Posts Tagged ‘conference’

Social Enterprise Conference: Global Shifts 2012

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 12th, 2012

12 December , 2012 8:30 amto14 December , 2012 7:00 pm

Global Shifts 2012 – Social Enterprise Conference

Bringing together change-makers, entrepreneurs and high-profile leaders from Australia and abroad the conference will discuss, debate and demonstrate ways in which pushing the boundaries of existing business models can contribute to positive social change.

The conference builds on the groundswell of activity and commitment in the social enterprise space in our region and beyond, and aims to coalesce this energy into a powerful movement for change.

Held over three days the conference will not only stimulate and engage you in ideas and actions, you will have the opportunity to explore social enterprise Melbourne, network, and converse with people from all over the world who are seeking to bring about change.

12 – 14 December

9 workshops; 17 panel sessions; 1 debate and 1 real-live (Social) Dragon’s Den. 5 keynote sessions. 70+ speakers from Cambodia, India, United States, Bhutan, Vietnam, Africa, Palestine, Israel, the UK and Europe; as well as from all over Australia – from cities and from the outback. From philanthropic not-for-profits to big businesses making big changes… this is the Social Enterprise ecosystem in all its diversity and complexity.

If you’ve ever wondered if it’s possible to make a difference…

If you want to find out more about how social enterprises function and what models really work…

If you want to be inspired; learn; debate; discuss; argue; and be amazed…

Then this is the conference for you: 3 days in Melbourne, 12-14 December…might just change your life.


Bike Futures Conference 2012

Posted in Events by John Myers on September 18th, 2012

17 October , 2012
18 October , 2012
19 October , 2012

Bike Futures has become Australia’s leading bike conference for national and local leaders, planners, architects, urban designers and builders who use bike transport and recreation to advance their communities.

Keynote speakers include Johan Diepens, CEO and founder of Mobycon, the leading edge Dutch transport and mobility consultancy. Mr Diepens, a trendwatcher and strategist, will discuss different smart mobility solutions that are being introduced around the world.

Now in its fourth year Bike Futures will tackle the issue of ensuring that the growth in bike riding around the country now requires its own transport and planning response.

The preliminary program includes:

  • Public Bikes in the Asia-Pacific region: What we can learn and apply ourselves
  • Three Degrees of Separation
  • ‘Make sure you’re home for tea!’: Supportive environments for active and independent kids
  • Learnings from Australian CBDs
  • How to ensure new suburbs support riding
  • Mitigating Circumstances – How to prevent unwanted behaviour
  • Bike Corrals, OK? Effective decision-making for on-street bike parking: Interactive Workshop
  • On-street Bike Parking & Bike Corrals
  • How to upgrade your intersections
  • The New Inventors: Evaluating the innovations
  • How to make it easier to switch mode
  • The Infrastructure, the Horse and the Water
  • Getting routes right: The right thing in the right place for the right reason
  • Bikes and Public Transport on the road: How we can all thrive together
  • Active Travel: Learnings from Key Behaviour Change Programs
  • How close is Melbourne to a world class cycling city? – Swanston Street and beyond
  • Smart Decisions from Smart technology

Bike Futures Conference 2012
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Wednesday 17 – Friday 19 October 2012

Thriving Neighbourhoods 2012: Call for papers

Posted in Models, Research, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on January 26th, 2012

Thriving Neighbourhoods is a conference on emerging approaches to the planning, design and management of local neighbourhoods that are set to radically improve health, social engagement, environmental quality and productivity in communities.  Thriving communities have the resilience needed to adapt creatively to unexpected challenges such as climate change, population change, rapid technological change, social upheaval and economic crises.

The complexity of the systems involved in creating thriving communities poses difficult and challenging issues for planners, developers, managers and researchers. But the potential returns on the invested effort and resources are massive.  Capturing these returns requires professional collaboration across policy sectors including health, planning, design, infrastructure, IT and the built and natural environments. Communities must also be engaged from the outset, recognising diverse cultural and individual needs.

We invite papers and presentations on research and practice related to the challenge of creating and supporting thriving neighbourhoods and communities. Work to be presented may be related to the areas represented in the diagram below, on: the challenges; the processes of change and development; the specifics of place; the measurement of outcomes.

