The 2022 National Social Cohesion and Inclusion Conference entitled Shaping our future together, will be 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. 

This year’s conference will honour and celebrate 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 will be formally presented

The opening evening will see formal addresses and the presentation of the report.

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

The full-day conference sessions will include keynote presentations, panels and small group consultations where civil society leaders and representatives will deliberate further on this report and consult on steps to strengthen social cohesion. Themes for this year include:

  • 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.

Speakers and Presenters

 Keynote Speakers
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 - Musician


Monday 30 May 2022
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm                                  Registration Opens
6:30pm - 8:30 pm                                    Conference Reception
                                                                  Welcome and Opening
                                                                  Welcome to Country
                                                                  Presentation of World Conferences – Australia report
                                                                  Cultural Artistic Performances
                                                                  (Canapes and drinks served)

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 Counsellors
                                                                  Audience Q&A

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

2:00pm - 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 Community Arts Collective
                                                                  Dr. Chrisanthi Giotis - Reimagining the Media Landscape Initiative
                                                                  Hari Remala - Social Cohesion and Transformation in Neighbourhoods
                                                                  Audience Q&A

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

5:00 pm                                                    Conference Closing

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