The University of Western Australia will host 16 public events as part of the 2016 Social Impact Festival, which runs from Wednesday 20 to Wednesday 27 July.
The festival, hosted by the Centre for Social Impact at the UWA Business School, connects and celebrates people, organisations, ideas, networks and collaborations across all sectors in WA that are creating a positive social impact.
The festival is one of the biggest social impact events in Australia and runs over seven days. There are almost 150 key people and organisations involved, including burns specialist Professor Fiona Wood, Indigenous advocate Fred Chaney, ABC presenter James Lush and UWA Chancellor Dr Michael Chaney.
Events include guest lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, panel sessions, a marketplace and ethical fashion show.
Highlights of the festival include:
• Social Impact Festival Opening Wednesday 20 July at 6pm
• Australia’s Social Landscape Lecture Thursday 21 July at 11.30am
• The Edge of Social Impact Panel Thursday 21 July at 6pm
• Imagining Western Australia Panel Friday 22 July at 6pm
• Marketplace and Ethical Fashion Show Saturday 23 July at 1pm
Centre for Social Impact UWA Director Paul Flatau said all activities, whether actions, initiatives, programs, businesses, projects or organisations, had a social impact.
“Social impact can be thought of as the effect of human activity on a community, individuals or families,” Professor Flatau said.
“We invite people from any background to come along to an event here at UWA, to learn more about social impact and how we can all work together to create a bright future for WA.”