How we work

We are a think tank, which focuses on issues of importance to Victoria and nationally. 

We are independent, but work with partners with complementary values and ideas.

What do we do?

  • engage with people of all ages to develop new ideas
  • conduct workshops, round table discussion forums, seminars and other events
  • use social media actively to communicate and seek participation in development of ideas
  • commission research and policy in areas where there are knowledge gaps, recognized problems
  • support organizations whose goals and values are aligned with ours
  • raise funds to support a range of activities initiated by thought leaders on the progressive side of politics.

What have we done so far?

  • Conference | The State, Markets & Civil Society – featuring international and UK Labour thinker Baron Maurice Glasman and other nationally and internationally recognized expert speakers
  • Seminars on different topics including:
    • School and Post Secondary Education, presentations by a panel of expert speakers;
    • Social Policy Program of ALP, presentation by Hon Jenny Macklin;
    • Economic Issues confronting western governments, featuring Prof Tim Harcourt
  • Monthly policy lunches focusing on current issues for government in Victoria, including a series on Sustainable Cities
  • Issues for Youth – publication of a book “Under the Pump”, edited by Daniel Nellor, featuring contributions by experts in youth employment, education & housing
  • Conference in partnership with the Hamer Family Fund, RMIT Centre for Urban Research & University of Melbourne: The Legacy of Whitlam & Hamer: Issues for Australian Cities
  • The first John Cain Annual Lecture was presented by Dr Nick Dyrenfurth: The Power of Ideas: rediscovering Australian Labor’s Lost Traditions

Who is involved?

These and other projects have been developed in conjunction with our partner organisations and fellow Think Tanks interstate to contribute to the debate over new directions for reform in Australia.

The Board is developing a strong network of people active in its priority areas. The Foundation is  run on voluntary commitments made by its Board and supporters. It will not have its own staff until it reaches the next phase of development – hopefully by 2016.

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