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FRIDAY, JUNE 21

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


PLENARY


A BOLD VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF POLITICS

SPEAKERS: Owen Jones, Ellie Mae O'Hagan & Adam Luna

LOCATION: Main Hall

Owen Jones, Guardian UK columnist, author, activist and one of Britain's most prominent political commentators, joins Ellie Mae O'Hagan and Adam Luna in conversation to share bold new visions for doing politics differently.

 

PLENARY


BOLD IDEAS TO TAKE SOCIAL JUSTICE INSTITUTIONS INTO THE FUTURE

SPEAKERS: Tom Bentley, Tim Kennedy, Anna Rose, Lyn Morgain, Jane Vadiveloo & Lorrayne Gorey

LOCATION: Main Hall

Are our institutions - from the union to university - up to the task of driving social progress? A rapid-fire relay of Australia's most prominent leaders in education, social welfare, workers' rights, the environment and First Nations justice sharing the bold shifts they're making to ready themselves or their organisations for the future.

 
 

10:50AM - 12:20pM | MORNING BREAKOUT


CONVERSATION


FIXING THE HEALTH SYSTEM: A CASE STUDY WITH PROMINENT MAORI DOCTOR AND 2014 NEW ZEALANDER OF THE YEAR

SPEAKERS: Lance O'Sullivan & Lyn Morgain

LOCATION: Swanston Hall

Prominent Māori doctor and 2014 New Zealander of the Year, Lance O'Sullivan, joins us to share his vision and work towards a public health system that fully addresses disadvantage, in conversation with cohealth’s Lyn Morgain.

PANEL


IMAGINING A WORLD WITHOUT PRISONS

SPEAKERS: Tarneen Onus-Williams, Apryl Day, Ruby Wharton, Natalie Ironfield & Stories of Strength speakers

LOCATION: Supper Room

A frank discussion centering on Aboriginal sovereignty and the experiences of people who've been imprisoned. Speakers will discuss the states and communities response to the mass incarceration crisis in so-called Australia and the criminal justice system and alternatives to prisons for reducing harm in our society. This discussion will explore the interactions of settler colonialism and imprisonment today and how the prison industrial complex is woven into every part of our society. Join Tarneen Onus-Williams (Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance), Apryl Day (First Nations justice advocate), Debbie Kilroy (Sisters Inside), and other community campaigners as they share stories of Australia's prison problem years.

WORKSHOP


UP YOUR DIGITAL GAME

SPEAKERS: Moira Cully, Lee Strike, Nelli Stevenson, Tim Petterson & Tosca Lloyd

LOCATION: Collins St Baptist Church

From easy video editing to facebook message testing, online small donor fundraising and peer2peer text -- there's no shortage of digital tools available to us. But how do you really leverage them to win? Hear direct from digital gurus on how they've optimised tech solutions in their organisations, then join table discussions for peer advice.

 

MASTERCLASS


SELF-CARE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD

SPEAKER: Alicia Crawford

LOCATION: Portico Room

Looking after yourself can be really tough for campaigners and community workers. Our work is driven by passion, we often feel drained from a seemingly endless ‘to-do’ list, pulled in a million different directions and are accustomed to putting the needs of others and the cause ahead of our own. Join leading wellness specialist and activist Alicia Crawford for this participatory workshop and leave with a plan for how to integrate more self-care into your own life.

PANEL


CHANGE BY ROYAL COMMISSION?

SPEAKERS: Emily Maguire, Ruth Barson, Roger West, Senator Jordon Steele-John & Xavier O'Halloran

LOCATION: Hoddle Room

An open and honest converstion to explore successes, failures and strategies for Royal Commissions. Hear from leading campaigners who played a pivotal role in building momentum in the Royal Commissions on NT youth detention, banking, exploitation and neglect of people with disability and family violence. How and when do we campaign for, during and after a royal commission?

CAMPAIGN CLINIC


CAMPAIGN CLINIC: SOLVE YOUR CHALLENGE

FACILITATORS: Anita Tang, Sam Blake, Beth Koch, Victor Komarovsky, Nina Atkinson & Madeleine Holme

LOCATION: Yarra Room

Do you have a campaign or organising challenge you're having trouble tackling internally? Bring it along to a campaign clinic - a tried and tested lightning approach using the brains trust of people on the room to develop new ideas, approaches and strategies for you to implement when you get back to the office.

 

WORKSHOP


HANDS OFF OUR CHARITIES

SPEAKERS: Alice Drury, Saffron Zomer & Maiy Azize

LOCATION: Condell Room

Civil society has had remarkable success pushing back on efforts to stifle our voices and clamp down on advocacy. Hear from Human Rights Law Centre’s Alice Drury, Australian Conservation Foundation’s Saffron Zomer and Anglicare Australia’s Maiy Azize about what's next.

