Program Overview

The Social Impact Festival is a unique event experience, completely designed for purpose and unlike anything else. 

The Social Impact Festival 2018 is still in development with major program announcements coming in May 2018. In the meantime, browse major events below and check out the 2017 program.

Major Events & Activities

Social Impact Summit | 19-20 July at UWA Business School

Sharing knowledge and connecting change agents 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. 


Presencing Foundation Program | 9-13 July at The Esplanade, Fremantle

Building capacity for profound innovation and change.


The Presencing Foundation Programme is an intensive introduction to concepts and practices of Theory U, a social technology for helping to bring about profound innovation and change. Theory U is being applied around the world by individuals, organizations and in multi-sector initiatives generating breakthrough possibilities around pressing organizational and societal issues. The focus of this method is on sensing and actualising emerging future possibilities, both individually and collectively. In this program you will learn how to sense and seize future opportunities and how to connect to the deeper journey of your personal and professional life in order to become a more effective leader and change-maker. Read more.


The Good Market | 7 July at UWA Undercroft

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. Read more.


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.