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Day

One


8:00AM

ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION


9:00AM

WELCOME

Welcome to Purpose

A warm welcome to Purpose from our MC Matt Wicking and opening remarks by creator of Purpose, Sally Hill.

SPEAKERS

Matt Wicking Matt Wicking

Sally Hill Sally Hill

@Porter's Studio (Main Hall)


9:20AM

PLENARY SESSION

Keynote

Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming

Paul Hawken is a legend of sustainable business, co-author of ‘Natural Capitalism: The Next Industrial Revolution’, which Bill Clinton described as one of the most important books in the world. Paul is a committed activist and an entrepreneur who has founded several successful, ecologically-conscious businesses – and he’s in Australia in February 2018 to talk about his latest project, Drawdown.

Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming: mapping, measuring and modelling the 100 most substantive solutions to climate change. For each solution, the book describes its history, the carbon impact it
provides, the relevant cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works. Leading companies such as Interface Flor are basing their climate strategy on the work in Drawdown.

This keynote is not to be missed and will set the scene for Purpose 2018 – one of urgency, inspired resilience and revolution.

SPEAKERS

Paul Hawken Paul Hawken

@Porter's Studio (Main Hall)

Panel

A Climate of Resilience

We all know and understand the Einstein quote: “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” but how often do we see this in practise? After decades of watching climate talks stall and targets get missed, how badly are we failing and how do we course-correct? It’s time to look to brand new ways of seeing and acting and this panel brings together people who are pushing at the edges, calling for action and urging us to approach this problem with very different thinking. Local speakers will join Paul on stage to place the insights from Drawdown into a local context and help us understand how we might apply radically new thinking to the challenge of global warming.

FACILITATOR

Matt Wicking Matt Wicking

SPEAKERS

Paul Hawken Paul Hawken

Martijn Wilder AM Martijn Wilder AM

Beck Dawson Beck Dawson

Gemma Borgo-Caratti Gemma Borgo-Caratti

@Porter's Studio (Main Hall)


10:30AM

MORNING TEA


11:00AM

MORNING BREAKOUT

Panel

The Responsible Entrepreneur

Hosted by UTS: Hatchery this session will examine what it takes to be a responsible entrepreneur in a world that worships high tech, high growth and ‘unicorns’. Talking to founders who are doing it, we’ll examine the conditions for success as well as the challenges creating an enterprise designed for social impact. We’ll look at practicalities of getting socially-driven enterprises off the ground, invested in and keeping them above water when purpose and mission don’t always equate to huge profits. This session will also look at the mindset of the responsible entrepreneur – because it’s not just about tech startups, “everyone’s entrepreneurial”.

Facilitator Tida Tippapart is a creative entrepreneur and strategist, and also the Program Manager of UTS: Hatchery, a pre-accelerator program to teach people how to think like entrepreneurs: “The program is centred on creating entrepreneurs not companies.. entrepreneurship is much more than just a subject that a student will take at university; it’s a way of thinking that will ultimately shape how a student envisages their future career path.” 

 

FACILITATOR

Tida Tippapart Tida Tippapart

SPEAKERS

Chris Raine Chris Raine

Joel Hanna Joel Hanna

Anne Ascharsobi Anne Ascharsobi

Mitchell Taylor Mitchell Taylor

@THE PORTER'S STUDIO (MAIN HALL)

Presentations + panel

Companies finding their voice on social and environmental justice issues

 

Hosted by Sofia Madden from Principle Co, who played a pivotal role the Australian Marriage Equality campaign, this session will explore the conditions that make it possible for companies to get behind social and environmental issues and the impact they can have when they do.

Using marriage equality, #ChangetheDate and organic farming as case studies we will explore the questions:
– What makes it doable for mainstream companies to put their brand on the line and get behind an issue? 

– Why was marriage equality an issue where companies eventually felt safe to participate and why did we see a ‘pile on’ in support?
– What lessons can we take to apply to other pressing social and environmental issues?
– What kind of work and transformation is required internally before a brand can take a public stance on an issue?
We’ll hear a case study of Airbnb’s campaign ‘Until we Belong’, hear from LUSH cosmetics around their long history of campaigning and advocacy, and Marque Lawyers who are vocal on a range of issues, most recently the campaign to #ChangetheDate. Adrian Cester leads Australian Organic Food Co who have recently reached the decision to take a stand on food quality, organic production and the supermarket duopoly.

