Welcome to the December 2018 edition of the Dunstan News.
As I look back on the year that was, I feel inspired by the projects and initiatives that we have been involved in, particularly with the advances we have made towards our goal of ending street homelessness through the Adelaide Zero Project and our work in creating a more purposeful economy in South Australia through our Thinkers in Residence Program

Our mission is to inspire and support others to take action to create a fairer world and your involvement is key to our success.  We couldn't achieve the outcomes that we have without collaboration with over 75 partner organisations and the ongoing support of our friends, supporters, interns, volunteers, staff, and event attendees, so thank you.
You can read below for all the latest on what's going on, including highlights of some of the more significant achievements for the Foundation and the projects we are working on.
  Dr Guy Turnbull, was  in Adelaide in November as our Thinker in Residence to deliver a range of workshops and public events. We are also excited to announce the launch of two Thinker's reports by Suzi Sosa and Vic Strecher. In each of these reports you'll find their observations and recommendations for South Australia and the practical steps that could be taken to achieve better outcomes for our State.
You'll find below an update on how many people experiencing homelessness we've housed for the  Adelaide Zero Project, what's happening with the Migration and Refugee Research Network, and seasonal office closure times. 

If you're passionate about social justice and considering studying Law next year, the Len King Scholarship is still open for applications.  And, as always, we've included an update on some great reads and what else is going on around town.
If you like what you see, we hope you will consider  attending , joining , donating , partnering  or volunteering  and help us inspire action for a fairer world.

Thanks for your ongoing support. As always, we value your feedback on what we are doing so please get in touch!


David Pearson
Executive Director
Don Dunstan Foundation
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, Lowitja O'Donoghue AC CBE DSG, and 2018 Orator Noel Pearson
2018 in Review
In this time of rising inequality, we are very proud to share with you the progress that the committed team at the Foundation and its many supporters have made in 2018:
  • Our work addressing homeless through the Adelaide Zero Project has resulted in more than 60 rough sleepers being placed in secure, permanent, supported accommodation this year.
  • A series of international experts were brought to South Australia through the Thinkers in Residence Program, which seeks to develop a more purposeful economy in South Australia that is able to achieve the highest levels of social, cultural and environmental impact (i.e. through social enterprise, cooperatives, for benefit corporations etc). This year saw more than 3,200 people attend over 60 Thinker's events. 
  • We supported Aboriginal economic empowerment by commissioning two reports through the Leaders Institute of South Australia, and by working with a range of organisations to action the report's recommendations.
  • More than 550 people attended our Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration to hear Noel Pearson outline his vision for a path towards reconciliation.
  • We continue to analyse and discuss the opportunities and challenges of migration by supporting the Migration and Population Growth Network with the Committee for Adelaide and the Migration and Refugee Research Network (MARRNet) with a broad range of organisations.
  • Over 350 people attended our AdMental event, where we promoted community and individual mental health. AdMetal will be back, bigger and better next year.
  • Through the Len King Scholarship, a total of $46,250 was provided to six people who have a passion for social justice and who would otherwise experience financial hardship while undertaking a law degree
  • Through the Art4Good Fund we supported the artistic careers of two talented South Australians with prizes of $5,000 to Aboriginal artist Tony Wilson for Our Mob and $2,500 to Gerry Wedd for SALA. We also promoted art that is inspiring action for a fairer world through our Social Change Guide to the Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival.
We have so much more planned for 2019 and invite you to continue on this journey with us as we continue to inspire action for a fairer world.
2018 Thinker in Residence Dr Guy Turnbull
As 2018 draws to an end so too does another Thinkers Residency...

At the end of November we waved farewell to Thinker in Residence: Dr Guy Turnbull.

With 44 Thinkers' events, meetings, workshops and round tables under his belt, it was a marathon month for Guy.

Guy's visit explored opportunities for the development of co-operatives across a range of industries, investigated support for a more inclusive education and employment environment and broadly considered how South Australia can become 'the Co-operative State'.

Guys efforts over the last month has resulted in a total of 2,331 people engaging over the course of his Residency - a new Thinkers in Residence record!

Allyson Hewitt and Ilse Treurnicht Visit | 2019

We are looking forward to welcoming back Allyson Hewitt and Dr Ilse Treurnicht of MaRS Discovery District. They will undertake their joint Residency halfway through next year which will wrap up the Social Capital Residencies theme for Thinkers in Residence.

This joint Residency will have a particular focus on inclusive participation and growth in the Purpose Economy.

Thinkers in Residence Conference | 2019

We are very excited to announce that the Thinkers in Residence Program will be hosting a Conference in 2019. This conference will provide an opportunity to showcase all that we have learned throughout the Social Capital Residencies and will also help build on all of our partners' work to create a more purposeful economy in South Australia.

We are in the early stages of planning with further updates about the program and speakers for the conference to be announced in the new year. If you would like to be involved in the conference or know of the perfect presenter, please don't hesitate to contact the conference organiser Coco Karriem.

