Meet a Connector: Leonie in Brisbane, Australia

In Leonie Sanderson’s opinion, here’s what Brisbane has going for it: innovative groups that eschew traditional nonprofit models, diverse projects that don’t rely too much on government funding, and overall, lots of people-powered good.


The Brissie skyline
(photo by Cyron on Flickr’s Creative Commons)

What’s missing in “Brissie,” she says, is a sense of connectedness.

Nonprofits and groups typically compete for funding and resources, and they’re uninterested in banding together. For Leonie, this is one reason the Idealist Network is appealing.

“I am attracted to networks because I think more is possible. I like linking into the bigger picture. I believe there is value in a coordinated approach that doesn’t reinvent the wheel,” she says.

If there’s anyone suited to a Connector role, it’s Leonie. From hosting Feasts for Good to volunteering with the homeless on Sundays to being a Fellow with the Global Resilience Collaborative to leading her own informal do-good collective, she’s heavily involved in the Brisbane community.

She’s all about moving ideas into action, and she’s honest about what she can bring to the table.

“Actually I don’t know that anyone is ever truly neutral. It’s not possible as human beings,” she says. “However, I believe that I am good at facilitating change and encouraging new perspectives. I don’t feel a need to lead on other people’s ideas/projects but I like assisting with implementation.”

So far, Leonie is a one-person Team. To encourage others to join her, she’s considering her next step to be showing how awesome it is to be a part of a bigger network.

“I like to connect the dots, and I like collaborating,” she says. “I believe collaboration leads to better outcomes and more resilience.”

Do you live in Brisbane? Join Leonie! Live elsewhere? Look for a Connector Team near you or start one of your own.

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Comments (4)

  1. Amanda Bancroft writes:
    April 24, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Leonie! I like your do-good collective project, Binky! The name is so cute and makes me happy (bunnies exuberantly jumping) and the projects are cool too – gratitude is everywhere. Good luck connecting Brisbane! All the Best.

  2. kerry writes:
    April 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Hi! I was born in NZ but I spent ten years in Sydney. I have lived in Boston for twenty years. My family now live on the Gold Coast and in December I am thinking of coming back to live there permanently.

  3. Leonie writes:
    May 16, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Hi Amanda, I’m so glad the name Binky makes you happy – exactly what we were going for!! Cheers Leonie

  4. Leonie writes:
    May 16, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Hi Kerry, please get in touch if you do make it back and are interested in connecting! All the best, Leonie

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