The 2022 National Social Cohesion and Inclusion Conference entitled Shaping our future together, was the fourth annual conference hosted by the Australian Baha’i Community. These conferences aim to be an ongoing space to explore the various settings, approaches, and methods that help to foster greater social cohesion and inclusion in Australia. They are opportunities for those who are thinking deeply about the progress of our country to deliberate, learn, share ideas and reflect on experience. 

The 2022 conference honoured and celebrated the thousands of well-wishers of humanity who came together at more than 85 of The World Conferences in Australia to deliberate on the material, social and spiritual progress of our country and steps to traverse the obstacles impeding social cohesion. A report capturing their consulations was formally presented and deliberated on.

The opening evening saw formal addresses and the presentation of the report.

This was followed by cultural and artistic performances celebrating our cohesion, diversity and the oneness of humanity, and time for networking.

The full-day conference sessions included keynote presentations, panels and small group consultations where civil society leaders and representatives deliberated further on this report and consulted on steps to strengthen social cohesion. Themes for 2022 included:

  • A vision of social cohesion in Australia

  • The distance traversed: Community, Mass Media and Government Institutions

  • Obstacles impeding further progress

  • Glimpses of Social Transformation: Experiences from organisations and communities.

Keynote Speaker

Hugh Mackay AO - Social Researcher and Author

Presenters and Panelists

Aleem Ali - CEO, Welcoming Australia

Vic Alhadeff - SBS Board of Directors

Tessa Scrine - Member, Continental Board of Counsellors in Australasia

Dr Chrisanthi Giotis - Lecturer in Journalism & Writing, UniSA

Ruha Fifita - Artist, Choreographer and Cultural Ambassador, Ivi Projects

Cultural and Artistic Performances

Doonoosh - Aboriginal Dance Company

Manifold - Hip Hop Group

Pupil - Singer/Songwriter

 Day One Program:  Monday 30 May 2022
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Registration Opens
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conference Reception
Welcome and Opening
Welcome to Country
Presentation of World Conferences–Australia report 
Cultural Artistic Performances
(Canapes and Drinks to be served)
 Day Two Program:  Tuesday 31 May 2022
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Registration Opens
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Conference Session 1 
Welcome and Opening
Keynote Address - Kindness: The key to social cohesion
Hugh Mackay AO - Social Researcher and Author
A vision for social cohesion and the distance traversed in government, media and community
Government:   Aleem Ali - CEO, Welcoming Australia
Media:    Vic Alhadeff - SBS, Board of Directors 
Community:    Tessa Scrine - Member, Continental Board of Counselors
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Morning Tea & Networking
11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Conference Session 2
Small Group Discussion on themes from Session 1
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Conference Session 3 
Small Group Discussion summary
Panel - Glimpses of Social Transformation: Experiences from organisations and communities of practice 
Vic Alhadeff - Keep NSW Safe Campaign
Ruha Fifita - Ivi Projects
Dr. Chrisanthi Giotis - Reimagining the Media Landscape Initiative
Hari Remala - Social Cohesion and Transformation in Neighbourhoods
3:20 pm - 3:45 pm
Afternoon Tea & Networking
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Conference Session 4
Small Group Discussion on themes from Session 3
Conference Closing