Fairly Educated Conference 2015
Saturday, 4 July 2015 at 9:00 am - Monday, 6 July 2015 at 5:00 pm (ACST)
Fairly Educated Conference is BACK in 2015.
DREAM A CHANGE - LEARN TO CHANGE - DRIVE THE CHANGE
We live in a world groaning under the burden of globalized exploitation - a world where the lives of billions of children, women and men in extreme poverty balance on a knife-edge. The world needs people to stand up and show it a better way. Passionate advocates who can dream a better world, learn the paths to social change and drive our society into a future where trade is fair and human rights are a reality, not just a dream.
If you want to be one of these advocates, then you can't miss 2015's Fairly Educated Conference. Likeminded people from across Australia and the world will gather in Adelaide for three days of incredible speakers and workshops from NGOs, business, politics and Fair Trade University movements across the country. There is something for people of all experience levels - from those who've never signed a petition through to those heading up a their own NGOs. Everyone is welcome, everyone is valuable, and everyone together will be part of something bigger than themselves. Come, learn and be inspired.
Who should come?
- Students interested Fair Trade, social justice, NGOs or social change,
- Uni staff members wanting to make their University an Australian leader in sustainability
- VGenners, Oaktree folk, the Oxfam fam, youse UN Youths, Fair Tradies, and anyone who wants to create a better world.
- Newbies, old hands, students, staff, and anyone interested in how Fair Trade can change the world.
- Anyone wanting to improve his or her activist skillset.
WHEN: Saturday 4th - Monday 6th July (9am-5pm plus social activities in evening)
WHERE: Rumours Cafe, Union Building, Adelaide University (North Terrace City Campus) and Flinders University (Victoria Square City Campus) Both of these are in the city and close to accomodation.
COST: $60 registration which covers some food and an awesome lineup of speakers and workshop leaders for three days. (Discounted tickets if you are going to Students of Sustainability - see here: www.studentsofsustainability.org.au)!
ACCOMMODATION: We are organising cheap hostel accommodation and hosting / couchsurfing for delegates from interstate and overseas for the 3rd-8th July. You are welcome to find your own accommodation, preferable to stay as close to the city as possible to minimise transport time and cost. It is a good idea to plan to be there by Friday night so you are able to get a good sleep and have time to get to the conference centre by 9am Saturday morning!
Get on board with something bigger than yourself. Register here now!
The 2015 FEC is Presented by
‘The Fairly Educated Conference not only gives you the information and knowledge required on ethical consumption and Fair trade, but also the networks and tools necessary to do something meaningful with that information. If you are passionate about seeing your university lead the way as an ethical institution, I would highly recommend getting along to the Fairly Educated Conference.’
National Director of VGen, Youth movement of World Vision (www.vgen.org)
‘In a world where it's often difficult to know how one person can make a difference, buying Fairtrade products is an easy way of helping to reduce extreme poverty through your everyday life. Fairly Educated is a terrific initiative for building the Fairtrade movement on university campuses across Australia.’
Then Chief Executive Officer, Oaktree Foundation (www.theoaktree.org)
'Fairly Educated presents a fantastic opportunity for university students who want to see a more socially just world. Jump on the website to share resources and experiences to assist one another in ensuring the products that are consumed on your campuses are free from exploitation. By getting your universities to purchase Fair Trade products, you are contributing to Making Poverty History, when you then share your resources and experiences, you are making an even bigger difference.'
Rev Tim Costello
Chief Executive Officer, World Vision Australia (www.worldvision.com.au)
From the Aiport....
There are two bus options from the airport to Adelaide City. (And from the city you can then get anywhere else.)
J1 Bus (comes every 15 minutes at peak time but be wary if you actually arrive on Saturday morning as it won't come as often). Takes about 20-40 minutes depending on traffic. Uses normal ticket price. If you are going straight to the conference centre at Adelaide University you can get off on Pultney St (Opposite Hungry Jacks). Walk towards North Terrace and then Adelaide Uni will appear in front of you!
Airport Bus (Comes every hour. Not heaps reliable unfortunately). Uses normal ticket prices.
