Better Together Partnering for Social Impact and Innovation Conference

Better Together Partnering for Social Impact and Innovation Conference

The Conference brought together a diverse group of academics, practice leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and professionals.

Over the two day event, delegates participated in plenaries, a panel discussion and workshops facilitated by experts in partnering, innovation, outcomes measurement, social enterprise, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage, and social impact.

Dr Andrew Young, Centre for Social Impact – The quest for impact: beyond silver bullets
Dr Julie Roberts, CQUniversity Australia – Strategies for change: adding social innovation to your toolkit
Mr Geoff Aigner, Social Leadership Australia – Leadership for social impact
Ms Moira Deslandes, Moira Deslandes Consulting – Conditions for connecting: beyond the tweet and Let’s get social: using social media to advantage
Ms Amelia Salmon, Queensland Social Enterprise – Social enterprise: the facts
Mr Ian Dixon, DIXON Partnering Solutions – Partnering for social impact, and
Dr Ruth Knight, Zark Consultancy – Taking outcomes measurement out of the too hard basket.

Better Together Conference Summary

Official Launch

Official Launch

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Prominent business, industry and community leaders were among around 130 supporters who attended the Official Launch of the Every Child initiative, at events in Rockhampton, Emerald, Gladstone and Biloela. the effort was proudly supported by Stanwell Power Station.

Keynote Speaker
Karni Liddell, Australian Paralympic swimmer and National Disability Insurance Scheme Champion for Queensland, hosted the event.

‘I’m living proof of the importance of providing all children with the opportunities they need to reach their full potential.’

‘We think this is a good program and we’re here to support it and encourage others to support Every Child.’

Brad Perry, Site Manager, Stanwell Power Station, Rockhampton. Brad’s presentation.

‘There are some quite harsh realities for today’s children and we, as leaders, need to reflect and decide whether we are doing enough.’ 

Len Richards, Chief Executive, CQ Hospital and Health Service. Len’s presentation.

‘We know that if you can get kids to age 8 in reasonable shape then you massively boost their life chances. This [collective impact] is absolutely crushing common sense. Through it we can illuminate the obvious-understand the essence of the problem-and then get organised to do something about it.’ 

Matthew Cox, Group Manager, Queensland, Australian Red Cross. Matthew’s presentation.

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country and recognise their connection to land, wind, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures, and to the Elders both past and present.