The Before-After-Party! on Wednesday evening (10th October) was a seriously fun start to the Symposium! Held at Moon Dog Brewery in Abbotsford, the night was a great opportunity for attendees to meet and mingle over beer and pizza before the main day. There was also special appearance by a friendly penguin and familiar looking dinosaur...
Early Thursday (11th October) we gathered at Dights Falls - a significant site for both Aboriginal and post-settlement history. We explored a guided walk past indigenous flora, a Wurundjeri Mural, warehouse renovations along the Yarra River, and informal rock climbing wall, before arriving together at the Abbotsford Convent - Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct, with its historic buildings and gardens.
After a welcome at the Convent, the scene was set by international speaker, George Bandy Junior, who shared his thoughts on the genius and courage of dreaming. We learnt how “profitability, business and success" are all connected to genius, courage, and dreaming. Kara Keys followed with a heartfelt story and call for us all to lead with the heart, be more generous, and take action.
Lunch was a generous affair, with the chance to share both conversation and food at Lentil as Anything.
The afternoon began with dynamic all-in session that got people moving their bodies and minds! This was followed by the opportunity to develop our skills in the leadership and application in one of the three streams. These were workshop sessions with a difference: the outcomes will guide the direction for a Living Future in Australia for the year ahead.
Before committing to our own call to action we gathered again for the students to present their work in front of a select judging panel.
All done, we made our way to a bar for a glass of wine and more conversation, ready to take on the world!