Program Overview

The Social Impact Festival is a unique event experience, completely designed for purpose and unlike anything else. See the 2017 Festival details below. 

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Festival Events


Impact School

Diffusing knowledge to carve a path forward in solving humanity’s greatest challenges.

Join leading academics and industry experts from around the world in Perth for three days of learning, connection, and stimulating dialogue. This is not a typical conference. The diverse range of topics includes homelessness, social housing, co-living, housing design, social impact bonds, B Corporations, native title, fair food, climate change and social impact, urban design, outcomes measurement, cross-sector collaboration, and place-based strategies, just to name a few. The three days will focus on the themes of Home, Land, and Place respectively.

Impact Lab

Seeing and learning together for sustained, deep change.

Complex and wicked problems cannot be solved overnight or with a ‘silver bullet’. Instead, we need an entire eco-system of effective solutions and the time to develop them. Facilitator Katie Stubley will lead participants through a bespoke design process, taking them through a journey of observing, empathising, sense-making, and insight generation. Key data, research, and stories are presented to the invited stakeholders before they engage in this highly participatory experience to address WA’s most pressing challenges. These sessions are just one touch point in a much longer program of work by the Centre for Social Impact UWA’s Impact Lab. The three sessions will focus on the themes of Home, Land, and Place respectively.


Impact Gallery

The Perth CBD becomes a canvas for creative expressions of social impact.

What quirky buildings, innovative businesses, or people do you walk past every day that make a positive impact on our community? We have mapped all the amazing social impact experiences around the Perth CBD and added a few ourselves. You can simply visit one of the ‘exhibits’ of the gallery to observe or interact, or join a guided walking tour.

Social Impact Open House

Take a peek inside the organisations and spaces making a positive impact every day.

Always wanted to check out that interesting organisation or innovative space but never had a reason to? The Social Impact Open House is one day where many organisations and spaces around the Perth metro area open their doors to the general public for tours, Q&A, or simply a quick visit. Ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask and discover impact happening in all corners of the city.

The Good Market

Guilt-free shopping to change the world.

“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want” (Anna Lappé). Join WA’s community of change-making businesses and consumers for a fun day out with the whole family. Shop ethical and hear direct from the stall-holders about how their products and services are making a positive impact. Expect beautiful products including homewares, fashion, skin care, jewellery, stationery, books, and more, along with delicious food and fun activities for the kids.

Impact Sparker Events

The Festival fringe: stretching the Social Impact Festival to you.

Positive social impact happens every day, everywhere, and can be sparked by anyone. Through Impact Sparker Events, we are highlighting, supporting, and promoting events run by other organisations and groups wherever they are. From community conversations to pitching events and workshops, Impact Sparker Events offer opportunities for communities all around Australia to be part of the festival.

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Join thousands in Western Australia for the world’s largest festival of social impact and be part of the change you want to see.