Listening as we go: connecting over shared values

Presenter/s: Women’s Climate Congress

Event type: Public forum

Event date: Tuesday, 4 May 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Event venue: Online event

Further information: Registration

Imagine waking up in the country of your dreams... What does it look like, smell like, feel like? What does it mean to truly listen to the futures people want and how can this be done across difference? 

The Women’s Climate Congress is hosting an online conversation to explore these ideas.

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In this event, Women’s Climate Congress Founder Dr Janet Salisbury will be joined by Dr Millie Rooney, National Coordinator at Australia reMADE, and Julie Lyford OAM, leader of many sustainable futures initiatives in her community of Gloucester, NSW, to talk about their experience of working across differences for a wonderful shared future. They will be talking about hope, listening, collaboration and the power that comes with connecting with others and standing up for what we believe is right.


Dr Millie Rooney is the National Coordinator for Australia reMADE, a network of civil society individuals and organisations promoting a vision of the country we’re aiming for, and the systems change needed to create it. Millie has a teaching and qualitative research background and has worked in and around universities for over fifteen years. She is passionate about supporting people to translate ideas into action and helping them to learn to lead from where they are. Millie is also a carer for her family and community and is passionate about acknowledging this as a valid, valuable and legitimate use of her time.

Julie Lyford OAM is a strong, dedicated and experienced advocate for rural and regional communities. As a former registered nurse, local councillor and mayor, Julie is committed to the core values that build progressive and resilient societies. Her priorities are sustainable, liveable communities with fair, transparent and trustworthy political processes. Julie has extensive board and decision-making experience with Hunter Councils, Regional Development Australia (Hunter), Midcoast Water, Upper Hunter Arts, tourism and economic development committees. As a young mother concerned about climate change, Julie co-founded the Gloucester Environment Group in 1990 and went on to chair Groundswell Gloucester; a volunteer team protecting the Gloucester and Manning Valley from coal and coal seam gas extraction.

Dr Janet Salisbury is the founder of the Women’s Climate Congress. With a science research background, in the 1990s she founded Biotext, a science communication business which became a leader in content development for technical publications across the science policy areas of health, agriculture and environment. Through this work she developed an interest in creating opportunities for public discourse that bring together diverse perspectives. She  has created and facilitated many innovative public conversations in Canberra, many incorporating artistic expression to connect more deeply to the emotional context of public issues.


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