By Ophelie Maraval
The Murdoch University Postgraduate Student Association (MUPSA) is organising a Q&A this Thursday during a Public Forum on Social Entrepreneurship with outspoken Opposition MP Alannah MacTiernan as keynote speaker.
The idea is to get students to develop their skills as social entrepreneurs and talk to passionate and experienced entrepreneurs.
Ms MacTiernan, as Labor’s Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, was at the head of several projects such as the development of the Perth to Mandurah railway.
Ms MacTiernan will be followed by five other entrepreneurs, among them is Catrina-Luz Aniere who is the founder of Millenium Kids, a not-for-profit organisation focusing on environmental issues.
“Many research students get really interested in their research and realise that they actually could do some things in a better way,” said Sarah Clement, MUPSA President.
“That is what this forum is about, giving them the practical skills to help them achieving changes.”
Ms Aniere came up with the idea of Millenium Kids because she felt children and teenagers were not taken seriously when addressing environmental concerns.
She started to bring kids together and ended up forming a group.
She is now sharing her experience and will explain how she has transformed a small idea into a successful organisation.
“I have a few ideas in my mind about what I want to achieve once I finished university. I just need to know how I could achieve it, and as a business student, I think participating to the forum will be rewarding,” said Lea Lehideux, student at Murdoch University.
The Public Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is not only focusing on business creation, but also aims to attract people who want to make a living out of their passion and contribute to positive social change at the same time.
The Public Forum provides a starting point for those who have big ambitions.
For more information or to join the event, follow this link.