Arman Abrahimzadeh / Empowering ‘victims’ of violence
2016 Young Australian of the Year, Arman Abrahimzadeh has turned his own personal tragedy into an admirable crusade to empower victims of crime, co-founding the Zahra Foundation. Through his work as a board member, speaker and advocate for various community groups and government sectors he hopes to use his own experiences to better protect those who are vulnerable.
Bill Allert / From doubt to conviction
Bill is driven to help people to transform into their true selves as this is where ‘we make our greatest contribution to the world’. He hopes to share the findings of his own research and experiences in transformation with his fellow Adelaidians, believing there has never been a more important time for people to transform from fear and doubt to conviction and courage and realise their real potential.
Charlie Hargroves / The world’s energy tipping point
Charlie is an industry sustainability researcher, member of the Club of Rome, consultant to the United Nations and co-author of five internationally best-selling books (his first winning a Banksia Award). Dr Charlie Hargroves believes that we may have turned a corner when it comes to our relationship with fossil fuels towards a future powered by clean energy.
Fiona Kerr / New thinking about our brains
Dr Fiona Kerr is a scientist and communicator who specialises in human connectivity and social cognitive neuroscience. Dividing her time between Adelaide University, consulting with public and private sector organisations, public speaking and media appearances, Fiona is on a mission to change the way we think about how we think.
Gabrielle Kelly / Championing wellbeing, resilience and positivity
Director of the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at the SAHMRI, Gabrielle is a driving advocate for establishing South Australia as a ‘State of Wellbeing’, embedding positive psychology and wellbeing and resilience science in the community at large. She is passionate about the capacity for societies to transform themselves to handle complexity and respond to the challenges of modern life and the global society.
Joel Bayliss / #IndigenousDads and negating stereotypes
As a strong advocate and campaigner for Aboriginal justice matters, Joel Bayliss used the passionate response to Bill Leak’s cartoon portraying a negative stereotype of indigenous fathers to send a counter message of positivity. As a result, his online movement #indigenousdads, has been a powerful, harmonising force reminding Australians that in order to achieve reconciliation you have to ‘be the change’.
Manal Younus / Creating change when you’re in the minority
As a Muslim woman with Eritrean origins who has lived in Australia since the age of three, Manal has experienced racism and witnessed plenty of injustice but has learned not to rely on others for change and rather to create change herself. The South Australian-based storyteller is passionate about creating this change in the social landscape of Adelaide by empowering minority communities.
Peter Walker / Segregation in education isn’t working
As South Australia recently opened its very first school specifically for students with autism, Peter Walker wants us to consider whether segregating environments such as these will be successful in the long run. Pulling from his personal extensive experience in the education field, Peter presents the case for transforming our education system from a focus on difference and deficit, to one of inclusion and mutual benefit.
Robin Potanin / Gaming the systems of male privilege
Robin Potanin helped a young woman design her own Virtual Reality game about surviving rape and it changed both of them. With over 20 years of game and film development experience, Robin wants to break the ‘virtuous cycle’ of male privilege that dominates the games industry and counter the negative impression of ‘gamergate’, believing in the powerful benefits for women who work in the profession.
Rusty Russell / Open software and cryptocurrencies
While many are confused by the concept of cryptocurrencies, Rusty Russell is fascinated by this transformation of something as fundamental to our society as money. This passionate free-software programmer and advocate explores where this revolution began, the notion of community-managed code and where this might take us in the future.
Scott Boocock / Unlocking Aussie innovation
Aussie Innovator Scott Boocock is a enthusiastic entrepreneur and presenter. His most recent invention, Hegs™ clothes pegs won the prestigious international Good Design Award and featured on Channel 10’s Shark Tank Australia. Scott wants to help South Australians unlock the potential of their innovative and inventive ideas to make South Australia a hub for fostering intellectual property and Australia an ‘Innovation Nation’.
Sophie Thomson / Saving the world by getting your hands dirty
Sophie Thomson believes we can ‘save the world with gardening’. She admits she sounds ambitious, but as a respected icon of in the Australian gardening community, presenting for the ABC’s Gardening Australia and writing for the Australian Gardening Magazine as well as being an awarded gardening author, we think she will make a convincing case!
Taryn Brumfitt / Let's #embrace our bodies
Filmmaker, author and public speaker Taryn Brumfitt was booked in for cosmetic surgery because she hated her body. But instead of changing her own body, she founded a global movement to change the way women feel about theirs.
William Riedel / Studying the evolution of evolution
Evolution is a form of metamorphosis. During his 65-year period of study William Riedel has both initiated and witnessed significant changes in the technology and tools of paleontological research, including his discovery that the once dismissed theory of orthogenesis (non-competitive evolution) can be proven by his own extensive studies.