Where can activists for social justice have impact? Reflections on government, not for profits and philanthropy

Date 10 September 2015

Presenter: Dr John Spierings

This seminar will examine the potential for social change in Australia given rising inequality and the power of market forces to shape our media and political landscape.


After decades working in the community sector, government and philanthropy, Spierings will provide an overview of where critical points of change might be in the debates about inequality, human rights and environmental sustainability.

The workshop will highlight where strategic philanthropy might be capable of making a difference and how relationships between the community sector and philanthropy might be shaped.

John Spierings was appointed as the Reichstein Foundation’s Executive Officer in 2013 after nearly five years experience as a senior adviser to Julia Gillard, both as Education Minister and Prime Minister.

He worked as a researcher and policy advocate in education and training with the Dusseldorp Skills Forum between 1998 and 2008. John has a PhD in Australian economic history, focused on business management in Australia between the wars. He has a long standing interest in social justice, community development and social policy issues.

John Spierings' presentation will be available shortly.


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