Harbinger Consultants

Creative Sustainability :: Place, People, Product, Potential, Partnership + Pollinating

Community

Harbinger Consultants endeavours to support the community in ways that promote wellbeing and development. We undertake voluntary work with community based organisations and activities. We have also held positions in non-profit Boards and government committees including the Australian Network for Art and Technology, Access Arts, Regional Development Australia Brisbane, the Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency and the State Government Community Forum for Greater Brisbane.

Current Involvements

Member, Steering Committee, Art from the Margins
As a member of the Steering Committee, John will contribute to ongoing strategic planning and development of Art from the Margins, which offers people experiencing disadvantage a pathway to enrichment, personal growth and professional development through creative practice.

Board Member, Kurbingui Sporting Association Inc.
John is a member of the Board of Kurbingui Sporting Association, a competitive boxing and community orientated fitness club in the Brisbane North Region.

Previous Involvements

Pro Bono Advice to Digi Youth Arts
When Brisbane based arts group, Digi Youth Arts posted a call for assistance with their incorporation process, we approached the group and suggested a coaching relationship to build capacity and deeper understanding of incorporation and governance. After a couple of consultations, Digi Youth Arts had developed a pathway and were confident to proceed with incorporation. Digi Youth Arts is a predominantly volunteer organisation and incorporation will enable them to formalise their organisation and grow their enterprise.

Deputy Chair, Regional Development Australia Brisbane
Linda was appointed Deputy Chair of RDA Brisbane Committee in 2009 by the Federal Government. She stepped down from the Committee in August 2014. RDA is a partnership between the Australian, state, territory and local governments, the private sector and local communities to strengthen regional communities and build their long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability. This is the first time all three levels of government are working together to develop Queensland’s regions.

Board Member, South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce
John has held the positions of Secretary and Board member with the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber aims to connect Indigenous and Non-Indigenous businesses to promote, support, and guide Indigenous business success in the Australian community. John maintains an ongoing relationship with the SEQICC.

Advisory Group, Urgenis
Urgenis was a start up social enterprise/design collective that seeks to identify, engage and create solutions for emergent complex problems of the unsustainable associated with the future of urban and post-urban life, community, populations, cultural practices, technology and economic innovation. Established by graduates of QCA’s Master of Design Futures program, Linda was pleased to volunteer in an advisory capacity as the organisation formed, established priorities and created an environment of positive change.

Member, Local Enterprise Advisory Partnership (LEAP), Mission Australia
John is a Local Enterprise Advisory Partnership (LEAP) member. In this capacity, he was invited by Mission Australia to take part in the social enterprise demonstration project, Changing Places. As a three year demonstration project, Changing Places will test, evaluate and share learnings from the development of a new model of sustainable place based social enterprises, based on the concept of social procurement.

Volunteer Communications Officer, Architects Without Frontiers
Linda volunteered as the Communications Officer with Architects Without Frontiers (AWF) which works within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, especially in relation to overcoming the causes of poverty and improving education, gender equality, health and environmental quality. AWF adopts a Results Based Management approach to development and has been working with disadvantaged communities, irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation, in 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific, Africa and beyond since its formation in 1999.

Pro Bono Advice to NAVTI Foundation
We were approached by the NAVTI Foundation through an online social development and volunteering portal to provide some advice and assistance on several initiatives the Foundation is undertaking in alleviating poverty in Cameroon, Africa. The NAVTI Foundation aims to help disadvantaged women, children and rural populations to alleviate poverty and help them live peaceful and sustainable lives by assisting them to develop their potentials. We have provided assistance to NAVTI in the development of a social enterprise proposal and a fundraising proposal.

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