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Author of 'Rules for Revolutionaries'
Becky Bond is the co-author of “Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything.” She served as a senior adviser on the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, and was an architect of the campaign’s national, volunteer-driven grassroots campaign. After the 2016 presidential cycle, Becky founded the Big Organizing Project and is a pioneer in the use of distributed organising to win advocacy and electoral campaigns.
Director of Story & Strategy, ActionStation
Marianne is the Director of Story and Strategy at ActionStation in New Zealand. As a human rights lawyer, Marianne has worked for the UN in Afghanistan, and with non-governmental organisations in the Gaza Strip and Timor Leste. Marianne is dedicated to the causes of human rights and global disarmament and peace, with considerable experience in building online communities, social entrepreneurship and storytelling. She has also worked for the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and Oxfam, has contracted to various UN agencies and social research agencies and is co-owner of two Living Wage restaurants.
Head of Membership and Logistics, Momentum UK
Santiago was Momentum’s first volunteer, joining just a few days after the launch in October 2015. He quickly became the leading volunteer coordinator for Momentum, and built many of systems and processes which have allowed tens of thousands of more people to volunteer and participate in the movement. Santiago worked on the mobilisation team for Jeremy Corbyn’s second leadership campaign and was the Head of Mobilisation for Momentum during the 2017 UK general election, overseeing their enormous peer-to-peer texting program and phone canvassing app.
Global Vice President of Organising, NationBuilder
Emily is Vice President of Organizing at NationBuilder where she is responsible for launching new products, creating strategic partnerships and connecting the NationBuilder community to the company and each other. Emily has a background in national and international politics. Prior to NationBuilder she worked for the World Trade Organization, the US Senate and the 2008 Obama Campaign. As one of the first 10 employees at NationBuilder, she has been a key player in the strategic growth of the company’s sales and customer experience teams specifically, the international expansion from 2 to 98 countries in less than 2 years. Emily earned a Masters in Comparative Political Economics from the London School of Economics and Bachelors from the University of San Diego where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Senior Digital Communications Advisor, Office of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Andrew led the digital campaign for New Zealand Labour during the 2017 general election campaign and is now the senior digital communication advisor to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Digital Campaign Manager, NZ Human Rights Commission
Ryan is the digital campaign manager at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission where he works on their Give Nothing To Racism and Never Again campaigns and leads the Commission’s digital communication. Prior to the Human Rights Commission, he worked as a campaign director for ActionStation in its first two years. He’s also been a co-founder of Campaign Bootcamp in New Zealand and has consulted for a range of NGOs on campaign strategy, front-end web development, video production and branding.
National co-director, SEED
Larissa is a young woman from the Widjabul clan of the Bundjalung nation and is the National Co-Director for Seed. Larissa leads Seed's campaigns and strategy nationally ensuring that Seed works in partnership with frontline Indigenous communities and supports young people to be empowered and create change in their communities. Prior to moving to Seed, Larissa was the Queensland Campaigner for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition working across on the Reef and Galilee campaign. Larissa is passionate about a range of social justice issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and believes in seeking change through self-determination and grassroots leadership. Larissa comes from a family with a strong history of standing up for Aboriginal rights and has worked for many Indigenous organisations, programs and community driven initiatives across the country including the Stronger Smarter Institute, Oxfam and the Ngayundi Aboriginal Health Council.
Clinton's Walk for Justice
Clinton is a 27 year old Wajuk, Balardung, Kija and a Yulparitja man who recently completed his 5,580km 'Walk For Justice' from Perth to Canberra. Clinton's Walk For Justice began as a way to find the truth about what was really going on for Aboriginal people in remote communities, and to protest forced closures in Western Australia, including Mulan the community Clinton lived in as a child. Over nearly 12 months Clinton walked, backed by a support crew and online admin team, and he listened and shared what he learned. The more he walked, the more he talked to people the wiser he became, and support for his cause continued to grow. By the time the walk was complete, hundreds of individual people had contributed to keeping the team going; through in-kind donations or via crowd-funding. Hundreds of events, welcomes, meals, meetings, lodgings and media opportunities had been organised - and all by volunteers! Clinton's Walk For Justice made history in Canberra, not just by completing this epic walk, but also politically. The next steps for Clinton's Walk For Justice will be discussed at a meeting with Aboriginal Elders set to be held at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on November 4, 2017.
