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CQUni’s Festival of Change a feast of social innovation

Published:26 July 2018

CQUni is hosting its inaugural Festival of Change across 30 July - 3 August, with events celebrating social innovation across nine campuses.

A new event for students and staff is ready to celebrate CQUni’s changemakers – and inspire fresh crops of social innovators, too.

Held across nine campuses from 30 July to 3 August, the Festival of Change will bring social action to life, sharing stories and projects from students, staff, academics, alumni and stakeholders who are making a difference.

With more than 20 free events across Brisbane, Bundaberg, Mackay Ooralea and City, Melbourne, Noosa, Rockhampton, Sydney and Townsville, the diverse schedule aims to connect participants with as many social innovation opportunities as possible.

Coordinated by the Office of Social Innovation with support from local campus teams, the five-day event kicks off with the Festival of Change launch event featuring ygap CEO Manita Ray, on international development through local social entrepreneurs.

The Monday 30 July session will be hosted at CQUni Melbourne and broadcast to all participating campuses from 12.45pm – 2pm, as well as all staff and students via Zoom.

Changemaker Marketplaces will also pop up across the week, featuring stalls from social ventures and volunteer organisations, and an array of CQUni options for social innovation courses, local global experiences, and projects.

On Wednesday 1 August, staff and students can hear from new CQUni project partners and former Young Queenslanders of the Year, Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, at the Orange Sky Laundry keynote presentation.

The inspiring event, held at CQUni Townsville, will be beamed around participating campuses from 12.15pm – 1.15pm.

Another highlight for students will be the Finding Your Purpose workshops presented by The Foundation for Young Australians' YLab at Melbourne, Brisbane, Townsville, Mackay Ooralea and Bundaberg campuses - they're free, but students must register here.

Plus all campuses will host a range of social impact behaviour-changing and career-mapping workshops, open mic opportunities to pitch concepts for The Big Idea social enterprise compeition, and students can join group sessions to complete the iChange social innovation orientation program, too.

For more details and local events visit the full schedule, and get ready to get inspired for supporting social change in your community.

The Festival of Change is part of CQUniversity’s commitment to empower students with a social innovation mindset, and its international role with Ashoka U global network for social change through education.

Since 2017, CQUniversity has been Australia's only Changemaker Campus, as recognised by Ashoka U.