Love Meets Power
Webinar One

Thursday 4th June – 4:30pm AEST / 6:30pm NZ / 7:30am UK


Love meets Power speaks to the human connection and strength that many social services and social responses leverage to enable and catalyse change in the individual.


Often, this sees ripples of change that asks the broader eco-system of community and policy – and each of us – to act differently if we’re all going to see the equitable benefits to community and social investment.

Join thought leaders, Charles Leadbeater, Carolyn Curtis, Marc Stears and Gael Surgenor to unpack how Love and Power can be recalibrated to create deeper more sustainable change in our societies.

With speakers

Charles Leadbeater

Charlie has been at forefront of innovation movements since his report The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur published in 1997. His best selling books include Living on Thin Air and We Think: Mass Innovation Not Mass Production.

His TED talks on education and open innovation have been watched by millions of people. He is a life fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a visiting professor at the Institute for Innovation and Public Policy at University College London.

Carolyn Curtis

CEO, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

As CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), Carolyn Curtis brings over 20 years’ experience working in social innovation and the public sector to her role. Under Carolyn’s leadership, TACSI works on some of our most complex social challenges. From the pressures of an ageing population, to growing inequality and out-dated and ineffective public services, Carolyn believes social innovation is key to tackling the challenges of our time. Carolyn is a Non-Executive Director for the international innovation network, The Social Innovation Exchange. She is also on the boards of The Fay Fuller Foundation and The Difference Incubator.

Gael Surgenor

Director, Community and Social Innovation, The Southern Initiative

Gael brings over 30 years experience in change making and social innovation and is known as being among New Zealand’s foremost entrepreneurial public servants. She has worked across law, media, economic and community development.

At The Southern Initiative Gael has gathered a diverse and talented range of people with an ability to enable community and whanau-led initiatives combined with an understanding of the approaches and levers required to change and disrupt systems for improved prosperity and wellbeing.

Marc Stears

Director, Sydney Policy Lab

Previously, Marc was professor of political theory at the University of Oxford and chief executive of the New Economics Foundation, one of the United Kingdom’s largest think tanks. His work focused on deepening partnerships with community groups who are often overlooked in the policy process. Between 2012 and 2015 he was chief speechwriter to the UK Labour Party, a co-author of the party’s 2015 election manifesto and a member of the party’s general election steering committee.

He has also advised a number of commercial and non-commercial organisations on strategic communication, democratic inclusion and community engagement. In his academic work, Marc is an expert in democratic theory and the history of ideologies and social movements. He is the author of Demanding Democracy (2010), Progressives, Pluralists and the Problems of the State (2002) and an editor of many volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies (2014).