Banksia Ignite Program


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Banksia Ignite Program

8:30am – 8:50am
Event registration – It’s more than just getting a name tag!

Come early to register, mingle and select the Sustainable Development Goal that you most align with and want to see progress in; be part of the Banksia Ignite, ‘Board of Influence & Action’ 2018.

Also experience the unreal world of virtual reality or is it that unreal? See how climate change impacts our environment and test how your decisions influence the future of the planet as you enjoy your morning kick start coffee before we launch into the most exciting and interactive sustainability program delivered for 2018.

9:00am – 9:05am
Welcome to Country by Uncle Allen Madden

9:05am – 9:40am
Collaboration between Business and Government – A powerhouse session.

On 25 September 2015 the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, joined 192 other Leaders and Ministers from around the world at the United Nations in New York, to welcome and endorse the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda) including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Australia actively participated in international discussions to design the 2030 Agenda and supported the involvement of all development actors, including civil society organisations, the private sector, philanthropic organisations and academia.

Australia will deliver its first Voluntary National Review on the SDGs at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2018. We welcome the Foreign Minister to give us a preview of Australia’s review and contribution to the SDGs at Banksia Ignite at Vivid and to also launch the Australian SDG website, developed by Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) with the support of DFAT, which will showcase efforts across government, business and civil society that advance the SDGs.

Christine Holgate, CEO of Australia Post.

Learn why this influential woman is a driving force behind the SDGs in Australia. This session will include a presentation around Australia Post’s own operation and SDG insights and the launch of the Australia Post’s SDGs Postage Stamps.

An interactive interview session conducted by Professor Kate Auty, Chair of the Banksia Foundation. Ms Christine Holgate, CEO Australia Post and Ms Cate Harris Executive Director of the Global Compact Network Australia will discuss how we can all use the SDGs in our work for business, government and civil society.

9:40am – 9:55am
The Indigenous Innovator

Rowan Foley, General Manager, Aboriginal Carbon Fund opens the forum with amazing insights on what it takes to launch the nation’s first private carbon trading fund; the Reducing Carbon Building Communities Fund (RCBC). What does this mean in the context of indigenous movements around sustainability and the SDGs. How important is the role that this plays in the future of indigenous communities and the broader Australian communities?

10:00am – 10:25am
What’s going on in the world? Where does Australia rate in the world scenario? How can we learn from international examples?

Dr Joshua Bishop, Head of Sustainable Food, WWF takes charge of this international perspective with contributions from Ole Neustrup, Danish Embassy highlighting the Danish success stories and experiences with the SDGs. This session includes an introduction and exploration of Unleash – The Global Innovation Lab doing exciting and disruptive work with the SDGs around the globe. We then turn our focus on to Australia from a business perspective with Justin Frank from Suez and the insights into the global impact of the SDGs on operating businesses, domestically and internationally.

10:25am – 10:45am
Morning Tea – Time to chat and move about

Take the time to network or keep adding your contribution to the Board of Influence & Action – or get out of the real world and step back into a virtual reality experience.

10:45am – 12:30pm
The National Lens – What are we doing? Where is all the action happening? Where do more opportunities lie?

Dr. David Ireland, ThinkPlace navigates us through how change and action starts at the grass roots level and then goes global! We start with the backyard and learn from Jaine and Ashleigh Morris, from The Circular Experiment, about creating the circular economy. We move to the neighbourhood with Stephen Choi, Living Future Institute. We then go national with Bruce Jeffreys, Dresden Optics and then broaden the focus on an Australian, Global operator, Thomas Schroder from South Pole.  But how do we measure our investment and success in these areas? Simon Robinson from Corporate Citizenship, takes us through how we should do this and the impact and importance of doing so. Cate Harris, from Global Compact Network Australia will launch the Australian SDG website and will introduce highlighted case studies with Qantas, Optus, Lendlease and Stockland

12:45pm – 1:30pm
Lunch – more time to mingle, reflect and learn from a jam-packed morning

1:30pm – 2:10pm
Launch of the Banksia Ignite Enabler

Graz van Egmond, CEO Banksia Foundation, explores the exciting changes and challenges that have happened during Banksia’s 30 years of encouraging, acknowledging and supporting organisation with their sustainability efforts. She will take us through why the SDGs are such an important and fundamental role in the sustainability movement going forward. You will learn the future role that Banksia will now play in the innovative space. You will also hear from Ken Richards, Managing Director, Leaf Resources, who will explain the journey of an Australian start up and illustrate how Australia is innovating globally under the SDGs.

This is just the beginning as we Launch the inaugural Banksia Ignite Enabler SDG Challenges. We will discover where the SDG challenges lie through Transurban.

2:10pm – 3:20pm
Meet the Sustainability Innovators – Leading the Charge

 Jodi Boylan, Executive Producer – War on Waste introduces us to the sustainability innovators in Australia today that are leading the charge. She will share her own insights and experience with the highly acclaimed War on Waste before we hand over to Reece Proudfoot, WWF; Katie Vines, Climate Kic and Piers Grove, Energy Lab to introduce us to and showcase the innovators and entrepreneurial organisations and individuals who will take us through their challenges, hardships and successes. 

 3:30pm – 4:20pm
What can we do and learn from here?

The floor is now yours!! This is a collaborative session with moderator – Jodi Boylan. We will bring many of the presenters from the days program to open the discussion to everyone. After sitting through the full program, they will answer your questions and discover what the group considers the major issues, challenges and opportunities going forward. 

This session will mark the establishment of a report identifying major themes, issues and problems that we will capture. This report will be available to attendees of the program and it will benchmark a new starting point of what we want to achieve in the next year; it will provide a new conversation starting point going forward. This session is to establish a new progressive conversation and a call to action that keeps the momentum and focus of these programs into the future.

4:20pm – 4:30pm
It’s a wrap – but only for today….

Professor Kate Auty will conclude the program and highlight the clear messages outlined through learnings in the day that we will take forward – where to from here; we will have some clear directions identified.

Keep the conversation going over a glass of wine

For those interested please meet at the Bulletin Place for an optional after session networking opportunity.