A key part of Dusseldorp Forum’s strategy is to connect diverse individuals and organisations across sectors to foster collaborative relationships and collective actions to generate more coordinated strategic effort and structural reform. One of the ways we explore this is through an annual event that brings together change-makers from across Australia to share what they are learning and grow together.

How communities are leading a movement for change.

In May 2017 Dusseldorp Forum began a collaborative, three-year process called the ‘Festival of Change’.

It started with four community-based initiatives – Maranguka Justice ReinvestmentLogan TogetherOur Place and Warddeken Land Management – coming together to distil what works and why, share evidence and resources and build a greater collective voice to advocate for the systemic reform required to shift long-term outcomes for children and communities.


In July 2019, change-makers from across the four communities boarded charter flights to the remote Arnhem Land community of Kabulwarnamyo, the ancestral homeland of the Mok clan and headquarters for the Warddeken Rangers and Nawarddeken Academy, for the third Festival of Change.

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Year Two of the Festival of Change was held from 8-10 May 2018 at Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne. The lighthouses worked together to articulate what is required to sustain their nation leading work. The value of relationships as well as developing social change leadership and flexible funding models were identified as key enablers.

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In May 2017 Dusseldorp Forum brought together change-makers from across the country for our inaugural Festival of  Change. Over two days we shared stories and explored how to model and drive real systemic reform and shift long-term  outcomes for vulnerable children and communities.

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“There are social challenges in Australia. To some degree, we as a society, have come to view these as an inevitable part of life. And here is a group of people who don’t accept that”

Matthew Cox, Logan Together, QLD


Our Way -A Social Change Movement

Four communities, from disparate parts of Australia, are demonstrating how to increase life opportunities for vulnerable young people and their families so that they and future generations thrive.

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Lighthouse Partners

Learn more about our lighthouse partners from Bourke, NSW, Logan QLD, Robinvale, VIC and Kabulwarnamyo, NT.

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Community Voices Gallery

We strongly value local knowledge, expertise and experience. As part of the Festival of Change 2018 we met and talked with community members from our partner communities to better understand what their community and the work of our partners, means to them.

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