Workshop descriptions

Workshops Titles and Synopses

Our World, our future

Darcy Gilligan

Explore the importance of finding your passion in life and how you can share these with others to create a lifetime of opportunities and success. Join Darcy as he reflects back on the moments after secondary school, the confusion and challenges of which he faced, not knowing where to go or what to do next.

As Darcy recounts his personal experiences, find out what drives you and how you too can pursue your dreams.

Profit for purpose - solving the world's problems through business

Helen Barclay

Create a win-win situation for the environment, the community and business. In the business world 'doing something good' and 'giving back' is often reflected through charity and donation – activities that are extremely valuable but nevertheless a scrutinised cost to a business. A new movement is arising - one that sees businesses becoming more sustainable, profitable and competitive by addressing environmental concerns or social disadvantage.

Find out how Helen is working with businesses to solve such issues, including the work of Carrotmob - a flash mob style event that has created 'win-win' situations for business and the environment in Melbourne. Be inspired by businesses that make 'doing something good' their profit centre and learn more about what it means to be a social entrepreneur.

Life without borders - creating a career with impact

Julian O'Shea

An adventure traveller, Julian O'Shea (SA Young Australian of the Year, 2014) has visited over 100 countries across six continents; set a Guinness World Record for a 3,700+ km rail journey across China; and has travelled across the Asian continent from Thailand to Turkey without taking a single flight.

Julian will share his experiences working for Engineers Without Borders and as a social innovator. His diverse career has seen him involved with solar installation projects in Mexico; educational initiatives in India; and a water supply project in Timor Leste. Through the 'Life without Borders' workshop, he will provide practical skills on how to craft an exciting career that also makes the world a better place.

Be the change you want to see

Luke Owens

Every human being on earth has a passion - whether it is animal welfare, the environment, music or sport.

This workshop will focus on your passion and the changes that you would like to see in your school, community, state and nation. We will explore a variety of methods which will empower you to use your unique skills and abilities to truly "be the change you want to see".

The potential of now!

Matilda Devere

Matilda lives by the notion that despite being young, anyone can be the change you want in the world. Join Matilda as she takes an interactive approach to explaining her role and involvement in The Oaktree Foundation – an Australian-based non-government organisation that provides aid and development to countries in need across the Asia Pacific and African regions.

Matilda will share her experiences of being involved in one of the most ambitious causes ever, how having a simple belief can turn into an action to fight for justice and the issues facing the world today - to end world poverty.

Getting to first base and beyond

Sebastian Robertson

The art of running a good campaign is not as hard as it looks. Sebastian Robertson, will explore how campaigns impact social causes and what you can do in your community to make a change.

Could your idea be the next Old Spice? Explore creative ideas on what campaigns and projects could engage your school, classmates and maybe even your Mum. Kiss me Ketut!

This life is love

Stephanie Lorenzo

Despite the reality of what seems to be an insurmountable issue of human trafficking and sexual exploitation across the globe -Stephanie has a refreshing take on how we can combat this issue, and become truly empowered as individuals with a higher purpose to make this world a better place.

Sharing her own journey as a young professional, who felt deeply moved to take action in ending human trafficking, she founded Project Futures to empower others to do the same. After all… the only thing that really matters is that 'This Life is Love'.

It takes just one idea

Yanti Turang

One idea is all you need to make a difference in the world.

Drawing on her experiences following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Yanti will show you how everything that you have learnt in your life will help, guide and empower you to move forward with an idea.

Set to the backing of film and music this workshop will challenge and empower you to learn from your experiences to make a difference.