Community Capacity Builders was founded by Dr Sharon Zivkovic in 2005. Sharon has both practical and academic experience in active citizenship, social entrepreneurship and systems change.
She has been delivering active citizenship programs in partnership with government since 2006. For her PhD research study, Sharon determined the social impact of an active citizenship program and reasoned how the program could be modified to create systems change.
From 1999 to 2005, Sharon supported community members to develop community enterprises while employed for local and state governments on urban regeneration projects. She has been delivering University social entrepreneurship courses for over 10 years.
Sharon is passionate about creating systems change. She is the Cofounder and Chief Innovation Officer at Wicked Lab. Wicked Lab has developed an online Tool for Systemic Change that assists governments and communities to address wicked problems by mapping and strengthening ecosystems of initiatives that address the underpinning causal factors of wicked problems in a place. Wicked Lab also delivers a project-based Complex Systems Leadership Program and a program that supports the development of Systemic Innovation Labs.
Sharon currently holds a number of University positions. She is an Adjunct Research Associate at the University of South Australia, a Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University, she is a Lecturer in Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Adelaide, and is on the Board of the University of South Australia’s Yunus Social Business Centre. Sharon also Co-Chairs the Social Innovation and Complexity Stream at the International Social Innovation Research Conference and is a Judge for the Global Finals of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Map the System Competition at the University of Oxford.
Dr Sharon Zivkovic