News & Commentary Straight from Think HQ

  • News June 20, 2016

    Starting conversations about multiculturalism and social cohesion

    Think HQ’s long-standing relationship with The Scanlon Foundation has resulted, year after year, in the successful launch of high quality research and the delivery of projects that contribute to the social fabric of Australian communities.

    So far, projects this year have included:

    • The development and launch of The Scanlon Foundation Multiculturalism Discussion Paper
    • Assisting with the launch of Welcoming Cities Symposium
    • Preparing to launch the Foundation's largest report to date, to be released later this year.

    The Scanlon Foundation’s Multiculturalism Discussion Paper, launched in February, explored the concept of multiculturalism and how it has been defined throughout history, both in Australia and other parts of the world.

    In partnership with the South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Think HQ organised the launch of the paper in Adelaide, with a panel of thought leaders who shared their ideas on multiculturalism with an audience of 150 people. Think HQ secured...

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  • News June 20, 2016

    Leadership 2016

    Think HQ was proud to be among Australia’s top 200 civic leaders driving positive social change as a supporter of the Australian Progress Leadership 2016 conference in Canberra in early June.

    Issues and topics covered were broad-ranging - from climate change, gambling and engaging civil society, to the outlook for Australian in 2030 and the future of health, cities and the role of government.

    Among the speakers was 2015 Fullbright Indigenous Professional Scholar Michelle Deshong, who made a powerful call for greater representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in government and all areas of leadership in society.

    Evan Wolfson, Founder and President of Freedom to Marry, provided a behind-the-scenes look at the decades-long campaign he ran to achieve marriage equality in the US, outlining persistence and belief in human rights as the key to their success.

    Kate Gill, former Matilda’s soccer captain, spoke about the gender pay gap in sport. Reflecting on her...

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  • News June 20, 2016

    Welcome from Founder and Director, Jen Sharpe

    Welcome to Think HQ’s inaugural newsletter.

    2016 marks our sixth year in business and in June, also heralds the welcome of the tenth member to our seemingly ever-growing team. I am so proud of the team we have built, and a big shout-out goes to Anna Chalko – Think HQ’s first employee who is celebrating her fifth anniversary. Her contribution and commitment to the growth of the business has been awesome.

    I also have to pinch myself with the calibre of clients we get to work with – a small sample of which is profiled in the newsletter.

    This year also marks our transition from a PR agency, to a full-service communications business – meaning we now offer in-house, digital, web development and design services. It’s an exciting move, and one that enables us to offer more comprehensive support for our clients.

    I also really want to say a big thanks to our clients and supporters, who have helped grow Think HQ over the last six years.

    I really hope you enjoy the newsletter. Think HQ...

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  • News June 20, 2016

    Get to know our team: Anna Spraggett

    What steered you towards philanthropy?

    I work in philanthropic communications because I love the passion and dedication of people in the social change space – it’s uplifting to see society change for the better through what we do. Philanthropy is about so much more than money - it is also about the time, networks, and the soft skills that are underrated.

    What has been the highlight of your philanthropic career?

    There have been many incredible highlights throughout my career. Being able to facilitate and make possible the incredible visions of social change makers is a constant highlight. It’s also awe inspiring to see great change coming from the smallest contributions. What people can achieve in the NFP sector, with scarce resources, is phenomenal.

    With the rise of social media, where do you see social marketing and philanthropy heading?

    The rise of social media has definitely helped put great philanthropic endeavours under the spotlight and into mainstream discussion.

    I think social...

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