Conference postponed

The QCOSS Conference has been postponed, however …

We are still hosting a lunch with Belinda Bell on 31 October 2017. Belinda will discuss social innovation around the world from her perspective.

Belinda Bell is Programme Director of Cambridge Social Ventures, at Cambridge Judge Business School, supporting a wide range of businesses making social and environmental impact. She is a social entrepreneur herself having established a range of social ventures including those focusing on finance, ageing and young people.


Masterclass sponsor

We welcome Churches of Christ in Queensland as our partner in the ‘Building the foundations for place-based collaboration’ masterclass.

Churches of Christ in Queensland has been an active part of the community since 1883. We have a significant presence in Queensland, Victoria and Vanuatu with hundreds of local services. Our staff and volunteers positively impact tens of thousands of lives each year. We operate a range of missional and community care services to assist families, the elderly and people in need through church communities and our care services groups operated through Churches of Christ Care and Churches of Christ Housing Services.

We are one of Australia’s largest and most diverse not-for-profit organisations, operating services throughout Queensland and Victoria. Active in the areas of children, youth and family services; community housing; retirement living; home and community care; and residential aged care services, we provide Christ-inspired care and compassion to vulnerable people at different stages of their life journey.

Our other missional services include children’s, youth, women’s and second half ministry; chaplaincy support in community and residential aged care services; mission action partnerships; and global mission projects.

Visit the Churches of Christ website.


Kerry Graham

Kerry has worked in social change for over 20 years. Her purpose is to evolve the way social change happens in Australia for the benefit of young people.

Kerry is a Founder & Director of Collaboration for Impact – Australia’s leading organisation for learning how to respond to complex problems through effective collaboration. In this role, Kerry curates learning for and provides support to communities, corporations, governments, philanthropy and non-profit organisations on how to drive large-scale social change in intractable social challenges. Kerry also lectures on collaborative practice with Centre for Social Impact at University of New South Wales.

Prior to this Kerry held executive roles within national non-profit organisations (Inspire Foundation CEO; Good Beginnings Australia, COO); and advised governments on social policy (Australian Social Inclusion Board, NSW Treasurer’s Advisory Body). She holds qualifications in public policy, law, social work and community management.

Kerry will present in the Collaboration for impact concurrent session on day one, as well as the Practical ways to innovate and collaborate masterclass on day two of the conference.


Denise Hagan

Denise Hagan is Founder and CEO of the Puuya Foundation, established to develop everyday leaders, and empower the Lockhart River Aboriginal community to create a positive future.  She produces outstanding advances in social justice through innovative, community led strategies.

Some describe Denise as an incredibly rare, multi-dimensional professional equally adept at the top of modern organisations and at the heart of communities. Her unique capability for translating issues across cultures and disciplines is further enabled by her gentleness, playfulness and wisdom.  Denise’s work has been recognised locally and internationally. Most recently, the Puuya Foundation won the Queensland Premier’s Reconciliation Award 2017.

Denise is one of the presenters in ‘Innovative solutions where citizens help citizens’ .


Scholarship winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of our scholarship competition:


Jillian Warren, Picabeen Community Centre

Esperance Kalonji, Queenslanders with Disability Network

Adam Klaproth, Anglicare Central Queensland

Cassy Bishop, Benevolent Society Far North Queensland

Deborah Wilson, Independent Advocacy in the Tropics Inc


These lucky people will receive complimentary registration, travel and accommodation to allow them to attend the conference.


Dr Richard Denniss

Dr Richard Denniss is the Australia Institute’s chief economist. He is an economist with a particular interest in the role of regulation. Prior to taking up his current position he was an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University where he continues to hold an adjunct appointment.

Richard has also worked as Strategy Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, and lectured in economics at the University of Newcastle.

Richard has published extensively in academic journals, is a frequent contributor to national newspapers and was the co-author of the best selling Affluenza (with Dr Clive Hamilton) and is the co-author of An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice (with Dr Sarah Maddison).

Richard will present a keynote address on the current Australian context – what is the environment we are working within and what are the conditions we need to innovate with?


Vita Maiorano

Vita is Principal, Business + Family by Family, at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and leads on developing and implementing strategies to further spread and scale Family by Family – so that more families can thrive.

Having worked across community arts, international and local community development and business leadership – Vita is driven by opportunities to create and implement sustainable approaches to scale social change.  She’s successfully applied principles of co-design to co-create people focused solutions in contexts across Australia, the Pacific and South Asia.

Vita is interested in co-design, social innovation and social entrepreneurship – with a particular focus in exploring the how the three intersect to create scalable social solutions to some of society’s most challenging social issues, ultimately contributing to lasting social and systems change.

Vita will present ‘Family by Family: co-designing with families to creating lasting change’in the final plenary session on day 1.


Eddie Buli

Mr Eddie Buli is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man from a cane farm outside of Gordonvale, Far North Queensland. He is the Business and Education Development Officer with the Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network (ICAN) and co-developer of the Yarnin’ Money financial literacy program.

Mr Buli holds a Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Indigenous Primary Health Care), a Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) and has over 20 years’ experience working in non-government and government organisations involved with Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland, Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait Islands.

Eddie brings to ICAN his extensive knowledge and experience, drawing upon relationships and partnerships that promote respect and understanding of regional issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Eddie will present ‘What is yarnin’ money?’ during the concurrent session Gamification of everyday information to make impact.


Alex McDonald

Alex McDonald is currently the Executive Director of the Wise Foundation and CEO of Water Source Australia. He has extensive experience in working with corporate organisations on a national level as well as small scale service businesses. Alex has been a primary developer and manager of a range of community organisations working with marginalised people and groups concerned with social and community development and support.

Alex has co-developed many social enterprises in Australia including:

  • The Big Issue
  • Bizness Babes (Biznessbabes.com.au)
  • The Gardens club Brisbane
  • Buffed
  • Speakout Australia

Alex assisted in the development of the Jarwun (Cape York ), Indigenous Enterprise program with Westpac Bank and Boston Consulting Group and is currently developing social enterprises in Timor Leste and Samoa. Alex has assisted organisations such as Origin Energy, Santos, Rio Tinto, BP and numerous government agencies identify and develop social enterprise and community engagement strategies.

He is co-author of Australia’s first guide to social enterprise development for young people and has developed various training programs for youth enterprise in Australia and the South Pacific.

Alex will present in a concurrent session titled ‘Different approaches to funding community services’.