Executive Director, ControlShift Labs
Nathan is the founder and Executive Director of ControlShift Labs, a not-for-profit that works to make the progressive movement more member focused, participatory and distributed through better organising software. Nathan previously led the Innovation Lab at the Democratic National Committee where he was responsible for creating new tools that were recognised as some of the most innovative in politics. He has also held engineering roles at a variety of innovative and entrepreneurial organisations including Mobile Commons, ActBlue, and The Public Radio Exchange. He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Executive Director, Action Network
Brian is Executive Director Action Network, a nonprofit dedicated to building power for the progressive movement. Previously, he directed John Kerry's digital operations in his political and official offices, including overseeing fundraising and organising using Senator Kerry's 3 million+ contact email list and revamping the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's web presence. He also consulted on Howard Dean's ground-breaking Presidential campaign, ran a Congressional campaign, and, before getting involved in politics, was an award-winning documentary filmmaker.
Organising Director, GetUp
Kajute is the Organising Director at GetUp, leading on the recent Federal election organising work that saw more than 213,000 volunteers calls made and helped unseat some of the most conservative right wing MPs in Parliament. Kajute has led 7 election efforts in the last 7 years. He is now leading on setting up a new organising model with the GetUp movement where the objective is scale, impact and lasting change.
Advocacy advisor and campaign coach, Anita Tang Pty Ltd
Anita Tang is an independent advocacy advisor and campaign coach, and one of Australia’s most respected public health campaigners. Until recently, she spent 12 years at Cancer Council NSW as Manager, Policy & Advocacy and Director of Health Strategies. She has played a leading role in securing federal and state government support around tobacco control, cancer screening, and support for cancer survivors. Previously she worked with the Community Services Commission of NSW. Anita has a Bachelor of Arts, and a Masters in Administrative Law and Policy, both from the University of Sydney. She was awarded a Fellowship for the Stanford University Executive Program for Non-profit leaders, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School program on Leading Organizing and Action.
Filmmaker and Director, Gayby Baby
Maya is a filmmaker committed to social justice. She has made a number of award-winning short documentaries, and recently directed Growing Up Gayby (2013) and Gayby Baby (2015), made with Charlotte Mars that reveals the perspective of children raised in same-sex parented families. Gayby Baby was selected for GoodPitch² Australia 2014, screened at festivals internationally, broke cinema-on-demand records, sparked a national debate about LGBTIQ concepts in Australian schools, was nominated for an ACCTA, AWGIE and won an ATOM award. The accompanying education resources 'The Gayby Baby School Action Toolkit' is the first in Australia to represent LGBTIQ families in curriculum.
Film maker, Be a Brother
Ez Eldin Deng is a South Sudanese film and music video director, producer, and writer. He has directed and produced numerous music videos which have reached millions of views in total on YouTube. Deng first arrived in Melbourne, Australia in 2004 with his family and to this day, Melbourne is still his home as he continues to break new grounds in Australia's film and television industry.
National Field Director, The Equality Campaign
Patrick is the National Field Director for the Equality Campaign and has 13 years of political and advocacy campaign experience in Australia and the United States. Prior to this role he was the Field Director for the Recognise campaign and NSW Labor during the 2013 Federal Election. Patrick spent four years living in the U.S. working on various campaigns including the 2012 Obama campaign as a Regional Field Director. He also worked for U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett and was an organiser for the successful Minnesotans United marriage equality referendum.
Founding Partner, Principle Co.
Sofia is the Executive Producer of Principle Co. a strategic and creative agency that works with advocacy, non-profit, political organisations and progressive businesses to create change by building engagement on the issues that matter. Sofia co-founded Principle Co. in 2014 and since then has worked on some of Australia’s largest social campaigns and issues, with clients such as the Australian Labor Party, GetUp!, Australian Council of Trade Unions and Australian Marriage Equality.
Development and Communications Manager, National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy
Verity has a long career in working with large not-for-profits to grow their fundraising programs, including five years as Donor Development Program Manager at Amnesty International Australia. She is passionate about Indigenous rights and recently made the move to NASCA (National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy), a small Aboriginal youth organisation. Her role as Development and Communications Manager means that she has the daunting yet exciting challenge of growing sustainable fundraising from the ground up. In a fundraising environment dominated by need driven propositions, she is determined to create positive promotions of Aboriginal communities that inspire audiences to support.
Founder and National Director, Democracy in Colour
Tim is the Founder & National Director of Democracy in Colour. He also works at United Voice as a senior organiser. Previously, Tim was the Head of Campaigns at Oaktree, has been an adviser to two Senators, directed national campaigns for an advocacy organisation in India, co-founded an international spoken word poetry platform, led communications for UN Youth Australia and organised young people in Queensland for the AYCC.
Founder and CEO, ntegrity
Richenda is the founder and CEO of ntegrity, a digital strategy agency on a mission to build the digital capabilities of Aussie organisations. She is recognised as one of the 25 most influential people in the NFP sector (Impact 25 Awards) and an industry leader (Mumbrella Awards). Prior to ntegrity she was social media manager at the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, World Vision USA, where she launched social media, grew online audiences to 1+ million, and developed the world’s first charity vlogger campaign & Australia’s first blogger campaign.
