William is a social impact strategist, writer, speaker and unapologetic caffeine addict.
William is co-founder and Director of SPUR:, a group of companies working towards a world that is fair, sustainable and well - including award-winning non-profit SPUR:PROJECTS and social impact strategy house SPUR:LABS.
An avid activist for mental health, William was awarded Jude Bugeja Mental Health Week Award, nominated for the Australian Mental Health Prize and named a Top Young Social Entrepreneur by Business News Australia.
William is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Telstra Foundation Ambassador, and has represented young Australians at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in Berlin while also acting as the Digital Brisbane Ambassador to the German start-up community.
In 2017 William was selected to join the inaugural Unleash Innovation Lab in Denmark to work on groundbreaking solutions for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals where his team’s concept, Afterain, won a second place prize for its approach to refugee camp mental health support.
William has appeared in a range of media, from the ABC prime time doco-series mental health series Man Up and Channel 7’s Daily Edition to Women’s Health and Fitness to the South China Morning Post. In 2018 William spoke at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.
Large scale behavioural change non-profit. Established in 2011, SPUR:PROJECTS works to create change in sustainability, human rights and health through measureable and actionable impact projects. :PROJECTS has received numerous awards and recognition by the Australian Federal Government.
:LABS works with clients ranging from WWF International to corporates and local governments to help solve complex social challenges with innovative and insightful strategy. :LABS has developed innovative campaigns for foster care, sustainability metrics for Earth Hour and employee wellbeing programs. A profit-for-purpose business, part of :LABS revenues help fund :PROJECTS work.
There are more than sixty-five million people around the world who are living as refugees or displaced peoples. All of them have experienced trauma and have high levels of PTSD, depression and anxiety.
Borne out of the inaugural Unleash Innovation Lab for the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals in Denmark, August 2017, Afterain is an innovative and scalable tool designed to provide subversive mental health support to the millions of people currently living in refugee and displacement camps around the world.
Silver Award - Health
Unleash Lab SDG Solution Pitches, 2017
Create Change Award
Young Achievers Awards, Finalist, 2017
Top Young Social Entrepreneur
Business News, 2016
Australian Mental Health Prize
Cosmopolitan Media Bachelor of the Year
Jude Bugeja Peer Excellence Award
Mental Health Week Achievement Awards 2016
Youth Contribution Award
Australasian Men's Health Forum, 2013
Social Innovation Award
World Economic Forum Annual Summit, Davos
Global Shaper Guest and Speaker
Junket Participant 2017
Unleash SDG Innovation Lab
Global Talent, 2017
G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance
Ambassador to the Startup Community, Berlin
World Economic Forum
- Daily Edition Interview for Oldmate Campaign, Channel 7, October 2017
- Artificial intelligence in fashion, South China Morning Post, September 2017
- Career Profile, Sydney Morning Herald, August 2017
- Future of luxury data protection, South China Morning Post, July 2017
- Reframing Perspectives: Robot Roll (autonomous vehicle future interview), ANZ Your World, June 2017
- Problem with Positivity, (mental health interview) Women's Health and Fitness, May 2017
- The Innovation Hub Helping Mines, Minors and Minds, Brisbane Times , March 2017
- Top Brisbane Social Entrepreneurs Revealed Business News, December 2016
- Brisbane hackathon delves into mental health matters. Digital Brisbane, November 2016
- Real Aussie Blokes profile, Man Up, October 2016
- QMHW 2016 Achievement Awards winners announced Queensland Mental Health Commission, October 2016
- New Brisbane App aims to check out the world is feeling ABC 612, October 2016
- William Stubbs on Social Impact, Doing Good Podcast October 2016
- Fashion and Fuck Ups Man Up TV Series, September 2016
- The Hero Myth Man Up TV Series, August 2016
- App analyses nation's mood Sydney Morning Herald, October 2014
- Pilot smartphone app to collate how Australia is feeling. ABC News, October 2014
- "Soften the Fck Up" Campaign launches, Kotaku, July 2011
- "Soften the Fck Up" Campaign launches, Lifehacker, July 2011