Welcome Day Two
Recasting the narrative
Governments, industry and the media are bombarding us with ‘messages’ and diverting us from big picture issues. Think Omnibus Bill, 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.
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’.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Day 2 - Wrap up and close