News Tag: Work

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Second pilot tester

In exciting news, we just had a new person sign up as a pilot tester of the programme.

We are incredibly excited to have a new pilot tester onboard. The plan still is to participate in the MS Queensland webinar on 17 March at 10 am.

In addition to allowing us to test our systems and processes, the pilot test will allow us to explore some of our suppositions (e.g. how things will split between hobbies/crafts, gig-based micro-business or a small business)…

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Dignity interview

This week, Gary was interviewed for a piece for the Dignity Project. 

It was a chance to talk about the early beginnings of the platform. It was also a chance to discuss the important role disability entrepreneurship can play in dignity, social inclusion and community participation. 

Gary couldn’t help but slip in a joke about world domination. Back in your box Gary…

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Disability facts

A sobering summary about disability, income and entrepreneurship in Australia.

This information captures perfectly the factors that inspired us to work on setting up

This includes some surprising numbers, as well as the source where we found them…

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Executive summary

We have produced a one-page executive summary of where things are at with the development of the platform.

Included in the document is a summary of:

(i) Objectives;

(ii) Types of disability enterprises…

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A set of icons

Further to our previous post, our animator has provided us with a set of twelve icons for the platform.

These will be used for the three animations currently under development, as well as in our upcoming infographics and across our website.

The website changes will be made at the same time we post the animations.

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Naomi Birdthistle has joined the Board

We are delighted to share the news Naomi has joined the Board for the platform.

Assoc. Prof. Birdthistle is an international researcher, with considerable experience in entrepreneur whip.  She has some great ideas for the platform and we are thrilled to have her in the team.

We have already identified an exciting grant for us to pursue in the new year.

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Excitement comes after a disappointment

After yesterday’s disappointing news, we received a terrific input of money this morning.  I hope to be able to share some details about that soon.

So some work commenced today:

Coding the other sections of the platform.
Producing the introducing video inspired by our logo.
Production of a comprehensive marketing plan.
Recording a message to go with our telephone message bank.

To say we are excited to have this work underway would be a MASSIVE understatement.   All of sudden, what felt like an impossible musing, is starting to become a reality.

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Ways in which can help: Become a gigster

Did you have to retire from work because of your disability, but still have marketable skills?  Or could you otherwise do work on a gig basis?

A disability/chronic condition doesn’t need to limit skills/knowledge or contribution, but isolation and lack of support often can. offers an innovative alternative.