SO WHAT IS A ROUND PANEL ?

It’s a panel, it’s a round table, it’s a communal circle process, it’s a rapid fire way of getting expert injections of the latest ideas and knowledge, mixed with the thoughts, responses and realities of us all… presented by real world organisations whose vision and purpose act as local anchors to these global issues. 

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SATURDAY OFERINGS

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The Last Sane Voice: Mental Health Within Its Full Context

SATURDAY 10:00AM SHEOAK POD

Helena Norberg-Hodge, Frank Quinland, Nicole Gibson

What does a healthy immune response to an insane system look like? As climate, cultural and political pressures and atrocities build, is this why we are seeing a rise in episodes of mental crisis? Are we doing enough to place mental health within its full context? Do we risk confusing a broken system with broken people?

Presented by First Light

Democracy on Trial: Did the recent Citizen Jury Trial take us closer to the illusive dream of participatory democracy?

SATURDAY 10:00AM GUMNUT POD

Dion McCurdy, Simon Richardson, Lyn Carson

Byron Shire Council engaged the New Democracy Foundation to deliver a Citizen Jury process – an innovation in participatory democracy. The trial concludes in late April, giving us an opportunity to debrief at Renew Fest in May.

Presented by Byron Shire Council

The Road to Food SovereigntyBuilding community strength through food independence

SATURDAY 10:00AM BANKSIA POD

Sharon Gibson, Robert Pekin, Joel Orchard, Dave Martin

Why is culture important? We have cultural development programs at various levels of government, but what are we measuring success against? What does a ‘balanced’ local culture look like? Where does Byron Shire culture need support? How do we empower and/or fund it?

Presented by Santos Organics

Consciously Creating the Cultural Fabric: What are the yardsticks for success in coordinated cultural development?

SATURDAY 2:30PM GUMNUT POD

Simon Richardson, Megan Wright, Jillian Hovey, Echo 

Why is culture important? We have cultural development programs at various levels of government, but what are we measuring success against? What does a ‘balanced’ local culture look like? Where does Byron Shire culture need support? How do we empower and/or fund it?

Presented by Mullum Music Fest

Winning Hearts & Kicking Butts in Qld: Stop Adani and more: Exploring the line between collaboration and resistance in North Queensland

SATURDAY 2:30PM BANKSIA POD

Michelle Maloney, Louise Matterson, Murray Drechsler, Erfan Daliri, Amanda Cahill

Hillary Clinton’s ‘deplorables’ gave the world Trump. How do we ensure that economic transition doesn’t leave economic black holes that empower political reactionaries? How do we work with traditional ‘enemies’? And how do we know when it’s time to stop shaking hands and just time to kick butt?

Presented by Stop Adani

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SUNDAY OFERINGS

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Going Full Tilt on Full System Change: What are the leverage points for shifting an entire planet?

SUNDAY 10:00AM SHEOAK POD

Helena Norberg-Hodge, Dan Fitzgerald, Erfan Daliri, Tess Eckert, Delta Kay

There are no isolated problems and there is a sense that humanity is being asked to step into an entirely new way of being, organising and economically relating. How do we engage the system in its entirety? How do we build a common sense of mission without descending into dogma? How does Renew Fest help?

Presented by Renew Fest

Holding the Rebel Close: Weaving independent impulses into coordinated movements

SUNDAY 10:00AM GUMNUT POD

Erin young, Jai Anderson, Lee Rhiannon

Social change movements are driven by a push-back against authority and power. But how do you organise a bunch of anti-authoritarians? How do we create structures that celebrate and support this rebellious instinct, and make it central to how we live?

Presented by Bruns Eco Village

Fake News and the Death of Big Media

“Is that the truth or did you see it on Facebook?”

SUNDAY 10:00AM SHEOAK POD

Nathan Scolaro, Hugo Farrant, Kelly Reiffer, Julian Mitchel, Aidan Ricketts

Decentralised media should have given us grass-roots reporting and an end to big money media. Instead it gave us fake news and Trump. What went wrong? How do we make it right?

Presented by  The Byron Shire Echo

The Warrior in Service: Cultivating the courage required to meet the challenges of our time

SUNDAY 2:30PM GUMNUT POD

Jillian Hovey, Jo Nemeth, Murray Drechsler, Mike Kamiizumi

As a people, are we willing to make the changes and sacrifices required to move into alignment with sustainability? How do we cultivate a mental toughness and a willingness to fight for what we believe in, without becoming hard in the heart, disappointed in others, or even despairing of our species?

Presented by  Australian Earth Laws Alliance

Too Big To Fail, Too Big To Touch: Breaking the grip of the oligopoly paradigm

SUNDAY 2:30PM BANKSIA POD

Jarra Hicks, Scott Wallace, Michael Lyon, Dion McCurdy

With entrenched market power comes entrenched political power. How do we break the grip of big business on political discourse, and create more people-friendly business ecosystems?

Presented by COREM