In The Game Podcast – Social Innovation through powerful narrative with Megan Gilmour

September 24, 2020

 

Megan is a social innovator, global change-maker, tech entrepreneur and champion for human-centred solutions to complex social problems.

In 2010, after a 25-year career in government, publishing, and international aid and development, Megan’s son was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Through her experience in addressing system-wide change she took on the glaring inequity facing children with serious illness — isolation due to time away from school. She co-founded MissingSchool, a now internationally-recognised not-for-profit.

Working inside of the Australian Government, she designed a world-first education innovation that connects seriously ill students to their classrooms through “tele-presence robots”!

She has authored publications on issues of Australian national interest and co-wrote an Australian-first report on school connection for sick kids, generating a PM’s statement of support and 160+ media articles. She instigated the first Australian government report on the issue and guided its governance methodology. Megan then moved to designing a world-first education innovation that connects seriously-ill students to their classrooms through telepresence robots.

Megan’s experience has forged a strong sense of social justice, she began her career in government and rose through the ranks to become the NSW Finance Minister’s youngest staffer. Her later work in international development saw her spearheading multi-million dollar initiatives to address complex social and development issues across 24 countries. She is an expert on raising funding for large and dynamic innovation projects.

Megan now teaches and mentors changemakers to build enterprises for social good, and has co-founded tech startups in the global development and the assistive robot sector. Megan is a Churchill Fellow, a media spokesperson, and a keynote and TEDx Speaker. She was a 2019 finalist for the ACT Australian of the Year and won 2019 ACT For Purpose and Social Enterprise Telstra Business Women’s Award.

Megan pursues lasting social change at scale and, through the power of human connection, shifts people from passive observers to active changemakers.