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THURSDAY, JUNE 20

9:00AM - 10:50AM | morning plenary


PLENARY


WELCOME TO PROGRESS 2019

SPEAKERS: Wurundjeri Elder, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Kirsty Albion

LOCATION: Main Hall

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

 
 

PLENARY


FIRST NATIONS PANEL

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

LOCATION: Main Hall

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

LOCATION: Main Hall

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.

 
 

10:50AM - 11:20AM | MORNING TEA


CAUCUS


LGBTIQ+ CAUCUS

FACILITATOR: Lee Carnie

LOCATION: Supper Room

Space for LGBTIQ+ participants to come together at Progress, connect with old friends, make new ones and plan for the two days ahead.

 
 

11:20am - 12:40pm | Morning breakout


 

CONVERSATION


IN CONVERSATION WITH BEHROUZ BOOCHANI

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

LOCATION: Swanston Hall

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

LOCATION: Supper Room

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 & Danielle Wood

LOCATION: Athenaeum Theatre

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, Jennifer Dillon, Ellie Mae O'Hagan & Luke Hilakari

LOCATION: Yarra Room

Join an all-star international panel of worker rights organisers exploring new tactics and approaches from the US, UK and Australia.

MASTERCLASS


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

SPEAKERS: Natasha Akib & Jayde Harding

LOCATION: Collins St Baptist Church

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

LOCATION: Portico Room

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


RETHINKING MAJOR DONOR FUNDRAISING

SPEAKER: Micah Demmert

LOCATION: Hoddle Room

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.

PANEL


INNOVATIVE IMPACT INVESTING

SPEAKERS: Kristin Hunter, Dan Madhavan, Jonathan Kneebone & Sally McCutchan

LOCATION: Regent Room

What is impact investing, what difference does it make, and what are the opportunities for collaboration to achieve impact? Join industry thought-leaders Kirstin Hunter, Dan Madhavan, Jonathon Kneebone and Sally McCutchan to discover innovative new approaches to impact investing with climate, First Nations and gender lenses.

 
 

12:40PM - 1:30pm | lunch


CAUCUS


PEOPLE OF COLOUR CAUCUS

FACILITATORS: Tim Lo Surdo & Neha Madhok

LOCATION: Supper Room

A space for People of Colour attending Progress to meet up, share lessons and plans, and reflect on the conference. Facilitated by Neha Madhok and Tim Lo Surdo from Democracy in Colour.

MASTERCLASS


BECOME A HIGH-IMPACT NONPROFIT: THE DIABETES VICTORIA STORY OF DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

SPEAKERS: Shrav Malkani & Lalith Abeysena

LOCATION: Hoddle Room

Does your non-profit have multiple data sources and many disconnected systems to engage supporters and stakeholders? Join a lunchtime discussion with Diabetes Victoria and DataColada to walk through how they scoped, setup and implemented a new digital solution.

 
 

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


PLENARY


THE NEW POLITICAL CONTEXT

SPEAKERS: Emma Dawson, Lenore Taylor, Peter Lewis, Shen Narayanasamy & Amanda McKenzie

LOCATION: Main Hall

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.

 
 

CONVERSATION


WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE LIVE EXPORT CAMPAIGN?

SPEAKERS: Lisa Chalk and Victoria McKenzie McHarg

LOCATION: Main Hall

Bank Australia's Victoria McKenzie McHarg joins Animals Australia Director of Campaigns Lisa Chalk for a lightning conversation on what's next for the live export campaign, and how organisations like Animals Australia are leading the way on divestment.

 
 

PERFORMANCE


EMILY WURRAMARA

Australian singer and songwriter

LOCATION: Main Hall

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


PANEL


WAR OF WORDS: WOMEN'S RIGHTS EDITION

SPEAKERS: Renee Carr, Jamila Rizvi, asha bandele & Meena Singh

LOCATION: Athenaeum Theatre

Award-winning author and international guest asha bandele joins political commentator Jamila Rizvi (Future Women), legal expert Meena Singh 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 & CHANGEMAKERS: EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS TO WIN SYSTEMIC CHANGE

SPEAKERS: Lenore Taylor, Katy Tyrell, Tessa Boyd-Caine, Charlotte Siddle, Ferdi Hepworth, Deb Tsorbaris & Bec Milgrom

LOCATION: Swanston Hall

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, Philip Winzer, Gadrian Hoosan & Dwayne Coulthard

LOCATION: Hoddle Room

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


DEFENDING THE LGBTIQ+ COMMUNITY AGAINST RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION AND FAR RIGHT ATTACKS

SPEAKERS: Lee Carnie, Theo Boltman, Nur Warsame & Aram Hosie

LOCATION: Supper Room

How do we defend LGBTIQ+ people against far-right attacks? Join Imam Nur Warsame, out and proud Jewish school student Theo Boltman and trans advocate Aram Hosie to talk about how we can band together for equality.

