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Beyond Crisis: The Series

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Beyond Crisis: The Series is the inaugural event happening August 17-21 2020. It will be the first of many exploring what we're experiencing as a Nation and all the incredible ways we are pulling ourselves out of crisis. 
This event has been created by Future Dreaming, New Economy Network Australia, Pingala, Australian Earth Laws Alliance & The Valley Centre.

This event will run from Monday evening - Friday afternoon. Full program can be found at

A host of amazing speakers, panelists and moderators will be taking part throughout the week - take a look at the program and see where your interest is! You're welcome to come to as many sessions as you like or just tune in for one or two :)   

Some of the confirmed speakers so far! 

  • Mary Graham - Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy at UQ and Kombumerri person
  • Caroline Hilton - Indigenomics, First Nations from Canada
  • Will Steffen - Earth Systems Science and Climate Council, The Great Acceleration
  • Ross Williams - Future Dreaming
  • Michelle Maloney - Australian Earth Laws Alliance & New Economy Network Australia
  • Victor Steffensen - Firesticks Alliance 
  • David Isaac - W Dusk Group Mik-Maq Nation- First Nations from Canada 
  • Ray Pratt - DICE Australia
  • Nora Bateson - Warm Data and International Bateson Institute
  • Tracey Cooper - The Valley Centre 
  • Kellie Caught - ACOSS
  • Mark Williams - DonorCentricity 
  • Kado Muir - Indigenous Academic
  • Sophie Wood - Environmental Resource Management Australia
  • April Crawford-Smith - Pingala & The Valley Centre
  • Michael Frangos - Indigenous Energy Australia 
  • Barry Palte - Equity Capital Partners
  • Katherine McConnell - Brighte Capital
  • Eddie Ma - Vigilanti Architects 
  • Kate Nicolazzo - Climate Emergency Plans
  • Natalie Isaacs - 1 Million Women
  • Jules Livingstone - Atrium Ideas
  • Alison Rowe - Australian Energy Foundation 

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We are in a new phase of human existence – or in a time of unprecedented challenges - we can choose which direction we take. 

Join us for a 360 degree look at where we’ve been and where we are headed. Our week of discussions and workshops will share positive stories to inspire Australians to see the power of local communities and economies. The week will be led by the wisdom of First Nations peoples, and the aand education to showcase groundbreaking initiatives from across all sectors of Australia, bringing the philanthropic sector together with participants, to foster listening, sharing and collaboration and strategies “Beyond Crisis “


As we have seen with the impacts of the COVID19 pandemic, shockproof and resilient local economies are essential to secure the basic needs of communities, including food, water, health and wellbeing, energy, housing and employment. This basic model of interconnected local economies is as old as humanity itself.

In Australia, the escalating ecological crisis and current economic slow down must be seen as catalysts for new ways forward. To build better, stronger, resilient communities and economic systems, we need to come together, affirm and learn from the ancient foundations of First Nations knowledge and connection to country; create fair, place-based, appropriate systems and responses to the challenges we face do it all within the healthy ecological limits and unique resources and capacities of our diverse bioregions across our continent.

During “Beyond Crisis” we are inviting community focussed thinkers, writers, researchers and the Non for Profit Sector to come together with the social impact, philanthropic and investment sectors to invest in new and reinvigorating local economies. We urgently need people in the finance, community and environmental sectors to “sit around the table” to create long term strategic models to help local people and their communities “kick start” new systems and projects. This approach enables local economies to build robust systems to protect communities, empowered by self-sustaining strategies, which provide first for the local area and then other centres needing specific resources, which in turn provide revenue streams for communities.

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