I’m a social entrepreneur, activist, organiser, burner, dreamer and project junkie. I love building initiatives and working with teams when they’re at a formative stage to innovative new approaches to creating social impact. I’ve founded non- and for-profit social enterprises, organized conferences, run election coverage, produced music festivals and worked and consulted for political parties, non-profits, start ups and government entities.
For over 15 years I’ve been exploring how technology and culture can be harnessed as tools to create a more democratic and participatory society.
I’m the co-founder and CEO of social change crowdfunding platform StartSomeGood.com, the Director of the Australian Changemakers Festival and a strategist and adviser to numerous companies and organisations.
I previously founded several nonprofits including Vibewire Youth Inc. in 2000 while I was at university, and spent the next eight years building it into an award-winning youth-led non-profit with offices in three states. Along the way we opened the first coworking space in Australia (then called sQuareOne, now known as the Vibewire Innovation Lab and still open on Harris St in Sydney), ran a touring film festival and placed youth reporters into the press pool during three Federal elections.
2008-2010 I was in Washington DC as the first Social Media Director at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, the world’s leading organisation supporting social entrepreneurs with a presence in over 50 countries. While there I worked with numerous programs and country offices incorporate social technologies into their work. I set up the @Ashoka twitter account in early 2009 and grew it to over 300,000 before I left. I also launched one of the first Twitter chats, #SocEntChat, which is still going.
From 2010-12 I was in San Francisco working as a consultant and then social media director at a non-profit. In late 2010 a former colleague from Ashoka, Alex Budak, and I started working on StartSomeGood.com, which went live in mid 2011 and has so far delivered over $1 million to social impact projects in 23 countries.
My wife and I returned to Australia in 2013 to prepare for the birth of our first child, a son named Bodhi.
But enough about me! What are you up to?
To get in touch email tomdawkins(at)gmail(dot)com.
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