Australian Social Investment Trust (ASIT) enables, facilitates and supports long-term, cross-sector collaboration for place-based, whole-of-community collective impact initiatives. This includes Our Place, which is one of ASIT’s major initiatives.
ASIT enables the Our Place initiatives with our sector-neutral Trust model, and supports them through neutral backbone governance, and pooled resourcing capabilities and investment.
The collective impact initiatives we support aim to deliver systems change and sustainable long-term outcomes for disadvantaged communities and community members.
Our Place – ASIT’s approach to collective impact
Collective impact is a structured collaboration of cross-sector organisations. It creates focus on a common agenda to achieve positive social and economic impact. Collective impact initiatives can enable large-scale, long-term social change.
Our Place is a place-based, whole-of-community collective impact initiative supported by ASIT, in partnership with local cross-sector government agencies and non-government organisations. The initiative is currently operational in the NSW Illawarra Shoalhaven region, across four communities.
Our Place takes a unique approach to traditional collective impact implementation. The initiative enables genuine collaboration and social innovation to break the cycle of disadvantage. Our Place brings together community members (individuals, business, government and non-government) to tackle complex social issues locally. Critically, this happens beyond silos and outside political, administrative and funding cycles.
Enabling Our Place
ASIT led the development of the Our Place initiative and continues to play a key role in its implementation.
- We provide Our Place's unique, world-first collective impact implementation model to support whole-of-community collective impact work locally.
- We provide the 'virtual organisation' under which Illawarra Shoalhaven Social InvestmenTs (ISSIT) operates - ISSIT supports the day-to-day operations of Our Place Illawarra Shoalhaven.
- We play a significant role in the ISSIT Executive Advisory Board, which authorises and guides Our Place work locally through a robust collaborative governance model.
- We play a significant role in the ISSIT cross-sector operational backbone team, which drives, enables and coordinates community development projects and actions.