Stand Up


A collaborative weekend for doers and changemakers who want to build a collective vision for social enterprise in Queensland.

This Unconference will bring together a hugely diverse group to share, learn, laugh and magnify our impact. Titles aren’t important. Hierarchy isn’t important. Engaging with and inspiring one another is what this event is all about.

Dark Emu photograph by Patrick Kavanagh. Used under a CC BY 2.0 license.

23rd – 25th August 2019

Apex Camp

Twin Waters
Sunshine Coast QLD

What is an Unconference, and how is it different to a regular conference?

The idea behind an unconference is to provide a creative and collaborative space for attendees to share and learn with each other. The Unconference isn’t about a keynote and it’s not about panels. The Unconference recognises the knowledge and experience of the attendees, and provides the space for that knowledge and experience to be shared.

Participants determine the topics and ideas that they want to share and discuss. It is a dynamic weekend of workshopping and connecting with the wider Queensland social enterprise community. Unconferences create new connections, and deepen existing relationships, amidst a buzz of excitement and creativity.

Interested in learning more about unconferences? Read more (external link)

The agenda will be developed on the first night by the attendees, aligning with the theme of Navigating the Future of Social Enterprise in Queensland.

How to participate:

You can pitch your session idea on the opening night to present to other participants, contribute and collaborate during sessions or you can simply sit back and soak up all the goodness.

What will I get out of it?

The Stand Up Unconference is a unique opportunity to meet with other “Navigators” face to face to learn from each other, and develop ideas around the future of the social enterprise sector in Queensland. This is your chance to share your insights and knowledge, make new connections and have your voice heard.

Despite many challenges, the power of the social enterprise sector lies in how we collaborate for good. The Stand Up Unconference will provide us all with an opportunity to learn from each other and strengthen connections to help solve the problems we’re working on. By finding synergy in our collective contributions we can begin to create meaningful structural change.

How do I prepare for it?

Part of attending an unconference is that there isn’t much preparation required; you’re not expected to turn up with a PowerPoint or Prezi. The sessions are determined by the interests and dynamics of the group attending and great conversations arise from this spontaneity.

This inclusive space welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms, so we encourage you to come with an open heart and mind!

Unconference Details


Full fee ticket $200
Subsidised ticket $75

Meals, accommodation and child care included

Travel Scholarships

Limited funding is available for travel assistance.
Email to apply

Deadline for registration and payment
  • 9 July 2019 for Navigators Group
  • 15 August 2019 final chance to register/pay
Date, Location & Accessibility

Date: 5pm Friday 23 – 2pm Sunday 25 August, 2019

Location: Apex Queensland Youth Camp, 171 Nojoor Road, Twin Waters QLD 4564

Accessibility: We aim to hold an accessible event. Read our venue’s accessibility guidelines here.

Unconference Organisers

Emma-Kate Rose

Emma-Kate Rose

Emma-Kate is a mother, community advocate and social entrepreneur from Brisbane, Australia.

She currently leads Food Connect, a social enterprise which has led the way in transforming the local food system, using principles of ecological agriculture and engaging ethically with family farms and local communities for over 14 years. Food Connect has open-sourced its model across Australia and New Zealand, and last year, led an equity crowdfunding campaign to raise over $2million to buy its own warehouse along with 500 careholders.

Emma-Kate is one of four Fellows of the Yunus Centre for Social Business at Griffith University. Now in her second year as Chair of Qld Social Enterprise Council, she has helped secure philanthropic and government funding to coordinate a sector-wide strategy to scale impact across Qld. She is currently a member of the State government Social Enterprise Roundtable, and was a member of the recent Jobs Queensland Social Enterprise Project Advisory Group.

FoodConnect’s website

Anna Guenther

Anna Guenther

Anna Guenther was originally inspired by Kiwi Foo in New Zealand, where top journalists, politicians, tech entrepreneurs, academics, educators, and business owners come together to build the future. 

She has since helped co-instigate four WWGSD Unconferences (with the help of super fab collaborators!), three Crowd Round Unconferences, and still manages to run her crowdfunding platform, PledgeMe, in two countries as her “day job”. PledgeMe self identifies as a social enterprise, with an underlying mission to democratise capital.

Alex Hannant

Alex Hannant

Alex is Co-Director of the Yunus Centre at Griffith University, Australia. The Yunus Centre leads the University’s research, teaching, and engagement in the field of social innovation, impact and enterprise.

In his previous role, Alex was CEO at the Ākina Foundation, New Zealand’s primary development organisation for social enterprise, and the Government’s strategic partner for social enterprise development. Before that, based in the UK, he was Director of Programmes at LEAD – a global network focussed on leadership and sustainable development, and also Head of Partnerships at the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

He currently serves on the Boards of B Lab Australia and New Zealand, the Aotearoa New Zealand Advisory Board for Impact Investment, and Pomegranate Kitchen, a social enterprise focused on improving intercultural connections and the resettlement of former refugees.

Griffith Yunus Social Business Centre

Rebecca Green

Rebecca Green

Rebecca works in the intersection of business, not-for-profit and local communities, engaging with culturally diverse organisations and community groups to bring about solutions for participation of otherwise excluded people.
Over the last 15 years, she have studied, made recommendations and implemented solutions for programs addressing social and economic development, business model viability, and business models that address employment for vulnerable people in Australia, South-East Asia, The Middle East, and on-site in Canada.

Rebecca gets excited about the Sustainable Development Goals, triple bottom line, and seeing businesses adopt practices that meld profit and social purpose.

The Unconference is organised by the Queensland Social Enterprise Sector Stand-up Project (SESP)


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