Future Makers

On the 16th August, GC Members the African Think Tank launched their 2013 African Community Leadership Program with LV Executive Director, Richard Dent, in attendance.  GreatConnections has partnered with ATT for several years to provide Mentors to program participants.  Sunita and LV Alumnus, Keith Perkin, ran the afternoon sessions on mentoring, facilitating the introductions between mentors and mentees; we are particularly pleased to highlight that several past graduates of the ACLP program are returning this year as mentors, signifying the ongoing impact of the ACLP in the community.  Thanks to Alumnus and mentor Helga Svenson for tweeting on the day!  GC offers several individual mentoring and program opportunities during the year, sign up for our mentor bank to participate. Twitter: #LVACLP @HelgaSvenson

LV’s Manager of Ideas, Josie Daw, recently got together with Luke Giuliani, co-founder of OurSay, for a series of talks based around ‘driving online action’.  You can view the clips on our YouTube Channel. Twitter: #onlineaction @lukegiuliani

Having previously sat on the Board of Amnesty International Malaysia, Sunita has a passion for international development and we recently joined the Melbourne Development Circle for their July event “Involving Young People in Advocacy” where we heard from Oaktree Foundation CEO, Viv Benjamin, and OurSay Media Representative, Christopher Weinberg.  Oaktree and OurSay are successfully forging new paths when it comes to linking young people, and the community at large, to Australia’s decision makers.  The Melbourne Development Circle has an un-conference happening in October, contact them to find out more or get involved. Twitter #melbdevcircle @OurSayAust @OaktreeFndation @TheDevCircle

Sunita attended a fantastic RMIT forum titled “2023: Where will we be?”  The premise for the forum was driven by a statement by Peter Drucker who said ‘the best way to predict the future is to invent it”.  The session was moderated by ABC Radio’s Jon Faine and brought key people from government, business, community, social enterprise and CSIROs Futures, to discuss trends, and how the three sectors may innovate to increase productivity and drive change.  The panellists all stressed that in 2023 the sectors will need to be mutually supportive and reinforcing, that consumers will drive change in all sectors through access to information through technology. Above all civil society will grow in influence and its demand, which will impact the ways in which business, community and government sectors work and collaborate.  Read more or attend other forums in the series.  Twitter: #future2023 @RMITsocent