WORKSHOP


SOLIDARITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS

SPEAKERS: Aliya Ahmad, Reema Yasser Ahmad, Faisal al-Asaad & Anita Tang

LOCATION: Condell Room

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

LOCATION: Yarra Room

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.

 

PANEL


USING THE LAW TO WIN

SPEAKERS: Isabelle Reinecke, Elly Patira, David Burke, Prof Jennifer Hocking and Emily Howie

LOCATION: Regent Room

Strategic litigation can be a powerful campaign tool. Hear from moderator Emily Howie (HRLC), Isabelle Reinecke (Grata Fund), Elly Patira (Australian Lawyers for Remote Aboriginal Rights), Prof Jenny Hocking (official Whitlam biographer) and David Burke(HRLC) about how you can harness the law’s potential to win campaigns, particularly in the context of the fight for remote First Nations housing rights, refugee rights and democratic freedoms.

WORKSHOP


NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION

SPEAKERS: Nicola Paris & Nic Seton

LOCATION: Portico Room

Civil resistance and non-violent direct action is continuing to be used more and more by 'unusual suspects'. Join us for a workshop and discussion on the strategic role civil disobedience can play in your campaign, in this challenging environment for politics as usual.

CONVERSATION


LESSONS FROM INDI: A CAMPAIGN BUILT ON RADICAL TRUST, SHARED VALUES AND A FLOCK OF ORANGE COCKATOOS

SPEAKERS: Denis Ginnivan, Trudi Ryan & Phil Haines

LOCATION: Collins St Baptist Church

In the 2019 election, Helen Haines was elected the federal member for Indi, and in doing so became the first independent to follow an independent (Cathy McGowan) in Australian political history. This session shares insights from the inclusive values-based Indi campaign where 1,750 people came together to demonstrate how politics can be done differently.

 

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


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


PANEL


HOW TO HACK PARLIAMENT

SPEAKERS: Shen Narayanasamy, Peter Lewis, Ariadne Gorring & Caterina Giorgi

LOCATION: Swanston Hall

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 moderator Caterina Giorgi (For Purpose) and panellists 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, Maya Newell & Jamila Rizvi

LOCATION: Yarra Room

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, Shankar Kasynathan, Simon Jankelson, Banok Rind & Emma Olivier

LOCATION: Hoddle Room

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 TALK


REIMAGINING OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM

SPEAKERS: Aisheeya Huq, Jane Vadiveloo, Lorrayne Gorey, Stephen Harris, Tim Longhurst and Wren Gillett

LOCATION: Regent Room

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, global education expert Stephen Harris, and futurist Tim Longhurst, 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 & Will Tregoning

LOCATION: Athenaeum Theatre

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?

MASTERCLASS


COMMON CAUSE'S PRINCIPLES FOR SYSTEMS CHANGE

SPEAKERS: Eleanor Glenn, Mark Chenery & Millie Rooney

LOCATION: Condell Room

How do we know when we are truly changing systems, merely tinkering at the margins, or even reinforcing the existing system? In this session, we share a set of principles the Australia ReMADE alliance used to move from a list of isolated policy asks to a coherent vision underpinned by progressive values. We explore how these principles provide a new lens through which to design progressive campaigns and evaluate their transformative effect, using a few recent well known examples.

 

WORKSHOP


MEDIA SKILLS 101

SPEAKER: Dinah Arndt

LOCATION: Portico Room

How does the media work, what does a good media release look like, how do you craft a unique narrative to cut through, and what's passive language? All these questions and more will be answered by media expert, former journalist and current Director of the Climate Media Centre, Dinah Arndt. Expect to walk away from this session with all the practical information you need to get impactful media coverage of your issue.

CONVERSATION


THE GREEN NEW DEAL: WHAT WILL IT TAKE?

LOCATION: Supper Room

SPEAKERS: Amanda Tattersall, Tim Kennedy, Lee Strike & Nicky Ison

In a world of despair about climate change three words are giving people hope - Green New Deal. But what does it mean? Who does it involve? How does it happen? This session tries to demystify the concept while stirring up possibilities about how we might get started in Australia. We begin with a few short presentations and then get into some actual working groups. The goal is to move the needle forward on what can be done now, and by the 2022 Federal Election.

 
 

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 with Maya, Felicity Hayes, Shahleena Musk, Jane Vadiveloo and Larissa Baldwin about how you can be involved in the upcoming impact campaign to support First Nations led education, restorative justice and tackle racism.

 
 

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