"...this is a remarkable book by one of our leading social entrepreneurs. I can't imagine any Australian who wouldn't learn something from this wise and witty work"
Andrew Leigh MP
Shadow Assistant Treasurer
"This book is a practical primer for anyone who is serious about 'jumping ship' and those who care about how we can improve social outcomes in the Australia of today"
Chair Unisuper, Philanthropist
"Jumping Ship implies that you leave one ship and join another...in Michael's case he has brought two ships together in a most impressive and pioneering way"
Professor Norman Drummond CBE FRSE
Founder and Chairman, Columba 1400
".. a compelling story of one man's successful quest for meaning and purpose in his work: and a rousing call for innovation, energy and strategic clarity from government, business and the not profit sectors in the cause of helping the vulnerable and marginalised to be full participants in Australian Society"
Paul Fletcher MP
Federal Member for Bradfield,
Minister for Urban Infrastructure
I wrote ‘Jumping Ship’ for two reasons.
First it’s a shortcut. I get asked a lot, “Why did you jump ship after 15 years at Macquarie Bank to work in the social sector?”
The book explains why, and it seems to be a story that resonates when I share it in conversation.
Second and perhaps more important, I wanted to share what I learnt in the 15 years since I ‘jumped ship’.
About data that highlights Australia still has a big divide between those who are trapped in a cycle of poor education and opportunity and those who are not.
About why despite many genuine attempts by government and non-profits, not enough has changed to shift that data.
And especially about practical solutions involving smarter partnerships from the business, non-profit and government sectors that sit at the heart of the work of Social Ventures Australia and Goodstart Early Learning. We have to think differently about how to address issues of disadvantage. My hope is that ‘Jumping Ship’ is seen as a practical primer about how we must create a better, smarter capital market to help solve this.
-Michael Traill, August 2016