When Bob Dylan sang the times they are a'changin' he was well ahead of the curve. Change is occurring in our communities at an unprecedented rate.
The white-bread towns and suburbs we grew up in are now selling injera and hokkaido. Women are shouting, "Me too!" and "Time's up!" Gay people are getting hitched. Refugees are fighting back, shining a light on their plight tweet by agonizing tweet. Entire towns are opting out of the black power grid.
The downtrodden, the ignored, the maligned and the disenfranchised are shouting, "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore." And finally people are starting to listen. The ground is shifting.
For those on the frontlines of the battles for social justice, it can at times feel like a slow grind. They poke and prod at society's constricting structures, sometimes breaking through, many times watching as the holes scab over. For those happy with the status quo, the pace of change can seem inexorable and startlingly rapid. They buy Bandaids in bulk.
So how do we proceed? Tear it down and damn the consequences, or slow and steady wins the race? Is there a place in between?
We are the government. We are communities. It's up to us to decide. Come to Communities in Control 2019 and do your bit.
When and where?
The 2019 conference will be held at the Moonee Valley Racecourse, McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds (map
) Melbourne from Monday May 20 to Tuesday May 21.
Early bird offer!
Register and finalise your conference payment prior to February 15 and each confirmed delegate will be sent a library of Our Community "How-to" books, valued at $400, in early March. This means your conference places will essentially be free!
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Showcase your innovation to the nation at CIC 2019
Time will be set aside during the 2019 conference for a handful of panellists to talk about what they've done to build a stronger community, and what others can learn from their experience.
A free ticket to the two-day conference and support for travel costs will be provided to the people chosen to take part in this Community Innovations Showcase.
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2019 Conference speakers
The #MeToo Movement: What's next?
Tracey Spicer AM
Journalist, advocate and media superstar
The #MeToo Movement has given a voice to many women who for so long have felt voiceless. There's a new energy. A feeling of change. But have we actually seen any changes? Where are the results? #MeToo is only the start. The community must use this new-found energy to smash the structures that have allowed damaging gender roles to become entrenched. Use the rage. Create change.
Trailblazing: Navigating without a map
Lee Lin Chin
News presenter, journalist, fashionista, social media sensation
How do you achieve your goals if there are no examples for you to follow? How do you get from A to B if there hasn't been anyone before you to create a roadmap? Over her 30-year career as a newsreader on SBS, Lee Lin Chin has inspired many, forging a new path for others to follow.
FutureCrunch: The world is a much better place than you think
Dr Angus Hervey and Tane Hunter
Watching the news or reading the papers can leave you with an overwhelming feeling of pessimism. It's very easy to be concerned about our future. But is it warranted? Dr Angus Hervey and Tane Hunter explain why the world is much better than you think, showcasing the technologies that will leave you feeling optimistic about the future.
Angus and Tan's biography
The 2019 Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration
Professor Helen Milroy
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia
How can we improve as a society if we avoid taboo topics of discussion? How can we improve as a society if our default is denial and disbelief? The wicked issues of our time will never go away until we as a society face them head on and pledge to address them. It's time to make some noise.
Change the Game: Craft a culture fit for the future
Dr Jason Fox
Bestselling author and leadership advisor
Sometimes it's a question of momentum: how can an organisation hold onto all the best elements of its culture in the midst of rapid growth? Other times, it's a question of direction: how can we pivot our enterprise culture so that it's more aligned with our strategy? If you want your people to be on board as the champions of your organisational culture, then they need to understand the science behind what drives collective behaviour
A Musical Performance
Originally from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, growing up Emily loved hearing her uncles sing, but also realised that women from her community rarely sang in public.
Emily wants to inspire and empower members of her community, especially young Indigenous women, to find their voice. She sings original music both in English and Anindilyakwa. She's determined to use her music to preserve Indigenous culture.
The Apology: To the refugees, we say sorry
Executive Director, Refugee Legal
With Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope
Refugee advocate, daughter of former Prime Minister of Australia, the Right Hon Malcolm Fraser
The year is 2030. On behalf of the Australian people the Prime Minister apologises to refugees, now resettled in Australia and elsewhere, for the conditions they were forced to endure in offshore detention camps. As Australians, we reflect. How could we allow this to happen? What could we have done to stop it?
Ethics at Work: Unlocking energy and engagement
Professor Lea Waters
Chair in Positive Psychology, Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology
Strengths are more than just something that you are good at. Strengths have three elements: high performance, high energy and high use. Strengths are something you do well, do often and do with energy. Professor Lea Waters' presentation will help you identify and amplify your true strengths so that you can use them to maximise your abilities and improve your community.
All Justice is Social
The Venerable Rod Bower
Anglican priest, Rector of Gosford, Social Justice Warrior
What does a just society look like? Many of us could probably give our own answer to that question. But how do we go about creating one? Here is where things get a bit more difficult. Father Rod Bower discusses the barriers preventing us from achieving an inclusive and respectful community, and offers insight on how these can be overcome.
Father Rod's biography
Lawyer, Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner, Advocate and Social Commentator
People with the most privilege often don't admit or aren't even aware they have it. But the inability to recognise personal privilege has serious consequences, acting as a roadblock to diversity. Is there a solution that will make people recognise their privilege and level the playing field?
Community Innovations Showcase
Hosted by Brett de Hoedt
Media trainer, founder of Hootville
Who builds stronger communities? The community! Sometimes the best advice you can get is from your peers: someone who's been there, done that, and knows what works. In this session you'll hear from a hand-picked selection of innovative community leaders who will showcase their lessons in building stronger communities.
An Artistic Interlude: Creating Conviction within Your Community
Slam Poet, entrepreneur
The Great Unknown "is the deep end of life: the dark abyss of chaos we all inevitably have to navigate to discover our pre-destined purpose." Josh Brnjac is inspiring young people (and the not-so-young) through his unique account of being a 12-year-old without hope who went on to become a driven 16-year-old creative entrepreneur. There's wisdom in youth. Find out how to rediscover your purpose.
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