Program

Compassion Conference

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Monday 15 November

6:00pm AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours
Adelaide venue TBC

Pre-conference evening

Welcome to Country : Mickey Kumatpi O’Brien

A word from our sponsor Torrens University Australia

Bryce Ives

Can compassion flourish alongside capitalism?

Seth Godin in conversation with Mary Freer followed by a panel discussion.

For more than thirty years, Seth has been turning on lights, inspiring people and teaching them how to level up. His blog has been appearing daily for more than a decade. He’s written 20 books and 60,000 people have attended his training courses. Maybe you are one of them?

Following Seth and Mary, join in a panel discussion with our entrepreneurs as we tease apart the ways that compassion might just rebuild a new economy of care:

André Eikmeier
Sarah Gun
Troye Wallett
Kirsty Stark

This session is both a live event in Adelaide, South Australia, and an online session.

For Compassion Revolution conference ticket holders, this online session is free, but the live event is not.
The general public can buy an online session or a live event session.

Attend the live event: $20
CR Ticket Holders and General Public

Attend the online event: $50
General Public


Tuesday 16 November

Welcome
9:00am AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Day 1

Welcome to Conference

MCs:

Kim Koop AM
Peter Shepherd


Session 1
9:15am–10:30am AEDT

UTC/GMT +11hours

Leading with Compassion

“Sane leadership is the unshakeable faith in people’s capacity to be generous, creative and kind. It is the commitment to create the conditions for these capacities to blossom, protected from the external environment.  It is the deep knowing that, even in the most dire circumstances, more becomes possible as people engage together with compassion and discernment, self-determining their way forward”. Margaret Wheatley


Break
10:30–11:00am AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Morning tea


Session 2
11:00am–12:30pm AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

When we see distress we respond

Determination, energy, and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context.


Break
12:30pm–1:15pm AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Lunch


Session 3
1:15pm-2:45pm AEDT

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Social Action in the Life Raft

Compassion is not always a light touch. It often requires us to speak truth to power. These speakers have all developed their own well-nuanced voice to speak that truth.


Break
2:45pm–3:00pm AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Screen break


Session 4
3:00pm-4:15pm AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

We’re shaming and we’re blaming and it’s not helping

During the past 18 months as the world has struggled to manage Covid19 we have often heard the catch cry ‘we’re all in it together’. But what we’ve seen is a growing tendency to blame and police certain individuals and communities. This revolution is all about staying off the warpath and resisting the urge to ‘pile-on’.


Closing
4:15pm–4:30pm AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Closing remarks


Wednesday 17 November

Welcome
9:00am-9:10am AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Day 2

Welcome to Conference

MCs:

Kim Koop AM
Peter Shepherd


Session 1
9:10am- 9:45am AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Compassion isn’t easy

We all want to show up as our best selves and we rarely like to admit that we find some people harder to love than others. But the truth is: compassion is not a fixed state that operates on auto-pilot. It takes practice and it takes lots of small, but important prompts and practices. In this session we take a short masterclass in showing up with compassion.

Speakers:

Tony Fernando

Chair:

Kim Koop AM


Session 2
9:45am-10:45pm AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Mapping a more inclusive terrain

The wonderful Buddhist teacher and writer Pema Chödrön wrote that “ compassion is a relationship between equals”.  In this session we ask what it means to create language that is more inclusive, to build belonging into our services, and to challenge our own assumptions and ideas about the body.


Break
10:45–11:10am AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Morning tea


Session 3
11:00am-12:15pm AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Your invitation to show up big for the launch of Mary Freer’s new book.

Shannon Weber launches Mary Freer’s new book: Compassion Revolution: Start Now. Use What You Have. Keep Going. 

Together with the audience these two social activists and compassion warriors will create another way to show up big in a world that feels chaotic.

Speakers:

Shannon Weber
Mary Freer


Break
12:15pm–1:00pm AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Lunch


Session 4
1:00pm-2:00pm AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Decolonising Healthcare

“Working in the spirit of honest inquiry, we can co-create spaces that are alive with our wisdom and our wondering. It will take nothing less to get free.”  –Adrienne Maree Brown


Session 5
2:00pm-3:00pm AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Creating Compassionate Communities

A city is not merely a place to work and access services but equally a place to enjoy support in the safety and protection of each other’s company, in schools, workplaces, places of worship and recreation, in cultural forums and social networks anywhere within the city’s influence, even to the end of our days” . 
– Compassionate City Charter, A Kellehear 


Break
3:00pm–3:15pm AEDT

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Screen break


Session 6
3:15pm-3:40pm AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

A Thought Experiment

Thought experiments are devices of the human imagination. Join Dr Debbie Ling as she uncovers a few of the ways we might continue to keep a deep connection to our common humanity.

Panelists:

Debbie Ling


Closing
3:40pm–4:15pm AEDT

UTC/GMT +11 hours

Seismic shifts and closing ceremonies with Mary Freer

Seismic shifts in common life, as in geographical reality always begin in small spaces and cracks.

In this closing session we will explore some of the shifts we have experienced individually and collectively over the two days.

In this final session we will collectively design the next steps.

We always close our conferences with a moment of pure magic and surprise. This year will be no different.


Once a year I invite amazing humans, Revolutionaries if you will, to come together and talk about the ways they are changing the world. The conversations are multi-layered and the ideas are challenging. We call this the Compassion Revolution Conference and this is your invitation to join us. We’ve been waiting for you.

See you soon,
Mary Freer, Executive Producer/Compassion Revolutionary

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Testimonials

I can’t thank you enough. I felt more affirmed that I am on the right path after one day of your conference than I have felt in a few years. I did feel as though I belonged and that I wasn’t the only one ‘going on’ about the issue of compassion in health care.

Dr Nadia Chaves
Physician in General Medicine
Alfred Health

Mary Freer is a marvel: the way she brings people together to imagine new futures for healthcare is filled with energy, curiosity and joy. Mary leads from a deep understanding of healthcare as a human system. As a consumer and as a researcher I value Mary’s commitment to good evidence, and to achieving change that puts people first. What you learn from Mary’s events will keep you thinking for a long time

Assoc Prof Kate Bowles
University of Wollongong

Mary is a visionary, transformative and inclusive leader who inspires and amplifies the leadership and learning of others through her work, events, and training. In a time of Covid-19 pandemic Mary was able to rapidly respond and cultivate a community of practice that facilitated deep learning and shifts in resources, mindsets and priorities to provide support and attention where it was most needed. It is my great privilege to be connected to Mary through her work and networks and I commend her expertise and thought leadership to anyone seeking to effect meaningful change locally and globally.

Jane Sloane
Senior Director, Women’s Empowerment Program
The Asia Foundation

Mary Freer is the real deal. She transformed the way I conceptualize compassion: a muscular structure of strength best tended to with attention and delight. Anything Mary leads is a “YES PLEASE!” for me.

Shannon Weber
Author of Show Up Hard: A Roadmap for Helpers in Crisis

Mary has been our fairy godmother, sprinkling compassion over everything she does. Whether it is conducting one-on-one interviews with Hollywood stars, facilitating small group workshops, or hosting large events she makes sure the audience knows that it is never about her, but about us, and how we can all be more compassionate

Dr Andrew Tagg
Emergency Medicine Consultant