The Social Impact Festival is your chance to create, learn, connect, and build capacity to make Western Australia a better place for all.
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The Festival is hosted by the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia and will take place at a variety of venues around Perth from 20 to 27 July 2016. Check the Program for details.

Social Impact Festival 2016

We believe that there are so many individuals and organisations who are deeply committed to making WA a more vibrant, just and better place for all. We see these people working in business, government, the community sector, in health and education, indigenous business and enterprise, unions, social enterprises, and collaborations. Through their conversations, collaborations, their quest for knowledge, actions big and small, they are making a difference every day. It is time that we recognise this work that is happening, that we celebrate it, support it, amplify and accelerate it, and continue to grow it so we can collectively create a place that we are proud to live in - Perth, WA, Australia, the World. The Social Impact Festival 2016 connects and celebrates the people, organisations, ideas, networks and collaborations across all sectors that are creating positive social impact. Together we can create the societal impact we want to see. Make change matter.



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Social Impact Festival Brochure

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Not sure where to start? Come along to the Festival Opening on Wednesday 20 July where you are invited to gather with fellow citizens to take a moment, reflect on the past, and contemplate the future you want to see for Western Australia. The event features addresses from Dr Cassandra Goldie (CEO, ACOSS) and Dr Michael Chaney AO (Chancellor, UWA), as well as a mixed program of music, dance, and story. Purchase tickets through TicketsWA.

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Key Speakers

Genevieve Timmons

Philanthropic Executive
Portland House Foundation

Genevieve Timmons has been active in philanthropy and grantmaking for over three decades, pioneering approaches to contemporary giving programs and promoting thought leadership around generosity in Australia and New Zealand. She has worked with private donors, staff, boards and advisors,...Read More

Bessi Graham

The Difference Incubator

Bessi is the CEO of The Difference Incubator (TDi) and is the Co-Founder of TDi, Benefit Capital and the Impact Investment Centre. For the last five years Bessi’s work has focused on helping unlock the power of impact investment and social enterprise. TDi and Benefit Capital...Read More

Dr Michael Chaney AO

The University of Western Australia

Michael Chaney graduated with Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Western Australia in 1972 and 1980 respectively.  He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1992 and has also been awarded an Honorary...Read More

Latest News

An unmissable, unprecedented event for Western Australia: let us introduce you to the Festival Opening

7 jul, 2016

The Social Impact Festival Opening on Wednesday 20 July is a Journey through our Cultural Landscape where we traverse and explore...Read More

Social Businesses to Pitch for Funding at Perth Impact Seed Event

1 jun, 2016

Perth’s for-profit social enterprises and impact investors will gather at a pitch event on Tuesday 26 July during the Social Impact...Read More

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