Jumping Ship shines light on the "haves" and "have-nots"
Levelling the slope of disadvantage is what drives Goodstart Chairman Michael Traill in his quest for social justice.
In his new book Jumping Ship
he shines a light on the disparity between the “haves” and the “have-nots”, saying that by age of 15 years old, children born in the bottom 20 per cent of post codes are typically two and a half years behind their peers.
His book tells the inspiring story of himself as a young boy in Morwell, Victoria, who followed his passion for social good, “jumping ship” from the likes of Macquarie Bank into the world of social impact investing.
He talks about the opportunity provided by the collapse of ABC to create Goodstart Early Learning, a new child-focused not-for-profit social enterprise, existing to improve outcomes for Australia’s children.
“The original idea was clear to all of us. We had a once-in-a-generation opportunity to buy a significantly-scaled child care chain and run it with business disciplines for social purpose,” Mr Traill said.
“The light on the hill was always very clear.”
Goodstart is now Australia’s largest provider of high-quality early learning and care, supporting more than 69,000 children from 58,000 families across 646 centres nation-wide. As a not-for-profit organisation with a strong social purpose, any surplus is reinvested back into the centres, people and programs, to ensure all children have the wellbeing, skills and development they need for school and life.
More than 100 people attended the Brisbane launch of Michael’s book Jumping Ship
, which is now available for purchase through Booktopia.