Solve It, Australia is an innovative capacity building initiative to empower Australian organisations to tackle complex problems.
Organised by the Social Impact Hub together with strategic partner Philanthropy Australia, and featuring a Masterclass led by former McKinsey & Company Managing Partner Rob McLean AM, Solve It, Australia! will equip you with a seven-step problem solving framework that you can use to solve all types of difficult problems, including the social and environmental ones that seem too complex and intractable to crack.
Solve It, Australia! is also proudly working in collaboration with the Paul Ramsay Foundation on an exciting funding opportunity for Masterclass attendees who are trying to solve a complex problem that aligns with the Foundation’s mission. Five organisations will be selected to share in a funding pool of $900,000 in capacity building funds in the months following the Masterclass (see below for more info)!
Why Attend Solve It, Australia!
More About Solve It, Australia!
Open to organisations of all kinds, including not-for-profits, foundations, businesses and government agencies, the Masterclass will significantly enhance your ability to solve tough problems and improve your individual and organisation’s effectiveness and efficiency.
You will be taught by Rob McLean AM, whose expertise in and approach to problem solving is based on his 25 years at McKinsey & Company, including as the Managing Partner as well as his new book “Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything” (co-authored with Charles Conn). Rob will teach you a structured process for taking apart complex problems and provide you with the tools and frameworks you need to analyse problems, prioritise them and build a great workplan to solve them.
Rob will then take you on a deep dive into four case studies that apply the framework you’ve just learned to complex social and environmental problems, both local and global. You will also hear from leaders of these initiatives who will share their practical insights. You’ll leave with a new and effective approach to problem solving as well as a real understanding of how to apply your new skills to difficult problems.
Solve It, Australia! is proudly working in collaboration with the Paul Ramsay Foundation on an exciting funding opportunity that will be launched at the Masterclass on 2 May.
To be eligible for the funding opportunity, an organisation must attend a Masterclass and must be working on a complex problem that aligns with the Paul Ramsay Foundation’s mission of identifying the root causes of disadvantage and implementing strategic solutions to empower our community.
Organisations that meet these eligibility requirements can apply to participate in a workshop which will be held in October 2019. The application process will focus on demonstrating how the organisation has applied the initial steps of the seven step problem solving framework (taught at the Masterclass) to a complex problem on which they are working. Five of the organisations who participate in the workshop will be selected to share in a funding pool of $900,000. These capacity building funds will allow the organisations to test their hypotheses and further develop their solution over a six to nine month period. Further funding for implementation of the proposed solution may be available following the development period.
Areas that have been funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation in the past have focused on positive outcomes for vulnerable groups in early childhood, education and health. See the FAQs below for examples of previously funded investments and full details about the funding opportunity will be made available on 27 May.
The Masterclass will be taught by Rob McLean AM
Rob was the Managing Director of McKinsey & Company, Inc for Australia and New Zealand in a 25 year career with the Firm. He went on to become Dean of the Australian Graduate School of Management from 2003 to 2006.
Today, Rob chairs The Nature Conservancy Australia board and serves as the Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy. Rob, his wife Paula and his daughter Heather are trustees of the McLean Foundation. He is a member of the Policy and Research Council of Philanthropy Australia, a Board Member of The Paul Ramsay Foundation and a director of the Centre for Independent Studies. Rob was also the Founding Chair of Social Ventures Australia. In private equity Rob is a director of 5V Capital and Maths Pathway.
He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for his contributions to social welfare, conservation and the environment and to business.
You will also hear practical insights on applying the framework to complex social and environmental problems from the following speakers (either in person or by video):
Ashok Alexander led the creation and expansion of the India office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from its inception in 2003 until 2012. There, he created Avahan, India’s national AIDS program, which rapidly became the world’s largest ever private HIV prevention program. Before the Gates Foundation, Ashok spent 17 years at McKinsey & Company, and left as Director of the firm’s Delhi office.
Today, Ashok is the Founder-Director of The Antara Foundation, a non-profit focused on public health delivery at scale.
Professor Sally Cripps
(Sydney only) Sally is a Professor of Statistics who heads the Centre for Translational Data Science at the University of Sydney. Sally has undertaken projects in health related to the spread of influenza and improving dental care in Indigenous communities. In the environment she has estimated rainfall variations in the world due to climate change and the link between rainfall and storage in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Professor Louise Baur
(Sydney only) Professor Louise Baur AM is a paediatrician and an internationally renowned childhood obesity researcher who has raised the profile of childhood obesity as an issue of clinical and public health importance. Louise is a member of the WHO Commission on Early Childhood Obesity. Louise has run the longest trial in childhood obesity operating in Children’s Hospital Westmead, initiated an extension of this trial at Nepean Hospital and is soon to begin with the South West Sydney Local Health District.
As Chief Program Officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Aileen leads strategy for the Environmental Conservation Program, which protects critical ecosystems and balance long-term conservation with sustainable use. Prior to joining the foundation, Aileen was an associate principal at McKinsey & Company, where she led client engagements in strategy, operations, and organizational effectiveness across a wide range of sectors.
(Melbourne only) Michele is CEO of Asthma Australia, having played a key role in the merger of several Asthma Foundations to form a stronger, national body. She is leading the organisation in building on strong foundations, and developing new approaches to change the trajectory for people with asthma.
She was previously CEO for the School for Social Entrepreneurs, an organisation which provided learning programs to support sustainable social enterprises. Michele is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an alumnus of the Sydney Leadership Program. She is currently a Director of JewishCare and has held board roles with The Housing Connection and Royal Hospital for Women Foundation.