Tom is one of Australia's top filmmakers for cause-based campaigns, having created video content for clients like Amnesty International, The Climate Council, GetUp! and Greenpeace. Tom runs GoodChat TV, a production agency that specialises in purpose driven video content.
2017 Youth Representative to the United Nations
Paige is the 2017 Youth Representative to the United Nations. Paige previously served as the National Education Director and Chair of the Board for United Nations Youth Australia. Paige helped develop the UN Youth Australia’s national curriculum, founded the first national advocacy-oriented public speaking competition (Voice), and facilitated educational tours of Timor L'este, and the Middle East for high school students.Paige has been working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with a focus on youth, LGBTI, and disability issues at the UN General Assembly. Until 2016, Paige was the Events & Operations Manager at the Centre for Australian Progress, a non-profit organisation committed to building the advocacy capacity of Australian civil society. In 2015, and 2016, Paige was recognised for her work by Pro Bono Australia as the youngest ever recipient of the ‘Impact 25: The 25 Most Influential People in the Social Sector’ award. In 2017, Paige was named as a finalist for New South Wales Young Woman of the Year.
Managing Director, Agency Ventures
Tom is an expert in digital technology and online communications, especially in the area of youth – he directed UN Youth communications in Australia for several years. He’s a vegetarian who loves tending to his courtyard garden to shake off hours spent swimming in code. Tom’s a firm believer in the transformative power of education, and reckons digital media can give us all the knowledge and all the access we need to change the world for the better.
Executive Director, Fair Agenda
Renee is a campaigner and strategist passionate for growing movements for positive change. She was named one of 2015's '100 Women of Influence'. Previously Renee co-directed the 2011 Live Below the Line campaign, helping engage 6,000 Australians to raise more than $1.4 million for projects tackling extreme poverty. She was also part of the team that led The End of Polio campaign to secure $118 million additional funding for global polio eradication effort
Author and campaigner
Anna Rose is an author and campaigner who comes from a family with a long farming history. She is co-founder of Farmers for Climate Action. Anna ran Earth Hour with WWF-Australia for two years from 2013-2015. In 2006 she co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and was National Co-Director for five years. She is author of the book Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic (MUP, 2012) and co-starred in the ABC documentary ‘I Can Change Your Mind on Climate Change’. Anna previously convened the Vice-Chancellor’s course in Leadership & Influence at the Australian National University. She is a former Churchill Fellow and a recipient of the Sierra Club’s Earthcare award for her services to international environmental protection. She was the Australian Geographic Society’s Conservationist of the Year 2015 and was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards (A.C.T.) the same year. She is an advisory board member of the Australian Geographic Society, and a Director of the Aussie Farmers Foundation and the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute. She is a former Director of Solar Citizens, the Bob Brown Foundation, and Green Music Australia. Anna is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Climate Change Centre and an Associate of Melbourne University Sustainable Society Institute. Anna is currently completing a Myer Foundation Innovation Fellowship.
Head of New Things, CHOICE
Viveka is an inventor, a 20-year pioneer of virtual and augmented reality, and a builder of powerful creative communities. Previously Creative Director of R&D at the ABC and a researcher at the UTS Creativity and Cognition Studios he now leads a team of designers and technologists who are inventing the future of fair, just and safe markets.
Community & Fundraising Manager, Climate Council
Cassie manages a community of over 150,000 donors, members, volunteers, and supporters as the Community & Fundraising Manager at the Climate Council. Cassie's work spans fundraising, community engagement, digital content, marketing, communications and strategy. Key achievements include growing the Climate Council’s online regular giving program by 27%, more than doubling the size of the Climate Council’s supporter base and coordinating the Kimberley Fundraising Challenge which raised over $110,000 for the Climate Council. Cassie previously worked in the higher education sector and is currently undertaking a Masters of Environmental Management and Sustainability.
Campaigner, United Voice NSW
Sara works for United Voice – the union for cleaners, early educators, casino and home care workers. Sara focuses on digital strategy and implementation, aiming to connect members working in isolated workforces, and to help them build power on and offline.
Documentary storytelling and impact campaign specialist
Teri’s career has spanned almost 20 years across both the film industry and the not-for-profit sector. In the not-for-profit sector Teri has worked in communications, advocacy, strategy and fundraising roles for organisations including Greenpeace, the Medical Association for the Prevention of War, Jubilee Australia and the Council for International Development. She spent almost five years working with Screen Australia, first managing the agency’s communications and then in her final year with Screen Australia managing the agency’s feature film distribution program. She has also worked with boutique distributors running national marketing and publicity campaigns for social change feature documentaries and has co-distributed two feature films. Most recently, Teri was an impact producer with Media Stockade, a production company specialising in documentary storytelling and impact campaigns where she led the company's impact campaign consultancy. She is currently working as a freelance impact producer with NITV and on Larissa Behrendt's feature documentary After The Apology.
