Communities in Control 2016
It's the Community, Stupid: Putting people and the planet back in the pictureConference opened 30 May 2016, Melbourne
Last year the budget crisis was all the rage, and if we didn't balance the damn thing this very moment the living were going to envy the dead. This year, not so much.The new thing is nation-building. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told his Industry Minister to release his "inner revolutionary" and find a few big ideas to make Australia more innovative - and told him to stop worrying about how to pay for it. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop wants to disrupt aid. Change is upon us. Power is shifting - has already shifted. What was inconceivable suddenly seems possible, even obvious. An avalanche of tipping points is upon us - women's equality, family violence, human rights, refugees. What more will it take to move these things, and the others, all the way to the end of the road? Modern technology is shaking everything up, disorienting us but also clearing paths to new possibilities and new coalitions. We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore, and now we don't have to, because some of that technology is putting people back into the centre, where we belong. Now we can find all the others who feel the same way and rally them to our cause, whichever that is. Because if anyone's looking for big new ideas, it's the community sector - these are the planners, the questioners, the dreamers. It's the community sector that holds Australia's values in its keeping. The community sector knows what has to go when disruption sweeps through our systems, and what we must hold fast. It has more respect, more trust, more love than business and government combined. It's time to seize that power and wield it.
Join us May 30–31, 2016
It's never too soon to work on your legacy. Come to Communities in Control 2016 and join in the search for alternatives. At Communities in Control 2016, we'll be lifting our gaze from our smartphones and looking each other in the eye. We'll be putting names and faces to the numbers. Because that's what we do best. And that's what needs to be done. Moonee Valley Racecourse,
McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne
Monday and Tuesday, May 30–31, 2016
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Lieutenant General David Morrison AO
Former Chief of Australia's Army; 2016 Australian of the Year; ACT 2016 Australian of the YearCourage, conviction and commitment: effective leadership requires many and varied talents. Retired Lieutenant General Morrison faced significant cultural challenges as Australia's Chief of Army. These qualities inspired and continue to inspire his fight for diversity and equality. General Morrison will speak at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2016.
Advocate, writer, academic, lawyer, media presenterAuthor, academic, broadcaster, rock musician, former human rights lawyer and AFL mascot, Waleed Aly is one of Australia's most exciting political and social commentators. Waleed is known in the public eye as a host on The Project, and from appearances on Q&A, Meet The Press, The 7.30 Report, Enough Rope with Andrew Denton and the host of ABC's Big Ideas. Waleed will deliver the 2016 Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2016.
Actor, comedian, author, TV presenter, radio hostMagda Szubanski is one of Australia's best known and most loved performers and in 2015, released her extraordinary memoir, Reckoning. "Riveting, overwhelmingly poignant... by a woman of genius," the book announced Magda as a serious and courageous writer and a natural storyteller. Magda will speak at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2016.
Peter FitzSimons AM
National Chair, Australian Republican MovementPeter FitzSimons is the passionate, energetic Chair of the National Committee of the Australian Republican Movement, a non-party political not-for-profit that is working to transition Australia to a republic. Peter will speak at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2016.
Prof. Ian Harper
EconomistIan Harper is one of Australia's best known economists. He has worked closely with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms at the highest level. Prof. Harper will speak at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2016.
2014 Northern Territory Australian of the Year2014 NT Australian of the Year and NAIDOC Artist of the Year, Shellie Morris is one of Australia's finest singer songwriters. Her voice and heart-felt music has seen her grace stages from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, the Sydney Opera House, to the Vancouver Winter Olympics and the Skirball Centre in New York. Shellie will speak and perform at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2016.
Abraham 'Abe' Nouk
Founder and director, Creative Rebellion Youth; PoetAbraham 'Abe' Nouk is a poet - in performance and on the page, an MC, educator and hip hop lyricist. His passion is for the power of imagination - expressed with the freedom words provide. Abe will perform at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2016.
Acting CEO, auDAJo has been with auDA since 2001 and has been primarily responsible for managing the policy and regulatory framework for the .au domain. Jo has previous experience in government policy working on communications and IT issues, including a stint as ministerial adviser and as a member of the taskforce that drafted the Telecommunications Act 1997. Jo will lead a panel session at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2016, and will be joined by Natalie Isaacs (Founder, 1millionwomen), Georgie Harman (CEO, beyondblue) and Krystal Barter (Founder, Pink Hope).
Dr Dennis Glover
Author and SpeechwriterDr Dennis Glover is a professional speechwriter and author who has worked on the staff of Kim Beazley, Simon Crean, Mark Latham, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan, and has written speeches for many other ministers and opposition leaders at federal and state levels. His current clients include senior political, business, community, public sector and academic leaders. Dr Glover will speak at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2016.
Intergenerational economic and social challenges leader; CEO, Emergent SolutionsChange is the new black - and it's not going out of fashion anytime soon. Drawing on experience from leading large-scale change initiatives across the corporate, non-profit and government sectors, Holly focuses on empowering leaders with the toolkit to enhance their effectiveness in leading change. Holly will speak at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2016.
Dr Jordan Nguyen
Futurist, Biomedical EngineerJordan is biomedical engineer creating futuristic technologies with the purpose of improving the world. He thrives on driving positive impact and inspiring people to question the world around them, and figure out how they will help make the world a better place. Jordan will speak at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2016.
Writer, social commentator; National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Indigenous Organiser for the NTEUThe voices of Aboriginal women are continually obscured by politicians, policy makers, news media and, of course, a society which continually privileges the views of white men. Understanding how Australia can move forward and be a better place from the perspectives of Aboriginal women is therefore integral to a more positive future. Celeste will speak at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2016.
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