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Find the support you need to turn your ideas into maximum positive impact.

Impact Boom helps people and organisations unleash their greatest potential to create positive social impact. We work across the ecosystem to create the right conditions, resources, tools and programs to help people tackle social and environmental challenges, changing the world for the better.

Impact Boom is a social enterprise focused on the support and development of social enterprise globally. We work from across Australia and the globe with a growing team of Contributing Editors based in Brisbane, Melbourne, London, Barcelona, Munich and San Francisco.

Each week, on the podcast and blog, Impact Boom interviews global leaders, providing the latest insights and resources to tackle complex problems. We will continue to provide knowledge and mainstream awareness to grow the movement.

We provide direct support to effectively develop and scale social enterprises via the comprehensive Elevate+ Social Enterprise Accelerator Program, events and workshops.

In past years, the Australian government has called for an ‘ideas boom’, investing heavily in the creation of an innovation ecosystem. Whilst we recognise and value the growing commitment, we believe it’s time to move from the ‘ideas boom’ to the ‘impact boom’. A range of factors commonly stand in the way of an individual or organisation successfully turning their ideas into positive impact, but we’re here to help.

Our vision is for a healthy, sustainable, inclusive and fair world where people and planet thrive.

Our mission for the next 5 years is to grow the social enterprise sector globally, with a core focus on Oceania.

Our main goals are to:

  • Provide communities with the knowledge, skills, support and mindsets to pursue social enterprise as a viable way to tackle community issues.

  • Create mainstream awareness of social enterprise, building a movement which sees stronger investment and support.

  • Take a whole of system approach, helping develop and improve social enterprise policy.


The team

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Tom Allen
Founder & CEO
(Brisbane-based)

Tom Allen loves stepping outside of his comfort zone to take on new challenges that create positive change. As a design strategist, social entrepreneur and educator, Tom's passion lies in creating projects, initiatives and programs which empower people to tackle complex social and environmental issues. 

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Elise Stephenson
Contributing Editor
(Brisbane & ASia-based)

Elise Stephenson is social entrepreneur, Elevate+ Alumni, and PhD researcher at Griffith University, Australia. A co-founder and director of Social Good Outpost creative design studio, Elise thrives when working on a-typical and hands-on projects, particularly those engaging youth, women, and the Asia Pacific region.

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Nikoline Arns
Contributing Editor
(Barcelona-based)

Nikoline Arns is a cross-disciplinary designer from the Netherlands. She creates visual identities for inspiring people and startups to tell their story to the world. Nikoline is based in Barcelona, runs a great co-working space and is passionate about projects which positively impact the local community.

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Mike Lepre
Contributing Editor
(Brisbane-based)

Mike Lepre is a designer & social entrepreneur (Elevate+ Alumni) who is passionate about utilising design to create social impact. Mike founded Bertonni in 2018, a social enterprise that creates meaningful employment for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, through the design and manufacture of timeless and elegant porcelain products.

Carlie Daly
Marketing & Engagement
(Brisbane-based)

Carlie Daly is an Arts Teacher, Elevate+ Alumni and founder of Social Enterprise, Mumma Got Skills. Carlie is passionate about supporting post-natal mental health through hands-on, creative workshops with measurable impact. Carlie is Impact Boom’s Marketing and Engagement Manager, with a passion for nurturing our purpose-led community.

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Amedeo Watson
Contributing Editor
(Valencia-based)

Amedeo Watson is passionate about the power of business to create positive impact. Having worked in social enterprise support organisations in Europe, he believes social entrepreneurship has a unique ability to create both comprehensive solutions and competitive businesses, while recognising the challenges of communicating vision and defining impact.

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Gary Fawdrey
Contributing Editor
(London-based)

Gary Fawdrey is a social innovation practitioner and coach. He is based at Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, where he organises the European Social Innovation Competition. He is passionate about empowering those with lived experience of social problems to take the lead in developing solutions.

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rachel stevens
Contributing Editor
(Brisbane-based)

Rachel Stevens is passionate about meeting and working with others who share a mutual drive for creating positive social impact. As a keen traveller, explorer and curious design student at QUT, Rachel has returned to Brisbane from her role as design intern at BMW, Munich and is also researching European impact initiatives.

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Mikaela Stephens
Contributing Editor
(Melbourne-based)

Mikaela Stephens is a healthcare designer based in Melbourne, specialising in human-centred and systems design. Tailoring her design education to support a passion in health, Mikaela is now gaining rapid experience and promotes implementation of socially sustainable and innovative design in an evolving industry. 

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Thomas Long
Contributing Editor
(Brisbane-based)

Tom is a designer with a passion for creating sustainable products and systems with meaningful experiences and outcomes. He uses design thinking to create positive social impact, by mapping out and understanding user needs, and matching them with environmentally and socially sustainable solutions.


Former team members:

Alejandra Carrau (Marketing & engagement)

Michael Keller

Natana Mayer

Olivia Roney


Our Impact

As a social enterprise, Impact Boom believes knowledge and education are the keys to healthier communities and a better world.

To date, we’ve published over 180 free-to-access articles, sharing the knowledge and insights of 250+ global leaders in social enterprise and innovation.

Impact Boom works with disadvantaged community members to provide opportunities for positive change. For every place filled on our Elevate+ Program, we provide one spot for a community member to participate in a hands-on entrepreneurship and creativity workshop.

Alongside each round of the Elevate+ Accelerator, Impact Boom has committed to providing a creativity and entrepreneurship workshop with disadvantaged community members.

 

The world has plenty of ideas, people and resources (although some are fast running out).

What the world needs is an impact boom.