Philanthropist, business leader, and social change champion David Gonski will speak on a theme of ‘Creating Social Change’ on August 6 at the University of New South Wales.

In addition to his role as UNSW Chancellor, Gonski is the Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, Chairman of the UNSW Foundation Ltd and the Sydney Theatre Company, Director of Singapore Telecommunications Limited, and a member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel and the board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He is also a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Gonski’s lecture is part of a series hosted by the Australian Graduate School of Management, which will also feature social entrepreneur and philanthropist Daniel Petre on Wednesday, 22 October.

Creating Social Change: From innovation to impact

  • When: Wednesday, August 6, from 1 – 2 pm.
  • Where: John B Reid Theatre, Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW.
  • Cost: Free but registration required. Click here to register.
  • Contact: Lyndal Stuart, Centre for Social Impact, 02 8936 0918.

The free lecture is presented by the Centre for Social Impact, in parallel with the launch of its new undergraduate course, ‘Creating Social Change’.

New undergraduate course

Creating Social Change: From innovation to impact’ will run during Semester 2, 2014 at the University of New South Wales and is available to all undergraduate students at UNSW and to the general public as a non-award course. The course adds to CSI’s established educational programs, such as the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact.

The key focus of the course will be to examine how social change happens in Australia and in a global context, while also exploring social challenges such as homelessness, disability, and Indigenous disadvantage.

Students will be introduced to systems thinking and societal change scenarios, while learning about how each sector contributes to social impact in Australia and how sectors can work together more effectively to achieve positive social change.

“A successful career and a contribution to broader societal issues can and should be integrated. Encouraging students to think about themselves, their purpose in life, and how they can contribute through their future careers is an aim I strongly support, ” Gonski says of the course.