We come together once a year to establish Critical Connections.
Save the date 2023 Conference : 24th and 25th October in Naarm (Melbourne)
We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it’s never a question of ‘critical mass.’ It’s always about critical connections.
Mycelium is the vast and intelligent underground network of the mushroom. This super network connects all living plants to one another, carrying nutrients and information from one tree to the next. Compassion across communities works in much the same way.
There’s no going back to the pre-pandemic days of 2019. Across the world writers, thinkers and artists are naming this place we are in as a great turning point; a place of no return; a transition. Our health systems have been revealed as moribund. Our workforce are tired and overwhelmed. Ambulances ramp and patients queue. Now is no time for nostalgia.
WATCH: Compassion Revolution Conference 2022
Alok V Menon in conversation with Nevo Zisin
Non-binary communities are offering the world glistening examples of what it means to embody new possibilities. This session celebrated what it means to direct love and compassion towards ourselves in service of inclusion, equity and social justice.
Supported by: Alfred Health
Vox pops at the conference
What steps do you think you can take in order to implement radical compassion?
Why do you think radical compassion is needed in health care right now?
How are you being challenged?
So far, what has surprised you the most?
What words come to mind when you think about your experience so far?
Meet our 2022 speakers
Compassion Revolution Conference confirmed an outstanding gathering of humans who, in all their rich variety of disciplines, brought their perspective of compassion and how to lead, and be led by it.
Speaker, Trainer & Artist
Founder/CEO, We Need Social
Neuroscientist & Medical anthrolpologist
FROM THE ARCHIVE
THIS YEARS FOCUS
With COVID-19 still raging, Compassion Revolution stepped in and delivered an inspiring Conference that ran over three nights and two days, connecting people all over the world.
Opening night was a hybrid session where South Australia presented in person and many others joined us online. Mary Freer had a conversation with Seth Godin, the theme being ‘Can Capitalism flourish alongside Compassion?’, followed by a panel discussion.
The next two days were executed on our digital community platform, with rigorous conversations designed to create cultures of care that are high quality, continually improving, and compassionate. We set an intention that these discussions motivate our community to take action.
Mary also launched her book, Compassion Revolution: Start Now. Use What You Have. Keep Going.
2021 conference speakers
This years hybrid conference enjoyed these outstanding humans who, in all their rich variety of disciplines, brought their perspective of compassion and how to lead, and be led by it.
Victorian Chief Health Officer
Author, Entrepreneur and most of all, a Teacher
Disability Rights Lawyer
Founder, Common Ground
THIS YEARS FOCUS
Because of COVID-19, more than ever, health and aged care workers were being stretched in ways never imagined.
Compassion Revolution Conference responded by building a digital community platform, having created a warm safe meeting space for connection, support and conversation.
During November, Compassion Revolution curated a month of key speakers and engaged audiences as many as 860 people in conversations of moral imagination and social courage.
We also introduced a Book Club where five books were chosen. These books were themed in resilience, care, inclusion and diversity — and participants had group conversations with the authors, where robust conversations teased out some of the complexities of care work.
2020 conference speakers
This years online conference enjoyed these outstanding humans who, in all their rich variety of disciplines, brought their perspective of compassion and how to lead, and be led by it.
Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality
Rosie Thomas, OAM
Digital champion for Children’s Rights
Lauren R. Powell
Champion of health equity, Eradicator of racism and sexism
THIS YEARS FOCUS
The Compassion Revolution called for people who care and invited compassionate leaders to bring their wisdom and inspiration to the work of health, aged care and social good.
This was the conference’s inaugural year held on (local indigenous country), at the Melbourne Arts Centre to an audience of 350 people.
Over the two days CR brought together internationally recognised leaders, clinicians and change makers, all focussed on improving our systems of care.
Our first conference was a sell-out and the feedback insisted we keep going.
2019 conference speakers
In our first year, Compassion Revolution Conference brought together speakers from the world, who, in all their rich variety of disciplines, brought their perspective of compassion and how to lead, and be led by it.
Dr James Doty
Writer, Academic & Researcher.
Founder/CEO & Social entrepreneur.
Neuroscientist & International Speaker.
Dr Robin Youngson
Physician & anaesthetic specialist.
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