17-19 July 2017 | National Convention Centre, Canberra
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A two-day conference designed to help you bring collaborative approaches to life in your work and community

Collaboration for Impact 2017


Building on the sell-out success of the Collaboration for Impact conference in Sydney and Melbourne, the Centre for Social Impact, Social Leadership Australia and the Collaboration for Impact Community are proud to present Collaboration for Impact conference in Canberra.  

Following a similar program to prior conferences, this event is designed to help you bring collaborative approaches to life in your work and community. You will be introduced to the latest thinking and doing in collaboration and Collective Impact and learn how to make progress on some of our most complex social issues. This is a unique opportunity to develop your skills in an active learning space and to connect with a network of peers advancing new approaches to collaboration in Australia.

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact and Social Leadership Australia, we have also partnered with Collaboration for Impact, the Australian community of practice that helps communities work better together to tackle their toughest problems and achieve large-scale social change.

As we face a future where social issues are becoming more resilient to traditional change efforts, new approaches and commitments to collaboration and Collective Impact are emerging in Australia. At Collaboration for Impact 2017 – Canberra we will go beyond the theoretical and focus on the practical to allow participants to achieve higher impact in their specific collaborative challenges.

Each session will teach you new ways to lead and implement social change in your work. You will:

  • Learn from existing communities how to implement successful and effective collaborative approaches.
  • Understand how to bring collaborative approaches to life, including Collective Impact.
  • Participate and connect with a unique network of peers in cross-sectoral learning groups.
  • Be inspired by Australian thought leaders.
  • Share you collaborative challenges and help others make progress with theirs.
  • Gain practical tips, tools and “how-to” knowledge for immediate application in your own practice and community.

Key Speakers

Julie Ahern

Conference Co-convenor, Acting Director
Social Leadership Australia

Julie has over 25 years experience in leadership roles in government, corporate and not for profit sector organisations.
She has extensive experience in leading company-wide change initiatives, individual, team and system development, business development, consultancy, sales and operational...Read More

Kerry Graham

Conference Co-convenor
Collaboration for Impact

Kerry has worked in social change for over 20 years. Her purpose is to evolve the way social change happens in Australia for the benefit of young people.

Kerry is a Founder & Director of Collaboration for Impact – Australia’s leading organisation for learning how to...Read More

Dr Abigail Powell

Conference Co-convenor, Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Social Impact

Abigail will be developing CSI’s research stream around organisational governance, leadership and workforce capacity in the social purpose sector.

Abigail currently holds an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) titled ‘Promoting...Read More

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