Marg Hamley, Director, Berry Street Childhood Institute
Day One of The Good Childhood Conference will get off to a great start with an array of powerful speakers.
We really want to challenge conference delegates to consider what a ‘good childhood’ represents in the 21st Century, so we’ve invited three eminently qualified women to stimulate our thinking.
We kick off with the sometimes controversial, but always interesting, Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE. Susan is an English neuroscientist, writer and broadcaster.
She receives a lot of international attention for her forthright views on the impact of modern technologies, particularly social media, on how children and young people think and feel.
Her first presentation at the conference, on day one, takes a broad perspective and has this very long and impressive title – Helping children & young people thrive, achieve and belong: How neuroscience can contribute to framing and identifying the outcomes we want for children and young people in the 21st Century.
Next up, we have Professor Marie Connolly. A few years ago the University of Melbourne enticed this acclaimed social work leader and academic away from New Zealand. Berry Street was thrilled when Marie agreed to be a member of our Board!
Marie is a thoughtful, intelligent and passionate speaker who is bound to provide a new perspective on contemporary childhood. She will be approaching childhood in Australia from a rights perspective.
The morning session concludes with the much lauded Jan Owen AM, CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians. Jan will be sharing her vision for young Australians in the 21st Century. She has a very optimistic view of the capacity of young people to create change and has herself always been at the forefront of social change organisations in Australia.
Last year Jan was named Australia’s “Woman of Influence” – expect to be inspired and motivated!
Register now at http://goodchildhood.org.au, and join us on Thursday 10th October for this great line up of speakers