DAY ONE | DAY TWO
FRIDAY, JUNE 21
9:00AM - 10:30AM | Morning plenary
KEYNOTE: OWEN JONES
SPEAKER: Owen Jones
Owen Jones, Guardian UK columnist, author, activist and one of Britain's most prominent political commentators, joins us from London. How should we counter right-wing populism and austerity, and shape an alternative vision of hope to tackle the big social and environmental challenges we face?
BOLD IDEAS TO TAKE SOCIAL JUSTICE INSTITUTIONS INTO THE FUTURE
SPEAKERS: Tom Bentley, Jo-anne Schofield, Tim Kennedy, Anna Rose and Cassandra Goldie
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.
11:00AM - 12:20pM | MORNING BREAKOUT
IMAGINING A WORLD WITHOUT PRISONS
SPEAKERS: Tarneen Onus-Williams, Latoya Rule and Debbie Kilroy
A frank discussion in response to the mass incarceration crisis of Australia’s criminal justice system and the case for prison abolition. Right now we're locking up more people than we have since 1896 and the rate of Aboriginal women incarcerated has grown by over 100% in the last ten years. Join Tarneen Onus-Williams (Free Our Sisters, Free Our Kids Campaign and Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance), Latoya Rule (First Nations justice advocate), Debbie Kilroy (Sisters Inside), and other community campaigners as they share stories of Australia's prison problem.
A VERY HUMAN CLIMATE CRISIS
SPEAKERS: Nosrat Fareha, Sam La Rocca, Gadrian Hoosan, Joseph Sikulu and Vivien Thomson
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.
UP YOUR DIGITAL GAME
SPEAKERS: Moira Cully, Lee Strike, Nelli Stevenson and Tim Petterson
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.
SELF-CARE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD
SPEAKER: Alicia Crawford
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.
CHANGE BY ROYAL COMMISSION?
SPEAKERS: Emily Maguire, Ruth Barson and Xavier O'Halloran
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 NT youth detention, banking and family violence Royal Commissions. How and when do we campaign for, during and after a royal commission?
URGENT MAINTENANCE: HOW DO WE FIX RENTING IN AUSTRALIA?
SPEAKERS: Joel Dignam, Erin Turner, Katherine McKernan and Daniel Scouller
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 Dingam (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
CAMPAIGN LESSONS FROM THE FEDERAL ELECTION
SPEAKERS: Luke Hilakari and Paul Sinclair
With the federal election behind us for another three years it's time to evaluate the campaign tactics that worked (and those that didn't!).
Hear from leading non-profit and union campaigners including Luke Hilakari (VCTH), Paul Sinclair (ACF) and others on their key tactic insights and lessons from the federal election. Then join breakout discussions on how we can integrate these lessons into future campaigns.
12:20PM - 1:20pm | LUNCH
THE COMMONS LIBRARY
With Holly Hammond and The Commons Library team
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.
1:20PM - 2:25pm | AFTERNOON PLENARY
BUILDING MOVEMENTS FOR CHANGE
SPEAKERS: Tim Lo Surdo, Lee Strike, Karrina Nolan and Cassandra Goldie
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?
KEYNOTE: ANAT SHENKER-OSORIO
SPEAKER: Anat Shenker-Osorio
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
IMPACT INVESTING AND SOCIAL INNOVATION
SPEAKERS: Joel Solomon and Victoria McKenzie-McHarg
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.
MIGRANT WORKERS FIGHT BACK
SPEAKERS: Jennifer Dillon, Roj Amedi and Putri Nazeri
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, 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.
DISMANTLING PROGRESSIVE WHITE SUPREMACY
SPEAKERS: Nayuka Gorrie, Tarneen Onus-Williams, Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran, Roxanne More and Yassmin Abdel-Magied
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).
LIVING BEYOND PLASTIC
SPEAKERS: Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, Abigail Forsyth, Jimmy Cordwell and Dale Martin
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).
KEEPING AUSTRALIA SAFE FROM GUN LOBBYING
SPEAKERS: Roland Browne and other speakers to be announced soon
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.
COMMON CAUSE'S PRINCIPLES FOR SYSTEMS CHANGE
SPEAKERS: Eleanor Glenn, Mark Chenery and Millie Rooney
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.
REFORMERS AND REBELS UNITE: EXPLORING ROLES IN SOCIAL CHANGE MOVEMENTS
SPEAKERS: Sally Rugg and Holly Hammond
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.
NO MORE PREYING ON PEOPLE'S DISADVANTAGE
SPEAKERS: Emma Dawson, Alan Kirkland and Gerard Brody
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.
4:00pm - 5:00pm | LATE AFTERNOON PLENARY
WHAT'S NEXT: THE MILLENNIAL REVOLUTION
SPEAKERS: Neha Madhok, Aisheeya Huq, Nosrat Fareha, Gemma Borgo-Caratti and Senator Jordan Steele-John
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
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.