Leader Campaigner / Organiser SA, Solar Citizens
Dan is a highly skilled and experienced campaigner who has previously worked as a Campaigner with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Community Organiser with the Port Augusta community. Dan is now with Solar Citizens' as the Lead Campaigner / Organiser in South Australia. Dan's leadership helped steward this high impact community run campaign to deliver Australia's landmark win of Solar Thermal for Port Augusta to replace the town's closed coal stations. This was no ordinary campaign, and no ordinary win, with success far from guaranteed throughout its 5 year history, but it forever changed the landscape of energy politics in Australia. This community powered campaign won the support of its city council, unions, local business, doctors and climate and renewable energy groups to deliver an important win for their community, SA and the whole country. It's a win which was delivered by thousands of people and the sharing of the lessons on how it was won can serve as a lesson in hope and inspiration for so many others fighting the good fight for various social justice causes.
Senior organiser of member programs, GetUp
Emma is the Senior Organiser of Member Programs at GetUp. Emma's focus is developing high-barrier member-driven events and projects that move the movement from online to offline. Most recently, Emma organised GetUp's 2016 election day effort that saw over 3000 GetUp members hand out 1.1 million how-to-votes at 500 polling booths. In September 2017, Emma organised PowerUp, GetUp's first national training conference, where over 700 members from 45 electorates came together in Sydney to launch GetUp's Action Group Network.
Digital Campaign Director, The Equality Campaign
Adam is a campaign communication specialist with a community organising background. He believes in empowering others to tell their stories as a way of bringing people together to create change. Adam has helped students, the LGBTIQA+ community, and higher education workers win campaigns. Adam joined Australian Marriage Equality from the National Tertiary Education Union, where he was head of communications and campaigns in NSW. He played a leading role in developing the 'No $100,000 Degrees' campaign against university fee deregulation and worked with colleagues to increase membership by 12 percent in 2 years.
Deputy Director, The Sunrise Project
Sam La Rocca is a strategist and organiser committed to building people powered movements for a socially just and ecologically sane world. Sam's been active since the early 1990s. He co-founded activist education outfit the Change Agency, pioneered electoral organising with the Greens and led Adam Bandt’s successful re-election campaign. More recently he facilitated a process to reset climate movement strategy and developed GetUp’s Environmental Justice, election and organising strategies. He’s now Deputy Director at The Sunrise Project.
Founder & Facilitator, Plan to Win
Holly assists individuals, groups and campaigns to develop the skills and clarity required to win change in the world. Through Plan to Win, Holly offers facilitation, training and mentoring, covering topics including campaign strategy, community organising, building strong groups, and sustaining action. Plan to Win’s annual Training for Activist Trainers develops trainers and facilitators across a range of social movements. Holly is also founder and co-convenor of Plan to Thrive, Melbourne Campaigners’ Network and the Decolonizing Solidarity book club. She brings twenty-five years of experience in social movements to assisting groups and campaigns to build community power for social and ecological justice.
Public Narrative Coordinator, Australian Conservation Society
Tessa is a change maker and framing expert who tells stories to change the world. She works across engagement, fundraising and campaigning, where she inspires and skills up ACF’s community to stand up and speak out. She has a PhD in cultural studies and a background in academia, law and design. She has also trained with digital fundraising experts Mike Whitney and Nicole Aro and messaging guru Anat Shenker-Osorio through Progress’ experts-in-residence program. Tessa has green thumbs, lots of coloured pencils and big dreams for a more beautiful world.
Raised under South Australia’s fierce sun, Isaac knows first hand the need for urgent action on climate change. Starting out with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Isaac has been active in the climate movement since age seventeen. Isaac worked as 350.org Australia’s Divestment Campaigner, a campaign working to undermine the social license of coal and gas by calling on institutions to dump their shares in the fossil fuel industry. Over 130 institutions in Australia have divested, including the City of Newcastle - home to the biggest coal port in the world. Now based in Sydney, Isaac works on the #StopAdani campaign, pushing for an end to the Adani coal mine in Queensland. For his work on stopping the expansion of Queensland coal, Isaac has been awarded Bob Brown’s Young Environmentalist of the Year.
Social Media Specialist, Amnesty International Australia
Jessie is a commsy/campaigny/webby all-rounder with a long career in Australia's non-profit sector. In her current role at Amnesty, Jessie has worked on flagship campaigns aimed at ending the practice of offshore detention of asylum seekers, and reducing the overrepresentation of Indigenous young people in the justice system. She also headed up digital comms for Amnesty's 2015 anti-death penalty campaign in response to the imminent, and ultimately tragic, execution of two Australians in Indonesia. In her former role at The Wilderness Society, Jessie lead comms work for the successful campaign to save Walmadan (James Price Point) from the clutches of the gas industry. Jessie is an Australian Progress Fellow, and has previously spent a year working for UNICEF in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development.
