Startup founders often talk about getting out of stealth mode, but it’s rare to see it being used on anyone within the ecosystem.
But that’s what happened last week at the Impact Summit on _SOUTHSTART in Adelaide, when a group of followers of the local legend Moira Were announced they would be raising money to continue its work supporting the local ecosystem.
Moira, founder of ChooksSA, a Facebook community of more than 3,000 members, The Hen House, a cooperative that aims to close the gender investment gap, and Collab for Good, which organizes conversations and actions to support change across the country, serves also Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship in South Australia. She is considered the beating heart of the Social Impact Investment Network South Australia and SouthStart.
As a friend, supporter and board member of Hen House Kate Simpsonwho led the fundraiser points out that about 95% of the work Moira does to help others is voluntary.
“Moira is adding a gender and impact lens to everything she does and she plans to address the gaps in the ecosystem as she goes. Some examples of her day-to-day focus are addressing the gender investment gap, the lack of in impact investments and accessible credit,” said Simpson.
“Then there’s the invisible work she does all the time, the ten or more people she coaches, supports, connects, champions, lifts, nurtures, every week to drive change in the equity ecosystem. We know through Moira that hundreds of people benefit from this every year.”
An irresistible revolution
Moira herself admits that the pandemic has given her a switch to find new ways to bring about change faster.
“For the past 12 months, I’ve taken a personal stance on doing less paid work and focusing on contributing to the spaces I know I can leverage and shift with my time and talents,” she said.
“I focus on ways to distribute power and use my creativity to make this revolution irresistible. The gender gaps are fundamental to me and the patriarchy as a system just needs to disappear, for all of us and our planet. It is poisonous and kills us all.”
So Simpson launched a Start a good campaign called the Equity Weaver Fund† It closes tonight, March 18, at approximately 7:00 PM and has hit its benchmark target of $20,000, and has a stretchable target, so donations can still be made.
She said the fund was intended to address one of the gaps Moira is tirelessly trying to address: the lack of financial rewards for people implementing some of the most important changes in systems.
“Moira has both systems, business and community knowledge that gives unique and valuable skills that give her greater leverage to create the conditions for system change,” she said.
“This is the work she wants to do; this is the work we want done; and we want to create the conditions for this to continue. There is momentum in SA because it does what it does – without compromise. If the state doesn’t fund it – and in a sense its work would be less effective if it did (less conflicts of interest), then we’re testing whether we as a community can.”
Moira was taken aback when the financial support was announced at the end of the impact summit she had just facilitated with hundreds working in space.
“It was the biggest surprise and conspiracy ever! I was stunned and deeply impressed by the level of trust a community can commit to keep the secret from me,” she said.
“It’s out in the open now and closing fast and since I can’t stop this momentum I might as well surrender, so if you want to get involved, go ahead!”
Here is the moment
Alternate with the Equity Weaver Fund here†