A future of belonging
To uncover, unlock and unleash the power of belonging to transform the way we Live, Work and Age
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
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.
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.
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.
Some of our clients
From Airbnb and The National Breast Cancer Foundation, to small rural communities and aged care providers, we have worked with our clients to deliver impactful strategic storytelling services
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.
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.
CEO / Founder
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.
COO / StoryPod Lead
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.
Mari has a background in psychology, communication, and coaching. She is passionate about mental health and inclusivity. Mari supports our strategic storytelling work, especially our StoryPod engagement tool and our Story Synthesis service.
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.
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.