Communications and Campaign Director, United Voice
Tim Petterson is a communications and campaigns director at United Voice, where he does digital and media strategy. He works extensively on Big Steps, a campaign by early childhood educators who are fighting for equal pay. For the last year he's also been leading an innovation project aimed at helping young hospitality workers organise online, build power and win respect and better jobs.
Executive: Public Affairs, cohealth
In his role as Executive at Public Affairs, Aram Hosie works at the intersections of organisational strategy, public policy advocacy, research, communications and stakeholder and political engagement. Originally qualifying as an occupational therapist, Aram has over a decade’s experience working in the health and social service sectors across a range of service delivery, program management and policy roles within both government and non-government organisations. This includes having worked on inpatient psychiatric wards, within acute drug and alcohol settings, and across a range of senior government policy roles in both West Australian and Victoria. Outside of government Aram spent several years with ReachOut.com heading up that organisations research, policy and product development teams. Aram has particular interests in drug reform, addressing inequality, and the role of technology in delivering social good, and is a well-known national and international advocate for LGBTI rights. Aram holds a MA in Politics and Policy, was a 2015 Australia Human Rights Award Finalist (Community), and currently serves on the Board of the Victorian AIDS Council.
Digital Campaigner, The Wilderness Society
Warrick has been working in conservation advocacy since 2001, primarily on forest conservation issues. For the past 12 months he has been developing and implementing new digital strategies at The Wilderness Society, one of Australia's leading environment organisations.
Founder, Do Gooder
David founded Australia’s first purpose-driven digital design agency, now Future Friendly, which pioneered human-centred co-design within the social change and environmental movements. He’s worked on dozens of campaigns across his two decades in the sector, including early refugee activism with the Boat People crew, the ACTU's Your Rights at Work, Bring Hicks Home and Message in a Bottle for Amnesty and the NSW small bar campaign, Raise the Bar. He is the Founder and Chief Rabble-Rouser at Do Gooder – the social change advocacy platform he founded to make doing good easier and more effective for progressive campaigners.
Social Media Manager, Animals Australia
Kimberley has been involved in animal protection for more than twenty years and has worked in various capacities for a number of different organisations over that time. She has been managing Animals Australia’s social channels since 2013 and in that time has overseen the growth of their Facebook page from 60,000 to more than 1.5 million followers. Kimberley is passionate about harnessing social media to empower, inform and unite like-minded people from every corner of the globe.
Executive Director, Agency
Ever since Murray started Agency in 2004, working out of a garage with two Ikea desks and a reasonably legal copy of Photoshop, he has been on a mission to bring social good into the digital age. With more than ten years of experience working with leading humanitarian organisations, Murray has grown a one-person design studio into a creative team of twenty spanning two countries. Murray embodies Agency’s raison d’etre: helping clients discover the right idea, actionable strategy, with a clarity of design and voice to communicate well. Murray leads the team at Agency, with a specific focus on growing Agency’s creative services in America, and developing our fundraising platform.
PhD candidate, University of Sydney
Michael is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney interested in social movement research, especially around tax justice issues. After almost 10 years working as a political staffer, NGO policy adviser and campaign manager, he is interested in the potential for greater collaboration between academia and progressive movements.
Founder & Coordinator, CounterAct
Nicola is the Founder and Coordinator of CounterAct. She has extensive experience working on a range of campaigns over fifteen years, and has been facilitating within a diversity of groups for many years. Having worked across the full spectrum of progressive social change – from sailing with Sea Shepherd on Antarctic campaigns, to working as an adviser to a Senator she has a developed a perspective informed by hands on experience, on the tools we can use to create effective social change.
Director, Good Hood
Emma Koster has over a decade's experience working across Tech and Community Development, and established Good Hood in 2013, with a mission to work towards a fairer, brighter, more inclusive future. Emma’s career has weaved through creative and technical roles, working as a project manager, producer, writer, filmmaker, designer, educator & youth worker. An outspoken advocate for women in tech, Emma is passionate about encouraging and supporting diversity across the tech industry - from the teams developing the solution, through to the people they are developing it for.
Advocacy Development and Networks Officer (Community Organiser), Cancer Council NSW
Carolyn ‘shows the love’ to the Cancer Council’s volunteer community advocates. She has a background in social work and training. She previously worked as the training coordinator with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. A recent career highlight was the successful campaign to get NSW government to abolish co-payments on chemotherapy drugs, a $76 million commitment.
