2019-2020

Australia now

Youth entrepreneurs & leaders speaker series

Youth in Australia and the Southeast Asian region are pioneering innovation and creativity

Australia now ASEAN 2019 builds on the deep and long-standing ties between Australia and ASEAN member countries. This year’s program will focus on engaging and celebrating the vitality, diversity and capability of youth across Southeast Asia.

We believe youth entrepreneurs and leaders in the region are at the heart of collaboration on core issues to our region

Social Good Outpost is an Australian women-led creative design agency founded by two sisters in Brisbane. They bring a youth-led approach to this youth-focused public diplomacy program, delivering Australia now’s Youth entrepreneurs & leaders speaker series in order to bring powerful, diverse and creative Australian voices to the ASEAN region over 2019 and 2020.

Australia now’s youth entrepreneurs and leaders speaker series will bring together our nations to share, celebrate and strengthen our successes

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Laos

June 20th 2019

September 12th – 13th 2019

November 25th 2019

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Cambodia

July 29th – August 2nd 2019

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Vietnam

October 20th-25 2019

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Brunei

28th November – 2nd December 2019

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Malaysia

TBD 2020

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Events

Laos

 

20th July 2019

Human Resources, Tech & AI

Working with the Australian Embassy and local Australian Alumni to deliver a panel and workshop as part of the Lao HR Forum.

Partner organisation includes:

Laos HR Forum

 

October 2019

Youth Mental Health

Working with the Australian Embassy and local youth and schools to deliver a workshops on bullying and youth mental health.

Partner organisations include:

Panyathip International School, STELLA, Lao Youth Union, Lao Youth Radio, Vientiane Women’s Centre

 

October 2019

LGBTI+ 

Working with the Australian Embassy and local LGBTI and human rights groups to deliver workshops and panels on LGBTI+ rights, progress and empowerment.

Partner organisations include:

TBA

 

Cameron Cliff

Cameron Cliff

Director of Social Impact, GO1

Dr Cameron Cliff is an expert in cross-platform development and audience engagement. With over 10 years of experience across different storytelling and learning industries, he has a career spanning immersive theatre, education, marketing, film, television, XR. He is currently the Social Impact Manager for GO1, leading an initiative in HR and online learning that ties workplace learning to real, positive and tangible outcomes for workers. He’s previously completed a PhD in audience engagement methodology and business strategy and created learning solutions for the United Nations, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, international feature films and children’s reading applications. 

Nicole Gibson

Nicole Gibson

Founder, Love Out Loud & Rogue and Rouge Foundation

Nicole is known as a multi-award winning social entrepreneur, but she prefers to be seen as an unstoppable messenger of love and human potential; impacting over 250 000 people world-wide with her unconventional models of community development and transformation. Currently Nicole is the CEO of a global movement, Love Out Loud, which aspires to engage 4% of the Western populous by the end of 2020, to successfully facilitate the world’s largest love-based movement. Nicole has made a vast impact in the health and education landscape in Australia, and served as the youngest Commonwealth Commissioner for Health in history, advising directly to the Australian Federal Health Minister and Prime Minister. 

Mikhara Ramsing

Mikhara Ramsing

Founder, Ground Chai & Ethnic LGBT+

Mikhara Ramsing is a social entrepreneur from Brisbane, Australia. She runs two social enterprises in the human rights space: Ground Chai, which sells ethically sourced, environmentally sustainable delicious chai to fund suicide prevention in rural Australia; and Ethnic LGBT+, a national website providing a safe place for members of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) LGBTIQA+ community. She has been nominated as the Young Australian of the Year QLD 2019 and 1 of 10 Australians awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship 2018. She is formally recognised by the Australian Goverment as an Emerging Leader for the Australia-ASEAN Region.

Events

Cambodia

29th June – 2nd August 2019

Start-ups, social enterprise and gender equality VIsit

Working with the Australian High Commission in Phnom Penh to deliver a series of workshops, panels and Q&As on social enterprise, design, startups, gender equality and LGBTI+ rights.

Partner organisations include:

Politikoffee, Cambodian Centre for Human Rights, Impact Hub, SHE Investments and Future Forum

Elise Stephenson

Elise Stephenson

Director of Social Impact, Social Good Outpost

Elise Stephenson is a 27-year old award-winning social entrepreneur, PhD Candidate from the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University, Brisbane, and a New Colombo Plan Alumni of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Recognised as one of 25 Young Women to Watch in International Affairs, and awarded by the United Nations Australia Association, Elise is passionate about gender equality and women’s leadership. Elise’s PhD is currently focuses on women’s leadership in international relations – focusing on diplomacy and security. Elise is an Australian representative on the Commonwealth Youth Gender Equality Network, having represented Australia overseas for work and research through countries such as Taiwan, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey, representing Australia for the Hult Prize in Shanghai, the Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Taiwan, and the Asia Future Fellows Program in Beijing. Elise is also the co-founder of the Social Good Outpost, a social enterprise creative design agency for changemakers.  A relentless ‘do-er’, Elise is the curator of this Youth entrepreneurs & leaders speaker series.

Lara Stephenson

Lara Stephenson

Creative Director, Social Good Outpost

Lara is a feminist designer and entrepreneur, who works with digital technologies to give businesses and organisations strong and authentic identities. She uses art and design to help tell stories and make connections. She was one of three finalists for Role Model of the Year 2017 by Out for Australia. Awarded sponsorship by the Australian Federal Government Office for Women to undertake mentorship by Rare Birds, her designs have been nominated to Victorian Premiers Design Awards and her enterprise Social Good Outpost, which works across Australia-ASEAN, was chosen as one of Brisbane’s top 15 emerging Social Enterprises in 2018. Bridging the creative sector and government, she recently completed a Fellowship with Code for Australia. Lara believes in working with those creating change in our communities that supports social wellbeing and including people who have not had societal power. She believes that deliberate design can make change happen.

