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CQUniversity wants to change the world for the better – and through social innovation, our students, staff, academics, and communities are all driving the transformation.

The Festival of Change is a free online learning festival, hosted by CQUniversity Australia, designed to celebrate and inspire changemaking.

As the world weighs the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Festival of Change will focus on opportunities to transform communities, grow resilience, and drive positive change.

Register now for exciting events featuring social change leaders, practical social innovation workshops, and storytelling sessions with inspiring changemakers from across Australia.

Held annually since 2018, this year’s virtual festival is 1 - 17 September 2020, and part of CQUniversity's role as Australia's only Changemaker University, accredited by global network for social innovation Ashoka U.

Open to anyone interested in positive social change, we invite you to connect, discuss, imagine and learn at one of our free events.

The Office of Social Innovation gratefully acknowledges Festival of Change participants representing CQUniversity Australia, Queensland Youth Advisory Council, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Young Change Agents, The Next EconomySmart Precinct NQ, TECKnology Indigenous Corporation, IMPACT Community Services Bundaberg, Queensland Social Enterprise Council, Country University Centres, Western District Health Service, Metro South Health, Food Connect Foundation, The Big Issue and Foundation for Young Australians' YLab.

Generation COVID? Youth Panel

Tuesday 1 September 2020, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted education, work opportunities and future planning for countless young people, and burdened them with decades of economic fallout to come.

So how is hard-hit “Generation COVID” responding, and how can social innovation help tackle the challenges?

Moderated by CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp, hear from young people with diverse backgrounds who are facing these challenges, and their vision for a brighter future post-pandemic, and beyond.

Register now for Generation COVID? Youth Panel.

Youth Centred: Stories of Changemaking

Wednesday 2 September 2020, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Join three changemakers from diverse organisations as they outline projects co-designed with young people, from ideas, through implementation, and to impact.

Get inspired and learn from experienced designers in this honest and practical session.

Register now for Youth Centred: Stories of Changemaking.

Young Futures: Co-Design Workshop

Thursday 3 September 2020, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Join this big-thinking ideation workshop, and design new systems to support bright youth futures.

Facilitated by CQUniversity’s Office of Social Innovation and the Foundation for Young Australian’s social enterprise YLab.

Register now for Young Futures: Co-Design Workshop.

Rise of the Regions: Expert Panel

Tuesday 8 September 2020, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

The majority of Australians may live in cities – but regional Australia isn’t staying on the sidelines.

Regional industries, property markets, remote working, city congestion and tree-changing have all shifted growth beyond the big smoke – so how should our communities capitalise?

Moderated by CQUniversity Vice-President Global Development Alastair Dawson, hear from leaders across regional government, industry, and service sectors who are driving regional projects for sustainable futures.

Register now for Rise of the Regions: Expert Panel.

For People and Planet: Stories of Changemaking

Wednesday 9 September 2020, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Small towns can have big stories.

Hear some of them from three changemakers who are driving sustainable and innovative projects in regional centres.

From ideas, through implementation, and to impact, we explore regional futures in this honest and practical session.

Register now for For People and Planet: Stories of Changemaking.

Regional Resilience: Co-Design Workshop

Thursday 10 September 2020, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Join this big-thinking ideation workshop, and design new sustainable systems to ensure our regions are resilient, and our communities thrive.

Facilitated by CQUniversity’s Office of Social Innovation and the Foundation for Young Australian’s social enterprise YLab.

Register now for Regional Resilience: Co-Design Workshop.

Healthy and Connected: Expert Panel

Tuesday 15 September 2020, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

CQUniversity’s innovation, expertise, education and training across a range of health, well-being and community-based disciplines directly contributes to resilient, creative and future-focused communities across Australia. CQUniversity believes that healthy communities need more than health care providers – they need access to fresh, healthy and affordable food, fitness and recreation facilities, and a wide range of opportunities for connectedness and community purpose.

Register now for Healthy and Connected: Expert Panel.

Striving to Thrive: Stories of Changemaking

Wednesday 16 September 2020, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Connected communities are healthy communities – so how do we build and grow connections?

Hear from three changemakers who are driving innovative health and wellbeing projects in regional centres, and what happens when community connections click.

Register now for Striving to Thrive: Stories of Changemaking.

Better Together: Design Workshop

Thursday 17 September 2020, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Passionate about health and wellbeing? Join this big-thinking ideation workshop, and design new systems for better health outcomes.

Facilitated by CQUniversity’s Office of Social Innovation and the Foundation for Young Australian’s social enterprise YLab.

Register now for Better Together: Design Workshop.

It is all about coming up with new solutions to old problems, learning how to take the resources you’ve got, redirect them and make a positive impact and create change. Through social innovation, you can become a changemaker.

Jodie Mlikota

Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation

MY STORY

FESTIVAL OF CHANGE 2020

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