Fairly Educated Conference 2016 – Register now!


Registrations for the 2016 annual Fairly Educated Conference are open and are going like hot-cakes at $60 a ticket for three days of inspiration, planning, friends + good food!

15-17th July – Fair Trade Visionaries at Deakin University, Geelong – will you be there?

Each year about a 100 passionate students and staff from Australian and international universities and colleges gather to discuss, debate, learn and inspire each other in their campaigns for making their universities Fair Trade.

This year we are expecting a fantastic crowd of young leaders gathering to be inspired by a vast array of speakers from all sorts of social entrepreneurial, sustainability, tertiary sector and social justice backgrounds.  We are proud to bring back many of our past Conference organisers and student leaders to run workshops, but most of all we are excited to provide a space for you to build skills, networks and challenge your thinking.

Given the current lack of political will at a Federal level on important issues such as taking the action we need on climate change, increasing foreign aid and fair trading policies, the role of leaders within educational institutions at both staff and student level are imperative to changing the world.

We are very proud to have Deakin University hosting the conference at their rural Geelong campus.  This is a first for Fairly Educated! Deakin has a strong history of fair trade procurement policies since 2012 when they became a Fair Trade Accredited University, weeks after the last Melbourne FEC Conference.  It is thanks to the perseverance and motivation of key people that this is the case, the support from organisations such as the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand and Fairtrade ANZ, that this was able to be achieved.  Now Deakin sends 2 students a year to India for the India Fair Trade Experience which you’ll get to hear all about from this years delegates at the conference!

Some of the key features include:

  • Friday 15th – Panel with alumni Fair Trade Leaders from universities; Oxfam party in evening
  • Saturday 16th – Keynote speakers (including Fairtrade ANZ, Heart of Chocolate, Thank You Water; Q&A with politicians; viewing of Seven Women’s documentary about rebuilding a village in Nepal whilst empowering a whole community
  • Sunday 17th – Keynote speakers on fashion and sustainability experiences with Fair Trade; Workshop to create a plan for your university

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to drop what you are doing, and check out our Conference section of the website for more information. Check Facebook for regular updates, or just cruise straight over to the Eventbrite and make your booking – at $60 for 3 days this is the best bargain you’ll get!

If you need advice on transport we’ve got you covered, and also if you are seeking accommodation – there may be some spots left in the Barwon River Holiday Park – register now so you don’t miss out, we are looking forward to having you!

Thanks so much to the following for being a stellar team organising this event:

Ally Wimmer (Engagement Strategist, Procurement); Jack Weiler, D’Arcy Curtis McDonald, Omar Ezzat, Christian Zaval, Nicholas Smith, Genevieve Charles, Jo Eaton, Margrit-Maya (Geelong Campus Fair Trade Vision Student Group); Michelle Worlsey, Lara West, Rebekah de Keijzer, (Burwood Campus).

Thanks also to our financial and in-kind sponsors – we will write a special post for you very soon! 🙂

Contact:  conference@fairlyeducated.com

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Introducing some speakers for FEC 2016!

We are lucky enough to have some inspirational speakers returning this year, including Molly Harriss Olson, CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, and Yoichi Suzuki, a longtime supporter of Fairly Educated from Japan.  We are excited to meet these leaders, learn from them and more about ourselves and our own campaigns!

Molly Harriss Olson

Molly Harriss Olson, CEO, Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand. Molly served nearly six years on the Board of Fairtrade International and as Chair for the final two. Recognised for her leadership on sustainable business and development for more than three decades, Ms Olson has convened, led and been on a member of numerous boards, business leadership and sustainability initiatives, including The World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow. In 2014 she won The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award. Ms Olson worked at the White House as the founding Executive Director of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, appointed by President Clinton in 1993.
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Sarah Prescott, General Manager Thankyou Sarah

After acting on a passion to make a difference, Sarah joined social enterprise Thankyou as Communications Manager in mid 2012 after two years of PR, corporate communications and event management experience in the automotive industry.
Nearly three years on, Sarah is now General Manager of Marketing at Thankyou and her team is responsible for brand marketing, public relations, social media, community engagement, ambassador programs, stakeholder communications and creative design.
With a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Public Relations from Monash University, Sarah enjoys reading and writing in her spare time – whenever she’s not on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook.

Come and meet Thankyou’s Sarah Prescott and learn of their inspiring journey, ethos, and their impact at the 2016 Fairly Educated Conference!

Lachlan Headlam, YMCALachlan Hands
Come to FEC16 and meet Lachlan Headlam YMCA
I saw the future…
Take a journey to the middle of the Pacific Ocean on the Peace Boat with over 150 young people “Change Agents” from across the seven continents of the world.  Feel why with fearless conviction Lachy believes that young people are the key to wide spread positive Change.
What is Deakin YMCA’s fair trade changes?
Experience the growing unsurpassable drive to foster Change Agent’s in schools, Community group’s universities around the country and the globe.
Find out how young people can navigate their way to the bypass lane for change.
Throw your fears for the future over board and
Help make the world a better place
One step at a time…

Yoichi Suzuki,  Campaigner, Oxfam & PowerShift in JapanYoichi
“I was not the type of person who would work for social justice. When I was a teenager, I once tried to commit suicide. But my behaviour and view to our world was changed when I became a college student. In 2008, I joined youth activism toward G8 Summit. After I graduated the university, I visited Malaysia for environmental education to high school and college students.

After coming back to Japan in 2009, I joined Oxfam Japan on Campaigns and Community Engagement. I developed a youth engagement program and constituency building. Oxfam Japan achieved an increase of 26 times on mobilizing capacity.
My role is/was localizing western social change model to Japanese society that the concepts of “Social justice” and “Active citizenship” are not shared.

Although I’m still working in Oxfam as part time, I’m also the co-founder of “Powershift Japan” since 2014. And personally, I joined several youth and social activism groups in South Korea, United States, and Australia.
I started a new project “Wake Up Japan” in last February. We’re promoting active citizenship and social justice minds on young generations.

I will share my story and it would provide some tips on how we can engage others sustainably.”

Karsten Horne, CEO, Reho Travel, karstan
Karsten started in the travel industry as a 20 year old in 1984 and has been with Reho Travel since 1992. He has a wealth of knowledge, having travelled to over 90 countries across every continent. Karsten inspires the Reho Travel team with his passion, commitment and mentoring and has created an environment of creativity and vibrancy. He is well known in the industry as an innovator, keeping one step ahead with changes in technology, travel and outside the industry on a local and global scale.
His long term goal is to disrupt the entire travel supply chain so that travel agencies, suppliers and clients start to look at travel in a new way. He wants to take the focus off price and instead help Reho’s clients make choices that are good for them, good for others and good for the planet. Karsten is a keen writer and has often been called upon to write for several publications including KarryOn, The Age and Arrivals + Departures.