LGBTQIA+ campaigner, GetUp
Sally Rugg is a LGBTQIA+ rights campaigner, activist and public speaker. She is the Creative Director at GetUp, overseeing their video, social media and public narrative work, and leads the campaign for marriage equality. Her work was instrumental in parliament blocking legislation for a plebiscite in 2016. Sally regularly speaks at LGBTQIA+ rights rallies and events, helps lead the community campaign to save the Safe Schools program, and volunteers with LGBTQIA+ youth at Twenty10. She received the Young Achiever Award at the 2016 Honour Awards, was named in TimeOut's 40 under 40 and was number 5 on LOTL's Lesbian Power List. In 2017 she has been named as one of Australia's most influential LGBTQIA+ people by Cosmopolitan Magazine and Mamamia.
Strategic Communications and Media Production, Principle Co
Daniel is an experienced social justice advocate, having worked on a number of national, state and local progressive campaigns. He specialises in data led campaign communication and media production - with a focus on developing digital, video graphic tools that engage and move people to action.
Professor of Political Sociology, University of Sydney
Ariadne Vromen is Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Sydney. She has undertaken extensive research on young people’s political participation, including her collaborative project The Civic Network on how young people use social media for politics in Australia, the UK and USA. Her new book Digital Citizenship and Political Engagement looks at the rise of digital activism in Australian advocacy politics. Her three current projects look at: the rise of crowdsourced politics via online petitions and donations; public attitudes towards digital rights and governance; and young women’s attitudes towards the future of work in Australia.
Community organiser, GetUp
Lucy grew up in Far North Queensland in between the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, a childhood that taught her a keen passion for nature and people. After some years as an outdoor educator, helping kids form bonds with nature and each other, Lucy felt that the impact she was having was not immediate enough. She went to university to study again, and accidentally became an activist, discovering the power of people to create change. After moving to Brisbane, she discovered community organising. After joining the organising network, Lucy jumped on the opportunity to work as a community organiser for GetUp. She says: "I'm unbelievably excited by our organising network, the power of a movement and the ability to create the kind of Australia we all envision".
Digital Director, Democracy in Colour
Neha is the Digital Director at Democracy in Colour. She has almost ten years of experience in Australian political campaigning and is driven by the power of grassroots organising to win tangible outcomes for social justice. Most recently she worked on the Yes campaign at Australian Marriage Equality, and is a Digital Campaigner at the Australian Services Union NSW & ACT. Previously she has worked for a NSW politician and was a Community Organiser on the Land Water Future campaign with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
Senior designer, Canva
Poppie is passionate about helping people become better designers. As Canva’s Senior Graphic Designer, she’s responsible for many of Canva’s graphics including the daily design tips on Canva’s social, runs educational webinars and workshops and has authored a book. Poppie loves seeing Canva users stretch their creative wings do they can truly benefit from both the platform, and the gift of design.
National Organising Director, Democracy in Colour
Sonia is the National Organising Director at Democracy in Colour. She also works at Amnesty International as the National Activism Coordinator. Previously, Sonia has worked with Oxfam leading their youth organising and activism programs, most recently designing and running the youth leadership program 'Change Initiative'. Additionally, Sonia has been involved with UN Youth Australia running regional programs in Victoria and the Oaktree Foundation.
Industrial Officer, National Union of Workers
Alex has worked as an Industrial Officer in the National Office of the National Union of Workers (NUW) since 2011. The NUW is a large Australian trade union representing members in a wide range of industries such as warehousing, stores, manufacturing, contract call centres, poultry processing and the fresh food supply chain. Alex's areas of responsibility include members in the poultry processing and defence contracting industries. He is involved in the provision of training, advice, and representation to NUW members. He also frequently represents the NUW and its members in various matters before the Fair Work Commission. Alex is also a Vice President of the Australian Institute if Employment Rights.
Co-founder and Organiser, Love Makes a Way
Justin has worked in a variety of organising, advocacy and policy reform roles over the last 15 years. He has been involved in a wide range of campaigns, including the winning the first fossil fuel divestment decision in Australia, serving as campaign manager for Australian Christians for Marriage Equality, and co-founding the Love Makes a Way campaign of nonviolent direct action for justice for people seeking asylum. He currently works in an organising role for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Sydney and as a consultant to the NGO sector.
Lead NSW Organiser, GetUp
A former music teacher from Victoria, Shaun Murray is currently the Lead NSW Organiser for GetUp. Over the past ten years, he has campaigned for climate justice with a range of organisations in Victoria, Queensland and NSW, including Lock the Gate and Friends of the Earth. Since joining GetUp last year, Shaun has worked on the 2016 federal election campaign, the #StopAdani campaign, and now the 2017 Queensland election, working to develop GetUp's action groups model, and new systems of phone banking, training and recruitment.