PANEL


A VERY HUMAN CLIMATE CRISIS

SPEAKERS: Nosrat Fareha, Alex Kelly, Gadrian Hoosan, Joseph Sikulu & Vivien Thomson AFSM

LOCATION: Werner Brodbeck Hall

For too long the climate crisis has been framed as an environmental problem. The human impacts have felt too far away in both time and space - but that's just not the case. Hear stories of emergency service workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and young Australians who on the frontlines of the climate crisis today.

 
 

12:20PM - 1:20pm | LUNCH


PANEL


GLOBAL PRISON ABOLITION: LUNCH + PANEL

SPEAKERS: asha bandele, Tyler Lewis, Latoya Aroha Rule & Tammy Solonec

LOCATION: Supper Room

Join international guests asha bandele and Tyler Lewis and leading First Nations change-makers Karly Warner, Latoya Rule and Tammy Solonec for this all-star lunch time panel. Speakers will share insights on prison abolition campaigns from around the world and discuss the path to winning criminal justice reform in Australia.

SIDE EVENT


THE COMMONS LIBRARY

With Holly Hammond and the Commons Library team

LOCATION: Portico Room

Drop in to the Commons social change library today for fresh resources for community action. Browse the library on our tablets, ask the librarians for advice, and check out a great selection of books about campaigning, community organising, nonviolent direct action, facilitation, management, wellbeing and more.

SIDE EVENT


PROGRESS FELLOWSHIP ALUMNI LUNCH (FELLOWS ONLY)

Anita Tang & Progress Fellowship Alumni

LOCATION: Yarra Room

Meet fellows from across 15+ cohorts - share stories, lessons and reflections from the conference.

 

SIDE EVENT


BEYOND GDP: A NEW INDEX THAT PUTS PEOPLE FIRST

SPEAKERS: Lena Etuk, Lyndsey McKee & Megan Weier

LOCATION: Condell Room

Introducing Australia’s first social progress index, from Amplify Social Impact and the Social Progress Imperative.

SIDE EVENT


DEMOCRACY IN COLOUR LUNCH

Organised by Democracy in Colour - Brunetti Cafe, 250 Flinders Lane

Come to lunch with Democracy in Colour. Meet Brunetti (250 Flinders Lane) at 12.30pm / lunch and drinks available for purchase.

 

SIDE EVENT


Q&A WITH OWEN JONES AND ELLIE MAE O'HAGAN

SPEAKERS: Owen Jones and Ellie Mae O'Hagan

LOCATION: Swanston Hall

Meet Owen and Ellie Mae (of Agitpod fame!), and continue the conversation from the morning plenary on bold ideas for the future of politics.

 

1:20PM - 2:25pm | AFTERNOON PLENARY


PLENARY


BUILDING MOVEMENTS FOR CHANGE

SPEAKERS: Tim Lo Surdo, Lee Strike, Cat Nadel, Joel Dignam, Jenny Davidson & Nick Moraitis

LOCATION: Main Hall

Since launching Progress Labs in 2018, 13 groundbreaking new advocacy initiatives have gone on to organise some of Australia's most disadvantaged and marginalised communities, securing wins of national significiance and raising close to $2M to fund their work. So - what have they learnt, and what comes next?

 
 

PLENARY


KEYNOTE: ANAT SHENKER-OSORIO

SPEAKER: Anat Shenker-Osorio

LOCATION: Main Hall

Communications guru Anat Shenker-Osorio returns to Progress by popular demand to discuss how to select winning words for your campaigns and shift public narratives.

 
 

2:40pm - 4:00pm | AFTERNOON BREAKOUT


CONVERSATION


IMPACT INVESTING AND SOCIAL INNOVATION

SPEAKERS: Joel Solomon, Allyson Hewitt & Victoria McKenzie McHarg

LOCATION: Swanston Hall

Can corporations and economic markets produce truly just social and environmental outcomes? Join Joel Solomon, renowned impact investor and author of The Clean Money Revolution in conversation with Victoria McKenzie-McHarg to hear more about the emerging impact investment and pro-bono marketplace in Canada, and the roles that investors, consumers and policy makers can play in influencing a progressive agenda and achieving positive change.

PANEL


MIGRANT WORKERS FIGHT BACK

SPEAKERS: Jennifer Dillon, Carina Garland, Roj Amedi, Lavanya Thavaraja & Putri Nazeri

LOCATION: Yarra Room

In Australia, over 1 million undocumented migrant workers prop up three of the largest industries in the country. Undocumented migrant workers are routinely taken advantage of, paid well below the minimum wage, forced to work in sub-standard and unsafe conditions and in some cases, held at farms against their will with the promise of 'a visa on the way'. Hear from the Migrant Workers Centre, Victorian Trades Hall Council, National Union of Workers, Colour Code and international guest Jennifer Dillon for an expose on what conditions are really like, the opportunities for collective action with broader civil society and how to develop a national response.

CONVERSATION


DISMANTLING PROGRESSIVE WHITE SUPREMACY

SPEAKERS: Nayuka Gorrie, Tarneen Onus-Williams, Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran, Roxanne Moore & Yassmin Abdel-Magied

LOCATION: Supper Room

An honest conversation about white supremacy and patriarchal structures that exist in our very own social change organisations. Hear from leading writers and activists about their experiences, and insights into the problems and solutions. With Tarneen Onus-Williams (Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance), Nayuka Gorrie (writer), Roxy Moore (Change the Record), Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran (Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility) and Yassmin Abdel-Magied (writer and social advocate).

