First 5000 is a business network for Australia's most significant mid-sized companies. It's a vehicle to connect and network with local and international big business as well as policy makers and each other.
They say the only thing that is constant is change, and nothing changes more than our globalised economy. For managers, being on the forefront of change and accepting it with open arms can be the key element that separates the wheat from the chaff.
The more adaptable and agile a business can become, the more likely it is to succeed, and what gives businesses the ability to be adaptable stems from its managers.
When Action Aid, an international non-profit that works to fight poverty and injustice, needed research conducted for their campaign that helps women in metropolitan areas, it sought the assistance of Sydney organisation Social Impact Hub (SIH).
SIH works with businesses keen to make their mark in a positive way. The organisation provides research and consultancy services to not-for-profits and businesses seeking expert assistance. The work is conducted by students at the University of New South Wales, who undertake SIH as a subject as part of the business and law degrees. Students must apply to take this subject, and all work is overseen by experts.