The Eidos Institute, a social enterprise, is a network of partners dedicated to turning ideas into practical action to solve difficult social and economic problems.
Eidos seeks to change the way Australia's important social and economic challenges are solved. It works by using shared intelligence, research and collaborative problem-solving, an antidote to popularist slogans and simplistic answers.
When issues are complex and intractable, conventional measures are unlikely to work. It is time for fresh and unusual perspectives, tapping into the ideas of diverse people and organisations, who rarely connect with each other. Eidos links public and private sector researchers, policy-makers, social entrepreneurs, universities, not-for-profits, businesses, impact investors, practitioners and influential leaders.
Eidos is the place that makes these connections, and combines these diverse sources of knowledge, research, evidence and insights in imaginative ways and incubates them for practical action.
Since its inception formally in 2004, the Eidos Institute (Eidos) has engaged its partners in collaborative research and problem-solving that draws on Eidos' network of thought leaders. Initially, the focus was on universities and senior government departments around Australia and contributing to better public policy making.
Alert to new entrants into the 'open sourcing' of policy advice and to online and social media platforms and business models for wider community input into civic conversations, Eidos has evolved.
Beyond events and policy congresses, Eidos developed MindHive, an online crowd-sourcing platform providing services in ideas generation and curated solutions for clients. MindHive grew successfully with the support of government, university and business partners and philanthropists who shared Eidos' vision. Eidos piloted MindHive and built it to become investment-ready. MindHive was successfully commercialised and separated from Eidos as a stand-alone company at the end of 2017, with Eidos as one of its shareholders.
Eidos continues as a not-for-profit and a for-purpose organisation. Eidos has reinvigorated its core role as a connector and collaborator for critical thinking and fresh ideas to solve problems that matter. As Eidos evolves, it will continue to refine its goal and grow its network.
Eidos is pioneering diversity of thought and an evidence-rich way of addressing complex problems by shared intelligence and collaborative incubation of new ideas, with the aim of turning these into practical solutions. Eidos creates the space for imaginative problem-solving through the diverse ideas of ‘the crowd’ in a 3 step process of Conversations, Challenges and Connections. This approach aims to clearly define the problem, stimulate wide-ranging engagement, and actively seek out and test solutions.
Narelle Kennedy AM is a pioneer of research into the realities of business innovation, particularly its human dimensions. Her work has provided the evidence to allow all organisations to innovate, not just high tech elites. Narelle operates her own research and consulting company, The Kennedy Company Pty Ltd. She founded and led the pioneering, business-backed research think tank, the Australian Business Foundation as CEO for over 15 years.
Omer is the Director of the Office of Planning and Strategic Management at ACU, and Chair of the Australian Network of University Planners (ANUP). Previously, Omer was a Senior Advisor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, State Program Director in the Department of Education and Training, and an occasional lecturer in leadership and management.
Carolyn has a distinguished public service career, having held senior directorship positions in the Western Australian and Victorian public services
.She has been Chair of National Health and Medical Research Council and Standards Association of Australia committees, and President of the Australian Acoustical Society. More recently, Carolyn has run her own company, consulting on the strategic sourcing of human resources services.
Chris is Principal, RPS Group, and is non-executive Director and the Council of the Ageing (COTA). Chris was previously a Program and Project director at Building Queensland with responsibility for the Queensland Governments Health and Energy Programs delivering multiple projects over $100m in value. Chris has been a Director of Capital Projects and Infrastructure at PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC) and a Director of Consulting and Risk Practice at Hatch Associates.
Eidos Community Liaison Officer
Ryan is the Eidos Community Liaison Officer, and is based at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (QUT). In this role Ryan pulls together the enthusiasm and intellectual capital of the EIDOS community, to turn ideas into action. Beyond this role, Ryan has teaching commitments in Economics and Policy at QUT, and is also undertaking a Masters of Philosophy, looking at prosocial behaviour.
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