 

LIGHTNING TALK


LIVING BEYOND PLASTIC

SPEAKERS: Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, Abigail Forsyth, Jimmy Cordwell & Dale Martin

LOCATION: Hoddle Room

Plastic has become deeply entrenched in every aspect of our society, food and economy, entangling and suffocating our marine animals and causing a global tipping point. How do we bring about the big behaviour and especially regulatory changes required? With Rebecca Prince-Ruiz (Co-founder Plastic Free July), Jimmy Cordwell (Australian Marine Conservation Society), Abigail Forsyth (Keep Cup) and Dale Martin (Plastic Bag Free Victoria and Moreland City Councillor).

PANEL


KEEPING AUSTRALIA SAFE FROM GUN LOBBYING

SPEAKERS: Roland Browne, Marguerite Pettit, Jen Brown & Mark Connelly

LOCATION: Portico Room

In the wake of Christchurch it's more critical than ever to make sure our gun laws stay strong. But recent information highlights that under the pressure of the gun lobby, each state and territory in Australia has whittled down their gun laws over the past two decades. This session will provide insight into the power of the gun lobby, the nexus of guns and political donations, and next steps in the campaign against the weakening of Australia's gun laws.

PANEL


URGENT MAINTENANCE: HOW DO WE FIX RENTING IN AUSTRALIA?

SPEAKERS: Joel Dignam, Jonathan Brown, Katherine McKernan & Daniel Scoullar

LOCATION: Regent Room

Australia has more renters than ever before. Over the last few years, campaigns and organisations have worked on the solutions to transform Australia's renting system and to try to improve the situation for this growing cohort. Join veteran campaigners Erin Turner (CHOICE), Joel Dignam (Better Renting), Katherine McKernan (Homelessness NSW) and Daniel Scoullar (Make Renting Fair) to examine the clever, cross-sector solutions needed to fix renting in Australia

 

MASTERCLASS


REFORMERS & REBELS UNITE: EXPLORING ROLES IN SOCIAL CHANGE MOVEMENTS

SPEAKERS: Sally Rugg & Holly Hammond

LOCATION: Condell Room

Social movements are made up of many individuals and organisations with varied strengths, perspectives and theories of change. In order to win, we need to effectively identify and value not only our role, but also the role of others in our movement. Ideally our different approaches work to create greater impact and help us win campaigns – like in the historic victory of winning marriage equality. Sally Rugg will share insights from LGBTIQ+ campaigning, Change.org’s community petition work, and her upcoming book How Powerful We Are. Activist educator Holly Hammond will share frameworks for understanding different roles in social movements and the key skills we need to develop capacity for collaboration.

PANEL


NO MORE PREYING ON PEOPLE'S DISADVANTAGE

SPEAKERS: Emma Dawson, Alan Kirkland, Gerard Brody, Katherine Tu & Grant Stewart

LOCATION: Collins St Baptist Church

From selling funeral insurance into First Nations communities, to keeping disadvantaged Australians on bad energy tariffs, employers not paying people's entitlements and the miss-selling of vocational eduction and training that targets people with a disability, corporate exploitation of vulnerable consumers is rife and cuts across many markets and issue areas. And it doesn't stop on Australian shores - Australian-based companies have a track record of exploiting vulnerable communities in other countries too. Join Emma Dawson (Per Capita), Alan Kirkland (CHOICE) and Gerard Brody (Consumer Action Law Centre) for a practical discussion of the issues, and ideas for how we can collaborate at a cross-sector level to put an end to such exploitative practices.

CONVERSATION


ORGANISING FOR THE LONG GAME

SPEAKERS: Amanda Cahill and Naomi Hogan

LOCATION: Werner Brodbeck Hall

What does organising look like beyond the political cycle? What do we mean by shallow or light-touch organising vs building deep, ongoing relationships and offering sustained capacity building. Hear from organisers working in rural Queensland and other regional areas about what bottom-up organising looks like, and how you can start, now!

 

4:00pm - 5:00pm | LATE AFTERNOON PLENARY


PLENARY


WHAT'S NEXT: THE MILLENNIAL REVOLUTION

SPEAKERS: Neha Madhok, Aisheeya Huq, Nosrat Fareha, Senator Jordon Steele-John, Dwayne Coulthard & Yassmin Abdel-Magied

LOCATION: Main Hall

Join Australia's leading young activists and change makers who'll share their bold ideas for the future of our country.

 
 

5:00pm - onwards | EVENING EVENTS


SOCIAL EVENT


PROGRESS AFTER PARTY

LOCATION: PILGRIM BAR ON FEDERATION WHARF, 15-19 FEDERATION DRIVE

Join new found friends for casual drink to debrief the conference and share what you learnt over the past two days.

 
 

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