From Vision Drive to Corporate Drive

Recently, my life journey has taken me to some amazing places – including helping to set up www.learnaboutpoverty.org, working at World Vision Australia generally and taking part in some pretty alive communities such as Start Up Camp Melbourne, Melbourne Jelly (intermittently, but I aim to make it a more common thing), The Hive and serving on the Marketing Sub-Committee of a great little Mental Health service provider in the Southern Region, Reach Out Southern Mental Health. But, it has come time to move on in one major aspect of my life so far which bares special mention.

 I have moved on from World Vision Australia and am now working at South East Water Limited. Or, more poetically, I have moved from working at 1 Vision Drive, Burwood East to 20 Corporate Drive, Heatherton.

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I feel amazingly privileged to have worked alongside the amazing people at World Vision these past 18 months or so, and I have learned an incredible amount about myself, the International Humanitarian and Aid Industry and grass roots activism. But, I felt it was time to move on and learn some new things, and what better place to continue to cut my teeth than in the Water Industry. These sure are interesting times.

I look forward to my new role with great interest and anticipation, working in the Innovations Unit at SEWL looking to help our organisation ideate and create new business ventures which help further reduce our water consumption as well as drive revenue to continue investments in alternative water technologies. As always, I’ll be looking to see how we need to change as an organisation and hopefully getting up behind a flywheel again to help create momentum and drive a more sustainable future. I will also be continuing as co-editor of the Learn About Poverty blog with my good friends Nigel Preston and Joely Wilkenson-Hayes. World Vision has certainly awoken in me a sense of what is left to be done in the world, and through the blog I hope to contribute in some small way to better uncovering what is happening and what we can do together to make a difference.

As always, I hope you’ll join with me for the ride. Thanks for your support and contribution to my work so far, it has certainly made a difference in my life. Scanning back through my blog posts today in a moment of reflection I was reminded of the amazing comments, insights and thoughts you have shared with me this past year of so since I have been blogging. I look forward to hearing from, and meeting, more of you as this journey through our squiggly reality continues.

Cheers and thanks,

Steve Hopkins

9 thoughts on “From Vision Drive to Corporate Drive”

  1. Nice one Steve.. was a little worried when I read the title “from vision to corporate..” but sounds like you’re onto an amazing new venture.

    Can’t wait to hear all about it via twitter and your blog here.

    In the meantime, I had a quick peep through our archives at NI and found this issue from 2003 on water..

    http://www.newint.org.au/issue354/contents.htm

    Best, Simon.

  2. Hi Steve and Sighmon,

    Thanks for the support. Yeah, it promises to be a pretty interesting journey. The whole water industry is being forced to reconsider how it opperates and I look forward to being part of that conversation.

    Thanks for the link – interesting content, especially the EcoSan piece.🙂

  3. hey steve,
    Thanks for the props mate, we’re already missing u here @ vision drive but your new ways of thinking and tackling poverty will stay on with us! Hey – you’ve brought us blogs and twitter! That’s what I can impact.
    Catch you soon

  4. Lol. You’re not wrong – every day I am here at SEWL I am being reminded of the SIMS project. Funny how it all works out eh?

  5. And we’re delighted Steve that you’ve joined us! Looking forward to bringing all your Vision “&” Drive to Corporate Drive. Come on – we’re not that Corporate-y! We’re a water company – not Coca Cola!!

    Kate

  6. Lol – Thanks Kate! No, we’re not that corporate – i’ve been really impressed by the ingenuity and inventiveness of our little water company🙂

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