Events

Vietnam

20th – 25th October 2019

Gender Month

Working with the Australian High Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as in-country human rights, NGO and community partners to deliver a series of workshops, panels and Q&As on gender and women’s leadership.

Partner organisation includes:

Vietnam National University – University of Technology, University of Science, RMIT, Vietnam Women’s Museum, Consulate-General’s Gender Conference 2019, UNFPA, CARE, PLAN, iSEE, GBVnet, Australian Volunteers, and more.

 

Felicity Furey

Felicity Furey

Engineer, Founder, Director, Speaker, Specialist in Diversity

Felicity Furey is an award winning inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and engineer passionate about diversity. As a founder of two social enterprises, Felicity has shifted the perception of engineering with thousands of young people and companies. Felicity has been named as a Superstar of STEM, one of the Financial Review BOSS Magazine’s Young Executives of the Year in 2016 and named as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ at just 26 years old. Felicity has been featured on ABC News, Sky News, the Australian Financial Review and the Australian. She is also a Civil Engineer who has delivered Australia’s mega infrastructure projects for over 10 years. This work includes extending the life of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, and shaping the city of Melbourne as a design manager on the West Gate Tunnel Project. Felicity applies the design principles learnt in her professional career to engineer a better society. By co-founding and leading companies Power of Engineering and Machinam, Felicity has increased diversity in the people who design our world – engineers and inspired thousands of students across Australia into engineering and mathematics.

Events

Brunei

28th November – 3rd December 2019

Sustainable fashion 

Working with the Australian Embassy in Brunei to deliver a series of workshops on the future of fashion, sustainable fashion, women’s empowerment, and social enterprise.

Brittanie Dreghorn

Brittanie Dreghorn

Founder, The Content Division & Britt's List

Brittanie Dreghorn is the co-founder of content marketing agency The Content Division and the founder and editor of Britt’s List – an online fashion publication dedicated to telling the stories behind Australian fashion brands that lead their industry in environmental sustainability and ethical treatment of people and animals. Her interest and knowledge in fashion, sustainability and marketing forms her expertise around ethical business and communications. Since launching Britt’s List in 2017, Britt has made it her mission to raise awareness of the issues in the fashion industry and help promote and profile fashion brands that are making genuine efforts in sustainability. Off the back of Britt’s List, Britt runs monthly sustainable fashion walking tours in Brisbane and speaks regularly at events for businesses, fashion industry people and individuals who want to learn more about sustainability. She’s a thought leader in the industry and a passionate ambassador for truly ethical brands everywhere. 

Events

Malaysia

TBA 2020

Creative Minds: Start-ups and  social enterprise

Working with the Australian High Commission in Malaysia and in-country youth entrepreneur partners to deliver a series of workshops, panels and Q&As on social enterprise, startups and innovation.

Partner organisation includes:

TBA

 

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News & media coverage

Australia now ASEAN

Official website, showcasing and connecting future innovators, leaders, thinkers, creators and social change makers across Southeast Asia.

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Australia now ASEAN

Media partner for the Youth entrepreneurs & leaders speaker series, publishing articles on “Australia now: Youth Making an Impact in ASEAN”

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How to tell stories about social impact: Learnings from Gender Month in Vietnam

Two weeks ago, I woke up in Vietnam … It was the final day of a week that was packed with 13 events I’d been running with fellow social entrepreneur, Felicity Furey, as part of the Australian Government’s Australia now program.

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What does it truly take to make social impact?

In her tour of Laos, Nicole found that for many it was the first time they had ever engaged in the topic of mental health.

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Why some social enterprises succeed (and others don't): learnings from Cambodia

We headed to the hot and steaming tropical country of Cambodia at the end of July to spend a week working with the Australian Embassy and local social enterprises, think tanks and NGOs all around a few key themes: including gender equality and social enterprise.

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Learnings from Laos: connection & collaboration for social impact

When we think about social impact, there’s few better places in the region that Australia has had such a strong and supportive role in boosting the people and economy.  The needs of being a least developed nation, and the opportunities that Australia has helped to pioneer through its aid program and commerce, are an interesting departure point of this article series: ‘Australia now: Youth Making an Impact in ASEAN’.

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Sustainable fashion youth delegation to arrive in Brunei

Sustainable fashion youth delegation to arrive in Brunei

Youth Entrepreneurs & Leaders Speaker Series: BruneiSustainable fashion youth delegation to arrive in Brunei PRESS RELEASE 11 September 2019 - Download PDF The Youth Entrepreneurs and Leaders Speaker Series, run as part of Australian public diplomacy program...

Young diversity and inclusion experts return to Laos

Young diversity and inclusion experts return to Laos

Youth Entrepreneurs & Leaders Speaker Series: LaosYoung diversity and inclusion experts return to Laos PRESS RELEASE 21 November 2019 - Download PDF The Youth Entrepreneurs and Leaders Speaker Series, run as part of Australian public diplomacy program Australia...

Press Release: Gender Month in Vietnam

Press Release: Gender Month in Vietnam

Inspiring, celebrating and connecting young entrepreneurs and leadersGender Month in Vietnam with Felicity Furey and Elise Stephenson PRESS RELEASE 17 October 2019 - Download PDF The Youth Entrepreneurs and Leaders Speaker Series, run as part of Australian public...

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We are committed to running ethical and environmentally sustainable events that are inclusive and welcoming of youth and supporters from all backgrounds.

Our events are safe and celebratory spaces for all genders and sexualities, cultures, (dis)abilities, and other intersectionalities.

Thank you to the Australian Government for providing the support and funding to make this possible.