Communities in Control 2015
Think Differently: ideas that change communitiesConference opened 25 May 2015, Melbourne
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Dr Gregory Phillips
An Aboriginal Australian Republic
Gregory proposes a radical shift in thinking - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are in fact at the forefront of global social and environmental sustainability, intellectual prowess, artistic meaning and creative beauty. What can other Australians learn from them? What is an Australian? Who is sovereign in Australia? How might we build a Republic and great southern land which we can be proud of?
Lieutenant Colonel USMC (Retired) Dan Mori
The 2015 Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration
Lieutenant Colonel USMC (Retired) Dan "Michael" Mori delivered the 2015 Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration, expanding on lessons learned through a life dedicated to the defense of the universal right to equal access to justice.
The Art of Belonging
The eternal question 'Who am I?' must be weighed against an even deeper question: 'Who are we?'
We are writing each other's stories as much as we are writing our own. As social creatures we can only reach our potential when we engage with our communities - as we work for a society that sustains and nurtures the many, not just the fortunate few.
Bad Things Happen to Good People. What happens next?
Barnaby Howarth thinks the life you're living right now is something to be proud of.
Today's society says that if you don't achieve what you're aiming for, you've failed, but Barnaby thinks as long as you couldn't have tried any harder, you should be as proud as the next person.
Virginia Trioli, Denis Ginnivan, Carolyn Hendricks, Rohan Wenn, Joanne Yates
Panel Session: Think differently - disrupt politics
Pollsters, pundits and politicians generally share a common set of assumptions about what's going to lose you elections - but are they right? Our panel explores new forms of citizen engagement.