Construction Projects Create Social Value (Podcast)

Construction Projects Create Social Value (Podcast)

Australian experience points to changes social procurement will bring to builders and communities

Martin Loosemore is professor of construction management at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

He has published 10 books and over 300 internationally refereed articles in the areas of risk management, innovation, social procurement, social enterprise and corporate social responsibility. His work has received numerous international awards. He serves on the international advisory committees and editorial boards of many leading internationally refereed journals and conferences.

Martin is the founding partner of a successful social business which specializes in securing work opportunities in the Australian construction and engineering industries for people who face barriers to employment.

In this Buy Social Canada Social Value Marketplace podcast, we explore the power and potential in the intersection of construction and social procurement. Martin has been integral to Connectivity Centres, centres associated with large building projects. These centres bring employment and third sector organizations into collaboration with construction companies to create social value.

Social Procurement is changing the construction industry in some countries by requiring social value creation, including social hiring, to be built into projects. Construction firms and civil society organizations alike have work to do to meet these new demands and opportunities. Relying on his experiences in Australia, Martin describes with great detail what works, what doesn’t, and how to proceed to what’s next.

Learn more about Martin here.

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Peter Pula

Peter Pula has been exploring the pathways to social evolution since founding the Grassroots Review in his hometown of Peterborough in 1992. Since then he has served on the boards of civil society and arts organizations and served as board president on two of them.

He has been actively involved in federal politics and led a corporate communications firm. Axiom News was incorporated under his leadership in 2009 and went on to establish the practice of Generative Journalism in an international arena.
 
In 2015, Axiom News founded and funded the Peterborough Dialogues in its hometown. The Peterborough Dialogues hosted over 350 deep community dialogues, established and refined hosting arts, and has had lasting impact in the Peterborough community. For this work in community, Peter was awarded the 2017 Brian L. Desbiens Community Service Award by Fleming College after being nominated by his peers and members of the community.

In 2018, also in Peterborough, Electric City Magazine was acquired to marry local media capacity with citizen-led dialogue. Peter is now gently cultivating dialogue and media collaboratives.

Peter works in support of deep democracy and passionately but lightly-held spaces for citizen-led community development. He believes that artfully hosted dialogue and generative media making are together a necessary social innovation for cultivating local-living abundance.

Peter is an artful dialogue host, newsroom director, team leader, mentor, trainer, and consultant. He can be a supportive force in the cultivation of initiatives in your community, network, or organization.

He has been invited to host dialogues, summits, workshops, and learning circles in Canada, the United States, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and most recently in France.

If you would like to enjoy an exploratory conversation about engaging Peter in appropriate ways to enliven or enlighten your initiatives, you can reach him directly by writing to peter@axiomnews.com.

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