City of Adelaide Councillor Candidates at the signing of the Adelaide Zero Project's pledge to end homelessness.
Adelaide Zero Project

As we reflect on the significant progress of the Adelaide Zero Project this year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Adelaide Zero Project Partners, for their support and enthusiasm over the last year. 

The Adelaide Zero Project aims to achieve and sustain Functional Zero street homelessness in the inner city by the end of 2020. Through the Zero Project Adelaide has the opportunity to be the first city outside the US and Canada to achieve Functional Zero street homelessness.  While significant progress has been made towards this goal, there is still much more to be done.

We have experienced a year of flux with various changes in state and local government. But we are certainly grateful for the new robust relationships we have been able to develop at both levels. We are especially thankful for the involvement of Minister Lensink who has been an extraordinary advocate for the project since its inception.

We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our new City of Adelaide Lord Mayor, Sandy Verschoor and the City of Adelaide councillors on their appointment. The Project's partnership with Council has been critical to drive momentum this year.

Since May 2018, we have collectively achieved these major milestones:
  • Adelaide's first Connections Week where nearly 200 workers and volunteers from across the sector connected with 143 people sleeping rough in the city to get to know them by name and better understand their needs.
  • Creation of the By-Name List that the inner city services are constantly updating to ensure we know the names and needs of people sleeping rough in the city in real-time.
  • Established an Inner City Community of Practice to prioritise and coordinate secure housing and support for people on the By-Name List who are sleeping rough, so far housing more than 80 people.
  • Launched an Australian first public dashboard to track progress towards our goal of Functional Zero street homelessness in the inner city.
  • Initiated a Business Alliance to End Homelessness led by the City of Adelaide.
  • Secured significant Government (State and Local) as well as community buy-in for the project.
  • Hosted a service review with the Institute of Global Homelessness.
In 2019 you will see the Zero Project focused on: identifying more diverse housing stock to ensure sufficient public, community and private housing solutions, a 90 day project to respond to Aboriginal needs, and early intervention to reduce the number of people falling into homelessness.

As always, if you like what you see, we hope you will consider getting more involved with the Adelaide Zero Project. You can register for updates here or contact Renee Jones for more information about partnering opportunities.

The Migration and Refugee Research Network 

The Migration and Refugee Research Network (MARRNet) is a dynamic network of researchers, service providers, students and community members that aims to foster research collaboration and innovation, promote intercultural understanding and improve settlement outcomes for asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants (including international students). 

The network has membership from over 50 researchers from a range of disciplines from all three South Australian public Universities in the fields of visual arts, law, education, public health, psychology, political theory, nursing, international studies, migration and population studies, as well as government representatives and service providers from over 40 organisations. MARRNet is supported by the Don Dunstan Foundation as part of its work to create a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with Migration. 

We are also pleased to announce that we have launched our supporter program where you can become a MARRNet supporter and receive all the latest migration news, discounted tickets to MARRNet events and more.  We encourage you to share this email and assist us to broaden our network and allow greater impact and collaboration with any individuals or groups who may have an interest in this area.

Refugee Alternatives Conference

In February 2019 MARRNet will be proudly partnering as 'co-hosts' of the Refugee Alternatives Conference which will be in held in Adelaide.

The Refugee Alternatives Conference brings together a broad range of expertise covering topics of displacement; protection; cooperation; wellbeing; resilience; education; advocacy; and unity from across the country and across the globe. By partnering with those that are best placed to find solutions to current issues, the Refugee Alternatives Conference is an important event that engages the vast knowledge and expertise of those with lived experiences. 
Volunteers at this years AdMental event
Volunteer thank you

We would like to say a HUGE end of year thank you to our wonderful volunteers. This year we were lucky to receive over 1,000 hours of support from volunteers at the Don Dunstan Foundation across many of our office based projects and events. An all time record.

Depending on the skills, interests and commitments of volunteers, there are exciting opportunities across all our key priority areas that we look for assistance with. Event volunteering is perfect for people who would like to help out on a more ad hoc basis, while office volunteering gets you in amongst the team, working on longer term projects and immersing yourself in anything from event planning to administration, communications and project planning support.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact our volunteer coordinator Emilie Soda. We have many exciting events planned for 2019 and great opportunities for further volunteer involvement!

Applications Now Open for the Len King Scholarship

Students seeking to commence studies in Law in 2018 are invited to apply for the Don Dunstan Foundation Len King Scholarship. The award of up to $15,000 per annum, paid for up to four years, provides funds for general living expenses.  FIND OUT MORE
Holiday Opening Hours

It's been a bumper 2018 and the Don Dunstan Foundation team is taking a much needed break over the holiday season! 

The office will be closed from 12 noon on Friday 21 December and will re-open on Monday 7 January. 

To all our friends, supporters, and partners near and far, we wish you and your loved ones a safe, peaceful, joyous holiday season.
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