Social Cohesion and Inclusion National ONLINE Conference 2020

2020 Social Cohesion and Inclusion National ConferenceThe Australian Baha’i Community presents the 2020 Social Cohesion and Inclusion National Conference online, from Monday 16th Nov 2020 to Friday 20th Nov 2020, from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm AEDT, daily.

The Australian Baha’i Community warmly invites representatives of NGOs, religious and cultural communities, the media, academia, gender equality organisations, youth networks, think tanks, institutions and government to attend the 2020 Social Cohesion and Inclusion Conference held online, with 90 minute sessions each day. Registration will allow access to all sessions.

Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Her Excellency the Hon. Margaret Beazley AC QC – Governor of New South Wales
  • Dr Anne Aly MP – Member of the House of Representative
  • Rev. Tim Costello – Chair of the Community Council of Australia
  • Dr Brian Adams – Director of the Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University

The conference will explore the settings, approaches, methods and experiences that will guide our country to forge a socially cohesive and inclusive country into the future. Those who are deeply thinking about the progress of our country are encouraged to come together to reflect on action, lessons learnt, deliberate, and share ideas.

Presenters will share insights from which all can benefit to shape further action and refine current endeavours. Breakout sessions will enable participants to learn from each other’s experience and ideas.

We will officially launch the ‘Creating an Inclusive Narrative’ publication, which is the culmination of nationwide roundtable consultations held over the past year. You can purchase a hard copy of this publication at the checkout.


Monday 16th of November – 11:00am – 12:30pm (AEDT)

Opening & Official Launch of Creating an Inclusive Narrative Publication

Keynote Addresses:

  • Her Excellency the Hon Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales – The Role of Leadership in Strengthening Social Cohesion
  • Dr Brian Adams – Fostering Social Cohesion: Advancements, Lessons Learned and Obstacles

Tuesday 17th of November – 11:00am – 12:30pm (AEDT)

Panel – Reflection on Creating an Inclusive Narrative & Pathways for Action 

  • Amy Churchouse – Founder, Good Karma Effect
  • Janak Rogers – Journalist and Producer, ABC Radio National & Associate Lecturer, RMIT
  • Dr. Chrisanthi Giotis – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Media Transition, UTS
  • Dr. Zeny Edwards OAM – Committee Member, Australian Council for Human Rights Education
  • Dr Kirk Zwangobani – Chair, ACT Multicultural Advisory Council

Followed by breakout discussions.

Wednesday 18th of November – 3:30pm – 5:00pm (AEDT)

Keynote Address:

  • Dr. Anne Aly MP – The Impact of the Pandemic on Social Cohesion

Followed by breakout discussions. 

Thursday 19th of November  – 11:00am – 12:30pm (AEDT) 

Presentation – Social and Economic Inequalities

  • Rev. Tim Costello – Chair of the Community Council of Australia

Followed by breakout discussions.

Friday 20th of November  – 11:00am – 12:30pm (AEDT)

Panel – Social Cohesion and the Future we want 

  • Dr. Zeny Edwards – Vice-president and Director for Community Engagement, World Citizens Association of Australia
  • Prof. Steven Pickard – Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
  • Hugh Riminton – National Affairs Editor with Network 10 Author, Journalist & Social Commentator

Event Details:
Program: Social Cohesion and Inclusion National ONLINE Conference 2020
Location: Online
Dates: from Monday 16th Nov 2020 to Friday 20th Nov 2020
Times: 11:00am = 12:30pm ADET, daily
Cost: $10; Students and Concession: Free

Link to Conference Media (Video of Sessions)


 Creating an Inclusive Narrative