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THURSDAY, JUNE 20

9:00AM - 10:30AM | morning plenary


PLENARY


WELCOME TO PROGRESS 2019

SPEAKERS: Wurundjeri Elder, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Nick Moraitis

A local Wurundjeri elder will open Progress 2019 with a Welcome to Country. Emcee Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Executive Director of Australian Progress, Nick Moraitis, will give a welcome address.

PLENARY


FIRST NATIONS PANEL

SPEAKERS: Larissa Baldwin, Rod Little, Bruce Pascoe, Lara Watson and Ruby Wharton

Rod Little (National Congress), Lara Watson (ACTU), Larissa Baldwin (GetUp), Bruce Pascoe (author, Dark Emu: Black Seeds), Ruby Wharton (Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance) and other First Nations community advocates will open Progress 2019 with a discussion about truth telling, the role of First Nations people in organising First Nations communities, how they're agitating against the status quo, and what comes next.

 
 

PLENARY


KEYNOTE: KUMI NAIDOO

SPEAKER: Kumi Naidoo

Visiting from London, the new Secretary General of Amnesty International, Kumi Naidoo, will deliver the Progress 2019 opening keynote. Since his student days fighting Apartheid in South Africa, to his appointment at Amnesty in 2018, Kumi has been at the forefront of change movements. Hear Kumi's powerful vision for a bigger bolder social change movement.

 
 

10:30AM - 11:00AM | MORNING TEA


11:00am - 12:30pm | Morning breakout


 

CONVERSATION


IN CONVERSATION WITH BEHROUZ BOOCHANI

SPEAKERS: Behrouz Boochani (via video), Roj Amedi and Najeeba Wazefadost

A unique opportunity to connect via video with Behrouz Boochani, Iranian journalist and author currently detained on Manus Island, who will be in conversation with GetUp racial justice campaigner, Roj Amedi, and CEO of Hazara Women of Australia, Najeeba Wazefadost.

PANEL


HANDS OFF OUR BODIES

SPEAKERS: Aram Hosie, Jill Marcellus, Georgie Wolf, Elise Nuhuif, Tarneen Onus-Williams and Renee Carr

Hear directly from trans, intersex, First Nation's, women's and sex worker advocates about shifting the power institutions have to control our bodies, and build a coalition to advocate for bodily autonomy.

LIGHTNING TALK


BIG IDEAS TO STRENGTHEN OUR DEMOCRACY

SPEAKERS: Emily Howie, Hannah Aulby, Lee Carnie, Tim Dunlop, Nicola Paris and Danielle Wood

How do we rebuild public trust in our politics? Hear from five Australians who’ve got big ideas to take on the lobbyists, reinvigorate public participation, protect activists, and save our media. The session features Emily Howie (Human Rights Law Centre), Hannah Aulby (Accountability Roundtable), Tim Dunlop (independent author), Nicola Paris (CounterAct) and Danielle Wood (Grattan Institute).

 

CONVERSATION


KICKIN' ASS FOR THE WORKING CLASS

SPEAKERS: Rizwan Hussain and Jennifer Dillon - others to be announced soon

Join an all-star international panel of worker rights organisers exploring new tactics and approaches from the US, UK and Australia. More speakers to be announced shortly!

MASTERCLASS


HOW TO DO VIDEO CONTENT FASTER, LIGHTER AND WITHOUT A BIG BUDGET

SPEAKERS: Natasha Akib and Julia Lörsch

Natasha Akib and Julia Lörsch from Digital Storytellers will take you through a hands-on and practical session on making short, sharp and shareable video-content with your smartphone. Learn top tips for gathering better quality interviews, footage and audio with your smartphone in difficult environments, an introduction to the best apps for editing fast turn-around content, and affordable gear and add-ons for smartphone filmmaking.

CONVERSATION


FIRST NATIONS SESSION (CLOSED)

Led by Larissa Baldwin

This session is a closed space for First Nations attendees to caucus, meet each other and yarn about our issues. Open to all First Nations people.

 

MASTERCLASS


DOUBLE YOUR MONEY

SPEAKERS: Micah Demmert

Imagine doubling the major gift revenue of your organisation in just three years. Micah Demmert did just that at Oxfam. Join Micah to learn best practice approaches to fundraising, and proven tips to build lifelong relationships with funders. A perfect masterclass for those new to fundraising or hoping to take their strategy to the next level.

 
 

12:30PM - 1:30pm | lunch


1:30pm - 2:30PM | Afternoon plenary


PLENARY


THE NEW POLITICAL CONTEXT

SPEAKERS: Emma Dawson, Lenore Taylor, Shen Narayanasamy, Peter Lewis and Sam La Rocca

Leading political journalists, pollsters, policy experts and campaigners join us to explore the new political context of the 46th Parliament. Get the low-down on what really happened in the election, analysis of the new House and Senate, and insights into the key opportunities and challenges for civil society's agenda in the coming term of government.

 
 

2:40pm - 4:00pm | Afternoon breakout


PANEL


WAR OF WORDS: WOMEN'S RIGHTS EDITION

SPEAKERS: Renee Carr, Jamila Rizvi and asha bandele

Award-winning author and international guest asha bandele joins political commentator Jamila Rizvi (Future Women) and thoughtleader Renee Carr (Fair Agenda) to discuss the strategies being used to marginalise women's voices and interests, the narratives and messages that shape our public debate, and the paths forward.

