Community of Practice

FREE WEBINAR | Learning from fear and how it affects decision making | 28 May

With QUT’s Dr Ruth Knight and Eleanor Carey

ACPNS runs an online Community of Practice once a month called Tea & Buns to discuss topical and relevant issues which those working in the nonprofit and social enterprise are challenged with.

On 28th May 9-10am Brisbane time, you are invited to join the conversation about what we can learn from fear and how it affects decision making. Dr Ruth Knight will be asking adventurer Eleanor Carey about what she learnt when she spent 62 days crossing the Pacific Ocean by human power in a 25 foot ocean rowing boat.

Eleanor will be sharing her experiences of adventure and entrepreneurship – the good, the bad and the ugly – to help inspire, support and motivate us all to learn from fear and understand its impact during times of change and uncertainty.


A bit about Eleanor

Eleanor Carey is a dual world record holding adventurer, entrepreneur and author. In June 2018, she spent 62 days crossing the Pacific Ocean by human power in a 25 foot ocean rowing boat, and prior to this cycled solo across Europe.

Originally a physiotherapist, Eleanor shifted gears into the business world becoming the co-founder and CEO of The Generator Innovation Hub which she successfully sold in 2019.  She is also a Startup Catalyst Mission Leader, accompanying high growth companies, policy makers, investors and community leaders to Silicon Valley and London. Eleanor is the Adventurer In Residence at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), drawing on the parallels between the worlds of business and extreme outdoors adventures.

Eleanor now shares her experiences of adventure and entrepreneurship – the good, the bad and the ugly – speaking for organisations and schools. She is also the Founder of Vokser, running corporate microadventures to improve psychological fitness in the workplace. Read more about Eleanor Carey


Watch previous Tea & Buns webinars

Daring to lead in times of uncertainty | At this Tea & Buns we asked psychologist and Certified Dare to LeadTM facilitator, Cassandra Levin about what research by Brené Brown says about leading bravely when you are feeling vulnerable and uncertain. Watch the recording now

About Tea & Buns

Tea & Buns aims to create an opportunity for those working in nonprofit and social innovation to learn from each other, discuss the latest research and how we might apply research to our work. The webinar is online, free and gives you access to a vibrant network of like-minded people, including researchers at QUT.

Each month we will tackle topical leadership questions. These topics will be guided by the news, and what YOU want to talk about. There is no set agenda, and while we can’t promise to have all the answers, we do promise to provide a safe place to chat where you can tap into the insight, research and experiences of many people in the sector. You’ll also have the opportunity to find out about sector events, news and the big issues facing nonprofits.

Tea & Buns will be held on the last Thursday of each month from 9:00-10:00am AEST* so pop the dates in your calendar today or register below to receive the online link! We use Zoom so all you need is to turn up the sound on your computer and grab a cup of tea. A camera and microphone is helpful but not mandatory.

It’s free to attend and you’re welcome to send through your issues and questions any time during the month to Ruth at

Wherever you are in the world, please take the time to come along – you can come as a once off, or every month. You will become part of a network of great thinkers and doers who are working collaboratively to strengthen the philanthropy, nonprofit and social enterprise sector – and you might just find the answers to some of the questions you’ve been pondering on!

Disclaimer: Views and opinions represented in this Community of Practice are personal and do not necessarily represent the views of QUT.


Location: Online
Start Date: 28/05/2020
Start Time: 9 am
End Time: 10 am
Cost: Free
Register: Register