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The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) exists to develop, test and spread innovations that change lives for the people who need it most. At the heart of TACSI lies the fundamental belief that people are the experts in their own lives. They believe that the best innovations come from working alongside the people who face the very challenges they’re trying to solve.

They know the challenges we face are bigger than one organisation, or a handful of new service models – so we work and partner with other organisations committed, as we are, to better outcomes for people. We share with them our proven approach to innovation and learn from their expertise. They need everyone on board to build social systems that work for people.

TACSI was established In 2009 on the recommendation of Geoff Mulgan, CEO of NESTA and at the time South Australian Thinker in Residence. During they first 2 years they conducted a range of bold experiments and built a team to develop and test a radical approach to innovation powered by people. Their work in the area of families and child protection led to the development of Family by Family and their work in ageing and caring led to the development of Weavers.

CEO of TACSI, Carolyn Curtis, sits on SIX's executive board. TACSI also supported the 2012 Summer School in Adelaide, as well as the Wayfinder event in London in 2017.