• We enable great connections to happen

  • About us

    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.

    Our Vision

    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.

  • StoryPod

    StoryPod

    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?

     

     

  • Facilitation

    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:

    • Storytelling tools and processes to create great impact
    • Inner-vation: creating change from the inside out
    • Finding your 'why': approaches for personal and organisational inquiry.
    • The Self Care Suitcase: Leadership essentials
    • Transforming community culture through kindness tag
     

    PUBLIC SPEAKING

    Engage your audience at your next event with a presentation by Sophie Weldon

    Some of the keynotes and talks we have delivered:

    • How I became a young changemaker and how to develop innovation and 'inner-vation' in young minds
    • Seeing Ageing Differently: a vision for intergenerational connection and positive ageing
    • Why intergenerational relationships are the key to economic and social development 
    • Breakthrough ways Storytelling is transforming society
    • Lessons leaders can take from Bhutan and ‘Slow Change'

    Recent Public Speaking Commissions

    • Insight: The Business of Benefit, Sydney
    • National Student Leadership Forum “On Faith and Values” ACT 2016
    • Wodonga Leadership Program Victoria, 2016

    Podcasts and interviews

    Credentials

    • 2016 Nexus / ANZ Innovator of the Year
    • 2015 Myer Innovation Fellow
    • 2014 Changemaker in Residence, FYA

     

  • The Slow Change Experience

    In partnership with the Gross National Happiness Centre and Digital Storytellers, we took 20 social entrepreneurs to Bhutan to deepen their impact. Next program will be Nov, 2017.

    Whole-ness

    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.

  • Our Team

    Sophie Weldon

    Managing Director 

    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

    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.

    Technology Team

    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.

    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.

    Sami Yearwood

    Technology Advisor

    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.

    Everald Compton

    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

    Strategy Advisor

    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.

  • Some of our partners / supporters

  • Give the Gift of Connection

    Available in Sydney and Melbourne

  • Work with us

    Assistant Project Co-ordinator

    Location: Victoria

    Part time, volunteer

    Responsibilities

    • Assist with promotion and uptake of a unique intergenerational program via coordination and distribution of marketing material
    • Gather information on each project to achieve quality
    • Conduct research, make site visits, and find resources to support program development
    • Provide assistance with the training and supervision of young people
    • Propose new ideas to improve the project planning and implementation process
    • Serve as the key liaison with vendors on project-related matters
    • Assist with managing on-site program delivery 
    • Close out all project event days as required
    See full job description here
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