About SASEC

Our Mission & Purpose

The South Australian Social Enterprise Council is an independent, non-political member based peak body dedicated to representing the interests of South Australian social enterprises; and supporting and building a flourishing Social Enterprise sector in South Australia.

We do this by:

  • providing a voice and facilitation for social enterprises
  • building relationships with government, and across the sector, to help drive improved social outcomes and influence policy and systemic change
  • promoting the value and values of the sector
  • influencing and shaping relevant policy agendas
  • building collaboration and improving the way people invest in the sector
  • informing, educating, and assisting social enterprises to build sustainable futures
  • providing a catalyst and mechanism for the sector to work in partnership with other social enterprises, government, business and the broader South Australian community

Vision

Our success will create positive social and economic impacts by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive

Social Enterprise Definition

Social enterprises are entities and organisations that are led by an economic, social, cultural or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit, that trade to fulfill their mission, derive a substantial portion of their income from trade, and reinvest the majority of their profit/surplus if any, in the fulfillment of their mission.

Social enterprise is about commercially viable businesses generating income and creating jobs to respond to entrenched social or environmental issues.

Today many social enterprises are intentionally designed to respond to the wicked problems and inequities that are a consequence of ‘business as usual’.

Image credited to CityMag 2021

This visualisation adds to and simplifies elements of a model published in 2015 by J Kingston Venturesome, CAF Venturesome and European Venture Philanthropy Association 2015.


Founding Board

Theresa Brown

Theresa has worked in the community sector as a Community Development Manager and Service Development Manager for over 25 years in both local government and not for profit organisations and as a consultant. She is the founder of ‘Play it On’ who sell recycled sporting equipment, to help kids whose families can’t afford their sports club fees! Theresa has an Honours Degree in Social Enquiry an MBA specialising in Entrepreneurship and is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Sarah Gun

Sarah is an award-winning innovator, disruptor, thought leader and crusader for a socially equitable world.

As the Founder of GOGO Events, a B Corp and Social Traders accredited event management social business employing people experiencing homelessness, Sarah  has created over 750 job outcomes for 85 individuals who are on their journey out of homelessness in the past 6 years. This innovative and award-winning model was just the beginning for Sarah. It led the establishment of the GOGO Foundation, a charity building partnerships to collaborate to create pathways to meaningful long-term employment for people vulnerable to homelessness.

Sarah is co-founder at Collab4Good, a learning community that enables, supports, and connects to build collaborations for positive social change. Sarah is co-founder of Social Change Headquarters a business identifying and supporting networks of entrepreneurs to support all businesses ensure positive social and environmental impact.

Her entrepreneurial spirit, tenacity and desire to match innovation with social impact have made Sarah a social enterprise leader across the country. Sarah is respected across government, the start-up community, the social economy and the tech world. She is a Westpac Foundation Social Change Fellow (2017,) and recipient of the Australia Day Women hold up half the Sky Award (2018). GOGO events is an inaugural SheEO venture and Sarah is a SheEO Activator.

Evelyn O’Loughlin

Evelyn is a respected leader with 27 years’ executive experience across corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors. Since 2008, she has been CEO for one of the State’s largest not-for-profit peak bodies, leading the volunteering sector in South Australia and the Northern Territory. A passion for community and culture has led Evelyn to the not-for-profit sector after a career spanning many sectors and industries, including working overseas in the United Kingdom and Greece.

Evelyn’s current Board and governance appointments include Premier’s Council for Women, Volunteering Strategy for South Australia, Flinders University Business School Advisory Board and Motivation Australia. She has also been recognised on the South Australian Women’s Honour Role. In 2019 Evelyn was a State finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Dr Sharon Zivkovic

Sharon is the Founder/CEO of Community Capacity Builders and Cofounder/Chief Innovation Officer of Wicked Lab. Community Capacity Builders delivers social entrepreneurship programs in partnership with government and universities that take a systems approach. Wicked Lab has developed software, a lab methodology and learning programs that are underpinned by complex adaptive systems theory and are used by governments and universities. Sharon is a Lecturer in Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship at Adelaide University, UniSA Yunus Social Business Centre Board Member, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship Associate Editor, and Global Finals Judge for the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Map the System Competition at Oxford University.

Vita Maiorano

Vita is Director of Scaling Innovations at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation - a social enterprise that partnerships to co-develop and co-deliver new ways of building social and economic prosperity for all. Vita holds a keen interest in social enterprise, social innovation and scaling social impact.  Her experience spans the Pacific, South Asia and Australia, where she has explored the connection between social enterprise, community development and supply chain development to work towards sustainable, viable and feasible approaches to social and economic benefit at scale.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software