We invite you to join Brisbane's social innovation community for a lively breakfast panel discussion, audience Q&A and networking with key movers and shakers in the field.

Activating System Change: Cross-Sectoral Ideas To Tackle Complex Community Issues.

Experience Brisbane's best views as you hear a diverse panel discuss key ideas and share insights to help unlock some of the key challenges faced when tackling wicked problems.

Dig deeper. Audience questions will be encouraged directly after the panel.

Thursday February 8th, 7:30-9:30am

41st Floor, 1 William St, Brisbane.

Coffee, tea, juice & light breakfast provided.

$5 from each ticket sold will help fund a creativity and entrepreneurship workshop for 25 Indigenous Australians to be held in June 2018.


Impact Boom would like to thank the QPSC Community Insights team for their valuable support and help in organising this event. Find a recent interview with them here.


Meet the panel


Helen Sharpley
Executive Director, Community Insights, QPSC.

In 20 years operating in executive level roles, Helen's background is broad ranging with roles in consulting, government, tourism, communications and property sectors. By combining new venture development expertise, strategy, marketing, and innovation, and by building relationships based on trust, Helen has been able to deliver beyond expectations in a breadth of roles and sectors. Helen manages and drives performance by always seeking more – a more innovative approach, a stretch target, or that next step beyond a traditional boundary.


Steve Williams
Social Innovator, Marist 180, Homeless Hack, Techfugees Qld.

Steve Williams is Queensland Social Innovation Manager at Marist 180, where he is developing a suite of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs aimed at enabling Queenslanders experiencing disadvantage to take part in the exciting innovation and start-up space. In his previous role as Social Enterprise Director at Sandbag Inc Steve led SEED PPM to be awarded small Australian Social Enterprise of the Year 2014. Steve is co-founder and inaugural Chair of the Queensland Social Enterprise Council.


Belinda Drew
CEO, COmmunity Services Industry Alliance

Belinda Drew’s passion for social investment and innovation helped launch CSIA's developmental and collaborative agenda. Over the last decade, Belinda successfully led Foresters Community Finance through a period of considerable change and cultural evolution, focusing on Australia’s social investment market in her role as CEO. Over the term of her employment, Belinda developed a strong skillset in organisational management and strategic leadership, harnessing and further honing her knowledge across social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, microfinance, community finance and social investment. 


Prof. Brad Jackson
Incoming Professor of Social Innovation, Griffith University.

Brad Jackson is the incoming Professor of Social Innovation and Director of the Policy Innovation Hub at Griffith University.  He is currently Professor of Public and Community Leadership at Victoria University of Wellington where he was the former Head of School of Government and Head of School of Management. At the University of Auckland Business School, he was Co-Director of the New Zealand Leadership Institute.  Jackson has published six books. He is a former co-editor of the journal, Leadership, and the former Vice-Chair of the Akina Foundation and the International Leadership Association.


Tom Allen
CEO, Impact BOom

(Panel Moderator)

Tom founded Impact Boom, a social enterprise helping people turn their ideas into positive social impact. Impact Boom provides its global community with insights, inspiration and resources via the social impact blog & podcast, upcoming accelerator program & events.

As an award winning Design Strategist, Tom works with purpose-driven organisations to deliver change-making initiatives that provide strong, lasting impact.

Tom's an experienced educator, working with leading universities locally and internationally to develop and deliver innovative programs across social innovation, design, entrepreneurship, business and marketing.


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