Nairn Walker started the day with an interesting exercise on
resource allocation. This exercise involved taking a finite
resource - money - and choosing how you would use it to support
your family/life ie: housing, food, transport, healthcare,
The exercise centred around having choice & control, and the
power that gives people… And with that choice and control
significantly diminished through poverty, over generations, people
start to believe that this is what they are stuck with.
Around her theme, educating for a positive now, we looked at the
community sustainability grid to help understand and asses the
different layers involvement & collaborative efforts.
Following this, we reviewed the economic continuum, which looks
Gen Pov -> Situational Pov -> Middle Class -> New $$
The challenge, was to think about this continuum as a flat line
& not a vertical one.
People have a view that their game is the best and people
generally think they're playing their game but it can be
After this, we heard from Glen Snowden from GenU.
Glen took us through a brief background of the disability sector
& change over time from an institutionalization approach. Key
Citizenship; creation of homes, communities &
neighbourhoods; creating inclusive communities; sense of belonging;
and choice & control.
Glen also had GenU client Marcus share his personal story.
GenU was able to train Marcus who has now taken on a barista job,
lives in GenU housing at the rear of the property & earns his
own money which empowers him to have choice & control over
different aspects of his life including going surfing weekly.
We then went to the GenU Business Hub at North Geelong where
Georgie Knight took us on a tour of the facility. The facility
employs a mix of people with varying degrees of disability. The aim
is to teach people work skills which will hopefully get them into
full time employment. Work performed at the Hub include: Food
preparation & supply; Laundry tasks for hospitals;
Document destruction; Warehouse repacking & pick/send….
We also heard from Mike McKinstry, the CEO of GenU, who
discussed his leadership journey. Some of the key takeouts
- To gain ideas from grassroots;
- Stakeholder Management - work out who the influential people
are and get them together'
- Best practise business - don't just talk it, go and see
- Key supplier development; and
- Only as good as they perform when it makes a significant
contribution to your business.