 

FACILITATOR

Sofia Madden Sofia Madden

SPEAKERS

Michael Bradley Michael Bradley

Natasha Ritz Natasha Ritz

Adrian Cester Adrian Cester

@THE OUTBACK

Workshop

Social Impact at Scale: How to build business models for profit and purpose

This interactive session will teach you what an MBA doesn’t – how to get your business model right for profit AND purpose. Whether you’re from the Not for Profit, Corporate, Government or Philanthropic sectors, identifying and pulling the right levers in your business model can be the difference between a bright idea and large scale social impact. Using practical tools that you can take back to your workplace, we will explore the benefits and challenges of different approaches. Whether you’re a Social Business, Corporate or Not-for-Profit Leader, this workshop is for you. George is MD of Spark Strategy, a social business advisory firm supporting organisations to be more sustainable and impactful through innovative and collaborative business models.

FACILITATOR

George Liacos George Liacos

@The Beach

conversation

Live podcasting with Humans of Purpose

Each week on his podcast ‘Humans of Purpose’, Mike Davis brings you meaningful conversations with inspiring and purpose-driven individuals from our community.

Mike will be recording a set of podcast interviews live at Purpose with special guests – Purpose speakers – joining Mike for a relaxed conversation to discuss their career journey and purpose, how they aim to create change and how they leverage their impact. These interviews can be watched and enjoyed live at The Mezzanine on the morning of Day 1 and Day 2.

FACILITATOR

Mike Davis Mike Davis

@The Mezzanine

Conversation

Systems Change Yarning Circle

Leave your knitting needles at home and experience a deep exploration and listening practice rooted in Indigenous Wisdom tens of thousands of years old – a Yarning Circle. 
 
Join the co-CEO of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, Gavin Brown, and Acumen Global Fellow, Lorenn Ruster in this session, built specifically for Purpose 2018, where Indigenous and moral leadership perspectives are intertwined to explore concepts driving systems and people in our society. From capitalism and inequality; reputation and trust; to ‘AND’ vs binary thinking, come and experience first-hand how Yarning might help us discover ways of approaching, digesting and grappling with this era of unprecedented change.

PwC’s Indigenous Consulting (PIC) is a world-first firm in the PwC global network which is majority owned, led, and staffed by Indigenous Australians. Beginning as a global venture philanthropy fund, Acumen catalyzes entrepreneurship to tackle the problems of poverty.

(This session is limited to first 15 participants).

@THE GREEN GARAGE


12:30PM

LUNCH


1:30PM

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT

Panel

A Female Future

It’s clear that the future is female, but for now we’re still counting. Women’s representation and decision making power is not where it should be in business and elsewhere in society. The pay gap persists (did you know it will take us to 2080 to rectify at the rate we are going?). Worse still, the Super Gap means that women are retiring with, on average, 47% of the super of men. In this session we hear from women from a range of industries: the media, the legal profession, finance and tech to hear first hand how and why gender inequality is persisting in their industries and what can be done about it.

FACILITATOR

Sophie Mathisen Sophie Mathisen

SPEAKERS

Ally Watson Ally Watson

Leah Willis Leah Willis

Jane Needham SC Jane Needham SC

Maurial Spearim Maurial Spearim

@Porter's Studio (Main Hall)

Workshop

Futures Lab: How will we live together in the future?

Australia faces some serious future challenges when it comes to how we live together in housing and in cities, and they require visionary solutions.

In this visioning workshop we ask the question ‘How might we live together in the future?’. We’ll hear from subject matter experts on creating cities that work – and practise the art of futurism and foresight in a visioning exercise.

The conversation will be opened up with a look at topics like:

  • Creating cities that are meaningful, diverse and inclusive
  • Designing cities that are sustainable and enhance public health
  • The purpose and potential of banks to house Australia’s future

Join this session, hosted by Bank Australia (‘the bank Australia needs’), and together we’ll envision solutions to Australia’s housing and development challenges.

This session will not only get you thinking about the future, but will also help you learn how to think like a futurist, gaining practical skills for practising art of futurism and foresight.

