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The stories we tell ourselves now will predict the future. How can we change these stories to create the future we want? How do we move our communities closer to creating greater wellbeing by challenging how we talk about the world?

The 2018 QCOSS State Conference under the theme “Movement for Change – Play Your Part” will be asking these questions and more.

Participants will explore how to change the narrative and inspire more positive outcomes by the actions taken today.

“At a time when we are seeing the demonisation of groups such as welfare recipients and asylum seekers and our community is disenchanted with the democratic process, we need a new story to promote the change we want to see for all Queenslanders.

We need a movement for change. The success of such a movement depends on the dedication and commitment of the whole community. Are you ready to play your part?”

Hosted by Jane Caro, with appearances by Richard Denniss, Mick Gooda, the Puuya Foundation, Family by Family and many more.

The event will:

  • Explore the current landscape in which we live and work, uncover the big issues and identify the stories that are dividing our community.
  • Develop an understanding of the evidence base for change and the current state of play from which we can move forward.
  • Explore reforms currently underway. Challenge your beliefs and attitudes and understand how these shape our actions and influence reform directions.
  • Hear from communities who have taken action, told a different story and have had success. How did they do it? What have they learned? Is this something we can all affect?
  • Learn from opinion leaders from different backgrounds and sectors who will discuss their experiences and how we can change how we think and tell our stories for the betterment of everyone.
  • Leave with an appetite and a recipe for action to take us closer to our desired future.


Date: Wednesday, 16th – Thursday, 17th May

Venue: Pullman Brisbane King George Square, Corner Ann and Roma Streets, Brisbane, QLD 4000 (link to Google Maps)

Registrations: Open online. Early bird rates until 16th March