Leading social enterprise: Innovation achieving impact

Leading social enterprise: Innovation achieving impact

Mar 10
CEDA launches the Copland Sundowner series to profile leading Australian social entrepreneurs to outline how new thinking to entrenched issues is leading to sustainable, innovative and impactful change to our society’s greatest challenges.


Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, Co-Founders, OrangeSky Australia

Event overview

Social innovation and social enterprise are becoming increasingly important in developing new solutions to persistent social and environmental challenges.

Launching in 2020, CEDA’s Copland Sundowner program will profile inspiring and innovative Australian social enterprises leading new approaches to entrenched problems. Featuring the founders of Orange Sky Australia, the world's first free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness, this event will examine:

  • Scaling a good idea to achieve maximum impact
  • Mobilising and collaboration across the corporate sector, government and the community to achieve social impact; and
  • New solutions for entrenched problems – homelessness in Australia;
This event provides an opportunity for CEDA members to meet, network, and learn from each other in implementing innovation in their workplaces and profiles new leadership that inspires, empowers, and shapes social change. 

About the Copland Leadership Program
In addition, this event will profile CEDA’s renowned Copland Leadership program which in 2020 will be held in both May and November. This professional development program is designed for those ready to take the next step in their careers preparing them with new leadership skills, awareness and knowledge elevating their leadership performance in the areas of leadership fundamentals, emotional intelligence, strategic thinking, balancing risk and reward, developing teams and leading sustainable change.

Meet the speaker

Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett
Co-Founders, OrangeSky Australia

In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, and wash and dry clothes for free. Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, the 2016 Young Australians of the Year, founded Orange Sky – a world-first, free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness. On a mission to improve hygiene standards, Nic and Lucas stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of a conversation. Now facilitated by more than 1,200 volunteers, Orange Sky aims to positively connect the community.
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