Active Citizenship

Active Citizenship Poster, National Conference 6-8 November 2019 in Parramatta

 

National Conference
Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 November, 2019, Parramatta

Communities are facing complex social, economic and environmental issues coupled with a desire to participate in action to address them. There are many ways people can take part in creating positive change in communities, but people often need support to strengthen the knowledge, skills and confidence required to participate as desired. 

The City of Parramatta Council is hosting a national conference designed to share and progress effective approaches to enabling and building active citizenship and community-led action. This conference is for people and organisations involved in designing, delivering, researching or funding strategies that enhance the capacity of people for civic engagement and creating positive change in the community. 

The Conference Program will be delivered in three streams:

  • First Nations
  • Social Investment/Social Enterprise
  • General

Detailed information on the Conference Program will be made available early June 2019. Fee information and the opportunity to register will also be available from early June. The final day is currently planned to provide ½ day facilitated workshops during the morning only. Council will be seeking to make registration fees as affordable as possible to achieve the aims of the program, and will include both early bird pricing and a differentiated fee structure for government and non-government staff.

Call for Abstracts - Closing 10 May (click for further instruction)

The City of Parramatta invites abstracts for Presentations and Workshops for consideration into the 2019 National Conference “Active Citizenship & Community-Led Action – Approaches that Build Local Capacity to Create Positive Change”:

  • The focus of presentations and workshops should be on effective strategies and programs that build the capacity of individuals and groups to be active in their communities, local through to global, and achieve positive, community-led change. 
  • The aim of all presentations and workshops is for attendees to learn from effective approaches undertaken, to further develop understanding and capacity to implement and improve programs across Australia and further afield. 
  • The conference program will be divided into three streams: First Nations, Social Investment/Social Enterprise and General. Workshops and presentations are to fall within ONE of these three streams. 
  • We particularly welcome submissions from practitioners, and also welcome submissions from academics with an interest in this field of work.

Conference Registration

Successful abstract presenters are required to register for the conference and fund all fees and costs associated with their conference registration and attendance. If you are unable manage these requirements, an abstract should not be submitted. Council is not seeking to profit from this event and is endeavouring to keep registration fees as affordable as possible, including a differentiated fee structure for government and non-government staff and early-bird discounts available.

All presenters are required to register for the conference by 1 July 2019. Should a presenter not be registered by this date, it will be assumed that they have withdrawn from the program and their abstract will be removed and allocated to another speaker. Per the Key Dates below, all submissions will be responded to by 22 May, 2019.

Key Dates

Opening Date for Abstract Submissions – 9am (AEST), 1 April 2019
Closing Date for Abstract Submissions – 9am (AEST), 10 May 2019
Review of Abstract Submissions – 10 - 17 May 2019
Notification Date for Submissions – 22 May, 2019 

Instructions

All abstracts should be submitted in MS Word (i.e. “.docx” document) using the relevant Abstract Template provided below as an attachment in an email to: ccb@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au 
For abstract content and format requirements, please carefully read the instructions below:

Practice Based/Service Delivery Oral Presentations – 20 Minutes
Each presentation is to showcase a particular program or project that is building the capacity of individuals and/or communities to be active citizens and create positive change. Each presentation should fit within one of the three program streams: First Nations, Social Investment/Enterprise, or General. Your presentation should focus on describing the program/project, its intent, what it involved/s and who the participants are, as well as outcomes achieved to-date for participants. Analysis of why the project/program is considered effective should be shared, together with lessons-learned through implementation. Oral presentations will be delivered in groups of three with aligned content during one session, selected by the Conference committee, which will be followed by 30 minutes for facilitated questions and open discussion. The committee may choose to have a mix of Practice and Research Based Oral Presentations in each session. 

Download Abstract Template 

Research Based (Academic) Oral Presentations – 20 Minutes
Each presentation is to focus on one area of research that aligns with one of three conference program streams: First Nations, Social Investment/Enterprise, or General. Research should either be completed or have demonstrable outcomes to share. Presentations should have a format and content that is relevant to practitioners and seek to improve the understanding of attendees in best practice, theoretical frameworks and to working effectively with individuals and communities in relation to the Conference theme. Oral presentations will be delivered in groups of three with aligned content during one session, selected by the Conference committee, which will be followed by 30 minutes for facilitated questions and open discussion. The committee may choose to have a mix of Practice and Research Based Oral Presentations in each session.

Download Abstract Template 

Workshop Presentations - 60 minutes    
Similar to the Practice Based Presentations, each workshop is to focus a particular program or project that is building the capacity of individuals and/or communities to be active citizens and create positive change. Each workshop should align with one of the three conference program streams: First Nations, Social Investment/Enterprise, or General. Workshops should be participatory, with facilitated exercises and discussion with the participants to build a deeper understanding of a process, approach or framework that relates to the project or program. Your abstract will need to articulate the intended learning outcomes for conference participants. As workshops are largely exercised based, lecture-style presentations should be kept to a minimum. Workshops may be delivered together with an Oral Presentation during one session, selected by the Conference committee, which will be followed by 10 minutes for facilitated questions and open discussion.

Download Abstract Template  

Questions over submissions of abstracts should be submitted to ccb@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au, or Tanya Owen, (02) 9806 5599.