On November 3rd, 2016, the LEAN dot Melbourne Community of Lean Learners, Leaders and Locals took part in our official launch event - Kaizen Connection in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
The objective of this event was to:
- Share our vision to Make Good Change in Melbourne, Victoria and beyond.
- Connect the Victorian Lean community to purpose-driven organisations.
- Hear how working effectively towards a social purpose can create substantial outcomes in our communities.
We were humbled by the range of attendees and supporters that joined us for this special event from across Victoria:
- Social Enterprises
- Industry Professionals
- Healthcare Providers
- Telecommunications Providers
- Service Providers
- And many more...
A WELCOMING CHALLENGE
Our Guests were greeted with a friendly smile and a special personal test...
Those brave enough raced to find the best method to complete our PEGBOARD CHALLENGE - a lesson in workplace design, organisation and motion economy.
Our winner will be offered the opportunity to present her method to completing the challenge as standard work at our next KAIZEN CONNECTION so that we can improve on our record of 41.80 seconds together.
SHARING OUR WHY
WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE GOOD CHANGE IN OUR COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF LEAN THINKING, PRINCIPLES AND METHODS
KAIZEN is at the heart of our mission.
It is synonymous with continuous improvement in Lean methodology however our Members believe that KAIZEN has a deeper meaning:
KAI = CHANGE
ZEN = FOR THE BETTER
COLLABORATING AROUND A SOCIAL PURPOSE
Clifford Moss from Good Business Matters shared his personal journey of establishing social enterprises overseas and in Australia, their growth, their challenges and the learning that comes with working with others towards our purpose.
His current collaborative project, The Good Xmas Trail - where consumers and organisations can choose to buy from ethical businesses during the holidays, was one many examples of where stakeholders across several sectors have furthered their objectives while Making Good Change along the way.
Clifford also reminded us that with the limited time that we are given, we should respect the two most important days of our lives - the day we were born, and the day that we find out why.
GROWING GOOD - SERVING A COMMUNITY'S APPETITE
Christine Smith from Recipe4Change and Rowville Community Kitchen - a social enterprise providing long-term unemployed community members essential skills while converting reclaimed food into meals for those affected by food poverty, took us on her personal journey where she discovered her belief that she could change the lives through food.
Working within a situation that was not only less than satisfying but was also not providing the solutions that the community needed, Christine used food to engage people in isolation to engage with their peers and rediscover physical activity.
Launching her own social enterprise, Christine expanded on how working with community stakeholders has helped the Recipe4Change team grow from their humble beginnings to now being one of Australia's most successful job-seekers programs.
Our Guests were asked to reflect on Clifford and Christine's journeys along with their own personal experiences that they will draw inspiration from to Make Good Change in our communities.
In a LIVE LEARNING exercise, groups took turns sharing their beliefs, experiences and ideas towards:
Showing Respect for People and Humanity
How Working With Purpose Overcomes Barriers and Bias
The Importance of Building Capability To Make More Good Change
A PURPOSE GREATER THAN OURSELVES
We proudly announced that Not-For-Profit, Non-Government and Charitable Organisations will be able to apply to the LEAN dot Group for assistance in the form of COMMUNITY KAIZEN activities.
The objective of our COMMUNITY KAIZEN activities is to raise the effectiveness of beneficiary organisations so that they can deliver more and better outcomes towards their missions in our communities.
All initiatives that we undertake through our COMMUNITY KAIZEN activities must be in support of at least 1 the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and UN 2030 Agenda Resolution.
On September 7, 2016, the UN Global Impact Network Australia released a major announcement outlining the collaboration of over 30 Australian Company CEOs to sign a statement of support towards the 2030 Agenda and SDGs.
The LEAN dot Group looks forward to engaging with these organisations in their journeys to making these objectives a reality.
© 2016 United Nations http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE GOOD CHANGE
HERE ARE SOME OF THE WAYS YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TODAY:
SPREAD THE WORD
Do you know:
Colleagues that want to give back to their communities through Lean?
Companies looking for ways to expand its efforts towards its Corporate Social Responsibility objectives?
Community Groups, Not-For-Profits, Charities or NGOs that need help in their missions to improve our communities?
Share our vision with them and help them connect with us today!
We believe that For-Profit Organisations play a significant and pivotal role in improving the world we enjoy.
To Make Good Change in our communities in a sustainable way, we need Corporate contributions in order to:
- Facilitate Community Kaizen activities with Charities in need;
- Provide unique live sharing and learning events through our Kaizen Connections;
- Establish operations with modern infrastructure to deliver the best possible value to all of our Members.
Corporate Members will receive incredible benefits by joining the LEAN dot Community and contributing to our mission.
Some of these benefits include:
- The opportunity to involve their team members in Community Kaizen initiatives to learn Lean through doing;
- Make real and measured social impact in areas that align with their Corporate Social Responsibility vision and objectives;
- Connect with and provide benefit to the communities they operate within.
We have certainly not stood still since our Kaizen Connection Launch Event in November.
We are putting the finishing touches on our 1st Community Kaizen activity plan to support Recipe4Change and their team fight food poverty and eliminate food waste.
This pilot activity will help us form a repeatable and reliable process to help any Charity across Melbourne, Victoria and beyond through Lean.
We will be sharing a Community Kaizen update for this initiative in early February 2017 and will announce our next Kaizen Connection event early in the new year.
MEMBERSHIPS OPENING SOON
WANT TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO HELP US MAKE GOOD CHANGE?
WE'LL BE ANNOUNCING MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES VERY SOON AND WE DON'T WANT YOU TO MISS OUT.