2 April 2012: Deadline for Abstracts (400 words)

28 May 2012: Abstracts acceptance notice

Find out more about submitting a paper.

Community Power Conference: Australian communities taking charge of their energy use

Posted in Events, Research by Kate Archdeacon on October 12th, 2011

14 October , 2011
15 October , 2011

Are you looking for practical, achievable ways to reduce the impact of electricity price rises in your community?  The Community Power Conference: Australian Communities Taking Charge, aims to showcase how regional Australian communities: are developing innovative energy projects, helping to reduce local economic shocks can take practical action to hedge against rising energy prices.

14 -15 November, The Capital – Bendigo Performing Arts Centre, View Street, Bendigo

The Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities, in its third biennial conference on renewable energy, is partnering with the Central Victoria Solar City project, part of the Australian Government’s Solar Cities program, and the City of Greater Bendigo, to deliver an exciting exploration of current energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies and actions being taken by Australian communities. This conference will show your community what it can do with regard to:

  • more efficient use of energy in homes and businesses
  • more effective demand management to smooth peak energy loads, and
  • developing local, renewable energy generators embedded within the national distribution network.

The conference will bring together leaders in the renewable energy industry including government, industry associations and communities which have adopted sustainable strategies built on innovative, renewable energy business models. Speakers will engage with community and municipality leaders:

  • Outlining and developing comprehensive strategies for local and regional energy sustainability (identifying appropriate business models, overcoming policy barriers, engaging your community, knowing your technology options);
  • Showcasing examples of regional communities that have already, or are in the process of putting such strategies in place; and,
  • Reviewing and developing communities’ local and regional energy sustainability policy and programs.

If your community is facing increased energy costs and you would like to learn how to address this issue at the local level then this conference can help you.  Follow the link below for more information.

2011 Bioregional Permaculture Conference in Melbourne: Registration Closes Today

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 23rd, 2011

30 September , 2011
12:00 amto11:00 pm
1 October , 2011
2 October , 2011

Workshops, speakers, site tours, party, film screening, a marketplace of ideas

The conference and its associated events will bring people together to share stories and discuss where we’re going as a movement. Presentations will be given by a wide range of local activists from local group leaders to gardeners, educators, writers, designers, foresters and more. Site visits will be happening to local gardens and community sites and a market place will take place. Evenings will be social time – Friday will be a large party with food, music and dancing, Saturday evening will be a screening of the new film Anima Mundi and a talk with the director. Both evening events will be suitable functions for bringing partners and friends. A marketplace area is available for ideas and produce – for stalls, posters and displays so please make use of this opportunity to tell your story and to let others know what you and your community are doing.

Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October

Venue: South Melbourne Commons, corner Bank & Montague Sts, South Melbourne.

Visit the Permaculture Melbourne site for more information – registration closes September 23.

Climate Change Adaptation National Congress

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 15th, 2011

13 October , 2011
14 October , 2011

Photo by benzpics63 via flickr CC

Climate change presents planners and decision-makers with unique challenges. How, when and at what scale climate change will impact us remains uncertain. What is clear is that adaptation needs to be part of our planning and risk management now.

3 Pillars Network in partnership with Net Balance, the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship present the 2nd Climate Change Adaptation Congress, a landmark event exploring the policy, strategies and business models needed to enable a climate resilient future for Australia. Planning for adaptation remains an outstanding challenge for the vast majority of Australian organisations. This is why we believe a practical and collaborative approach to addressing this issue is required. The Congress will create a space for knowledge sharing and ‘peer learning’ – drawing on the collective and unique expertise of organisations at all stages of adaptation planning. See About the Congress Structure for more details.

October 13 & 14, Melbourne Town Hall

Register now – early bird registration closes September 22.  Download the Event Program.

Paul Hawken @ Thriving Neighbourhoods Conference

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 26th, 2011

25 October , 2011
26 October , 2011

Thriving Neighbourhoods is a Conference Series that explores the impact of the built and natural environments on communities’ health, wellbeing and productivity. The 2011 conference focuses on the role of Local Governments in creating liveable, sustainable and healthy communities: how they engage stakeholders including the property, planning, parks and recreation, health, and other government sectors.

