The Power to Persuade symposium started with a simple idea: that the best way to start breaking down barriers between various groups interested in social policy - designing it, delivering it, evaluating it or affected by it - was to bring them into the same room.
Exploring topical, complex issues facing communities, the community sector, public servants and academics, and offering a diverse range of speakers and perspectives, our symposiums encourage and promote frank and open dialogue about current and emerging challenges and opportunities in social policy.
2019 symposium - Melbourne - Thursday 10 October
THE USE AND ABUSE OF EVIDENCE IN SOCIAL POLICY
Recordings and materials from the symposium will be available here soon.
Keynote address: Julian Corner, CEO, Lankelly Chase Foundation UK
Panel 1: Systems reform, stewardship and future capability of the public sector workforce
Moderator: Professor Helen Dickinson (UNSW Canberra)
Professor Janine O’Flynn (ANZSOG)
Ms Aurora Milroy (ANZSOG)
Professor Peter Gahan (University of Melbourne)
Mr David Clements (Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions)
Panel 2: The future of advocacy in social services
Moderator: Associate Professor Gemma Carey (Centre for Social Impact, UNSW)
Ms Sarah Davies (Philanthropy Australia)
Professor Paul Smyth (University of Melbourne)
Professor Shelley Mallett (Brotherhood of St Laurence & University of Melbourne)
Ms Stella Avramopoulos (Good Shepherd)
Panel 3: The use of evidence through a gender lens
Moderator: Dr Sarah Squire (Good Shepherd)
Dr Katherine Curchin, (Australian National University)
Ms Laura Vidal (Monash University & Good Shepherd)
Ms Leah Van Poppel (Women with Disabilities Victoria)
Professor Nareen Young (University of Technology Sydney)
Below we have linked to recordings and materials from past Power to Persuade symposiums. We did not host a symposium in 2018.
The Women's Policy Forum was held on 22nd October 2017 in Melbourne.
Click here to access recordings and materials from Putting Women at the Centre: A Policy Forum
The Power to Persuade 2016 symposium was held in Melbourne on the 15th of August, and the Women's Policy Forum was held on the 16th of August.
Click here to access recordings and materials from the Power to Persuade Symposium.
Click here to access recordings and materials from Putting Women at the Centre: A Policy Forum.
The Power to Persuade 2015 was held in Canberra at Australian National University on the 17th and 18th of September. The first day focused on discussions around gender and social policy, the second day focused on interrogating the arrival of the private sector into social policy spaces.
The Power to Persuade Symposium 2014 was held in Melbourne on 16 September.
The Power to Persuade 2013 symposium was held on 21 August at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Spring Street, Melbourne. The theme of 2013 symposium built on the previous year, and discussed how to create change in government and policy.
Held in Melbourne.