Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott AO and Māori climate activist India Miro Logan-Riley will join Daniel Flynn (Thankyou), Kate Raworth (Doughnut Economics) and Laura Thompson (Clothing The Gaps) as headline speakers at the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), in Brisbane, 28-29 September.
Alcott is one of the country’s most successful and well recognised Paralympians. In 2021 he became the only male in any form of tennis to win the 'Golden Slam', winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open Championships, together with his gold medal from the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Off the court, he has become Australia’s most recognised advocate for people with a disability, launching a number of initiatives including the Dylan Alcott Foundation to help young people who are struggling to come to terms with their disabilities; Able Foods, a purpose-led business providing great quality food and opportunities for people with disability; and Get Skilled Access, a training provider educating corporates and governments on how to better understand and treat customers with disabilities.
“I’m excited about the Social Enterprise World Forum. It’s an opportunity for me to connect with a huge audience of Australian and international changemakers who share my view that we need to keep challenging current perceptions and the way society supports people with disability and other marginalised communities.”
“It’s up to all of us to create a society where everyone feels included – where they don’t just survive, they thrive.” said Alcott. India Miro Logan-Riley is currently working as the Climate Justice Organiser at ActionStation, a multi-kaupapa campaigning organisation. Logan-Riley’s pathway into the climate justice movement was through their Māori heritage space and lived experience of climate injustice. Logan-Riley is a co-founder of Te Ara Whatu, an Indigenous youth climate justice organisation, bringing expertise from advocating at UN sessions as well as working at the grassroots level, and driven by a passion for supporting young people in their aspirations for climate justice and collective liberation.
Logan-Riley made global headlines in 2021 following their moving opening address at COP26, the UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, where they spoke about the urgent need to recognise the importance of Indigenous knowledge and culture to address climate change.
Alongside Alcott and Logan-Riley, several social innovators and industry leaders were added to the program line-up which now includes Alex Toselli (Hotel Etico), Annie Lewin (Google.org), Audette Exel AO (Adara Group), Azima Dhanjee (ConnectHear), Brady Cronin (ACRE), Catherine Brown (LMCF), Clinton Schultz (Sobah), Doug Abdiel (Purpose and Growth), Eloise Hall (TABOO), Fiona Jose (Cape York Partnerships), Jess Moore (Social Enterprise Australia), Liandra Gaykamangu (Enterprise Learning Projects), Linda Brown (Torrens University), Luke Terry (White Box Enterprises), Maeve Curtin (SEWF), Melina Morrison (BCCM), Mikey Leung (Digital Storytellers), Natasha Short (Kimberley Jiyigas), Nick Pearce (HoMie), Pat Torres (Mayi Harvests), Rowan Foley (Aboriginal Carbon Foundation), Rona Glynn-McDonald (Common Ground), Seb Elsworth (Access), Simon Fenech (Fruit2Work), Tara Anderson (Social Traders), Te Pūoho Katene (Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust), Tiarne Shutt (First Australians Capital), Tom Allen (Impact Boom), and Usman Iftikhar (Catalysr).
“As the program takes shape and we see inspiring speakers like Dylan and India join the line-up, it’s clear SEWF22 isn’t only for those working in social enterprise. It’s for anyone who is passionate about using business as a vehicle for change.” said Luke Terry, CEO of White Box Enterprises, Co-host of SEWF 2022.
In addition to SEWF22, 28-29 September, there are a number of fringe events including a Youth Forum for under 30s, an Academic Symposium, SEWF Rural Gathering, and social enterprise bus tours running in Brisbane and regional Queensland.
For one week only from Thursday 21 July to midnight Thursday 28 July, tickets purchased for any SEWF 2022 events will receive a 10% discount.
More program announcements will be made over the coming weeks. To purchase your ticket or view the program of events, visit SEWF2022.com.