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Dr Guy Turnbull (UK)

Guy Turnbull

Guy Turnbull brings his international expertise in co-operatives and social enterprise business models to South Australia. Building on his consultancy with government, the private sector and the Thinkers in Residence partner organisations in July, Guy’s residency will focus on the development of the co-operatives sector across a range of industries in the state, with a focus on the care and social services sector in response to the roll-out of the NDIS.

Read more about Guy.

Media release

  • Thinker’s Residency | 12 – 30 November 2018

    The Don Dunstan Foundation and the Thinkers in Residence Program have hosted the return of UK Entrepreneur of the Year Dr Guy Turnbull for his residency between the 12th-30th November 2018.

    Guy returned to South Australia following a successful visit during September where the concept of SA: A Co-operative State was explored through a number of Workshops, Roundtables, Masterclasses and One-on-One meetings.

    Guy's November 2018 Residency continued to explore opportunities for the development of co-operatives across a range of industries in the State, with a focus on the care and social services sector.

    As a part of these Residencies, a range of events were held. Presentations and resources are available below.

    An outcome of Guy's residency included a letter to the Productivity Commission outlining the Don Dunstan Foundation's priority areas and how they relate to social procurement.

  • Thinker’s Residency | 10 – 28 September 2018

    Thinker's Oration

    UK based co-operatives expert and award winning social entrepreneur, Dr Guy Turnbull (EY's UK Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017), shared his insights as our latest Thinker in Residence, including his vision for revitalizing the role of co-operatives and social enterprise in South Australia.

    This event was presented through partnership between the Thinkers in Residence program and the Shift.ed Impact Venture Series.

    Click here to view Guy's Oration. (Video)

    Click here to view Guy's Oration presentation slides. (PDF)

    Rapid Enterprise Development (RED) Workshop

    Learn how to develop a micro-enterprise through this practical one-day workshop with Dr Guy Turnbull. This workshop is designed for people living with disability or who are experiencing social or economic disadvantage. Enquiries and registration are directly with Kate Jarrett at the Don Dunstan Foundation or (08) 8313 2718.

    Tuesday 25 September 2018

    Masterclass on Co-operatives, Employee Ownership and the Care Sector.

    Learn about how to establish a care sector co-operative or employee owned business through this nuanced approach for various service providers.

    Monday, 24 September 2018

    Masterclass for SA Business Leaders on Co-operative Business Models.

    Learn about the benefits, practical tools and specific legal and regulatory requirements for establishing a co-operative business in South Australia.

    Monday, 24 September 2018

  • July 2018 Visit

    Entrepreneurs Week 2018 Opening Event.

    Monday, 9 July

    If you didn’t get a chance to attend any of these opening event sessions, you can view them online now!

    Watch Guy Turnbull's keynote speech on:

    The Rise of the Co-op: Unlocking the latent entrepreneurship in workers and industry.
    How could your business benefit?

    Download the presentation slides HERE (PDF)

    The Thinkers Team organised a number of sessions as part of this event:

    Indigenous Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Economic Growth (video)

    Learn about the stories of successful South Australian based Indigenous entrepreneurs and explore some of the barriers that have been overcome along with the many triumphs these organisations have achieved throughout the journey.This session is about harnessing the visibility and success of these case studies to encourage the continuous development of Indigenous entrepreneurship and business culture in South Australia.

    Entrepreneurship in the Purpose Economy (video)

    How can the lens of social impact assist in identifying rewarding business opportunities in South Australia? This three tiered discussion looks at current social enterprise initiatives, challenges yet to be capitalised upon and opportunities for market differentiation through new purposeful business approaches. A Briefing: Social Enterprise Initiatives in Northern Adelaide - A cluster of initiatives focussed on social procurement, research and business networks to create lasting impact and economic regeneration. A Challenge: Transport in the care sector - How drastic change encourages collaboration, shared value service models and coalitions of the willing and why we need entrepreneurs like you! An Opportunity: The Beyond Bank BCorp Story - How to measure and verify positive social impact through the BCorp model.

    Co-operatives and New Market Opportunities (video)

    Could your company benefit by being part of a thriving co-operative? If you are an SME or start up looking for a way to differentiate yourself and empower your employees, or if you are developing a business in a consumer led industry, such as the care sector, this session outlines the benefits and practical tools for establishing a co-op. Co-operatives and mutual businesses unlock latent entrepreneurship in industry through collaborative behaviour, so businesses can become more sustainable and reach up and down the supply chain. They can be a vehicle to drive jobs growth, provide lower costs to consumers, and better services. S.A. has a proud history of well-known business successes. Dr. Guy Turnbull (UK) will outline current opportunities and practical steps for SA businesses, with other local case studies presented.

    See the Entrepreneurs Week Opening Event program.

    Adelaide Festival of Ideas Keynote Address

    Friday, 13 July

    Ethical enterprise and democratic business ownership models
    2.30pm - 3.20pm

    Presentation Slides

    Driving On Purpose;Ethical enterprise and democratic business ownership models shaping who’s at the wheel (PDF)

    See the Festival website for details.

    Events | June 2018

    Thursday, 28 June | Co-operatives Forum - Opportunities for Care Services

    For more information about the Forum and to view speakers' presentation slides, please visit the event page Cooperatives Forum: Opportunities for Care Services

    Friday, 29 June I Dunstan Dialogue

    Consultation with public and private stakeholders. Contact us for further information.

  • Dr Guy Turnbull | Biography

    Guy has been involved in the co-operative and social enterprise sector since 1988 and is a Social Entrepreneur and Former Managing Director of Care & Share Associates (CASA), an employee-owned social enterprise he helped to found in 2004.

    He previously worked across the UK as a social economy consultant, specialising in business planning, social franchising and replication, programme leadership, training, research and strategic planning. His recent achievements include driving the growth of Care & Share Associates Ltd from a start-up pioneering social franchise to a £17m employee-owned social enterprise and creating ‘RED’ (Rapid Enterprise Development) Workshops, an innovative training approach to social enterprise development with people with a disability.

    In 2016 Guy's work in the care sector was recognised by the Great British Care Awards, where he was national winner in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Care’ category. He was also the winning UK national finalist in the prestigious global competition, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’. In 2017 his work was recognised by Social Enterprise UK through the award of an Honorary Fellowship.

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