FACILITATOR

Ralph Ashton Ralph Ashton

Chloë Spackman Chloë Spackman

SPEAKERS

Michelle Tabet Michelle Tabet

Jason Twill Jason Twill

Rowan Dowland Rowan Dowland

@THE BEACH

Roundtable

Aren’t we all doing the same thing? Working together across the purpose sector

There is no single answer to fixing capitalism, and no single organisation to lead the rebuild. Or is there? Do we all really have a role to play? Or are we all suffering from ‘terminal uniqueness’?
While we’re all striving for the same goal of building an inclusive economy we’re still stuck in the 20th century paradigm of competing, cannibalising and sometimes when there is money on the table – collaborating.

How do we move beyond the ‘same same but different’ mentality and reimagine a new way of working across the purpose movement?
What does the 21st century ‘purpose’ movement look like? Can we reimagine how to do business with each other?

In this important roundtable, new Executive Director of B Lab Australia & New Zealand Andrea De Almeida will facilitate a discussion about where we are as a sector and whether we should go forward together or apart. Andrea will lead this no holds barred conversation as well as present B Lab’s perspective, along with the Future Business Council, Conscious Capitalism Australia, Fairtrade and PwC Indigenous Consulting.

FACILITATOR

Andrea De Almeida Andrea De Almeida

SPEAKERS

Luke Burrell Luke Burrell

James Wright James Wright

Timothy O’Brien Timothy O’Brien

Amanda Goodman Amanda Goodman

Molly Harriss Olson Molly Harriss Olson

Gavin Brown Gavin Brown

@THE MEZZANINE

Panel

Mental Health and Work

Mental Health is a huge challenge for Australia, for us as individuals and for us as humans at work. Some recent statistics paint the picture for us: SafeWork NSW estimates that the cost to NSW businesses of absenteeism due to mental ill-health is $1.5 billion per annum, 45% of all Australians will experience a mental health problem in their lifetimeand 92% of which are attributed to work related mental stress. From the big picture problem to the practical challenges of organisations and entrepreneurs, this session will examine mental health at work. Our experts will explore the research at hand and together ask: what can be done to change workplace culture for better mental health? This session is hosted by icare Foundation who are calling for ideas to address concerns around Mental Health at Work. Visit http://purpose.do/icare for more information.

FACILITATOR

Tracy McLeod Howe Tracy McLeod Howe

SPEAKERS

Jaelea Skehan Jaelea Skehan

Kate Connors Kate Connors

Dr Samuel Harvey Dr Samuel Harvey

Sebastian Robertson Sebastian Robertson

@THE OUTBACK


3:00PM

AFTERNOON TEA


3:30PM

CLOSING PLENARY

Keynote

Trust: the currency of the new economy

Technology is changing us.

It is transforming the way we learn and interact with each other. Is consumer technology and artificial intelligence changing what it means to be human? Will we become ‘unnecessary’? How worried should we be? Or should we be hopeful? What are the ethical implications and how will companies respond to this entirely new set of considerations for corporate responsibility?

This is the terrain of technology, ethics, science fiction, attention, privacy, trust, addiction and humanity. It’s the part bionic arm of the Amazon warehouse worker and what the relationship between ‘the machine and me’ might be.

FACILITATOR

Jason Wilby Jason Wilby

SPEAKERS

Rachel Botsman Rachel Botsman

@Porter's Studio (Main Hall)

panel

Ethics & Tech: business ethics in an exponentially accelerating world of technology

This session digs even deeper into the topic of technology, ethics and humanity.

Our hosts, Huddle, will delve into data – as machines begin to make decision for us, are they making good ones? Are they more or less discerning than humans? Do they discriminate? What are the pros and what are the cons?

We’ll hear from Ian McLelland, founding CEO at The Guardian about the impact of the tech giants on the media as a whole as well as some of the darker sides of ‘comment culture’.

And we’re excited to hear from moral philosopher and ethics and tech expert Dr Matthew Beard from The Ethics Centre on the relationship between humanity and technology.

FACILITATOR

Jason Wilby Jason Wilby

SPEAKERS

Rachel Botsman Rachel Botsman

Dr Matthew Beard Dr Matthew Beard

@PORTER's STUDIO (MAIN HALL)


6:00PM

SIDE EVENTS

Fun

F*ck Up Night

Who wants to publicly declare they fucked up?

