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Join government leaders (Local, State & Federal), peak bodies, NGO’s, researchers, and business innovators for the 3rd Welcoming Cities National Symposium.
Featuring international, national and local practitioners, policy-makers and civic leaders with a focus on advancing social cohesion and creating communities where everyone can belong and participate in social, economic, cultural and civic life.
Ticket price / registration includes:
- Opening Reception at Adelaide Town Hall on the evening of 22nd March 2018
- Full day Symposium at Adelaide Convention Centre (including morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea) on 23rd March 2018
[ Program ]
Welcome to Adelaide. All Symposium attendees are invited to celebrate the commencement of Symposium 2018. 5.45pm (for 6pm) Adelaide Town Hall, Banqueting Room 128 King William Street
Welcome to Symposium 2018
Welcome to Country
Welcome - Anthea Hancocks (Scanlon Foundation) & Tina Karanastasis (Welcome to Australia)
Opening - Lord Mayor Martin Haese, City of Adelaide
How to Think Post-Nationally
Cities, States, and the challenges of truly sharing spaces
The modern nation state is a fairly recent development. Since its emergence a couple of centuries ago, it has been bound up, usually in an exclusionary manner, with a dominant identity, often based on ethnic or religious divides. But with so many people on the move, and so many nation-states in crisis, what does nationhood, identity, even citizenship, look like into the future? Are there better, fairer, more inclusive ways of thinking about belonging and community? Will any such abstract conceptions withstand impact with hard present-day realities?
A talk by Charlie Foran, CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, followed by a Q&A.
Executive Director of the Confederation of Somali Community (Minnesota, USA) will share his wealth of knowledge, and experience, of effective settlement and community change.
What’s working (or not)? Migrant Perspectives on Welcoming and Inclusion
Panellists, including Ahmed Dini, Khadija Gbla And Magda Gamar will share:
- their story and experience of arriving and settling in Australia
- examples, of what’s working in migration and settlement
- what could be done better
Local Government Approaches to Economic Development and Social Cohesion
Presenting and discussing localised approaches to economic development and social cohesion:
- George Osborne - Hume City Council
- Dr Helen Barrie - Australian Population and Migrant Research Centre
- Sarah Janali - City of Stirling
Jodie van Deventer & Mark Glazbrook
Over lunch, CEO of Committee for Adelaide (Jodie van Deventer) and CEO of Migration Solutions (Mark Glazbrook) will present and discuss:
- specific population and economic challenges faced by Adelaide and South Australia;
- what’s working; and,
- what could be done better.
We Need to Be Welcoming
Presenting and discussing regional approaches to migration and inclusion:
- Jack Archer - Regional Australia Institute
- June Rout - Immigration New Zealand
- Kate O’Malley - Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative
Towards Better Government
Government plays a pivotal role in solving local and global challenges. How can we find and share what’s working and reduce duplication of effort?
The Australian Standard
Launching the first public release of The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities.
Mary Patetsos, Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), will share key observations and learnings from the Symposium and consider some possible next steps.