Taxi (Only use if running out of time because will be expensive!)
Organised pick-up! This may be an option if many are arriving at once and someone has a vehicle to pick you up form.
How close are the venues to everything else?
SO CLOSE! University of Adelaide (Sat, Sun) is on North Terrace, and pretty close to everything including public transport, free tram which will get you closer to hostels, all the Fair Trade shops, the Torrens River and parking.
Flinders University (Victoria Square) is right in the middle of the city and close to all these things also. You will be totally fine!
Here is a map of Adelaide City Countil area (ooh look it happens to have all the places where Fair Trade / Fairtrade products are sold too! Convenient!) For reference, 28 is Uni Adelaide, and 60 is the closest point to Flinders Uni.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event (and getting around in Adelaide)
Driving - you can park in the carparks opposite the University on North Terrace (one near Myer, one near David Jones). It is still relatively close to the Monday venue too.
Tickets: information accessible here. Interstate student cards won't be accessible unfortunately. Most of you will be able to avoid using tickets if staying in the city. Between 9am-3pm they are cheaper.
Trains - all meet at the Adelaide Central Train Station which is a 7 minute walk from Adelaide Uni and 5 minute tram ride to Victoria Square (Flinders Uni).
Tram - RAdelaide has only one tram! ;-) It is free within the city bounds and to the Entertainment Centre in Hindmarsh. Both venues are quite close to the tram stops.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
You can bring whatever you would like! I wouldn't bring valueables you don't need.
Make sure you bring note-paper, pens, a water bottle, enough clothes and accessories for a cold Adelaide winter. (ie scarve, gloves, beanie, coat, umbrella).
Bring money for snacks and dinner.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
This email will get you to the Secretary, Reyka :) She will pass you on to whoever your query is best answered by!
Can I update my registration information?
Please email us if you need to update anything! Especially regarding your phone number, email, whether you want to stay with someone or hostels!
Do you have discounts for only attending one or two days?
Message the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org if this is an issue for you, however we encourage for you to fully benefit from the conference you come to all three days!
If I can't come, can I get a refund?
Due to catering and other issues, refunds are only available until June 20, 2015.
More details on what to expect in the conference itself?
This year’s conference theme: “Dream a Change, Learn to Change, Drive the Change” to signify the application of knowledge and information learnt at the conference into actions to support the Fair Trade Movement at their universities and in the wider community. We hope that throughout the weekend, there will be a smooth transition from one pillar to the other, with the conference commencement and earlier sessions being “Dream a Change” focused, and ending with “Drive the Change” on the third day.
During the first day (Dream a Change), delegates will be encouraged to dream of a better world. There will be big-picture discussions on the steps we’ve taken to eliminate poverty through Fair Trade and inspiring stories of change that’s already. On the grand scale, the elimination of poverty. On the personal scale, becoming the ethical person they want to be. On the local scale, making their university, community or group a better place. This is a day for big ideas. This is also the key day of bonding - making delegates feel like they’re part of something bigger than themselves.
Delegates should finish the first day feeling empowered to change the world in whatever way we dream. They will have an enhanced understanding of Fair Trade. They will also have a basic understanding of the concept of Fair Trade Universities and accreditation.
During the second day (Learn to Change), delegates will begin to learn about the tools for facilitating this change. This day will be a combination of keynote speakers, breakout spaces and workshops designed to teach delegates about setting goals, creating a successful movement, making groups work effectively, building support, finding allies, analysing their ‘space’ and, above all, working strategically.
Delegates should finish the second day with further knowledge of Fair Trade and a greater understanding of how to contribute to or lead a group, campaign and strategize. Delegates should feel empowered to take an active role in their Fair Trade group, and positive about the difference they can make as individuals. Delegates will also have had the opportunity to discuss various ideas for their own university champagnes.
The final day (Drivethe Change) will focus on ‘where to from here’. There will be more discussion and reflection, as well as some basic skills training and some inspirational sessions.
Delegates should leave the final day feeling excited and well equipped to either start groups at their own universities, or work with existing groups to campaign and promote Fair Trade (and other ethical movements).