This wiki is for our team, both old and new, as well as clients and partners that may want to know a bit more about us. If we're not yet working together, take a look around. And, if you like what we're about, get in touch. Whoever you are we hope this is useful.
Oh, and check out our annual retrospective.
— With love from the spur: team
spur: is an unusual company.
Many commercial organisations grow in success and decide to launch a charity or foundation. We’re the opposite: all of this started when a group of young do-gooders got together and founded the mental health non-profit that would become spur:org.
spur:org developed a reputation for out-of-the-box thinking to behaviour change and social impact - helped by a lot of media coverage of our projects, a few gracious awards, and a strong following of supporters.
Our work has always been bold, ambitious, and with a strong focus on solving complex social challenges with unexpected thinking.
Unveiled in 2017, spur: is the commercial sister to the non-profit, providing a revenue stream to fund the non-profit projects, as well as an avenue to expand the challenges we work on. We work with those who are interested in the same thing: making the world better by moving people to action.
Since then, we’ve worked on social impact projects from Sydney to Shenzhen to Switzerland, and beyond. Our clients and partners have included governments, major tech companies, non-profits both big and small, professional services firms, and innovation labs trying to do good. We’ve tackled problems in child safety, sustainability, hospitals, employee wellbeing, mental health, innovation for citizen outcomes, equal rights, and much more.
spur: works symbiotically with our sister NGO, spur:org.
As a shareholder of spur:, spur:org receives a share of revenue, IP, and team expertise from spur: to continue to produce projects we can see the world needs. That may be a new digital platform for mental health data, or to help equal rights activists to collaborate across borders.
We're also in the process of launching the latest member of the family: Toucan—a digital platform to improve mental wellbeing. We're pretty excited. We'll be talking more about this soon.
She / Her / Hers
Trisha is passionate about the power of story telling and cultural exchange in advancing communities. Trish is particularly interested in equality, social justice, and the environment.
Trisha combines art and science in her work, including holding an Honours 1 in Geological and Earth Sciences and several accomplishments in the arts. Trisha is also the COO for We Are the Movement, a social enterprise focused on improving access to services for BIPOC communities.
He / Him / His
Zinger is our resident Chief Pats Officer and largely in charge of office morale. He can regularly be found napping under desks or chewing his way through the latest copy of The Economist.
She / Her / Hers
Olivia is a social entrepreneur, passionate about social innovation and agency-driven change. In her final year of Laws (Honours) and Economics, she has a strong research focus, and international consulting experience.
She works as a strategist for spur: a social impact design and strategy firm. She is a Foundation for Young Australian's Young Social Pioneer, Enactus National Champion, UNLEASH Talent in 2019, and at UNLEASH+ in 2020.
She is a Committee Member at GiveOUT Australia, and volunteers for the LGBTI Legal Service's law reform portfolio. Her work has spanned donor engagement for health research, technology and elder inclusion, cultural attitudes to poetry, conversion therapy, design of AI in administrative design making and wellbeing.
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Sean has a passion for driving social change through innovation.
At spur: Sean works as a Project Associate for the 123+ project, which allows him to combine his interests in social innovation, LGBTIQ+ rights advocacy and legal reform.
Sean is also President of the UQ Law Society and has worked at a number of legal, community and social organisations including as the State Director of IMPACT Social Enterprise.”
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Motivated by an interest for all forms of social enterprise, Benjamin is an experienced financial administrator having overseen financial functions in a wide variety of organisations.
He is passionate about driving outcomes over simply reporting figures and a focus on sustainable initiatives to create social impact.
With a background in both management and analytics he has driven both social and commercial outcomes to a range of clients ranging from startups to multinational corporations.
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With a decade of experience in strategy, research and analysis, William has consulted to some of Australia’s largest governmental organisations and some of the world’s largest non-profits.
An active social commentator, Will regularly speaks at conferences and on television and radio about social change and technology.
William is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Davos Annual Meeting panelist, a Gates Foundation Goalkeeper, G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit Australian Delegate and the Digital Brisbane Ambassador to Berlin.
William was also a founding Global Talent for the UNLEASH Innovation Lab in Denmark 2017 and a Talent Facilitator in Singapore, 2018.
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Lee is a seasoned innovator and strategist with deep experience working on social impact projects around the world—particularly in mental health, equality, and education.
He has been recognised internationally for his ground-breaking work and approach to social change and impact measurement, and is a Global Laureate Fellow, UNLEASH Innovation Lab winner, representative to the G20 Youth Entrepreneurship Alliance, and D&F Academy Global Fellow.
Living by the motto "Creating awareness is for those that can't get people to take action", he is not only passionate about instigating social change, but ensuring that this is change is both profound and measurable.
We've worked with a huge array of amazing people, teams, and organisations over the years, including:
Our values are more than posters on a wall—they're how we think. This set of principles help to keep us on track, and guide us in making difficult decisions. They help us cut through noise, and find the path again when we may be struggling to see it. These values manifest themselves in everything we do—whether thats in our interactions, making business decisions, or designing solutions. They even form the basis of our dress code.
Is it not only complete, but built to last?
Is it functional, practical, and serves a clear purpose?
It is beautiful
Is it a joy to the senses and to experience?
It is big
Does it consider the interconnectedness of complex systems?
It is human
Does it consider human needs, behaviours, drivers and diversity?
Does it demonstrably move the needle towards a world that is fair, sustainable, and well?
It is self
Is it both authentic and reflective of oneself?
It is others
Is it appreciative and respectful of others?
It is context
It is appreciative and respectful of the situation, time, and place?
Does it explore and take action?
Does it first listen and understand?
It is truthful
Does it speak truth to power?
For us, our work isn't about accolade or praise. But, it's always nice to know other people like our work, too. Here's a few of the nice items of recognition we have in our cabinet:
Winner · Social Impact
Good Design Award, 2020
Obama Foundation, 2020
Not-for-Profit Marketing Excellence (by proxy)
Australian Marketing Institute, 2019
Impact 25 Finalist
Pro Bono Australia, 2019
Finalist · Social Enterprise Award
Brisbane Lord Mayor's Business Awards, 2018
World Economic Forum, 2018
G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance, 2017 & 2018
Gold (Inclusion) · Silver (Health & wellbeing)
UNLEASH Innovation Lab, 2018
AMP Foundation, 2017
Silver (Health & wellbeing)
UNLEASH Innovation Lab, 2017
Brisbane Top Social Entrepreneurs
Business News Australia, 2016
Community Digital Champion
Advance Queensland, 2016
Australians on the Cusp of Greatness Award
Junkee Media, 2015
Global Laureate Fellow
International Youth Foundation, 2013
Mental Health Award
Australasian Men's Health Forum, 2013
We really like what we do, and we like talking about. Sometimes, we get invited to talk. Here's a few of those times.
Although we're not specifically looking for people to join the team right this second, you're always welcome to get in touch via email@example.com.
What should you send through? Whatever you think best communicates who you are and why you'd want to be part of the spur: mission to create a world that's fair, sustainable, and well. That can be in any format you like.