Thousands of people, actually. And their stories are surprisingly inspiring.

On any given night in over 170 cities around the world, a group of strangers will gather in pubs, theatres and bars to divulge their grandest personal and professional failures in front of an audience of hundreds. It’s call a FuckUp Night.

Garry Williams, GM of Inspire9, will be running a special ‘Purpose edition’ of F*ck Up Nights to get us all a lot more comfortable with failure, for the sake of creating the conditions for experimentation and innovation, and just being a little gentler on our less-than-perfect selves.

FACILITATOR

Garry Williams Garry Williams

@Off-SITE VENUE

Day

Two


9:00AM

WELCOME


9:20AM

PLENARY SESSION

Keynotes

How I Built This

Ranging from new kids on the block, to blockbuster successes and bio-businesse, this session is about the people who have started and succeeded at building businesses with purpose. We’ll hear stories of exceptionally pioneering and successful social entrepreneurship, told by the founders, plus the ‘how’ and the setbacks along the way. Stuart Anderson is co-inventor of the revolutionary Flow Hive honey extraction system which attracted a record-breaking $12million US on Kickstarter. Malcolm Rands is the founder of now household name Ecostore, started from an eco village in New Zealand. Sara Rickards is the creator of a product which takes waste plastic from our oceans and turns it into 3D-printed prosthetics, making them accessible and affordable for all Joost Bakker designs buildings that feed people and regenerate cities
FACILITATOR

Matt Wicking Matt Wicking

SPEAKERS

Stuart Anderson Stuart Anderson

Sara Rickards Sara Rickards

Joost Bakker Joost Bakker

Malcolm Rands Malcolm Rands

@Porter's Studio (Main Hall)


10:30AM

MORNING TEA


11:00AM

MORNING BREAKOUT

Presentations + Panel

Redesigning Work for the 21st Century

Based on extensive research by all of our speakers into the future of work, this session will provide an in-depth look at the forces shaping the future of work and what we can do to prepare. Looking at questions like – Is technology good or bad for work-life balance? How do we future-proof our skills sets and companies? Does the office need a redesign for the 21st Century? Which jobs will disappear with automation and which will emerge? How do we organise ourselves now? What do people want in their work? And, of course, what can you do to prepare for all of this? – this session we examine the evolving relationship between technology, work and human behaviour and the ethical and practical questions faced by all of us in a changing world of work.

FACILITATOR

Andrew Apostola Andrew Apostola

SPEAKERS

Joost Schouten Joost Schouten

Dominic Price Dominic Price

Jan Owen AM Jan Owen AM

@THE PORTER'S STUDIO (MAIN HALL)

Presentations + Panel

New school corporate responsibility: navigating complexity and harnessing value in the new economy

This session will look at how leaders from corporates and NGOs are navigating complexity and harnessing value in the new economy. The session features those at the forefront of purpose-driven innovation discussing how they’ve linked purpose and profit, uncovered sources of shared value, forged entirely new approaches to partnership, and seen financial and other benefits flow when this is done well. Our speakers have bravely and successfully experimented with new approaches and will share what they have learned. This session wouldn’t be complete without a look also at some of the tensions and intricacies that will inevitably arise when forging partnerships across sectors or driving purpose all the way through a company’s culture and leadership. Join this session for a candid conversation with some of the best purpose-driven business minds in Australia, as well as the not-for-profit perspective on the opportunities and challenges of purpose and partnerships.

FACILITATOR

Susie Bayes Susie Bayes

SPEAKERS

Siobhan Toohill Siobhan Toohill

Dr David Cooke Dr David Cooke

Timothy O’Brien Timothy O’Brien

@THE OUTBACK

conversation

Live podcasting with Humans of Purpose

Each week on his podcast ‘Humans of Purpose’, Mike Davis brings you meaningful conversations with inspiring and purpose-driven individuals from our community.

Mike will be recording a set of podcast interviews live at Purpose with special guests – Purpose speakers – joining Mike for a relaxed conversation to discuss their career journey and purpose, how they aim to create change and how they leverage their impact. These interviews can be watched and enjoyed live at The Mezzanine on the morning of Day 1 and Day 2.