CONVERSATION


PHILANTHROPY & ADVOCACY - EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS TO WIN SYSTEMIC CHANGE

SPEAKERS: Bec Milgrom, Tessa Boyd-Caine, Charlottle Siddle, Ferdi Hepworth and Deb Tsorbaris.

What does it take to deliver system-change efforts? Join Bec Milgrom from Tripple for an honest panel discussion with three pairs of philanthropy / non-profit partners on what it takes to build successful long term and authentic funding relationships.

PANEL


FIRST NATIONS LAND JUSTICE

SPEAKERS: Larissa Baldwin, Karrina Nolan, Phillip Winzer, Gadrian Hoosan and Dwayne Coulthard

Join First Nations campaigners and community leaders Karrina Nolan (Original Power), Larissa Baldwin (Getup), Phil Winzer (Seed), Gadrian Hoosan (Borroloola Community Leader) and Dwayne Coulthard as they discuss the growing acknowlegement of land justice and explore a vision for where this movement can go.

 

PANEL


THE FUTURE OF GOVERNMENT

SPEAKERS: To be announced

How do we reshape Government for our time - restoring trust, strengthening the public sector, building quality institutions, expanding partnerships, and creating more responsive services. Leading experts and policy-makers share their thoughts on what's needed and how to do it.

WORKSHOP


SOLIDARITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS

SPEAKERS: Aliya Ahmad, Reema Yasser Ahmad and Anita Tang

How do we, as change-makers, make sure our reponse to a crisis elevates the voices from affected communities? With the recent Christchurch massacre as a case study, learn practical tools and tips from Muslim communities to improve how your organisation shows solidarity.

PANEL


THE MESSENGER IS THE MESSAGE

SPEAKER: Anna Rose, Marguerite Pettit, Dannie Tillman, Kevin Smith, Sarah Agar

How do we ensure messages hit the mark? Have them delivered by authentic, diverse, trusted voices, not just the usual pale-stale-suspects. In this panel, hear from five organisations that have nailed identifiying, training and supporting diverse change-makers to speak out in national and global debates.

 

4:00pm - 4:30pm | afternoon tea


4:30pm - 6:00pm | LATE AFTERNOON BREAKOUT


PANEL


HOW TO HACK PARLIAMENT

SPEAKERS: Shen Narayanasamy, Peter Lewis and Ari Gorring

Post election, who’s who in Canberra, where does the power lie, and how are decisions actually made? Hear practical tips from the experts about how to effectively campaign in the new context. With Shen Narayanasamy (GetUp), leading communications strategist Peter Lewis (Essential) and Kimberley Land Council campaigning Ari Gorring.

PANEL


BOOKS FOR IMPACT

SPEAKERS: Carly Findlay, Bri Lee and Maya Newell

Join Carly Findlay, Bri Lee and Maya Newell who'll share excerpts from their recently released books and reflect on the role the printed word can play in shifting culture and public opinion on some of the big issues facing our world today.

CONVERSATION


TACKLING AUSTRALIA'S LONELINESS EPIDEMIC

SPEAKERS: Ebony Gaylor and Shankar Kasynathan

Loneliness affects more than half of Australians. Join innovative change-makers Ebony Gaylor (Red Cross) and Shankar Kasynathan (My New Neighbour) as they examine what social isolation looks like in our neighbourhoods, work and the way we live, and how we can start reconnecting.

 

LIGHTNING TALKS + DISCUSSION


REIMAGINING OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM

SPEAKERS: Aisheeya Huq, Wren Gillett, Jane Vadiveloo and Lorrayne Gorey

Imagine a future where our education system centers student-led design, First Nations learning and accessibility, and enables children to flourish as they are? The potential is vast and, excitingly, the people most affected by the outdated system already have the solutions. Join climate change school striker Aisheeya Huq, VicSRC representative Wren Gillett, Children's Ground advocates Jane Vadiveloo and Lorrayne Gorey and education expert, as they talk shifting the industrial-based schooling system to one that's fit for the future.

PANEL


A NEW APPROACH TO DRUGS

SPEAKERS: asha bandele, Jeff Amatto and Will Tregoning

In the United States the movement to end the war on drugs is much more tightly interwoven with movements for racial justice. With a significant percentage of First Nations people in Australia incarcerated for minor drug-related crimes, what can drug law campaigners learn from US movements?

 
 

6:00pm onwards | evening events


SOCIAL EVENT


THE PROGRESS PARTY!

LOCATION: The George on Collins, 162-168 Collins Street

Make new friends and catch up with old ones at the official Progress Party - happening at The George on Collins (two doors from Town Hall) from 6pm onwards. A cash/card bar and tasty dinner menu will be available (lots of dietary options).

 

FILM


IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS: PRIVATE PREVIEW SCREENING + IMPACT DISCUSSION

LOCATION: The Athenaeum, 188 Collins Street

An intimate private preview screening of In My Blood It Runs, the extraordinary new film by Maya Newell (Gayby Baby) told through the eyes of ten-year-old Dujuan from Alice Springs -- and a discussion about how you can be involved in the upcoming impact campaign to support First Nations lead education, restorative justice and tackle racism.

 
 

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