Founder, Muslims for Marriage Equality
Fahad Ali is a geneticist, writer and activist, and the founder of Muslims for Marriage Equality. His entry into advocacy work began at university, where he led the first official University of Sydney entry into the Sydney Mardi Gras and established the Glitter Gala, the student union’s first annual ball for queer students and their friends. Fahad has been recognised as an honorary citizen of the City of Bethlehem for his peace advocacy work on Palestine and Israel, and currently serves as the Director of Marketing for women’s hygiene charity KindNecessities.
Community Organising Manager, ActionAid
Dan has worked across human rights, environmental and workers movements for over a decade. In his current gig, Dan is the Community Organising Manager for ActionAid Australia, a women’s rights organisation working as part of a global Federation in over 45 countries to achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication. In 2017 ActionAid has established a national activist network who run targeted campaigns locally, in solidarity with women in lower-income countries with a focus on climate justice and economic justice for women. Before joining ActionAid, Dan was Director of Campaigns and Organising at Solar Citizens and spent 5 years as the National Youth Coordinator for Amnesty International, Australia. When Dan’s not organising you’ll find him befriending dogs in the parks of Sydney and drinking too much coffee.
Senior Policy Officer: Housing and Social Security, People With Disability Australia
Idiosyncratic glasses wearer, cancer survivor, and food snob. Dean has extensive policy development and strategic advocacy expertise in the area of disability, health and human rights, which has been developed through his role at ACON (formerly the AIDS Council of NSW) and People with Disability Australia (PWDA). He has also volunteered as a Consumer Advocate and MP Liaison Officer with the Cancer Council of NSW and a board member of ACON, Shelter NSW and the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL). His PWDA policy role enables him to lead on specific social justice policy areas in relation to poverty, housing, adequate standard of living, voter access and LGBTI rights.
CEO, Attitude Foundation
Aine is changemaker who spends her time working on making the world a more inclusive place. She’s headed up advocacy for the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, worked for a range of NFPs in the disability sector and loves making things accessible - movements, policies, info, comms & beyond.
Co-founder and CEO, Studio Mod
Michela is an artist and director redefining the space between cinema and games. In 2004 she won a NESTA Invention award for 'remixable film', which outlines her vision for playful storytelling and digital culture and continues to underpin her artistic practice. She is co-founder of studio Mod and has been both the creative and technical lead on numerous productions. Michela has been an Internet pioneer since the early 1990s, creating the first website in NSW and setting up the National Library of Australia's first web service, before working on some of the largest internet projects in Europe. She is Vice President of the Australian Directors Guild and a co-founder of Women in AR & VR Sydney.
Organising Program Manager, AYCC
Laura is the Organising Program Manager at the AYCC, supporting their huge grassroots network across the country. Laura has been with the AYCC since 2012 as Victorian State Coordinator, Administration Officer and Organiser. Laura is passionate about building a powerful youth climate justice movement. She recently managed Power Shift 2017 where 800 young people came together over 3 days to learn, grow and get fired up to take climate action.
Communications Manager, Animals Australia
A chatterbox kid who became a social change powerhouse. Lucy is Communications Manager at Animals Australia and is obsessed with creating a kinder world for people and animals.
National Director, AYCC
Gemma is the National Director at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Prior to stepping up, Gemma was AYCC's campaign and programs co-director, driving strategy and the rollout of AYCC's campaigns and programs through their huge grassroots network across the country. Gemma been with the AYCC since 2010 as a NSW State Coordinator, National Fundraising Director and Campaigner and recently led their successful Don't Risk the Reef campaign which saw Lend Lease, Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank publicly withdraw from coal ports on the Great Barrier Reef. Gemma is passionate about empowering young people to take action on climate change and has run training days for hundreds of young people and even facilitated climate change workshops in the Antarctic.
Creative technologist, CHOICE
Warren Armstrong is a Creative Technologist at Choice, who was responsible for the development of their augmented reality free range egg detection app, CluckAR. Outside of his role at Choice, he has been a curator of augmented art shows and a facilitator of workshops on mobile AR art.
Director of Strategy, Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union
Tamsin Lloyd has been the head of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union’s National Communications Team for 4 years, and has recently moved to be the Director of Strategy. Although now infamous for the union’s dank memes, the AMWU’s communications team spends most of its time focused on union ‘core business’ – organising and growth work. Over the last 4 years the AMWU’s Communications Team has undergone a radical transformation to bring digital and communications tools to the union’s work in organising new members, supporting industrial bargaining, and rolling out political campaigns, with a focus on the way the union communicates with members in small and dispersed sites and across a range of occupations and industries. Their focus is on how digital tools can best be used to support the work of union members. Prior to working at the AMWU, Tamsin has worked at other trade unions, as a campaigner, and in Government.
