• The Power of Belonging

  • About us

    Our Vision

    A future of belonging

    Our Mission

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

    Our Approach

    We deliver values-driven storytelling and community engagement solutions that enhance empathy, trust and collaboration and result in inclusive, connected communities and rich data insights

  • Our services and domains

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

    Live

    We understand that social connection lies at the heart of well-being. We care deeply about uncovering belonging and social connection within local communities - whether they be suburbs, neighbourhoods, shires or new housing developments. We activate new communities, bring together existing communities and create strategies for the well-being and direction of the community.

    Work

    The world of work is changing rapidly, and so are the expectations we have for the role of business in the individual needs of their employees, clients, stakeholders and the communities they work in. We help organisations and businesses use strategic storytelling and social connection to build values, collect ‘data with soul’ and create training, community building or communications solutions that result in positive change.

    Age

    In 2050, 1 in 4 people will be over 65 and we see this as a tremendous opportunity. We are passionate about re-writing the ageing narrative and working with community partners and the ageing industry to ensure older people are heard, valued and contributing to their communities. We design intergenerational programs that connect younger and older people through mutual value and the power of storytelling.

  • We offer the following services to uncover, unlock and unleash belonging and potential within your organisation, community, school or business. See our StoryPod page for details on some of the packages we offer.

  • Strategic Storytelling and Social Connection

    We all have an innate need to connect and to belong. Research shows that social connection lies at the heart of health, yet few of us realise just how important it is. Lonely people are more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, anti-social behaviour and other physical and mental health issues. In reverse, when people feel connected and have a sense of belonging, they can be mentally and physically strong and more resilient in difficult times.

     

    At Humankind Enterprises, we build connection in communities through the ancient art of storytelling. Storytelling is a means of connection that all known human cultures have used to bring people together, and is linked to enhanced empathy, belonging, trust and collaboration. Storytelling doesn’t just create bonds between individuals - it also helps form collective narratives, and connect people to shared purposes in their organisation or community. Stories shape people and they shape society.

     

    We support communities to come together to share stories, however we know face to face storytelling is not always possible. We use the power of digital storytelling (found to be just as effective at inducing empathy) and work with our clients to share and amplify these stories to reach wide and diverse audiences.

  • Case Study Spotlight

    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.

     

  • 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

    Videographer

    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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Privacy Policy 

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.
A copy of the Australian Privacy Principles may be obtained from the website of The Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner at www.privacy.gov.au.

What is Personal Information and why do we collect it?

Personal Information is information or an opinion that identifies an individual. Examples of Personal Information we collect include: names, addresses, email addresses, phone and facsimile numbers.

This Personal Information is obtained in many ways including interviews, social media forms, correspondence, by telephone and facsimile, by email, via our website www.humankind.enterprises, from media and publications, from other publicly available sources and from third parties. We don’t guarantee website links or policy of authorised third parties.

We collect your Personal Information for the primary purpose of providing our services to you, providing information to our clients and marketing. We may also use your Personal Information for secondary purposes closely related to the primary purpose, in circumstances where you would reasonably expect such use or disclosure. You may unsubscribe from our mailing/marketing lists at any time by contacting us in writing.

When we collect Personal Information we will, where appropriate and where possible, explain to you why we are collecting the information and how we plan to use it.

Sensitive Information
Sensitive information is defined in the Privacy Act to include information or opinion about such things as an individual's racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association, religious or philosophical beliefs, membership of a trade union or other professional body, criminal record or health information.
Sensitive information will be used by us only:
•	For the primary purpose for which it was obtained
•	For a secondary purpose that is directly related to the primary purpose
•	With your consent; or where required or authorised by law.

Third Parties
Where reasonable and practicable to do so, we will collect your Personal Information only from you. However, in some circumstances we may be provided with information by third parties. In such a case we will take reasonable steps to ensure that you are made aware of the information provided to us by the third party.
Disclosure of Personal Information
Your Personal Information may be disclosed in a number of circumstances including the following:
•	Third parties where you consent to the use or disclosure; and
•	Where required or authorised by law.
Security of Personal Information

Your Personal Information is stored in a manner that reasonably protects it from misuse and loss and from unauthorized access, modification or disclosure.
When your Personal Information is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was obtained, we will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify your Personal Information. However, most of the Personal Information is or will be stored in client files which will be kept by us for a minimum of 7 years.

Access to your Personal Information
You may access the Personal Information we hold about you and to update and/or correct it, subject to certain exceptions. If you wish to access your Personal Information, please contact us in writing.
Humankind Enterprises will not charge any fee for your access request.
In order to protect your Personal Information we may require identification from you before releasing the requested information.

Maintaining the Quality of your Personal Information
It is an important to us that your Personal Information is up to date. We will  take reasonable steps to make sure that your Personal Information is accurate, complete and up-to-date. If you find that the information we have is not up to date or is inaccurate, please advise us as soon as practicable so we can update our records and ensure we can continue to provide quality services to you.
Policy Updates

This Policy may change from time to time and is available on our website.
Privacy Policy Complaints and Enquiries
If you have any queries or complaints about our Privacy Policy please contact us at:
weare@humankind.enterprises

77-79 City Road, South Bank
weare@humankind.enterprises
0405 174 946