The Australian Communities Forum is the nation’s one day event focused on delivering to not-for-profit organisations and community focused businesses the key demographic and social trends transforming Australian communities, and how organisations can best engage in these changing times. Held since 2012, this event provides compelling case studies, the latest research, practical workshops and importantly, great networking over morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Held at the iconic Customs House at Circular Quay, Sydney, and commencing with a launch of the 2016 Australian Communities Report, this not to be missed event will equip leaders in community engagement with the latest insights into 21st Century Australian Communities.

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I commend the organisers of the Australian Communities Forum on facilitating discussion about how we can best build and equip diverse communities. I appreciate the contribution that the forum will make to our goals for an inclusive and connected city with vibrant local communities and economies.

– The Lord Mayor, Clover Moore.

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Event Speakers

Mark McCrindle – Principle, McCrindle

Mark McCrindle is an award winning social researcher, best-selling author, TedX speaker and influential thought leader. After conducting this sector-wide, not-for-profit study, Mark will give a snapshot of the key factors influencing Australian communities and reveal some surprising findings from the just-completed Australian Communities Report.

John Rose – Co-founder, R2L

John Rose is principal and co-founder at R2L, a fundraising, marketing and communications agency that are partners of the Australian Communities Research. John will discuss what this research study means for community organisations and how they can best respond to the findings and engage with the ever-changing supporter.

Eliane Miles – Research Director, McCrindle

Eliane Miles is a social researcher, trends analyst and Director of Research at the internationally recognised McCrindle. She will give an overview of each generation in the workforce and some analysis of their needs and expectations, as well as strategies to manage change, inspire innovation and create a collaborative and adaptive organisation.

Andy Gourley – Founder & CEO, Red Frogs

Andrew Gourley is the Founder and CEO of Red Frogs Australia Chaplaincy Network. He started the Red Frog Program in 1997, after seeing the need for a chaplaincy service to safe guard teenagers and young adults. Andy will share how an idea transformed into reality and has grown and developed to an international program run in countries such as Canada, UK, South Africa, New Zealand, and Poland.

Caitlin Barrett – Founding CEO, Love Mercy Foundation

Caitlin is the founding CEO of Love Mercy, and was committed to setting up the Love Mercy Foundation when Olympic runner and Founding Director Eloise Wellings came back from her first trip to Uganda. Cailtlin will tell the story of how Love Mercy was founded, the inspiring work they are doing in Northern Uganda and how so many local Australians have been motivated to support global needs.

Josh Hawkins – Founder, Hi Josh

Josh is a social media expert, having received over 50 million views in the last year from his creative and engaging content. Additionally, he also works with the youth and young adults in his community and holds unique insights into how to connect with this generation of young people. Josh will discuss how to create engaging social media campaigns and how to connect, lead and engage Generations Y and Z.

Watch our videos to find out more

Kirsten 1

Overview of the study and research components

Kirsten 2

The top 5 trends for engaging future donors

Mark 3

Invitation to participate

Mark 4

Key findings from 2015

Love the diversity of the speakers, as well as those attending - great networking opportunity.

Very, very valuable to our organisation.

I felt that it was brilliant, and enjoyed every moment.

Great opportunity to meet with passionate people, learn, share and be infectious.

Great insights and excellent information presented meaningfully.

Important forum to attend to keep informed on current and future trends.

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The results and data available from the Australian Community Trends Report are key for the future of the not-for-profit sector.

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