• Connection

    Human connection lies at the heart of human well-being

  • About us

    We are a social enterprise

    Our Vision

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

    Our Mission

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

    Our Story

    Sometimes all it takes is one story to uncover human values and change someone's life. This is how Humankind Enterprises was born; at age 14 our Founder listened to the first hand account of a former refugee named Adut. That one story sparked an idea, which then became an organisation. All of our team members are inspired and shaped by similar moments of connection - it is what we live and work for.

  • Our domains of influence

    This is where we seek to make our greatest impact and create the greatest value

    Live

    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).

    Work

    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.

    Age

    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

    Strategic Storytelling + Consulting

    We offer one-off StoryPod video booth hire as well as comprehensive engagement strategies. We work with clients to design solutions that build on the stories, strengths and untapped potential of their community. Using our own strategic storytelling methodology, as well as drawing inspiration from Appreciate Enquiry, Theory U and Narrative Therapy, we provide meaningful insight and specialisation driven from years of experience and passion.

    Program design, Delivery and Evaluation

    Our team has expertise in planning, facilitation and evaluation. We have designed and delivered engagements from one-day workshops to one-year programs for local government, aged care providers, schools, non profits and corporate sector. We work on programs that are values based and are designed to achieve social or environmental outcomes.

    Creative production + Collective Narratives

    We have produced award winning videos, digital campaigns and collateral to amplify stories and messages within a community. Through the collection of micro stories, we help bring forward the larger collective narrative which connects and drives social action or behaviour change. We are supporters of Paul Zak’s research on the neurochemical and social impacts of storytelling.

    Facilitation + Public Speaking

    Our team engages audiences via interactive workshops and presentations that take participants on a journey of connection, inspiration and understanding. We deliver key-notes on a range of topics including the power of connection and Gross National Happiness. Our workshops have included smartphone story capturing, social entrepreneurialism and the power of listening.

  • 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.

  • Our Strategic Storytelling methodology

    Listening creates connection. Connection creates innovation.

    1

    Strategic Storytelling Plan

    We work with your organisation to uncover and understand what Big Questions you are asking and what changes you want to see. From this we design a Strategic Storytelling Plan that takes into account the strengths and context of your community.

    2

    Story Listening + Collection

    Using our video booth or peer to peer story collecting methods, we undertake a process of enquiry and listening within your organisation. Story Starter prompts are used to reveal surprising reflections and insights. This process generates collective empathy and trust.

    3

    Story Synthesis + Sharing

    After the stories are collected, we use them to uncover intelligence and meaning. Sometimes we also curate them into video compilations or other creative visualisations. These are then shared back with your target community to foster further engagement, dialogue and listening.

    4

    Collective Narrative + Change

    Going back to the strategy, we help you understand what the stories are revealing and how they can help shape the new Collective Narrative emerging in your community or organisation. This process generates new connections, ideas and innovations to improve and transform your ecosystem.

  • 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.

     

    John Rbeiz

    Engagement Specialist

    John has a background in technology and personal
    development. He is extremely 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…

    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.

    Dan Hall

    Story Curator

    Dan has a background in urban planning and community development and is extremely passionate about connecting people through empathy. He is our lead Story Curator for StoryPod video booth events and co-facilitator for Story Collector workshops and programs.

    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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  • Contact Us!

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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