ChangeMakers festival runs between  the 17 – 26 of October, 2014 and celebrates interesting ideas,  people, and technologies that are driving change within Australia, and encourages  everyone to get  involved.

I spoke with Rachel Stewart,  Changemakers Festival’s, Communications Coordinator  to out why they are


What is the goal of the Changemakers Festival?

Over the last 10 years, Australia has exploded as a hub of social change. Driven by technology, and inspired by local and international success stories, the social innovation community is starting to tackle some of our toughest social challenges and answer some of our biggest questions.

The goal of Changemakers Festival is to bring these ideas out into the open and encourage strong discussion, cross-sector collaboration and concrete action to drive social change.

What does Inequality mean to you?

Inequality provides a stark and pressing opportunity for our community of changemakers to create positive social change through innovation and collaboration.

What are some of the events in the Changemakers Festival that address issues of Inequality?

The events that make up the Festival are extremely diverse, and many are addressing inequality in its different forms.

There is a film festival which will include films around global poverty, development and climate change, events that encourage greater social and economic participation among older people, and a whole heap of seminars and workshops that aim to give social change organisations access to the tools, resources and funding they need to succeed – technology is allowing the small guys to compete with the big guys, it’s been a great leveller.

Do you think that inequality can be overcome?

It’s a hard road, and I think we need to be in it for the long haul. But we’re seeing change happen all around us. There is a conscious awakening happening and it’s spreading.

What can ordinary people do to help overcome and stop inequality?

Awareness is the underpinning requirement for change. Shed light onto the issues of inequality, get to the truth of them, be fair-minded. Bring the reality closer to home. Give people a forum to discuss ideas safely. Inspire and challenge. Be part of the change. Take action with your vote, your dollar and your choices and your thoughts.

What suggestions and ideas can you suggest to Blog Action Day participants for use in their posts on October 16.

Celebrate the great work that is happening in your community. Explore the ideas, techniques and technologies that are driving change. This is an invitation for you to get involved in creating a better future for your community, your nation, your world. Be part of the conversation.

How have you been inspired by previous Changemakers Festival events?

There are so many highlights from last year and a brilliant program evolving this year. What really struck me was the passion shown by those who participated and the incredible diversity in the 155 events that took place around Australia. Over 100 organisations got involved and over 5000 people attendees – that’s a small but very useful army of changemakers!