Impact Producer, BLUE
Sarah has worked in the film and television sector for over 20 years, working across many platforms including documentary, feature film, visual effects, television commercials and long form children’s television. The majority of Sarah's work has been in documentary production, delivering natural history programs with an emphasis on the ocean stories and subjects to international networks. She has just completed a feature length documentary film called BLUE, about the Industrialisation of our Ocean and the Guardians working to protect it. Using the film as an impact tool, BLUE also has a two year outreach campaign in planning. As Impact Producer Sarah is responsible for the development and management of this campaign. Outside the film and television sector Sarah works with Take 3, a grassroots organisation giving a global voice on marine debris and a clean ocean initiative. Currently she works as project and outreach manager for the Take 3 Surf Life Saving clubs program and hold a position as a Director on the Take 3 Board.
Campaigner, 350.org Pacific
350 Pacific or the Pacific Climate Warriors are a youth lead Indigenous Pacific organisation spread over 15 Pacific Island nations, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Joseph has led campaigns that have seen Pacific people block the largest coal port in the world, paddle across Sydney Harbour to occupy the Prime Minister's House and take a stance at this years United Nations Conference on Climate Change, COP23. The Pacific Climate Warriors work to tell the story of a Pacific that is rising up in resilience against the major contributors to Climate Change.Here in Australia Joseph works to empower and uplift the Pacific Diaspora to take action and to stand in solidarity with their families back home on the islands.
Director, Sydney Peace Foundation
Lisa is the Director at the Sydney Peace Foundation, which which each year brings one of the world’s most effective peacemakers to Australia. Prior to this, Lisa coordinated the Electoral Integrity Project at the Universities of Sydney and Harvard, which compares the quality of elections across the world and produces globally recognised publications on the subject. Prior to coming to Australia, Lisa worked on transitional justice programs for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and a local research and advocacy organisation in Cape Town, South Africa. Lisa has a MSc in conflict resolution and peace building from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and a BA in European studies and public administration from the University of The Hague (The Netherlands).
Kylie works in comms at the Whitlam Institute and as a writer for Christian news outlet Eternity News. Prior to this, Kylie was Communications Director at Common Grace and on staff in various roles at Hillsong Church.
Rapid response campaigner, GetUp
Kirsti Gorringe is the rapid response campaigner at GetUp working on a wide scope of issues from reproductive rights to retirement home rorts. Most recently she worked on the get out the vote campaign for marriage equality, and has experience in media, organising and campaigning from both GetUp and Amnesty.
Advertising Director, Equality Campaign
Helen is Advertising Director at the Equality Campaign, and played a key role in producing the campaign’s powerful human interest stories and TV commercials. Previously she worked as a television Series Producer and Director in the UK, until she moved to Sydney with her Australian wife two years ago. She has worked for the BBC and other major UK channels, producing and directing documentary, factual and investigative series.
Deputy Chair, Alliance for Gambling Reform
Allison is the Deputy Chair and a spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform and an expert in leadership, strategy, culture and change. She is a fierce and relentless campaigner for reform as a result of growing up in a family affected by gambling. Allison has led a range of diverse campaign strategies over the past two years and achieved greater collaboration and consensus about what needs to change. Through local government, face to face, online, media and grassroots leadership, the Alliance is gaining traction in the face of a historically powerful industry. As a result, the conversation about gambling harm in Australia is changing and there is momentum building for change. Allison believes passionately in elevating the voice and leadership of people with a lived experience of harm, in empowering and effective ways, and shifting power back to communities.
Digital Campaigner, GetUp
Patrick is the affordable content producer of tomorrow. Much of his work is done on the nation's favourite appliance, the personal computer, and has appeared in The Guardian, on Junkee, and at The Sydney Comedy Festival.
National Digital Manager, Australian Workers' Union
Linda is the National Digital Manager at the Australian Workers’ Union, where she heads up digital and communications strategy. This year Linda has been working to launch Hair Stylists Australia - an innovative new union that is tackling the challenges of organising a disparate workforce. She is passionate about using effective messaging to motivate people, and translating online engagement to offline action. Linda is an Australian Progress Fellow, and has experience in leading community campaigns in the areas of gender and sustainability.
Deputy Director, Australian Progress
Rebecca is Deputy Director at Australian Progress and leads on learning and community initiatives. She was previously Global Director of Learning and Development at Change.org, where she led on campaign innovation and learning for teams across 20 countries, and Chief of Staff at GetUp. Rebecca also spent seven years in senior roles with the independent Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, broken by a stints with Obama for America in South Carolina and Ohio in 2008.
Executive Director, Australian Progress
Nick has more than 15 years’ experience driving social change in New York, Toronto, London and Sydney. Nick co-founded one of the world’s first social networks, TakingITGlobal.org, played a leading role in the growth of Australia’s foremost campaigning organisation GetUp, worked in global strategy at Amnesty’s International Secretariat and managed public engagement for Greenpeace. As founder of Sydney-based consultancy Make Believe, Nick developed winning campaigns and internal innovation projects for more than seventy non-profits.