The book recognises and celebrates social enterprise in Australia by telling the stories of those who have benefited from the good work being undertaken in the sector. It also highlights the innovative models of impact investment, providing a blueprint for a smarter way to do business.
Dollars & Sense is the brainchild of Geoff Harris, co-founder of Flight Centre. Geoff is a strong supporter of social enterprise, believing it is an obvious disruptor for the old-school charity model. He hopes that this book helps shine a light on the incredible work being done in this space all across the country. Both Geoff and Neil are keen to see the book stimulate discussion within corporate Australia around the opportunities to further develop the social enterprise sector and increase its impact.
The book was launched last week at Deakin Downtown in Docklands to a large crowd. The Good Cycles team was in attendance, including Max, who was pretty stoked to be asked to sign a couple of copies.
Max came to Good Cycles through the Pedal Empowerment Program (PEP), at a time when he was unemployed, facing various police charges and looking for someone to give him a fresh start. PEP gave Max a range of job-ready skills and provided a support network during this tumultuous time in his life. Nine months on, Max continues to work with Good Cycles and was willing to share his story with Dollars & Sense to highlight the significant impact of the work we do – on his life and the lives of many other young people who come through our programs.
We encourage you to purchase a copy of the book and discover more about the growth of this exciting sector here in Australia. The book also features the good work of STREAT, CERES Fair Food, Mildura Chocolate Company, Reach, Ability Works and The Social Studio, just to name a few. Copies are available from our online store.