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Changemakers Festival 2014: About the Event

Published Date: 1 October 2014

The Changemakers Festival is an Australian nationwide celebration of the great work happening in our community, an exploration of the ideas, techniques and technologies that are driving this change, and an invitation for everyone to get involved in creating a better future for our communities and our world.

Over 10 action-packed days, more than 10,000 people attended an event that helped them create more change in the world – it might be a seminar on how to attract investment and funding to a new social enterprise, or it might be a workshop on innovation in service design for local government. It might be a film festival raising awareness of human trafficking, a fundraiser for orphans in Cambodia, a Google hangout about using social media for change, or a keynote from one of the world’s leading thinkers on social innovation.

The Changemakers Festival brings together a diverse community of people passionate about making a difference, wherever they are, however they can. It’s a platform to showcase new and innovative ideas, to share our experiences, inspire one another, learn from our failures and celebrate our successes.

The very first Changemakers Festival took place over a weekend in late 2012 in Sydney, and was instigated by the late Steve Lawrence – one of Australia’s pioneers of social innovation and social enterprise. The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) took the Festival national in 2013.