June 13, 2017

CEO Update - June 2017

The Social Impact Festival: Shifting perceptions. Shaping the future.

Home, place, and land. These locations and concepts mean different things to different people, but they all stir emotion and raise questions about: whether and to what extent we belong; whether we have a place to live in that is safe and secure; the opportunities we have in the communities we inhabit; and the sustainability of the landscapes that surround us. When we strive to reduce social inequality and create social change for a better society, these areas are at the heart of what we’re trying to help achieve. It is with great pride that this forms the theme of this year’s annual Social Impact Festival.

The idea of a social impact festival has its roots at CSI in the University of Western Australia. Headed by CSI UWA's Director, Professor Paul Flatau, the social impact festival has grown from a seedling of an idea, to a 10-day, jam-packed festival of breakfasts, impact labs, galleries, workshops, social events, lectures, markets, open houses and more. In fact this year, there are an astonishing 107 events at multiple locations.

Here are just a few of the highlights.

The Impact School: Three full days of learning, connection, and dialogue. The diverse range of topics includes homelessness, social housing, co-living, housing design, social impact bonds, B Corporations, native title, fair food, climate change and social impact, urban design, outcomes measurement, cross-sector collaboration, and place based strategies. International guests include Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick from Heriot-Watt University in the UK discussing changing homelessness legislation in the UK; Professor Michael Oxley, Director of the Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge, discussing the case for social housing; and Professor Keith Kintrea from the University of Glasgow, asking why disadvantage endures, and looks at persistent enclaves and public policy.

The Impact Lab: Three sessions facilitated by design-thinking guru Katie Stubley, who will take participants through a bespoke design process of observing, empathising, sense-making, and insight generation in a unique approach to solving complex social problems.

The Impact Brekkie: Three deep dialogues around the kitchen table on some of the greatest social challenges of our time. Bring your own questions you’d like discussed, or just be ready to join in and share your own knowledge and experience.

We’d love you to join us at the Social Impact Festival: be an active part of the conversation; expand your outlook; learn and engage; and help us in creating a stronger society for all.


Kristy Muir, CEO

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