The Conference will take these diverse groups out of their silos and work collaboratively to create a living environment where residents are healthy and productive.

Paul Hawken, renowned author whose works have transformed businesses’ thinking about their impact on the environment, will be in Melbourne to address the conference. In The Ecology of Commerce, he argues for “full-cost accounting”: taking account of social, environmental and economic costs to truly gauge the impact of a business decision. His other works include Natural Capitalism and Blessed Unrest.

For the full program and to register:

25 – 26 October 2011
St Kilda Town Hall

Bike Futures 2011

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 24th, 2011

12 October , 2011 9:00 amto14 October , 2011 5:00 pm

With the transport crisis a long-term reality for Australian cities, there has never been a better time to improve livability by embracing the benefits of bicycling. Bikes bring back the human scale of public spaces, changing streets from places to avoid into places to congregate. Delegates will hear how bicycling plays a key role in transforming cities into liveable spaces at Bike Futures 2011 from 12 – 14 October.

Now in its third year Bike Futures has become the key annual professional development for national and local leaders, planners, designers and builders to use bike transport and recreation to advance their communities. Bike riders have emerged as a critical indicator species of livability. In towns and cities around the world business and civic leaders, questing for the secret to attracting talent and innovation, are reaching for the Bike Plan.

Bike Futures 2011 will discuss how to take the next steps from providing bike infrastructure – essential for mobility – to changing the ways cities work. When Bike Plans are done well, we know we will find a healthy social and economic ecology. There is little doubt that bikes subtly but powerfully transform the street, calming it, warming it, making it magnetic to people and their conversation and commerce. Bike Futures 2011 will bring together world leading experts as well as some of Australia’s leading practitioners on how to best respond to the issues confronting communities as they embrace the bicycle revolution.

Keynote speakers:

  • Gil Penalosa is an internationally renowned liveable city advisor and is passionate about creating cities for people. He is Executive Director of the Canadian non-profit organization 8-80 Cities and also works as Senior Consultant for the renowned Danish firm Gehl Architects.
  • Gordon Price is the Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University. Gordon has served many terms as a City Councillor in Vancouver, BC. As the Vancouver Sun declared when Price stepped down from the City Council, “‘Councillor Bikeways’ has done more than any other elected official to shape the city and the way we use it”.

The three-day conference is presented by the Bicycle Network and hosted by Bicycle Victoria.

Wed 12 – Fri 14 October 2011
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

Four Degrees Or More? Australia in a Hot World

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by Kate Archdeacon on June 29th, 2011

12 July , 2011
13 July , 2011
14 July , 2011

‘FOUR DEGREES OR MORE?’ Conference – Australia in a Hot World

Current domestic and international climate policies, if honoured collectively, will result in an average warming of four degrees or more. So what will Australia look like then? The upcoming ‘FOUR DEGREES OR MORE?’ Conference occurs at a critical time for Australian climate politics and brings together internationally and nationally renowned scientists and academics, to reflect on the likely social, ecological, economic and political implications of catastrophic warming for Australia and its region.

When: 12-14 July 2011
Where: The University of Melbourne, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Victoria Australia

Click here for further information and to register

Key speakers:

  • Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Chair of the German Government’s Advisory Council on Global Change, the Chief Government Advisor on Climate and Related Issues during Germany’s EU Council Presidency and G8 Presidency, and Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany)
  • Hon Greg Combet MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy EfficiencyProfessor Malte Meinshausen, Senior climate modeller, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany)
  • Professor Ross Garnaut, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in Economics, The University of Melbourne; Author of the Garnaut Climate Change Review
  • Professor Will Steffen, Executive Director, ANU Climate Change Institute; Scientific adviser to Multi-Party Climate Change Committee; Climate CommissionerDr Penny Whetton, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship and Lead Author of the IPCC reports in 2001 and 2007


The Science – examines the science around global warming at four degrees or more.
The Impacts – assesses the impacts of warming of four degrees or more on Australian ecosystems, industries and society.
Options and Possibilities– looks at implications for economic and social welfare, and the prospects and limits for mitigation and adaption policies to help us avoid these outcomes.

Students Of Sustainability: Camping Conference

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 20th, 2011

6 July , 2011to10 July , 2011