Humankind Enterprises is a social enterprise.
We have a mission to connect people, one story at a time.
The Story of our Founder
When Sophie was 14 years old she experienced first hand the profound impact that one story can have. She became best friends with a former refugee called Adut, whose story of survival changed not only her life, but the lives of her friends and family. Sophie and Adut became Australia's first Youth Representatives for the UN Refugee Agency and Sophie turned Adut's story into a book called 'Tears of Hope' and an animation called 'What if?'. Adut's story sparked Sophie's passion to value, record and archive stories in order to create more empathy and connection in Australian society. 1t's been 13 years since they met and the power of that one story lives on through the work we do at Humankind Enterprises.
To use values-based development and storytelling in order to strengthen the social values and connections within our communities.
Our Social Mission
To provide individuals and organisations with the opportunities, tools and processes which foster acceptance, belonging and connection. Because human connection lies at the heart of human well-being.
Every story matters; share yours.
We develop projects and platforms to harness the power of strategic storytelling.
StoryPod video booth: We have a pop-up video booth available for hire to create interactive experiences at events and effectively capture the stories and ideas from your community, while building your database and marketing content. Contact us to discuss hire !
StoryPod app and web platform: The Deakin Incubator Group are helping us develop a story capturing app that will be accessible on phone and tablet to guide the user through the process of recording their family and community stories. We are building a search engine for stories that enables users to view videos by theme, key word, time or event. Follow updates via our Facebook page.
StoryPod intergenerational program: Combining StoryPod’s story gathering and engagement tools and Lively’s technology help model, we have created an intergenerational program that employs young job-seekers to work and connect with older people in aged care environments, recording and learning from their life stories, wisdom and experiences, and helping them learn how to use technology to connect with friends, family and their interests. Contact us if you want to bring this program to your aged care centre, retirement village or community!
The social impact of StoryPod is specifically aimed at reducing the social isolation faced by older Australians, facilitating more meaningful connections between youth and elders and ensuring that Australian stories are not lost.
Our first aged care program and ABC coverage
Client: Jewish Care
After running a successful Tech, Tea and Tales event series last year, we recently launched our first Aged Care program with Lively. We are employing 2 young job seekers to work 2 days a week at one of Jewish Care Victoria's facilities. The young 'Tech & Story Helpers' are recording residents stories via smartphones, as well as providing them with technology help. The program runs until the end of March and we have already received some incredible coverage from ABC.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation's Pink Triathlon
Creating the space for people to be heard + connected
Our pop-up video booth captured stories in Sydney for Airbnb and then in Melbourne for The National Breast Cancer Foundation's Pink Triathlon. We created a moving compilation of the stories recorded in the video booth after the triathlon and as you can see, even in busy public events, it creates a space for people to be heard and connected.
Technology for change
StoryPod and Deakin Incubator Group
A team of 7 students and teachers at Deakin University are undertaking the development of the StoryPod app, database and story search engine. This app will help us reach our mission of recording a million stories in 5 years. In a constantly changing world across digital platforms, we are actually losing touch with our human connections. But can digital stories bring us back together?
COMMUNITY BUILDING AND ENGAGEMENT
Workshops + Presentations
"You were able to dig deep and get the most out of students in a short time by challenging them to think in ways which perhaps they hadn’t done so before. Your deep level of genuine interest meant that the students were prepared to share their personal values and experiences with us/you as well as their peers and ensured that everyone got the most out of the sessions." Australia Post
Our team develop and deliver programs, workshops and talks using strategic storytelling and values based development.
Some of the workshops we have created and facilitated for clients:
Engage your audience at your next event with a presentation by Sophie Weldon
Some of the keynotes and talks we have delivered:
Recent Public Speaking Commissions
Podcasts and interviews
Whole-ness is about finding new, meaningful ways to congregate in our busy, fragmented world.
The Whole-ness events are a series of casual monthly gatherings designed to spark rich and meaningful conversations across the generations.
Sophie is a strategic storytelling specialist with expertise in youth and intergenerational advocacy. She is an experienced public speaker, filmmaker and recognized leader and innovator in her field. Sophie has worked with key social and private sector organisations before starting Humankind Enterprises.
Kathleen Mary 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.
Chris, Mikael, Natalie, Pratyush, Nick
Our team of intelligent, hard working software developers are Deakin University Students and members of the Deakin Incubator Group. They are creating our StoryPod app, algorithm and database so that we can capture, share and synthesise stories on scale.
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.
Sami is a technology, software and systems expert with 10 years experience managing the infrastructure of companies, government and events. She supports us in disruptive thinking, technology innovation, software architecture and developing our tech partnerships.
Positive Ageing 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.
Kevin Weldon OAM
Kevin published the Macquarie Dictionary (first Australian dictionary) and was responsible for setting up the World Lifesaving organisation. Through his experience leading businesses and philanthropic endeavours, Kevin supports and strengthens our agenda for a better Australia.
Betty Amsden OAM
Advisor / Ambassador
Betty Amsden is a proud philanthropist and advocate for the arts and young people. She serves as a passionate ambassador for ageing well and intergenerational connection. Betty supports our thought leadership, community building and advocacy work.
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