"We need to stay with the trouble, meet in places where we can be met by the world in return, hopefully defeated in our attempts to understand it.

Where confusion becomes a form of research inquiry.

Confusion becomes a philosophy, an epistemology. And maybe there, maybe there, we might learn about the world and about ourselves anew."  

— Bayo Akomolafe

Screenshot from #OLDMATE promo video of two people putting on makeup
spur: team sitting together



spur: is an atypical 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 little 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.

William Smith Stubbs, Olivia Roney, Lee Crockford
Olivia Roney and William Stubbs
Olivia Roney
Lee Crockford and Olivia Roney
Lee Crockford

A family of orgs


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 mental health projects.

Visit spur:org >

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.

Screenshots of the Toucan app
Visit Toucan >

People of spur:



Chief Pats Officer


He / Him

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.

Urusaro (Trisha) Rwagaju



She / Her

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.

William Smith-Stubbs



He / Him

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.

Sean Tran

Research Strategist


He / Him

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.”

Steph Perry



She / Her

Steph has a diverse background in behavioural science, psychology, marketing, graphic design, digital strategy and web analytics—bringing a multifaceted approach to social and market research.  

Working as a Senior Research Executive at Ipsos, Steph has a Master of Business with a major in Integrated Marketing Communications, a Bachelor of Science with an extended major in Psychology and a Diploma of Graphic Design.

Olivia Roney



She / Her

Olivia is a social entrepreneur who uses her legal and economic backgrounds as frameworks for social change. She graduated from QUT in 2021 in Law and Economics, and works as a strategist for spur:, a social impact strategy and venture studio. She is a Foundation for Young Australian's Young Social Pioneer, Enactus National Champion, UNLEASH Talent in 2019, and UNLEASH+ talent in 2020. In 2021, with spur: Olivia's work won a Good Design Award for social impact in co-design.

She is a Committee Member at GiveOUT Australia, volunteers for the LGBTI Legal Service's law reform portfolio and represents Queensland on Amnesty International Australia's Youth Advisory Group. 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 at work.

Lee Crockford



He / Him

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.

Lee is also a non-executive director of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

Who we've worked with


How we think


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.

Architectural thinking

It stands
Is it not only complete, but built to last the test of time?
It works
Is it functional, practical, and serves a clear purpose?
It is beautiful
Is it joy to the senses and to experience?

Connected thinking

It is big
Does it consider the interconnected nature of complex systems?
It is human
Does it consider human needs, behaviours, drivers and diversity?
It improves
Does it demonstrably move the world towards being fair, sustainable, and well?

Empathetic thinking

It is self
Is it both authentic and reflective of oneself?
It is others
Is it appreciative and respectful of others?
It context
Is it appreciative and respectful of the situation, time, and place?

Curious thinking

It seeks
Does it explore and take action?
It learns
Does it listen and understand first?
It is truthful
Does it speak truth to power?

The trophy cabinet


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:

Queensland Not-for-Profit Marketing State Award for Marketing Excellence (YouBeYou)

Winner · Social Impact

Little Giant Startup Award


Asia-Pacific Leader

Winner · Social Impact (#OLDMATE)

Impact 25 Finalist

Not-for-Profit Marketing Excellence (by proxy)

Gold (Inclusion category) and Silver (Health category)

Australian Representative

Davos 50

Social Enterprise Award Finalist

Tomorrowmaker Award

Australian Representative

Brisbane Top Social Entrepreneurs

Community Digital Champion

Junkee Media

Global Laureate Fellow

Global Fellow

Mental Health Award

Work with us


Although we're not specifically looking for people to join the team right this second, you're always welcome to get in touch via  romeo@wearespur.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.

See the new spur: cookbook >