What is PivotOnPurpose?

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that the future is uncertain.
Just in the last six months business-as-usual has been rocked by fires, pandemics and a global reckoning on racial justice.

Who knows what 2021, or even the rest of 2020, will bring!

That’s why it is crucial for every organisation to be getting ready for that future by developing the skills and mindset of pivotability.

Pivot on Purpose is a mini-Summit focused on helping you do just that. It features a free panel and series of short talks on Tuesday July 28 followed by a series of Masterclasses over the coming weeks.

What is Pivotability?

It’s the ability to pivot mindfully and in the pursuit of your purposeful goals. It’s about being cognizant of technology and political trends which are changing the culture. It’s about setting a course, not just being forced by events to make rapid adaptations – although you will probably be forced to do this too.

It’s about Pivoting on Purpose.

This masterclass brings together experts and practitioners on the art and science of pivotability.

It features social entrepreneurs on the front lines, telling stories of how they’ve had to pivot to survive the COVID crisis and continue to serve their community in a time of great uncertainty.

Over the four Wednesdays in August we host a series of masterclasses to help you build your pivotability tool-kit, followed by an exclusive networking event to meet others on the journey. We want to make sure you have the right mindset, models and marketing to pivot, whenever you need to.


To be ready for the future we need a mindset that is adaptable. The future is unpredictable and unexpected things will occur. When they happen, will you have the mental strength and resilience to adapt with it, and inspire your team and collaborators to come with you in the face of uncertainty?


Being ready for change is having the right tools/models in your toolkit, if the situation requires them. Our masterclasses will explore some of the key approaches to adaptation, from human-centred design, brand-building, crowdfunding and growing your community online.


Ultimately, in business, success often comes down to telling the right story to the right people. You know, marketing. This isn’t about selling “stuff”, it’s about sharing ideas and inspiring action. Pivotability requires thinking strategically about how your story and your audience are changing too.

DAY 1 Tuesday July 28 5:30 - 7:30pm AEST

Think|Act|Change presents: The Pivot on Purpose Panel

The return of Sydney’s much-loved meetup group for changemakers, now as a free online event series. This event features three short talks and a panel discussion exploring how entrepreneurs adapted to COVID, what they see coming next and the mindsets of pivotability.

You’ll hear inspiring stories of adaption and survival, ideas about the future of food, fashion, enterprise and the Black Lives Matters movement and examples of how we can all build a mindset and toolkit for Pivotability!

This event is made possible with the support of the Darling Square Community Bank.
Join the Think|Act|Change meetup group for invitiates to future events.

About your Community Bank

Healthy Wealthy and Wise. Your Community Bank at Darling Square is a profit for purpose enterprise where we present and promote events that inspire, enhance life and grow passions. With up to 80% of our profits returned by way of funding community initiatives and social enterprises, our amazing customers are indeed the gift that keeps on giving

Featuring short talks by:

Tom Dawkins

Co-founder and CEO, StartSomeGood

Co-Founder and CEO of social impact crowdfunding platform and innovation agency StartSomeGood. Tom is a leading speaker on and advocate for social entrepreneurship and enterprise. StartSomeGood works with partners to inspire, unearth, skill-up and launch innovative social impact projects.

Tom previously founded non-profit organisation Vibewire, opened the first co-working space in Australia and was Director of the Australian Changemakers Festival.

Luke Pearson

Founder and CEO, IndigenousX

Luke Pearson is a Gamilaroi man, who founded IndigenousX in 2012. Luke has worked as a teacher, mentor, counsellor, public speaker, collaborator, mediator, facilitator, events manager, researcher, evaluator, reporter and much more.

Luke’s passion for IndigenousX stems from his belief in the need to improve Indigenous media representation in Australia and to have a platform for individuals to tell their own stories in their own words.

Bec Scott

Co-founder and CEO, strEAT

Co-founder and CEO of STREAT, a Melbourne-based social enterprise that works with marginalised young people aged 16-24 years and provides them with a healthy self, job and home. STREAT run a portfolio of 11 foodservice businesses, including cafes, an artisan bakery, a catering company, and a coffee roastery.

To date, STREAT has worked with over 2,200 young people who have helped serve over 3 million customers.

As well as a panel discussion featuring the above, plus:

Cindy Mitchell

CEO, Mill House Ventures and Chair, Social Enterprise Council of NSW & ACT (SECNA)

Duco van Breeman

Founder General Manager, Haymarket HQ

Rob Caslick

Founder and CEO, Two Good Co

Kate Clugston

Fundraising Director, The Social Outfit

Why You Need To Master Pivotability

Be Future Ready

The future is unpredictable. The only way to be ready is to have the skills and mindset of Pivotability. With these you can see opportunity in uncertainty and keep moving towards the future you seek.

Be Pro-Active

Pivoting on Purpose is about being ahead of the curve. Having the skills, confidence and insight needed to make strategic, intentional changes, rather than being forced to change.

Be Purpose-Led

Things always change but our goals shouldn’t. We need to stay committed to our “north star”, our purpose, even as we pivot to new ways of pursuing it.