FACILITATOR

Mike Davis Mike Davis

@The Mezzanine

Workshop

Brands, Belief, and Community Building

Brands are increasingly looking to build not just consumers but communities and commitment around their purpose. The commitment curve is the centre piece of any strong community. It is the tool that allows organisers, communicators and marketers to transform individuals from passive players into passionate leaders. Used by AirBnB, the Australian Workers’ Union and others, this workshop will show you what a commitment curve is and how it’s used in communities around the world. We’ll cover brands that build communities and movements, a brief overview of the tool, and then you’ll roll up your sleeves start designing your own curve based on your community’s needs.

@THE BEACH


12:30PM

LUNCH


1:30PM

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT

Lightning talks + Panel

Technology on our terms: redesigning the future and making it work for all of us

How would we redesign facebook, given what we know today?

Move fast and break things’ was the motto that drove many internet and technology entrepreneurs over the past two decades. Digital technology, through the nexus of smart devices and social platforms, is now entwined in the most intimate areas of our lives – from following friends, finding work, hailing rides, to searching for love. Yet at what cost has this rapid burst of innovation come? In moving so fast, what did we actually break along the way?

Addictive design, fake news, personal data extraction and powerful platform monopolies have accompanied this recent digital wave. This is why there are growing calls to rethink and redesign how we might use, design and build business models around digital technology. And it turns out there’s a lot we can do to make things better.

This session will be hosted by Type Human and feature lightning talks by Matt Beard on ethical principles for technology design, Ally Watson on gender and culture of technology communities and Nick Byrne on how blockchains and the emerging technology of web 3.0 might solve some of our current challenges. We will then move into an open forum for questions and contributions from participants.     

FACILITATOR

Julian Waters-Lynch Julian Waters-Lynch

SPEAKERS

Dr Matthew Beard Dr Matthew Beard

Ally Watson Ally Watson

Nick Byrne Nick Byrne

@THE PORTER'S STUDIO (MAIN HALL)

Presentations + Panel

Cut Through Communications: how to speak to modern hearts, heads and attention spans

This session examines real world examples of campaigns and content which have cut through the noise and successfully shifted the conversation around an issue.

Taking the example of the War on Waste and reusable coffee cups, they’ve also revolutionised attitudes, dinner table conversations and consumer behaviour, creating the cultural change required to help reusable coffee cup brands see overnight transformation of their brands.

Learn from these expert content creators and strategic communicators about how to make your issue digestible and your creative work cut through the noise.

FACILITATOR

Jo Scard Jo Scard

SPEAKERS

Andy Marks Andy Marks

Hannah & Eliza Reilly Hannah & Eliza Reilly

Tim Silverwood Tim Silverwood

@THE OUTBACK

Workshop

Partnering for Purpose in the New Economy

Interactive workshop with Max Van Biene and Laura Reed from Spark Strategy.

This workshop has been designed to provide practical examples and tips to help those trying to achieve more aligned, sustainable and impactful cross sector partnerships. If you are a Not-for-Profit, this workshop will help you develop better Corporate relationships by clarifying what you’re asking for, better exploring the range of support you can access and helping you better communicate your value. If you’re a Corporate Leader, this workshop will help you engage with the social sector and community with a few less headaches and in a way that can lead to both business and social outcomes.

FACILITATOR

Max Van Biene Max Van Biene

@THE BEACH


3:00PM

AFTERNOON TEA


3:30PM

CLOSING PLENARY

Keynote

Systems Change in Practise: thinking, designing and doing system-level change

The scale of transition required in our organisations and our economy is daunting, but the thinking being done on how to navigate this change is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

The closing plenary of Purpose 2018 is a BIG conversation about the ‘how’ behind systemic change, cross-sector collaboration, the anthropocene, transition design and sustainability at the systems level. A diverse range of thinkers will tell us how they think differently about systems and how we can think and work differently too.

This conversation will span natural systems, economics, change theory, technology, alternate world views as well as the human, social, interpersonal and organisational systems which are part of the great transition our society must undergo.

SPEAKERS

Stephanie Draper Stephanie Draper

Dr Fiona Kerr Dr Fiona Kerr

Cameron Tonkinwise Cameron Tonkinwise

Dr Michelle Maloney Dr Michelle Maloney

@THE PORTER'S STUDIO (MAIN HALL)


5:30PM

PURPOSE PARTY

Fun

Purpose Party

@The Laneway

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