Community Engagement

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                               Dr Zeny Edwards OAM is the Vice-president and Director for Community Engagement



                               To acknowledge the intrinsic value of the human spirit and promote the universal commitment to work together as members of                                 the global community sharing a common humanity

                               To encourage communitiesto discuss ideas, share stories and inspire others to actively make the world a better place.

                               To raise awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their potential to fulfil the promise of creating a better world                                 by 2030.



Information Dissemination:

  • Mark World Observance Days to promote peace, social justice, human rights and cultural diversity to the maximum target audience available.

  • Organise Briefing Nights to keep abreast of the latest developments and programs relevant to promoting world citizenship


  • Create opportunities for corporations,non-profits, government, universities, industry bodies, social enterprises and grassroots organisers to discuss solutions to current challenges affecting world citizenship.


  • Organise, or in partnership with other organisations and stakeholders, activities and programs that promote social cohesion and leadership within the community.



Upcoming Events

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In an exciting first for the Jessie Street Trust, Professor Larissa Behrendt AO will host an online discussion with Linda Burney MP and Nakkiah Lui on the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Join us as our speakers discuss the significance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, discussing the essential elements being called for and progress made to date. We will also invite you to pose questions to our speakers.


17 November 2020





About the speakers:
Professor Larissa Behrendt AO, a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman, is a legal academic, writer, filmmaker and Indigenous rights advocate. She is Professor of Law and Director of Research and Academic Programs at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney, and holds the inaugural Chair in Indigenous Research.  
Linda Burney MP, a Wiradjuri woman, is Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services and for Preventing Family Violence in the Federal Parliament. She was the first Aboriginal person to serve in the New South Wales Parliament in 2003, and also the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the Australian House of Representatives in 2016.
Nakkiah Lui, a Gamilaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman, is a writer, comedian and young leader in the Indigenous community. Nakkiah has a new Audible Originals podcast hosted with Miranda Tapsell, Debutante: Race, Resistance and Girl Power, striking up conversations of race, feminism and politics for a new generation.


Office of External Affairs

Social Cohesion & Inclusion: National Conference 2020  

16-20 November 2020

Registration Now Open


Registration for the 2020 National Conference on Social Cohesion and Inclusion is now OPEN!


There is a 90-min online session each day focusing on a different theme:

  • Official Launch of Creating an Inclusive Narrative Publication

  • Reflections on social cohesion and the role of leadership

  • Reflections on Creating an Inclusive Narrative

  • The impact of the pandemic on social cohesion

  • Social and economic inequalities


Keynote Speakers Include:

Her Excellency The Hon. Margaret Beazley AC QC - Governor of New South Wales

Dr Anne Aly MP - Member of the House of Representatives


Speakers and Panelists Include:

Dr. Brian Adams - Director, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University

Amy Churchouse - Founder, Good Karma Effect

Janak Rogers - Journalist and Producer, ABC Radio National & Associate Lecturer, RMIT

Dr. Christanthi Giotis - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Media Transition, UTS

Dr. Zeny Edwards OAM - Vice-president and Director for Community Engagement, World Citizens Association of Australia

The conference will explore the settings, approaches, methods and experiences that will guide our country to forge a socially cohesive and inclusive country into the future. Those who are deeply thinking about the progress of our country are encouraged to come together to reflect on action, lessons learnt, deliberate, and share ideas.

Presenters will share insights from which all can benefit to shape further action and refine current endeavours.

Breakout sessions will enable participants to learn from each other's experience and ideas.


Ticket Prices:

General Admission: $10

Concession / Student: Free




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In conversation with Susan Glasser & Peter Baker on the US election

Friday, 6 November 2020, 1.00-2.00pm AEDT

Join us for this conversation with two of Washington’s most respected and well-connected journalists (and husband and wife). This event will be held three days after the US presidential election. Glasser and Baker will sift through the results and assess the implications. What will be the next president’s priorities, who will be their key advisers, and what will America’s international partners and adversaries make of the result?

Susan Glasser was the founding editor of the award-winning Politico Magazine. She went on to become editor of Politico, a position she held throughout the 2016 US presidential election. Prior to her time at Politico, Glasser was editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy. For ten years she was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post. Her weekly column in The New Yorker on life in Donald Trump’s Washington has become an essential source of information and analysis on the current administration.

Peter Baker joined The New York Times in 2008 following 20 years at The Washington Post. During his time as a White House reporter, Baker has covered four presidents — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. He has also covered Russian politics extensively and served with Glasser as joint Moscow Bureau Chief for the Post from 2000 to 2004. Baker and Glasser have been married since 2000, and in 2020 they published the acclaimed new biography The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III.

Dr Michael Fullilove AM is the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute. He writes widely on Australian and US politics and foreign policy in publications including The New York Times, Financial Times, The Atlantic and Foreign Affairs, as well as in the Australian press. Dr Fullilove is the author of Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World (Penguin). 
Registration is essential. Please register here to receive your personal confirmation link.

Live webcast via Zoom:
SYDNEY: Friday 6 November | 1:00pm to 2:00pm AEDT
BEIJING: Friday 6 November | 10:00am to 11:00am CST
TOKYO: Friday 6 November | 11:00am to 12:00pm JST
TEL AVIV: Friday 6 November | 4:00am to 5:00am IST
LONDON: Friday 6 November | 2:00am to 3:00am GMT
WASHINGTON: Thursday 5 November | 9:00pm to 10:00pm EST  


All Lowy Institute public events are on the record and open for media attendance.


The Australian Institute Climate of the Nation 2020 Report launch

with NSW Minister for Energy and Environment the Hon. Matt Kean MP


Wednesday 28 October 2020

11:00 am-12.00 pm





Register Now


About this event

Join NSW Energy & Environment Minister Matt Kean for the launch of the Australia Institute’s benchmark Climate of the Nation Report 2020.

Part of the Australia Institute’s webinar series.

Please note: the Minister has limited availability, so please submit your questions ahead of time so we can get to as many as possible in the time available

Discussion Group / Information and Education / Climate

NOTE: All event information was accurate at the time of publishing, but we do not take any responsibility for losses or damages incurred due to incorrect information. Please follow the links to the original organisers for further details.