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Beechworth Festival of Change

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Mon 1 Apr, 2019 | 8:00 am - Thu 4 Apr, 2019 | 10:00 pm

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Time for a Change, a Festival of Change!

We warmly invite people and organisations interested in creating a fair, just and sustainable future to join us in Beechworth, 1–4 April 2019, for an inspiring week making connections, generating ideas and building the skills to create change.

Building skills, building networks
The Beechworth Festival of Change is a not-for-profit community-driven event focused on building the skills, networks and know-how to create positive social and environmental change. It’s a week-long fiesta of events, creativity, conversations and connections focused on building the skills, networks, energy and ideas you need to generate change.

Why have a Festival of Change?
We all want to be part of a fair, just and compassionate society. We all want to live and thrive on a sustainable planet and ensure future generations are free to do the same. People from all walks of life are deeply frustrated that inaction on the most urgent issues is pulling us away from our shared vision of a fair, just and sustainable world.It’s clear we need to take responsibility for our own futures; we need to back ourselves and drive change towards the values we want to prevail. There is no they or them that ought to do something, just us, all of us, and by working together we can convert apathy to empathy, and inertia to action to create a better world.

The Beechworth Festival of Change will focus on two key ingredients for change making: building practical change-making skills and building networks of change makers. You will leave the Festival inspired, skilled and connected ready to make the change you want to see in your world.The event is being staged by a group of locally based not-for-profit organisations. The event will focus on building skills and networks for creating positive social and environmental change in rural communities.

It will feature 20 capacity building ‘how-shops’ covering topics such as getting community and individuals organised, excited and skilled at creating positive change. There will be detailed sessions on group dynamics and governance, getting community organised, messaging and social media, social enterprise, resourcing change, decision making, the politics of change, managing uncertain futures, marketing, using data and evaluating change.There will also be talks from local and international experts, a cross pollination program to build networks, fun events like a mock trial in the historic Beechworth Courthouse and a light projection event and screening of Backtrack Boys a powerful documentary of how empathy, persistence and thinking differently can create change in young people facing challenging circumstance.

Many events are free and others are very low cost to maximise participation and accessibility for individuals and organisations. We have lots of people rolling in from across south eastern Australia so this is a great chance to connect with others with similar interests.

Places for most events will be limited and bookings will be required.

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