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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.