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July 2022

Harnessing the power of truth telling

July 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: The Windsor Hotel, 111 Spring Street,
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$80.00 – $95.00

Victoria is the first Australian state to establish an independent body (with the powers of a Royal Commission) to create an official public record of injustices experienced by its First Peoples since the start of colonisation. A key component of the Yoorrook Justice Commission's work…

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Two Lives, One Nation and Art Under Tyranny

July 12 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free

This book group discussion takes us on a journey with Ai Weiwei - one of the world's most famous artists and activists - whose memoir tells a century-long epic tale of China through the story of his own extraordinary life and the legacy of his…

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Boardroom responses – opportunities and risks in a zero carbon, sustainable world.

July 18 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free

Navigating the complexity and scale of moving towards zero carbon is a key focus for boards and directors while the momentum for sustainability is not abating. Expectations are increasing. Scrutiny from many directions and varied stakeholders is adding to the urgency of meaningful change. The…

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Building grassroots community engagement and action

July 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under the Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

How do you create an environment through strategy, messaging, IT and digital media that engages, focuses, and supports people to act? Anthony Reed is a 30-year veteran in influencing community and political audiences. A former Labor advisor and community campaign developer he drew on his…

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The civic role of the university and how it’s changing

July 29 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Mister Munro, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$80 – $95

Universities are already well known for playing a role in society that goes beyond education. They are places of discourse and exchange, innovation and exploration, and meeting grounds for new ideas and collaborations. As we move beyond the pandemic crisis, social and economic recovery is…

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August 2022

The REAL Mabo Story

August 4 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Kuro Kisume, 175 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$80.00 – $95

For nearly 11 years Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC (but then a junior at the Victorian Bar) lived the Mabo experience. Bryan was junior to the late Ron Castan AM QC but the very limited Legal Aid funding meant that Bryan handled huge parts of…

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FUTURE.JOY.CLUB.

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, L35 / 25 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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$40

Melbourne’s artiste provocateurs Finucane & Smith return to the heart of Melbourne with FUTURE. JOY. CLUB. - a sultry decadent celebration of golden era burlesque and variety vanguard residing in the lush, mirrored ballroom of Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. Led by gothic glamazon Moira Finucane,…

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Vaccines – From breast cancer to Type 1 Diabetes, MS, mental health protection and beyond

August 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

Vaccines in the new era: what have we learnt in the last 30 years? Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos received her PhD in 1995 from the University of Melbourne and Advanced certificate in Protein Crystallography University of London. She has undertaken research at the Austin Research Institute…

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Should Albo try to bring Julian Assange home?

August 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$80.00 – $95.00

Many in our divergent community have a variety of opinions. Some regard Julian Assange as a hero, a journalist who exposed appalling practices within the intelligence community. Others are concerned that his revelations put many lives at risk and that he deserves to be punished.…

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AI and ESG – what are the synergies?

August 15 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free

Artificial Intelligence is high on the corporate agenda. The topic is broad and complex. There is also a significant opportunity to extend this agenda to address the strategic considerations for environment, social and governance (ESG) practices. Conversations in boardrooms and c-suites naturally include technology, both…

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