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Karen Wellington

Class Year: 2016

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: WA

Focus Area

Positive social change

Karen Wellington

Class Year: 2016

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: WA

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

I am the co-founder of The Ecosystem Lab, a social enterprise that uses “ecosystem thinking” to grow the innovation capacity of organisations and communities. Over the past few years I enabled thousands of young Australians to learn computer programming by catalysing an ecosystem of over 130 CoderDojo clubs. I also co-initiated EDfutures, one of Australia’s first K-12 education ecosystems, which enables teachers, students, technologists and employers to collaboratively help the next generation create sustainable, prosperous futures.

In 2017 I travelled abroad in 2017 as a Westpac Social Change Fellow, investigating how to build a learning society geared towards excellence, creativity and innovation. I’m an alumni of the University of Western Australia's Social Impact program, which I completed under scholarship from the National Centre for Social Impact. I am currently completing a Masters Degree in Community Development, and was recognised as a Murdoch University Learning Excellence Academy Student Fellow for my extra-curricular work catalysing the university’s innovation ecosystem.

Skills & Expertise

  • Social innovation
  • Co-design
  • Collective impact
  • STEM
  • Partnerships

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