Bank Australia is a proud supporter of Progress 2019, the largest social change event in Australia.
Progress 2019 is a platform to build a future for everyone in Australia. On Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June this year, more than 1500 of Australia’s leading thinkers, advocates, movement-builders and social entrepreneurs will gather at Melbourne Town Hall to hear from over 170 speakers and network, get inspired and build their advocacy and campaigning skills to grow the progressive movement across Australia.
The key themes of Progress 2019 will focus on improving human rights, Reconciliation for First Nations Peoples, and urgent action on climate change.
We’re pleased to be sponsoring the Australian visit of Canada’s pioneer of social entrepreneurship and ethical investment Joel Solomon who joins in conversation with compatriot and CSR leader Allyson Hewitt to explore the potential impact of the clean money movement in Australia. Joel is the author of The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose and Capitalism and will be speak about the moral value of the money we spend every day, the power that consumers and individuals have in their purchasing choices, and ways that we can build a clean money movement in Australia where corporations and governments respond to collective pressure for a more just society and environment.
Joel is joined by an impressive array of international and local speakers at Progress 2019. The opening Keynote address will see Secretary General of Amnesty International, Kumi Naidoo reflect on his personal journey from anti-apartheid activist in 80s South Africa, as well as today’s urgent global human rights challenges.
Guardian UK columnist and author Owen Jones will talk about what Australia can learn from the last few years of UK politics, austerity and Brexit -- and discuss how we build transformational movements for change.
Twenty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, activists and writers will also feature throughout the program, including Rod Little, Latoya Rule, Nayuka Gorrie, Larrisa Baldwin, Bruce Pascoe, Lara Watson, and Karrina Nolan, who will explore issues of justice and self-determination.
KeepCup Founder Abigail Forsyth and leading campaigners will envision what life would look like beyond plastic, and how we can bring about the behaviour and regulatory changes required to clean up our oceans, shopping trolleys and daily life.
Award-winning author and activist Behrouz Boochani (who is currently detained on Manus Island) will be in conversation with Roj Amedi and Najeeba Wazefadost via videolink to talk about Australia’s offshore detention and its impact on people seeking asylum.
Over 1700 people are expected to attend Progress 2019 to take part in almost 60 sessions on topics like fixing our rental laws, transitioning coal communities in the face of climate change, and tackling our loneliness epidemic will stand alongside sessions exploring major reforms and narrative shifts needed in in gender equality, drug policy, prisons, land justice, trans rights, and more.
Practical skill workshops will also help delegates up their digital game, make social media videos, lobbying for change and fundraising.
Progress 2019 is run by our partner Centre for Australian Progress who are leading the charge to develop a civil society to engage Australians in issues of fairness, justice, and sustainability to find new solutions.
Tickets are still available at www.progress2019.org.au/register and Bank Australia customers can get 5% off using bankaustralia-progress2019