The Power to Persuade symposium started with a simple idea: that the best way to start breaking down the barriers between the various groups involved in social policy was to put everyone in the same room.
Held annually since 2012, the symposium provides an opportunity for frank and open dialogue between public servants, academics and the community sector. These three groups of professionals are almost never brought together, so rarely have a chance to share the needs and challenges of their respective sectors.
By offering a diverse range of speakers and perspectives, the symposium provides an opportunity to share knowledge across sectors and explore more effective ways of working with each other.
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Below we have linked to recordings and materials from past symposiums.
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.