Making a difference in an uncertain world...

21st July - 27th August


Social Innovation Conference 2020 online

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Social Innovation Conference or SICON is about exploring and celebrating social innovations that are making a difference in Australia and around the world. This webinar series will feature a range of social changemakers who have taken a unique path to lead a life of passion and dedication towards making social impact. SICON 2020 online will include panelists who are making a difference across a range of social issues including mental health, domestic and family violence, disability and ageing, employment and refugee policy amongst others. We will also talk to inspiring individuals who are re-designing systems and pivoting their businesses to address the challenges that lie ahead as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.


If you are thinking about how to make a difference in a changing and uncertain world, SICON online is the conference you need to attend to build your personal roadmap for building a better world. See you at SICON (virtually of course)!

SICON 2020 online events

Upcoming Events

  • Building a Better Post COVID-19 World
    Aug 27, 2020, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
    In this SICON2020 finale session, we talk to Professor Israr Qureshi about how to go about building a post-COVID19 world. Prof Qureshi will discuss the nature and extent of the impact, a vision for the future and how we go about creating it.
  • Social Innovation in Canberra: The role of public policy
    Aug 27, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Join us to unpack the great social innovation work being done in the ACT. In this webinar, Andrew Mehrton, a senior executive in ACT government, illuminates us on the amazing social policy work being done, and its ripples on the ACT social change ecosystem.
  • Pivoting during Covid-19
    Aug 26, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+10
    Online event
    Women and e-Commerce (WE) is an online marketplace created in response to lockdown. Now almost 500,000 women in Bangladesh are using the platform to sustain their livelihoods. Hear the incredible impact that WE is making from the adviser of this innovation that has resulted in economic empowerment.
  • Domestic and family violence in uncertain times
    Aug 25, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Online event
    Professor Deborah Loxton and Dr Jananie William are passionate advocates and researchers of women’s health. Together they are working towards understanding the lifetime health implications of women who experience domestic violence through data.
  • 3 Dimensions of the Future Ways of Work (FWOW)
    Aug 24, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM GMT+10
    Online Event
    Join us as we journey into the future ways of work (FWOW). We will discuss ways to create a safe place that fosters innovation, knowledge transfer, whilst enhancing employee mental health. Our aim is that you will walk away feeling excited and driven to meet the future of work challenges head-on!
  • Social Innovation and the ABC Trailblazers
    Aug 21, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Online event
    In this session we explore the ABC Heywire Trailblazers program with Executive Producer Daniel Hirst about how the program has been creating future leaders from rural and regional Australia. We will also speak to some of the graduates of the program who are making their mark in the world!
  • Future of Social Enterprise
    Aug 20, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM GMT+10
    Online Event
    This session outlines the various benefits of engaging youth in social entrepreneurship and how to go about doing this. The panel includes young social entrepreneurs and educators.
  • Managing Hybrid Enterprises
    Aug 19, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT+10
    Online Webinar
    Here we discuss research insights into how to manage hybrid enterprises, or social enterprises. Drawing upon a two year research partnership between UTS Business School and The Wayside Chapel, Associate Professor Danielle Logue discusses their co-authored guidebook “Managing Hybrid Enterprises".
  • Hooked? Destigmatising addiction
    Aug 18, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+10
    Online Event
    Exploring the work of NOFFS in developing social innovations to tackle drug and alcohol based disorders and how de-stigmatisation is an important first step.
  • Practical Responses During Crisis
    Aug 14, 2020, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Online Event
    How do international relief organisations innovate while working with large scale crises? Exploring the work of Practical Action in Rohingya camps in Bangladesh and Ausrelief in Cambodia
  • Masterclass: 5 ways to win a social impact investor's heart
    Aug 13, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT+10
    Online event
    Learn what social impact investors are looking for from a seasoned social business entrepreneur and impact ecosystem builder. Shazeeb M Khairul Islam is managing director of YY ventures, a social business accelerator program that is mentored by Professor Muhammad Yunus.
  • Changing the narrative of employment (or how to create social change with coffee and doughnuts!)
    Aug 04, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Online Event
    A look inside social enterprises that are creating jobs for homeless and differently-abled youth.
  • Moving Feast: A Collective Approach to Changing Food Systems
    Jul 23, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Online event
    Rebecca (Bec) Scott is the CEO of one of Australia's most innovative and successful social enterprises STREAT. Dr Sally Curtis is a leading researcher and educator in the field of social innovation at ANU. This keynote event will discuss what it's taking to change the world's food system!
  • Welcome SICON2020
    Jul 21, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+10
    Online event
    A warm welcome to SICON2020 and acknowledgement to country. Meet our organisers and series facilitators and get ready to navigate your social innovation journey over the next six weeks.
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