Be a Leader

Pivotability is leadership. To be able to inspire a tribe of collaborators, supporters and customers to see your vision and come with you on the journey and make it real.

Masterclasses Wednesdays in August

Pivot on Purpose Masterclasses

For one low ticket price you will gain access to four live masterclasses by experts in their fields, to help you build your Pivotability Toolkit! You will have access to the recordings of the masterclasses on-demand for 1 year.

Your ticket also gives you exclusive access to a networking event after the masterclasses.

Masterclasses and Presenters:

3:30 - 5pm AEST 5th August
Re-Design Your Product With Your Customers

This masterclass will give you an introduction to Human-Centred Design and how you can re-design your organisation, business, product or purpose with your community.

With Ben Pecotich
Founder, Dynamic 4

Ben Pecotich is a designer, innovation coach, and social enterprise/startup founder. His focus is collaborating with people to design and build ideas for happier communities that are more empowered, inclusive, and sustainable.

Ben has 27 years focused on designing and leading strategic change in Australia, NZ, the UK, and Europe – combining strategy, design, technology, consulting, and program management. His work is based around taking a human-centred design & innovation approach to helping founders, leaders, and designers solve problems that matter in more empathic and innovative ways – and measure their success in outcomes for people, our planet, and profit/our economy.

3:30 - 5pm AEST 12th August
Re-Imagine Your Brand and Your Story

Your audiences are changing. The ways in which you can help them are changing too. This masterclass will help you re-imagine your brand and story to resonate in the face of uncertainty.

With Luke Faccini
Founder, The Sponge

Luke Faccini is founder at The Sponge, a branding agency that specialises in helping second generation businesses rebrand with purpose.

Since starting his professional brand design journey in 1999, he has helped thousands of people put their brands on the map. He foolheartedly started his own business right out of college and has learned what it takes to grow a business.

While beginning as a trained graphic designer, the entrepreneurial leap took him on a path of transformation. He experienced firsthand the impact that purpose and values have in business, and the connection to brand story.

Having had a purpose moment that transformed his outlook on business, The Sponge obtained B Corp certification in Jan 2017. Luke is a firm believer that business can and should be a force for good. His purpose is to “Help Good Businesses Become Better Brands.” By all means necessary! Including a book, consulting, and helping to grow the GoodNorth good business community.

3:30 - 5pm AEST 19th August
Building Your Community and Raising Money Online

This masterclass will cover how to tell your new story and identify new audiences online, building a tribe of supporters who will fuel your future impact.

With Tom Dawkins
CEO, StartSomeGood

Tom Dawkins is Co-Founder and CEO of StartSomeGood, a social enterprise which connects innovation with capital for social change. StartSomeGood runs StartSomeGood.com, the crowdfunding platform with the highest project success rate in cause crowdfunding, and powers impact accelerators and entrepreneur education programs for partners across business, foundations and government.
Tom was previously the founder of youth non-profit Vibewire, first Digital Communications Director for global NGO Ashoka and the founding Director of the Australian Changemakers Festival.

Tom has created dance parties and film festivals, conferences and co-working spaces, fundraising platforms and Burning Man theme camps and has supported nonprofits, companies and governments to better refine their purpose, communicate their message and build their community.

3:30 - 5pm AEST 26th August
Leveraging Low-Cost Video To Tell Your Story

This masterclass will cover how to use video to tell your story without a budget – using only the software and hardware you already have at your disposal or can get for free or low-cost.

With Natasha Akib,
Digital Storytellers

Natasha specialising in using the skills of film production, media and marketing to create a better world at Digital Storytellers. Enabling others with the skills of video-making and digital storytelling to share their own stories using smartphones and affordable technology with Stories for Impact workshops, programs and online education.

Natasha is a Fellow of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, a network of high impact entrepreneurs, investors and changemakers who are building meaningful solutions to global problems.

BONUS: Exclusive Speed Networking Event
Hosted by Luke Faccini,
The Sponge

Join us for Speed Networking for Good Online, wherever you are in the world.
The purpose of this event is to help you get to know other awesome people in the community and fuel potential collaborations.

While the name suggests Networking, there is a twist: We pose a different question. Not “What do you do?” rather “What are you passionate about changing in the world?” Or “What cause lights you up?” That is how we connect over shared purpose.

The speed networking will commence with a warm welcome by your host and some basic rules and instructions. We use breakout rooms with 10 mins per pair, with equal focus intended for each person, then automatic change over. Follow the instructions and you’ll be fine.

We will provide some opening questions in the welcome to promote profound connections, so you won’t be stuck for words. In fact, it’s better if you don’t come with prepared conversations, rather be yourself!.

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Ticket Pricing

  • Super Early Bird

    Your ticket gains you access to both days, including all four live masterclasses, 12 months on-demand access to their recordings, plus entry to the exclusive speed networking event.

  • Full Price

    Your ticket gains you access to both days, including all four live masterclasses, 12 months on-demand access to their recordings, plus entry to the exclusive speed networking event.

  • Day 1 - Pivot on Purpose Panel ONLY

    Register for free access to day one panel only.