Platform C launches to tackle challenging social issues across Australian communities
Platform C is launched by Collaboration for Impact in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Social Services, the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Dusseldorp Forum, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and Clear Horizon.
Collaboration for Impact has today launched Platform C, a first-of-its-kind online resource designed to enable people to tackle complex challenges and create large-scale impact through collaboration around complex social issues like poverty, childhood vulnerability, domestic violence, homelessness and discrimination.
The new and interactive online platform provides free access to critical information, tools, case studies and support which is purpose built to help changemakers shift the conditions that hold complex problems in place. From today, change agents are encouraged to visit Platform C
www.platformc.org to explore the resources, make use of the assessment tool and put their initiative on the map.
Co-Founder and Director of Collaboration for Impact, Ms Kerry Graham, said, “If we are ever to become a nation where people, places and country truly thrive, then we need to improve our ability to tackle complex challenges. We need more people and organisations with the know-how to lead this type of change and we need them fast. This is where Platform C comes in. It connects changemakers tackling our most entrenched and resistant challenges, to the best information and support available.”
Platform C is supported by the Paul Ramsay Foundation. Paul Ramsay Foundation’s Chief Capability Officer Jo Taylor said, “Our partnership with Platform C will help us to forge long-term collaborative partnerships that grow capacity and enable long-lasting change. Platform C will be a valuable tool for the for-purpose sector.”
Ms Graham continued, “Working to tackle complexity is much-needed and rewarding work. But it is immensely difficult too. Changemakers often feel like they are swimming against the tide of short-term thinking and silver-bullet solutions. At times, they can feel isolated and unsure. Platform C aims to help them overcome the isolation and feel more connected, confident and empowered as they connect with like-minded changemakers and initiatives at similar stages of development as their own.
“Across Australia, there is a rapidly growing movement of location-specific and issues-based collaborations tackling complex challenges. Platform C will grow with them. Platform C will allow them to become more confident in the change processes they are leading, and to share their insights, learnings and successes,” explained Ms Graham.
Platform C is designed for all changemakers addressing complex challenges, whether in community, services, governments at all levels, philanthropy, business and research in any part of Australia. Platform C is free to access and it will complement Collaboration for Impact’s existing embedded capacity-building work with initiatives that are collaborating to learn how to shift the conditions that hold complex problems in place and to drive large-scale impact.
Platform C will feature at ChangeFest 19, an upcoming conference for community-led, place-based change from 20-22 November in Mount Druitt, Western Sydney.