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Key note speaker at a number of conferences and events.

  • Independent Schools Association STEM conference – Sparking Innovation
  • Raine & Horne – Igniting Change
  • Insurance Australia Group – Sharing Economy Panel
  • AICC – What we can learn from the Israeli Innovation Ecosystem
  • AICC – Digital Disruption IQPC – Digital Disruption in Government
  • Investing for Good – Journey to Social Innovation
  • Personal Injury Education Foundation – AwardsCo-Design Hackathons
    Co-design hackathons are a human centred approach to innovation. The end user pitches their problem and teams form around them to co-design solutions. This method is used with TechFugees Australia and Chronic Pain Hackathon



  • Workshop facilitation using design innovation methods.
  • Office of Small Business
  • Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Partners in Recovery
  • Family and Community Services
  • Aboriginal Housing Office

Social Innovation
The Collective NSW
The Collective NSW, a social investment initiative of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, was designed as a model for innovating the way government and NGOs respond to disadvantage. Conceived and designed by Anne-Marie Elias, the model was established and scaled up in less than 12 months leveraging extensive networks.

The Collective was launched in June 2014 with 300 cross sector partners and four Cabinet Ministers – NSW Treasurer, Minister for Roads and Maritime Services, Minister for Family and Community Services, and Minister for Ageing and Disability.

Anne-Marie established a YouTube Channel, social media presence and partnerships with corporates including Fujitsu, Teradata, Telstra, Hitachi, major universities in the State to support collective projects.

The Collective NSW YouTube Channel

The Collective now sits with the NSW Council of Social Services which plans to build on the existing work and build capacity across communities to collaborate across sectors for social impact.

Social Innovation Pitch Event
Innovating the way we deal with social disadvantage by applying methods from other paradigms. The start up pitch event has been replicated and adapted to a community setting. On the 7th July 2015 Kathryn Greiner AO Chaired the first Social Innovation Pitch Event in Broken Hill. Three pitches for three comunities and 25 stakholders across business, government and NGOs willing to offer time, talent and resources to support innovation and social enterprise.

Social Enterprise
Anne-Marie Elias has worked with communities to identify social enterprise initiatives that break the cycle of disadvantage. She brought new partners to Far West NSW to support emerging social enterprise opportunities that leverage the skills, assets and networks of the community, the region and across the State.

Macquarie University is supporting community needs and local projects through the Partnerships and Community Engagement program (across the university faculties including business, architecture, communications, psychology, environment, anthropology and sociology). Projects include understanding rough sleepers in the Brooklyn caves in North Sydney and health study in Far West NSW.

UTS Design Innovation Research Centre is applying its Design Innovation and reframing methodology to breathe new life into engagement for purpose and the application of design solutions to public housing and disability.

Social Change Initiatives
Anne-Marie Elias has played a central role in significant social change initiatives that continue to this day


  • Grandparents’ Day – Establishment of Grandparents’ Day NSW (Est 2011)
  • Legal Pathways – Established partnership with Legal Aid and The Law Society to support older people to have end of life legal affairs in place. (Est 2010)
  • Liveable Communities – Established partnership with local government to future proof for population ageing (Est 2010)

NSW Government

  • Ageing Strategy -Designed the whole of government and whole of community Ageing Strategy.(Est 2012)

Australian Government

  • Super Choice – Super and Us Mob (2005) Designed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander super choice campaign.