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Hot topics, speakers revealed for 2020 Communities in Control conference

The dates, the themes and many of the speakers are set for next year's Communities in Control conference, the one event that all community organisations and leaders should have in their diaries.

Set aside May 18-19 in your calendar right now and book your flights for an event under the banner: "Connection, Creativity, Community: Finding Hope in a Climate of Crisis."

Unlike other conferences you might have been to - conferences that have seen you nodding off or overwhelmed by a truckload of tedious instruction - Communities in Control is all about sparking new ways of thinking and acting. It presents a diverse, talented and entertaining group of speakers and performers who show the way to boost the power of community.

At the same time, it's a chance to rub shoulders with the movers and shakers in your industry.

Among them in 2020 are acclaimed singer-songwriter Katie Noonan, gender equity advocate Georgina Dent, leading expert on the health effects of climate change Professor Hilary Bambick, problem-solving DJ Tom Nash who survived a life-threatening illness but lost his arms and legs in the process, and social impact expert Professory Kristy Muir.

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We'll be revealing more speakers soon, including a household name who will deliver the landmark Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration.

Communities in Control 2020 will look at tackling the biggest issue of our time: climate change. But that's not all. Also included on the program is a parade of ideas for better lives, powerful advocacy, social justice, tackling inequality in all its forms, seeking solutions in technology and data science, and reinforcing progressive agendas.

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