Stories to Determine the Future
12 April 2018 at 8:15 am
The 2018 QCOSS State Conference Movement for Change will explore how we change the narrative and develop actions to create a movement for change.
The stories we tell ourselves now will determine the future. How do we change these stories to create the future we want? How do we move our communities closer to creating greater wellbeing by challenging how we all talk and think about the world?
The 2018 QCOSS State Conference Movement for Change will focus on the stories we tell as organisations and as a community, what they mean and where they lead us.
QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said: “At a time when we are hearing a lot of negative media around social issues, we saw a need to explore how we change the narrative and inspire more positive outcomes by the actions we take today.
“QCOSS consulted extensively with Queensland communities and began conversations about the stories people are hearing and telling; the positive stories people want to tell; and the negative stories people want to change.
“The conference will be an opportunity to share experiences and continue these conversations, as well as develop actions to put into practice.”
The first day of the conference will be hosted by Jane Caro, author and social commentator, and Richard Denniss of The Australia Institute will be the keynote speaker. During the day, participants will be inspired by people who are already making a real difference in their communities, and will look at existing assumptions, values and beliefs. Luke Pearson, founder of IndigenousX will present the final session of the day on the language of blame, responsibility and accountability.
Mr Henley said: “The second day will be about ‘action for change’. Max Hardy will facilitate the day and people should come ready to work and can expect to leave with some actions to make change.”
At a time when we are seeing the demonisation of groups such as welfare recipients and asylum seekers and our community is disenchanted with the democratic process, we need a new way to describe what we want to see for all Queenslanders.
Are you ready to play your part?