NSW: Social Cohesion and Inclusion National Conference

Social Cohesion for Australia

The Australian Baha’i Community would like to warmly invite you to attend the Social Cohesion and Inclusion National Conference on 8 November 2019 at the Harbourview Hotel, North Sydney. We hope you can also bring your colleagues and networks to engage in this purposeful space reflecting on the strength of social cohesion and inclusion in our country.

Q&As with speakers and panellists have been allocated generous time to allow conference participants to explore their presentations deeply. Participants are also invited to contribute ideas on how social cohesion can be strengthened and maintained in Australia in a roundtable session. These ideas will be distilled into a document to be made widely available.

About this Event

The conference will explore the settings, approaches, methods and experiences that will guide our country to foster greater social cohesion and inclusion into the future. Those who are deeply thinking about the progress of our country are encouraged to come together to deliberate, share ideas and reflect on action.

Presenters who are at the forefront of thinking and experience will share insights from which all can benefit to shape further action and refine current endeavours. Ample time has been allocated to enable interaction between the audience and presenters during Q&A.

All those attending the conference will be encouraged to actively participate and offer their contributions during intimate roundtable discussions as part of the program.

Hugh Mackay AO – Social Researcher and Author
Anthea Hancocks – CEO, Scanlon Foundation

​Speakers and Panelists Include
Brian Adams – Director, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University
Usha Rodrigues – Senior Lecturer in Communication, Deakin University
Klaus Veil – Vice President, Community Connect
Ruha Fifita – Board Member, Baha’i Community Queensland
Ansuya Naguran – STARTTS


​8:00 am Registration Desk Opens and Welcome Refreshments​
9:00 am Conference Opening & Acknowledgement of Country
Building A Culture of Compassion – Hugh Mackay AO, Social Researcher and Author
Vision for Social Cohesion in Australia – Anthea Hancocks, CEO Scanlon Foundation
Enriching the Social Cohesion Conversation with Indigenous Values and Ethics
Importance of Dialogue Spaces – Brian Adams, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University
Creating An Inclusive Narrative – Roundtable Dialogues
The Role of Media in Strengthening Social Cohesion – Panel
Vital Insights from Grassroots Initiatives – Panel
5:00 pm Conference Closes

Conference Website & Program – click here

Event Details

Program: Social Cohesion and Inclusion National Conference
Date: Friday, 8 November 2019
Location: Harbourview Hotel, North Sydney
Cost: $50+booking fee; Concession: $30+booking fee
Bookings: Online at Eventbrite

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Social Cohesion for Australia
Social Cohesion – vision for Australia