‘The real question is what kind of future do we want? We have what it takes to solve the issues faced by people and our planet. We can drive bold actions and catalyse new models. We can respond to the deficit of trust in institutions and the crisis in sustainability – if we make it a priority.
In the words of Gil Scott-Heron: The first revolution is when you change your mind about how you look at things … when we stop waiting for “them” to act and realise it’s we who must act ’
Rosemary is an outstanding leader whose work inspires entrepreneurs, governments, and investors to fully integrate their values and purpose. I've seen her speak at many events, large and small, often with the clearest vision for how different stakeholders can come together to support mutual goals. The great thing about Rosemary is that she sees several steps ahead and is always both knowledgeable and supportive to all her colleagues, formal and informal. She also wins people over with her quick wit and she's always fun to be around. In short, she is a valued colleague and I know her personal and professional leadership has been a catalyst for impact all around the world.
Rosemary has been a key leader in the impact investment market in Australia and globally, developing and motivating those around her to action.
Rosemary’s legacy is unmatched. Her vision, commitment and leadership toward better outcomes for our Australian and global communities through social innovation and impact investing have changed the game – a pre-eminent thought-leader in the field.
The incubation of Children’s Ground by the Social Innovation team has been a first in my 20 years of experience in policy and program design and delivery. Led by a remarkable social innovation strategist, Rosemary Addis, the past three years has been a challenging and exciting journey that has allowed the space for what is too often a rare opportunity for those of us in the social services sector, to bring time, expertise, and strategic rigour to stress test, develop and grow ambitious change agendas.
Rosemary has been instrumental in inspiring innovators globally to pursue impact investing, and to figure out their first steps forward. She has been particularly helpful in explaining the ins and outs of impact investing to interested governments who see it as an important way to unlock capital to address urgent social and environmental problems.
Rosemary's hands-on experience as a "multilingual" leader for over a decade -- doing the critical work of bridging the business, non-profit and public sectors -- has positioned her as a go-to expert on impact investing for an international audience.