City Talk to Focus on Mobilising Communities and Citizens

Have you ever wondered how organisations such as Access Now, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Get Up! are able to mobilise thousands of people for a cause? Or how something as simple as the humble garage sale becomes a national event?

The focus of our next City Talk will be on how to engage communities to work together to help create the change we all want to see locally.

Brett Solomon, the co-founder and Executive Director of Access Now, will share his experiences on harnessing the power of community action drawing on his work with Oxfam Australia, and as Getup's first executive director.

At Oxfam he founded the International Youth Parliament - an international network of young social change leaders from 140 countries tackling issues such as poverty, conflict and globalization. His new organisation, Access Now, recognises that political participation and the realisation of human rights is increasingly reliant on access to the internet and other forms of technology.

Other speakers on the night include Anna Rose the Co-founder and Chair of the Youth Climate Change Coalition and Darryl Nichols the Executive Director of the highly successful Garage Sale Trail.

I will then be joined in a panel with the three speakers and Simon Sheikh the National Director of Get Up, Amanda Tattersall the Coalition Director of the Sydney Alliance and Jon Dee the Founder and Managing Director of Do Something to explore how global, national and local action can strengthen communities.

The City Talk will be held at the City Recital Hall on Tuesday 16 August. While City Talks are free, bookings are essential.


  • CityTalk, Mobilising communities and citizens: Dynamic action in a world of social change: City Recital Hall, Tuesday 16 August 6.30pm - 9pm, seating from 6pm.
  • Bookings: City's Angel Place Box Office on 02 8256 2222 or
  • Free valet bike parking: Ash Street (behind City Recital Hall) from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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