• 2017 Conference Program – Day One
    Tuesday 24 October
    Welcome Session
    Welcome to Country
    Australia in 2030: Creating the future we want
    2030 is key year for humanity. It is the year when we hope to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. It is also the year when the term for the Paris Agreement to control climate change ends. Given the importance of the 2030 time horizon, it is timely to be asking ourselves as a country what type of future we want as a nation. By providing alternative visions of Australia in 2030, this session will frame our further discussions on what it is we need to be doing to create the future we want.
    Speakers: Fiona Stanley | Rev Tim Costello | Paul Barclay | Paige Burton | Dr Cassandra Goldie
    Mini note
    Housing affordability in Australia 2030
    Speaker: Saul Eslake |

    Speaker: Richard Di Natale |
    Breakout 1 (Workshop) - Digital innovation for social change
    Hacktivism. Digital social innovation. UX design. Tech entrepreneurs. Digital has the power to help tackle wicked problems, and make our communities more accessible and inclusive. Technology is evolving at a rapid pace and offers a seemingly unlimited source of connecting, disrupting, influencing, advocating and servicing our communities. In this workshop, hear from leading digital innovators, ‘change makers’ and experts and get a taste of ‘hackathon’ collaboration to help design a digital solution.
    Speakers: David Spriggs |
    Breakout 2 - Shaping the future for regional, rural and remote communities
    Australia is a vast country, with communities spread across the coast, bush and desert. What is their future? What opportunities and challenges do they face? Shaping a thriving future for communities right across Australia means identifying the trends and policy responses needed to strengthen regional, rural and remote communities, from now to 2030.
    Speakers: Wendy Farmer |
    Breakout 3 - Social innovation: for everyone, by anyone
    Social innovation is all about risk taking, challenging the status quo and finding new ways to achieve long-term systemic change. But how do we support and finance innovative new projects? This breakout will explore creating space for innovation within organisations, along with other forms of innovation including social enterprises, impact investing, social impact bonds and social procurement.
    Speakers: Vishaal Kishore | Kristy Muir | Carolyn Curtis |
    Breakout 4 - The future of work: Is it already here?
    What will the future of work be in Australia? We are seeing emerging trends which give us a glimpse into the future of work. Will it be dominated by narrow job options, insecure work and low pay? Or will future generations find an abundance of flexible, secure, stable job options across a wide range of industries? The panel will thrash out the issues of the future of work in Australia.
    Speakers: Sarah Kaine | David Hayward |
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    Speakers: Jenny Ricks |
    Affordable, inclusive and equitable clean energy
    A smooth and expeditious transition to a modern clean energy system is desirable and achievable. However Australia's energy system is in disarray. We are failing to address the energy trilemma of affordability, reliability and emissions reductions. Low-income and disadvantaged households are bearing the brunt. Despite being an essential service, electricity prices are skyrocketing, disconnections have increased, the number of households on hardship measures has risen, and more households are rationing energy to the detriment of their health and well-being. Carbon emissions are increasing and reliability is being tested. The growth of distributive energy like rooftop solar and batteries is also creating equity issues. Urgent attention is needed to address the energy trilemma and ensure the transition is affordable, equitable and inclusive; requiring better alignment between climate, energy and social policy.
    Speakers: Scott Langford | Ross Garnaut | Rosemary Sinclair | Mark Paterson | Dr Tim Nelson |
    Day 1 - Wrap up and close
    HESTA Community Sector Awards Dinner
  • 2017 Conference Program – Day Two
    Wednesday 25 October
    Welcome Day Two
    National Congress of Australia's First Peoples - Australia to 2030

    Speakers: Rod Little | Jackie Huggins |
    Mini note

    Speakers: Matt Noffs |
    Recasting the narrative
    Governments, industry and the media are bombarding us with ‘messages’ and diverting us from big picture issues. Think drug testing of income support participants, dole bludgers, children overboard / Tampa, Daily Telegraph, ACA, shock jocks, other infotainment mediums. We have been trained to live for the next sensation brought about with daily problems of crime, accidents, extreme occurrences, bad behaviour. We are trained to enjoy it, and to react to it. While we’re doing this, social change has less opportunities of occurring because the very incidents and behaviours we’re scandalised by, are also designed to wedge and polarise, and to divide our core communities. But what if we let go of our moral indignation and retained focus on the big issues. How do we do this? How can communities do this? What might be the outcomes? This session explores the role of storytelling and narratives in mobilising communities, changing perceptions and reengaging our attention for sustainable social change. It explores the variety of tools available to us as storytellers, and encourages us to use a variety of tools to keep reengaging with our mission and our communities for the end game.
    Speakers: Lana Woolf | L-FRESH The LION | David Gravina | Adrian Dodd |
    Breakout 1 (Workshop) - Becoming a better advocate for change
    Exploring campaigning, policy and media, hear from leading advocates who will present real-life strategies that can effect change, to help you become a better advocate, and avoid being ‘all talk and no action’.
    Speakers: Tiffany Overall | Lyndsey Jackson | Bryce Pace |
    Breakout 2 - Stories from the frontline: how to win hearts and minds
    Strong advocacy for social change has never been more important. With increasingly stratified and sceptical audiences, the 24/7 news cycle and the rise of ‘alternative facts’, how can we make people care? Hear case studies from organisations who have created strategies for change – their challenges, their triumphs, and their results.
    Speakers: Rebecca Lewis | Lily Spencer | Jonathan Brown |
    Breakout 3 - Moving beyond diversity to inclusion
    When looking to achieve diversity, it’s not enough to take a ‘tick the box’ approach. We need to move toward true inclusion which requires ‘intersectionality’ - understanding how different types of discrimination interact. This session will look at how we can include everybody by applying intersectionality, something which is often overlooked.
    Speakers: Tasneem Chopra | Ro Allen | Jax Jacki Brown | Gerard Mansour |
    Breakout 4 - Not the usual suspects: how to leverage partnerships and new coalitions for change
    The not-for-profit community sector generates significant social and economic benefits. So how do we match its influence to its impact? As we push forward to 2030, what is needed to build the not-for-profit community sector’s brand as not only a strong, growing, respected workforce, but also an industry to be reckoned with in the corridors of power?
    Speakers: Seri Renkin | David Hayward | Adam Mooney |
    Reinventing our democracy to deliver the future we want
    In the opening session of our two day conference we imagined the kind of Australia we want in 2030. This closing plenary focuses on how we achieve it – how we can reinvent our democracy to deliver the future we want. We continue to strive for a fair, just, diverse and sustainable Australia. But there remains much more to be done, with growing inequality, continued human rights violations and inadequate action on climate change. The question is, do our democratic structures help or hinder our pursuit for a better future? Both at home and around the world, concern is being raised about the health of democracy. Growing disillusionment with politicians, the rise of minor parties, and the growth of populism have been flagged as signs that democracy is ailing. In Australia, we repeatedly see examples of programs and policies implemented that affect people on low incomes or those experiencing disadvantage without their engagement or consent. But then we also see great examples of communities making their voices heard and achieving change. Do we need to rethink how we conduct democratic politics to achieve social justice and a future for our planet? If so, what needs to change? What can we, as a sector, do differently to secure economic security and sustainability for all?
    Speakers: Tim Lo Surdo | Neil Jameson | Lenore Taylor | Gemma McKinnon | Ariadne Vromen |
    Day 2 - Wrap up and close