Karen Corr of Make a Change Australia to present at the Australian Regional Development Conference

Karen Corr, Director of Make a Change Australia to to present at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held next week (26– 27 August 2015) at the Commercial Club Albury.

The Conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.

Karen Corr

Karen Corr

Speaker Introduction: Karen Corr is an engineer turned changemaker, social entrepreneur and facilitator. She is the founder and Director of Make a Change Australia, an organization set up to empower people to create change in their own communities.

Karen spent 10 years working as an Environmental Engineer providing technical services and water modeling, sustainability strategies and specialist consulting with a firm focus on the triple bottom line.

In 2009 Karen started her own business EcoSuccess providing sustainability & project management services for business & community. In addition to running her business, Karen invested substantially in local leadership positions including the Inaugeral President of the Bendigo Sustainability Group and Chair of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance.

Karen is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and was awarded the accolade of Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. She was a 2014 Victorian State Finalist of the Rural Women’s Award.

It was during her time at the School of Social Entrepreneurs that the idea for Make a Change Australia was born. Since then she has been developing and implementing innovative programs to empower people to create change in their communities such as the Inspiration Café, Outside the Square, Expand Your Impact and Let’s Nut it Out initiatives. Whilst delivering the majority of her work in Central Victoria, a new partnership with Jump Leads NFP provides the possibility for further expansion across regional Australia.

Presentation Title: Just like LEGO! Building Bridges – Connecting Sectors. Community Engagement that works.
Co-Author: Sharon Seyd, Director at Jump Leads NFP

Overview: Local Councils are committed to progress, community development and public service. They are the responsible public authority, required to adopt transparent and sometimes cumbersome protocols. These systems that hold Councils to account are necessary, critical in fact – but they can sometimes stand in the way of the dynamic interaction with local communities.

To view and/or download the Australian Regional Development Conference program please click here.