Building Stronger Communities

Think Bigger: Fix Everything

2021 Conference

What’s the big idea?

Australia has big problems.

Inequality is rising. We have to get over carbon. We need to save the Reef. And the Murray. And the koala. And so much more.

But our leaders are offering us small targets.

Australia can cope with big challenges. We’ve just done it. Australians can make sacrifices and work together and solve big problems quickly. We’ve been practicing for a year. The COVID-19 response showed us what we can achieve if we really want to – we halved poverty and homelessness in the depths of the crisis. Why walk that back now? We’ve never needed bigger ideas more.

The community sector has to step up. Where’s our wish list? We have to flex our muscles. We have to find our voice. We have to cut through. New approaches, new urgency, new energy, new funding, a new sense of possibility.

No more bandaids. No more excuses. No more bullshit. Let’s just do what has to be done.

It’s 2021. We’ve got a once-in-a-generation opportunity to crash through the old roadblocks and break out into open country. Seize the day!

Next Conference

2021 Conference

Think Bigger: Fix Everything

17 - 18 May 2021

Moonee Valley Racing Club, MELBOURNE, Or attend online

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The Conference

Australia’s most inspiring annual community sector gathering

Communities in Control provides for an opportunity for delegates to lift their gaze from the daily grind, to hear the latest community sector research and developments, to be challenged, to reconnect with others in or supportive of the community sector, and to reaffirm their commitment to and enthusiasm for the work they do.

An exciting program is always assured thanks to the many months of work by the organisers and the continuing commitment of sponsors, whose support allows organisers to bring to the conference an incredible array of international experts and deep-thinking local speakers and keep the conference fees very low.

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The Movement

Take control, generate debate, raise awareness, ensure people have a voice, let people know that alternatives are possible. Take your pick from a range of tools that are easy to use and that will help you learn about why advocacy is important.

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