Meet the people: participants talk ChangeCamp

The power of ChangeCampAU is in its people: the experience, skills and tools they bring to the mix; their dreaming and doing; and their capacity for collaboration with others. Meet some of the people that will populate your day and power your conversations on Saturday July 1.

 

Martin Stewart-Weeks

Public Purpose Pty Ltd

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Why did you decide to join ChangeCamp? And what do you see as the benefits of this format?

Any initiative to open up the mix and range of people and perspectives involved in policy and change conversations is always worth exploring. The “camp” format is inclusive and flexible and encourages good connections across boundaries and barriers.

What are you bringing to the mix at ChangeCamp?

I have 30 years+ experience in government, business and civil society and for a long time now I’ve been engaged in different forms of cross-boundary collaboration and conversation.

What topic areas do you want to see explored on Saturday?

I am interested in the practical process of connecting and collaborating across sector boundaries to share common or share purpose.

What do you want to get out of ChangeCamp, as an individual or for your organisation?

Connections, insights, ideas, some sense of who is doing what.

What outcomes would you like to see ChangeCamp achieve?

A chance to influence policy and other decision-makers that directly bear on issues of social change and social impact.

 

Angela Johnstone

Energy Localscc_angelajohnstonecrop

Why did you decide to join ChangeCamp? And what do you see as the benefits of this format?

I’ve been to conferences where there is an opportunity to have workshop ideas. It’s amazing how much knowledge people have and when you start problem-solving with a bunch of random and awesome people.

What are you bringing to the mix at ChangeCamp?

I have background in community energy. I’ve also been involved in the electronic waste industry and have a background in environment health and safety management systems. In a previous life, I did biotech research

What topic areas do you want to see explored on Saturday?
The one thing that I’’m interested in the moment is the idea of solar gardens, where investors can also be the customers of solar system.

What do you want to get out of ChangeCamp, as an individual or for your organisation?

I’m bringing a concept and asking what are the ways forward.I want to be able to workshop these ideas with the wonderful people who turn up. I want to explore how business does really collaborate with community so it is really a co-creation.

 

Peter Simpson-Young

University of Sydney cc_petersimpsonyoungcrop

Why did you decide to join ChangeCampAU? And what do you see as the benefits of this format

I was very interested in getting together with a whole bunch of passionate doers and discussing real issues. And I think it would be fantastic to do that in a context, which is the most conducive with change ie an unconference.

What are you bringing to the mix?

I have three domains of knowledge, which I hope might contribute to ChangeCamp. First, I have a pretty good understand of how the brain (and mind) works. Second, I have experience with various emerging technologies such as superficially brain-machine interfaces, virtual reality, brain stimulation and embedded electronics. Third, I believe I know how to bridge the science and corporate worlds to create mutually beneficial and innovative projects.

What topics do you want to see explored on Saturday?

I’m really interested in exploring how to increase research and accessibility for new treatment to mental illness, and effective and creative technological solutions for homelessness.

My experience has also taught me that there are people with good ideas and no funding, and companies desperately trying to be associated with good ideas. Bridging these two worlds (i.e. creative projects and corporate marketing) can open up large sums of potential funding.

What do you want to get out of ChangeCamp?

I want to meet a whole bunch of competent doers and social conscious change-makers, and I want to know what they care about. I also want to know what resources other passionate change-makers are using to do good, and potentially get access to those resources.

Eager to lead your own conversation? Please register for ChangeCampAU by June 25 and submit your session suggestions. If you have already registered but would like to suggest a session, please send an email to info@engage2.com.au.

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