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2018 Sustainable Communities National Summit

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2018 Sustainable Communities National Summit

It’s time to explore a new model of governance, one based on a re-energised civil society that draws on the strength and resourcefulness of people working together in diverse local and regional communities – a localist response.

Event Description

The 2018 Sustainable Communities National Summit will feature:

  • Case studies galore: Renewable Newstead, Tiny Houses, Cardinia Food Circles, Market Forces (divest your super), the power of solar, place making, local food
  • Leading speakers on the need for growth in the right places, including
    • Michel Bauwens, founder of the global Peer To Peer Foundation, leading global advances in the New Sharing Economy (building collaborative networks for the 'commons')
    • Julie Miller Markoff, bHive Bendigo cooperative
    • Professor Rebecca Wickes, the Australian Community Capacity Study
    • Dean Cracknell, founder of the Town Team Movement
    • Mariam Issa, Resilient Aspiring Women
    • Sam Marwood, Cultivate Farms
    • The Food Next Door Co-op, Mildura
    • David Holmgren, Retrosuburbia
    • Gilbert Rochecouste, Village Well (MC)
  • Snapshots of Sustainability initiatives from around Australia and internationally
  • Your involvement to help co-design a better future.

In Hugh Mackay's latest book Australia Reimagined, he demonstrates that society is more fragmented (less cohesive) than it has ever been and that this is impacting significantly on the health of citizens. A key solution to address this is local community-strengthening activities to build community sustainability.

The following summary of the output from the 2017 Future of Local Government National Summit highlights the challenge we all need to respond to at the local level as we transition to a different future:

‘This declaration rests on a belief that the state of the nation and the health of our society depend on community-driven action in the neighbourhood, not just decisions made in parliaments or boardrooms.

Across the world people are concerned about the apparent inability of governments, business and public institutions to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of the 21st Century. Our present ways of thinking and governing are neither coping with the pace of change nor meeting citizens’ expectations. There is an urgent need for a fresh approach and responsive leadership.

In some ways Australia remains the ‘lucky country’ but here too we are struggling with economic upheaval, rising inequality, loss of social cohesion, increased rates of loneliness and mental illness and serious environmental threats, notably climate change. Many Australians are losing faith in our basic democratic institutions and withdrawing from active participation in civic and cultural life. Our reputation as an inclusive, tolerant and compassionate society is under threat.

It’s time to explore a new model of governance, one based on a re-energised civil society that draws on the strength and resourcefulness of people working together in diverse local and regional communities – a localist response.

Convened by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) in association with Village Well, Sustain and Transition Australia

  • Statistics show that there is an increase in people who feel isolated and that stronger community ties create happiness, security and support.
  • The average person unlocks their smartphone 110 times a day.

Who should attend

This conference is suitable for councillors, council officers, members of Transition and Sustainability groups, as well as stakeholders and consultants. In fact, anyone with an interest in this important stuff.