About this Event

We acknowledge that First Nations people have been taking care of their country since time immemorial, are some of the first and worst affected by climate change and are leading powerful climate action. As Country has deeply changed due to colonisation and now due to global heating, including due to the unprecedented recent bushfires, we acknowledge the trauma and resilience of First Nations peoples.

Our heart goes out to all the people who have lost loved ones, seen their homes destroyed and been forced to flee communities, and to the billions of animals and their homes.

Our existing version of democracy has landed us here. Our ecological systems are in crisis. The vast bulk of the population wants action. Politics as usual is failing us. Democracy in its current form can’t save us. The fires, on top of droughts and floods last year, are putting unprecedented strain on people, wildlife, food systems, and on our ability to envisage a safe future.

This new decade presents huge opportunities for humankind to step back from the brink. While the climate emergency can be a lever for good to propel engagement and action, it can continue to exacerbate existing inequalities, destroy ecosystems and erode civic freedoms.

In this critical moment there is a risk that we focus on the symptoms and we are distracted into being passive spectators. The opportunity is to take the energy, the passion, and the legitimacy for change that this moment brings, and use it to transform what is outmoded and broken.

In the midst of our climate emergency this interactive panel will talk boldly on why a healthy democracy matters, the key signs that tell us we need to improve our democracy, and big and tangible ideas that will deepen democracy so we can catapult ahead, together.

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Confirmed Speakers

Lidia Thorpe

A Gunai and Gunditjmara woman from the south-east and western districts of Victoria, Lidia has experience in Aboriginal health, Aboriginal funeral services, children’s services and managing her own business in event management and consulting, in November 2017 Lidia became the first Indigenous women elected to the Victorian Parliament.

Adam Jacoby

Adam is a serial innovator with a twenty year global history of leading fast growth businesses in sport, information and media.

Iain Walker

Iain is Executive Director of the newDemocracy Foundation (nDF) in Australia, a role he has held since 2011.

Tim Hollo

Tim Hollo is Executive Director of the Green Institute, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at RegNet, the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance.

Sonia Randhawa

Dr Sonia Randhawa is a founder of the Coalition of Everyone, an organisation with the vision of disrupting the politics of despair and building a politics of hope through participatory, deliberative democratic initiatives.

MC – Matt Wicking

An experienced facilitator, host and speaker, Matt works with progressive groups, helping them amplify their impact.

Facilitation – Pru Gell

Pru is a highly sought after facilitator, conflict transformer and advisor on group dynamics and organisational change, with over fifteen years of experience.

Getting to the venue

The Tradeshall is actually on Lygon St. We encourage attendees to use public transport or bike. There is limited on-street parking near the venue.

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Thu 13 / Feb 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM


Trades Hall Old Council Chamber
54 Victoria Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053



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