Everything Is Connected: Green Institute Conference

Green Institute Conference - Everything Is ConnectedBuilding A Green Politics For The Next 25 Years

Old Parliament House, Canberra, Friday and Saturday, October 27-28, 2017

2017 marks 25 years since the federation of the Australian Greens – a quarter century in which the party has gone from being a fringe movement to an established political force making substantial impacts on the course of Australian history, improving people’s lives, and protecting the planet.

2017 also marks an extraordinary moment in history, as the political certainties, realities and possibilities which the party and the great majority of its members and supporters grew up in begin to melt into air.

The arrival of the climate crisis, sharply deepening inequality, the rise of the extreme right, and massively accelerating technological development make the next 25 years among the most pivotal in human history to date. If we don’t change direction dramatically, we face a future that is nasty, brutish and short. We have a very short window to turn this around and create a society that can not only survive but thrive.

It is clear that the Greens are the only party facing up to this challenge but also, like the broad global left, currently starkly unable to present and articulate a politics which is both popular and sufficiently radical to rise to the challenge.

Everything is Connected will bring together invited keynote speakers, academics, artists, as well as activists, members, supporters, and interested parties to discuss these vital questions, particular through the theme of connection – to each other, to politics, and to nature.

The key theme of the conference – connection to each other, to politics, and to nature – is informed and driven by what we believe to be the unique insight of Green politics, the idea that sets our politics apart from all others: ecology. Ecology teaches us that everything is connected, and that everything and everyone is better when we have connected diversity.


The program is now available here.


A small number of bursaries will be available, to cover the cost of tickets and travel for young people, First Nations people, and people travelling from remote areas. Please email office@greeninstitute.org.au to inquire about these bursaries.

The ticket includes full access to the 2 day conference, October 27-28, 9am to 5pm, as well as access to the Friday night event, details of which are TBC.

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to have confirmed keynote addresses from:

  • Dr Mary Graham – on Indigenous world views
  • Prof Brendan Mackey – on ecology and the web of life
  • Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics, via video link
  • Dr Stephen Healy, co-author of Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming our Communities

More speakers, and a full program, will be made available in late August.


We have put together a selection of accommodation options, from YHA to fancy hotel to billeting. You can find a few options here.

Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed.