Dr Andrew Curtis
Co-Founder & Director
Andrew has 30 years of experience in the academic and human services not-for-profit sectors ranging from hands-one service delivery to executive leadership and Board membership. He is passionate about justice and human rights, and has devoted his career to achieving equity for people at risk of social exclusion.
He is also passionate about academic enquiry with particular interest in critical theory and the analysis of systemic forms of injustice and truth claims. He sees his life purpose as a privileged member of society, as being the provision of opportunities for people living with disadvantage and discrimination by questioning the status quo and generating meaningful change.
Andrew has hands on experience in initiating, designing and delivering social change models in new and innovative ways. He is the Founder of Hope Street in NSW, an organisation established to empower the most marginalised people in the inner city of Sydney to achieve a full and meaningful life, and he was the CEO for 11 years. At Baptcare Andrew established Sanctuary, a program providing transitional supported housing for asylum seekers living lawfully in Melbourne with no access to shelter, food, income or medical care – the first collaborative project of its kind in Australia. At Work Ventures Andrew co-designed Neighbourhood Technology Centres on public housing estates to provide residents with access to computers and the internet.
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Co-Founder & Director
Tara’s background is marketing, communications, fundraising and service design at executive level across the not-for-profit sector and social enterprise sector in Australia and the UK. Tara is passionate about fighting inequality and building coalitions that drive social change.
Tara founded the Marketing For Good project in partnership with the Australian Marketing Institute, designed to connect and support marketeers working ”for good’. She is also the Founder and past Chair of the Be Inspired project, bringing together the largest aged care providers in Victoria (traditionally competitors) to campaign to change perceptions of ageing. Be Inspired won an award for innovation from the Australian Government. Her Masters thesis focussed on how to embed the collective impact model in the UK context, and she has lectured on collective impact at Goldsmiths University in London.
Tara holds a Masters in Social Innovation from Danube University in Austria and a degree in Media and Communications from Melbourne University in Australia.
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People we collaborate with
Rowena Morrow has over 15 years experience in public and private sector organisations, including the Australian Customs Service and The Shell Company. Rowena’s expertise lies in engaging people around foresight thinking and social innovation. Rowena’s background in policy development, planning and product marketing has given her a broad and varied toolkit with which to approach the future – she has lectured into the Strategic Foresight Program at Swinburne University since 2005. Rowena utilises a range of foresight methods to foster leadership and organisational culture via the construction of a long-term view. “Strategic foresight has the unique attribute of allowing the future to become a playground in which the opportunities and challenges of the present can be assessed and possible actions rehearsed.” A particular interest is the development of hope as a positive capacity for engaging in change in the world. Based on the work of C.R Snyder, Hope transcends the optimism/pessimism dichotomy, allowing people to move to empowered action.
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Alan Marr has more than 35 years leadership experience in community organisations. He has led teams through crisis and change. He has an extensive background in peace and justice work at both interpersonal and international levels. Alan’s Master’s degree in mediation comes from the United States, where a particular focus was on restorative justice. Alan has worked with the justice system in Victoria, especially through dialogue across policy and practice issues. Alan has specific skills that provide a context for mediation that allows the key issues to surface, open and constructive dialogue to emerge and a search for mutual resolution with regard to the issues in question. He has experience working with individuals and organisations of varying size.