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11 June 2020 at 7:15 am
The Pro Bono Australia community is invited to join Virtual Progress 2020, an urgent crisis response online conference on June 23-24 hosted by Australian Progress. 

Contributor | 11 June 2020 at 7:15 am


‘Coming together is more important than ever’
11 June 2020 at 7:15 am

The Pro Bono Australia community is invited to join Virtual Progress 2020, an urgent crisis response online conference on June 23-24 hosted by Australian Progress. 

Right now we are seeing multiple crises escalate and intersect. How well civil society and philanthropy collectively respond to these crises in the coming months will determine Australia’s future, and that’s why coming together is more important than ever. 

Virtual Progress 2020 will bring together 2,000-plus leading advocates, changemakers, storytellers, philanthropists and activists to build a shared understanding of how we got here, where we are going, and what we can do together to create a fairer future for all.

Pro Bono Australia is an official event partner of this event. The code PROBONOAUSTRALIA will grant you a 10 per cent discount on all ticket types. 

Over 200 organisations and not for profits have already registered. Click here to find out more and purchase tickets for your team to attend Virtual Progress 2020. 

The online event will use the latest digital conference technology to bring together 2,000 leaders for two days of urgent discussions, interactive workshops, keynote speeches from international guests and case studies from strategic crisis response projects. 

The agenda is made up of over 150 speakers including leading community organisers, campaigners, economists, philanthropists, activists, artists and social changemakers from across Australia and the world. Some highlights include:

  • Community organising expert, Marshall Ganz
  • Author, presenter and emcee of Virtual Progress 2020, Jamila Rizvi
  • Bernie Sanders’ former economic adviser, Stephanie Kelton
  • Author and historian, Dr Jackie Huggins AM
  • President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Michele O’Neil
  • Harvard Professor and author of Why Civil Resistance Works, Erica Chenoweth
  • Chair of National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, Donnella Mills
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s advisor on the Green New Deal, Daniel Aldana Cohen
  • Appearance activist and author of Growing up Disabled in Australia, Carly Findlay
  • Anti-racism trainer, Elsa Tuet-Rosenberg
  • CEO of Australian Council of Social Services, Cassandra Goldie
  • Australian Human Rights Commissioner Ed Santow
  • Communications and messaging expert, Anat Shenker-Osorio
  • South African activist and founder of Amandla.mobi, Koketso Moeti
  • Author and journalist, Benjamin Law
  • Director of Hawaii’s “feminist recovery plan”, Khara Jabola-Carolus

The Progress conferences are a regular peak event for civil society hosted by Australian Progress. This virtual version of the major event is the first of it’s kind and has been organised rapidly in response to the multiple intersecting crises we currently face. 

Full and partial discount scholarships are available for First Nations people, people with disability, people seeking asylum, refugees and unwaged activists – you can apply for a scholarship at www.virtualprogress.org.au/scholarships.

Lastly, there will also be a private Philanthropy Stream with international philanthropic guests, “philanthropy-only” discussions and discussions about key advocacy opportunities over the coming months. Access to the Philanthropy Stream is by invite-only, but if you are interested to hear more please email Michael Poland at michael@australianprogress.org.au 

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