All tickets come with a copy of Rob McLean and Charles Conn’s new book, which will be released in Australia in May 2019.
7 straightforward steps to solving any problem with creativity and rigour
Complex problem solving is the core skill for twenty-first century teams. It’s the only way to keep up with rapid change. Winning organisations now rely on nimble, iterative problem solving, rather than traditional planning processes. In this book you’ll learn the seven-step systematic approach to creative problem solving that will work in any field or industry. It employs a highly visual, logic-tree method that can be applied to any problem, from strategic business decisions to global social challenges. Charles and Rob, with decades of experience at McKinsey & Company, provide a toolkit with 30 detailed real-world examples, so you can see exactly how the technique works in action.
All tickets come with a copy of Rob McLean and Charles Conn’s new book, which will be released in Australia in May 2019.
What are the key dates for Solve It, Australia!
The Sydney Masterclass will be held on 2 May at Perpetual which is located at Angel Place, 18/123 Pitt Street.
The Melbourne Masterclass will be held on 24 May at The Arena, NAB Docklands, 700 Bourke Street.
Limited early bird tickets for the Masterclass are available until 18 May (or until supply is exhausted).
More information about the funding opportunity with the Paul Ramsay Foundation will be made publicly available at the Masterclass on 2 May and on this website shortly thereafter.
What is the Social Impact Hub?
The Social Impact Hub exists to help change agents maximise their impact. They are a trusted partner for a broad range of bold, forward-thinking organisations who share their vision of a future where people and the planet thrive. Through advice, education, thought leadership, collaboration and the mobilisation of capital they bring together and empower these organisations to transform local communities and the world.
What is the Funding for Impact project?
Funding for Impact is a thought leadership project that aims to transform the way we think about charities and giving. A collaboration with Australian not-for-profits and philanthropists, the project aims to support a stronger charity and not-for-profit sector that is capable of delivering on impact.
What can I expect from the Masterclass?
The Masterclass will begin by introducing you to a seven-step problem solving framework that can be applied to all complex problems.
Then, through four local and global case studies, you will explore how to apply this framework to significant, complex social and environmental problems.
Excitingly, in some cases you’ll hear directly from a person involved in the case study, such as Ashok Alexander who will be speaking about his work preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS in India.
Will session recordings be made available?
Recordings will be made available for purchase.
What types of organisations should attend the masterclass?
Organisations of all sizes who are working to address complex social and environmental problems should attend the Masterclass, including not-for-profits, foundations, start-ups, businesses and government agencies.
Who from my organisations should participate?
- Directors, leaders and managers working in philanthropic and nonprofit organisations
- Philanthropists wishing to fund more innovative ideas and solutions
- Social entrepreneurs and those working in social enterprise
- Business leaders in industry wishing to make a social impact
- Leaders, researchers and policy advisors working with and for government
- Teams seeking to foster a problem-solving culture
When will I receive my copy of "Bulletproof Proof Problem Solving"?
Attendees will receive their copy of the book at the Masterclass in Sydney and Melbourne.
Where can I buy additional copies of "Bulletproof Proof Problem Solving" is there any discount for bulk purchases?
For additional copies of “Bullet Proof Problem Solving,” please contact [email protected].
What is the cancellation policy?
Masterclass participants may cancel their registration for a full refund (minus the small booking fee) up until 14 days prior to the event, but they must do so in writing via email to [email protected].
Cancellations received less than 14 days before the event will not be refunded; however, tickets can be assigned to another person in your organisation so long as written notice is provided to Solve It, Australia!
Can I transfer my registration to someone else in my organisation if I cannot attend?
Yes you can. Please emails us at [email protected] and we will transfer your registration to the person you nominate to attend in your place.
Can I register onsite?
No, registration is only available in advance through the registration links on this website.
What does my Masterclass registration fee include?
Your registration fee includes a seat at the masterclass, a copy of “Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything” (RRP $46.95) and morning tea and coffee.
What other information is currently available about the funding opportunity?
The funding opportunity aims to test if the complex problem solving model presented in the masterclass enables organisations to design and deliver impactful solutions. It will do this by testing an approach to funding innovation and capacity building support using the seven steps for complex problem solving as the basis for disaggregating problems and working up hypotheses to be tested.
To be eligible for the funding opportunity, an organisation must attend a Masterclass and must be working on a complex problem that aligns with the Paul Ramsay Foundation’s mission of identifying the root causes of disadvantage and implementing strategic solutions to empower our community. The funding program is open to all types of qualifying organisations regardless of size or tax status
Areas that have been funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation in the past have focused on positive outcomes for vulnerable groups in early childhood, education and health. Examples of previously funded investments include:
1) Changing the national narrative regarding the value of early learning for children in the two years before school.
2) Eradicating a chronic condition in a specific target population across Australia.
3) Increasing the availability of evidence based professional development for teachers focused on improving student outcomes.
Detailed information about the funding program will be available on this website on May 27 and organisations that meet the requirements can apply to participate in an October 2019 workshop.
The application process will focus on demonstrating how the organisation has applied the initial steps of the seven step problem solving framework (taught at the Masterclass) to a complex problem on which they are working. Five of the organisations who participate in the workshop will then be selected to share in a funding pool of $900,000 to test their hypotheses and further develop their solution over a six to nine month period.
Solve It, Australia! is part of the Funding for Impact thought leadership initiative which aims to transform the way we think about charities and giving and also to support a stronger charity and not-for-profit sector that is capable of delivering on impact.
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