs, designers, social strategists, social care workers, government employees, policy-makers, and systems thinkers
Key values: design, systems strategy, social strategy, social care

Too many people in Australia are barely getting by. Family breakdown, child abuse and neglect, career stress, chronic disease and social inequality affect millions of people. Despite the best efforts of policy makers, services and community organizations, these social problems have not shifted for many years.

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) is designing solutions that will help more people in Australia thrive, not just survive. The organization’s flagship solution, Family by Family, was co-designed with families and is delivered by families.

Join us for this Global Leadership event featuring Dana Shen, the director of Family by Family, who will describe the key principles of the model. Family by Family is a social lab designed for the South Australian community, but the lessons the organization has learned can be applied to any public service in Canada.

Dana will also discuss how to scale and replicate a service while maintaining the integrity, values and principles of the model. Family by Family has been so successful that the organization is looking to scale the initiative across Australia.

TACSI is also developing solutions and helping organizations develop their innovation capabilities. Hear examples of what TACSI is doing, with a detailed discussion of service solutions as seen through the lens of Family by Family.

About the Speaker:

Dana Shen

Dana is the director of Family by Family. She began in this role in September 2013, and has had extensive experience in social services, working within the public sector in health services, child protection, policy and service management. Dana is Aboriginal/Chinese and a descendant of the Ngarrindjeri people in South Australia, and has a passion for working with Aboriginal people and communities.

Dana started as a community youth worker in two South Australian towns, worked in Aboriginal-specific projects and policy, and has worked at the executive level across health and child protection services, including running residential care services for children and young people.

Presented as part of the Social Innovation Canada series, which takes place from May 22–30, 2014 in four cities across Canada.

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MaRS Discovery District (CR-3)
101 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G1L7

Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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MaRS Discovery District

MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is North America’s largest urban innovation hub. Our purpose is to help innovators change the world. MaRS supports promising ventures tackling key challenges in the health, cleantech, fintech and enterprise sectors as they start, grow and scale. In addition, the MaRS community fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration to drive breakthrough discoveries and new solutions to be adopted in Canada and beyond, growing our economy and delivering societal impact at scale.

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