• We Belong, Together

    Human connection lies at the heart of human well-being

  • About us

    Our Vision

    We see a future of belonging

    Our Mission

    To uncover, unlock and unleash the power of belonging and human connection to transform the way we Live, Work and Age

    Our Approach

    We use strategic storytelling, values-based development and creative community engagement to provoke human connection, social innovation and improve well-being

  • Our domains of influence

    We seek to make our greatest impact and create the greatest value in three areas


    Create & Strengthen Ties

    Communities are evolving. In partnership with local government, service providers and development organisations we deliver creative engagement solutions for Emerging communities (newly established suburbs or places),

    Emergent communities (evolving spaces and places), Diverse communities (mixed cultural and socio economic groups) and Divergent communities (groups who lack common ground).


    Transform Culture

    Workplaces are having to change and adapt rapidly. Human connection and bottom-up culture are essential to achieve vitality and sustainability. We work with values-based companies who want to engage their staff in a process that enhances listening, learning, shared purpose and innovation. Using strategic storytelling tools and processes, as well as the GNH wellbeing framework, we take workplaces on a Connection Journey.


    Collective Impact

    The dominant perception of ageing needs a complete turnaround to embrace and support a growing population of older Australians. We work with individuals, aged care providers and sector influencers to create opportunities for greater connection and intergenerational collaboration. We advocate for long term change, whilst also designing and delivering short term solutions that enhance well-being and social health.

  • Services


    • Facilitation
    • Program design and delivery
    • Community building

    Story Collecting

    • StoryPod video booth hire
    • Videography
    • Story Collector training 


    • Strategic Storytelling
    • Engagement / connection strategy
    • Analysis and reporting


    • Data and insight visualisation
    • Creative communication design
    • Video advocacy
  • Happy Birthday to us!

    50 of our friends and supporters came to celebrate our last 3 years and our new strategy

    Many stories, one narrative

    A video produced by us to make you

    think, then think again


  • Case Studies

    A brief look at some of our recent work in action

    Connection in Corangamite

    Studies within Corangamite Shire have found that young people have low levels of belonging and connectedness. Over the past 2 years, we have sought to address this through the 'We Know Your Name, But What's Your Story?' project. We have worked in every school in the Shire, running our Empathy and Social Connection workshops, as well as a 3 day Ambassador Training, where we trained youth to be Story Collectors and interview local community members. The stories that were recorded were turned into a video that is currently being shared to catalyse more social connections.

    This Girl Can VIC

    VicHealth launched the This Girl Can VIC campaign to celebrate women who are all kinds of active, despite what challenges or setbacks they may face. We are involved in the community engagement arm of the campaign, travelling around Victoria and collecting the stories of women in our mobile StoryPod. We have now collected hundreds of stories and spoken to thousands of people. Our StoryPod has enabled an extremely diverse range of women to talk about how and why they get active and to try and break the stigmas associated with getting fit and healthy.


    What's Your Story?

    Research shows that drinking habits amongst youth are changing, but the narratives are not catching up. In partnership with City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip and City of Stonington, we are changing the narrative around drinking through the 'What's Your Story?' project. We have delivered street-based story collecting, youth story collector training, produced videos and conducted Story Synthesis to uncover the key research trends. The stories we collect will be used in art installations and will contribute to studies on alcohol consumption habits of 18 to 24 year olds.


  • StoryPod video booth

    StoryPod is both an engagement tool and a process for deep listening

    StoryPod hire

    Available for daily or multi-day hire

    Our StoryPod video booth can be used to create interactive experiences at events, workplaces or community venues and effectively capture the stories and ideas from your audience, while building your database and marketing content.


    What's Included:

    • Pop-up video booth with video capture software
    • 2 Story Curators to support participants to engage and share a story
    • Support to design your two Story Starters (interview prompts) that are loaded into the software

    Extras we offer:

    • Customised wrap-around banner 
    • Video editing
    • Story transcription
    • Story Synthesis and data reports

    Our StoryPod is 3m x 3m, is engineered certified and requires 240V power point. Regional and interstate charges apply outside of Melbourne.

  • Outcomes

    • Increased connection, participation and belonging 
    • Improved well-being and social health
    • Deepened empathy, understanding and trust
    • Greater confidence and capacity
    • Enhanced productivity, innovation and engagement


    This stage uncovers the nature and potential of connection for our clients. Our process involves enquiry, observation and deep-listening, using effective techniques from storytelling, empathy mapping and appreciative enquiry. Driven by the client organisation's unique values, questions, purpose and people, we begin to uncover insights and assumptions that will help form the foundation of the Theory of Change and connection strategy. A liminal space is created where anything is possible.



    Using the stories, reflections and insights that emerged in 'uncover', we take our clients into an action and planning phase where we co-develop a connection strategy, a pilot and a framework for measuring impact. These tools reflect the needs of the community, the key drivers of change and the desired outcomes for the organisation (i.e productivity, connectivity, innovation, engagement). We build capacity in the core team and where necessary, offer additional services to engage the client's community and collect stories or input.


    We review and synthesise outcomes from the activities undertaken in the unlock stage. Often surprising and unexpected ideas and insights are brought to the surface as the link between connection and innovation emerges. We build confidence in the core team to refine the connection strategy, and develop tools and processes to embed and measure connection moving forward. We provide ongoing engagement services to unleash the potential of connection within, across and around the client’s ecosystem.

  • Our Team

    Sophie Weldon

    Managing Director

    Sophie is a creative and visionary leader with expertise in strategic storytelling, community engagement and advocacy. She is passionate about systems change and capacity building. Before starting HKE, Sophie spent 6 years working in the non-profit and international development sector.

    John Rbeiz

    Operations Maestro

    John has a background in technology and personal
    development. He is passionate about growth and performance and believes the key to a successful business is a well connected, heart-beating culture. John wants to transform the way corporates operate, one story at a time.


    Elly Gardner

    Community Engagement Specialist

    Elly is a community engagement specialist with a wide range of experience working in and with non-profit, private and government sectors. She is passionate about working collaboratively and creatively to build better connections and belonging across the community.

    Kathleen Lee


    Kathleen is a filmmaker and musician who helps us capture the intimate stories of communities we work with. Whether it's recording the untold stories of 80 year old nuns or the future aspirations of young people, Kathleen helps us make videos that connect people and ideas. She is also a musician

    Benjamin Weldon

    Partnership Advisor

    Ben has 10 years experience in sales with a specialisation in software solutions and impact-driven outcomes. Ben works with us to build our network of clients, partners and funders to raise our capacity for meaningful change. He believes that storytelling and human connection and precursors to success.

    Everald Compton

    Positive Age Advisor

    Everald spent 35 years as founding director of National Seniors Australia, with 25 of those as Chairman. Everald has also been Chairman of the Australian Government’s Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing. He provides elder wisdom and business strategy to our intergenerational initiatives.

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Humankind Enterprises is committed to providing quality services to you and this policy outlines our ongoing obligations to you in respect of how we manage your Personal Information.

We have adopted the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act). The NPPs govern the way in which we collect, use, disclose, store, secure and dispose of your Personal Information.
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