Change Fest 2021

Arising from the collaborative work underway with the Citizen Leadership and Community Resilience initiative, The Foundation is delighted to announce we have been approached to collaborate in the next ChangeFest 2021 to be held in the Northern Territory in June 2021.

Supporting this festival, the Foundation will collaborate in the development of a ‘Power, Governance and Leadership Hackathon’.

ChangeFest NT 21 is the third ChangeFest, a 3-day multi-site event that will take place in Darwin, Alice Springs and online. There will also be community celebrations in smaller communities that will welcome visitors prior to and after the formal 3-day event between 12th & 20th June. This gathering of local community, service providers, business, philanthropists and politicians is an ideal environment to be testing ideas about power, governance and leadership – how they are practiced and experienced at a local level, to help drive place-based systems change.

The following learning needs have informed this proposal and emerging plan:

  • How do governance and leadership models ‘walk the talk’ with transparent, accountable and ethical values to facilitate catalytic change
  • Understanding structural conditions that perpetuate inequity and crisis in our systems
  • How is Indigenous Leadership different from Western models of leadership
  • Specific challenges of Governance & leadership in place-based community initiatives
  • Shifting the culture – How co-leadership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is and isn’t working
  • With a note that learning may mean ‘unlearning’ in order to forge new pathways


The hackathon will be a day long adventure in the ChangeFest program, challenging people to consider their place in the system and explore together how power, governance and leadership is shaping or inhibiting the change they want to see. A more detailed program will be developed with local community hubs and led by Indigenous artist and cultural leader Jacob Boehme with ChangeFest Co-Directors Pippa Bailey and Romana Paulson. The program will feature presentations and provocations from the site of each gathering, with strong examples from other initiatives around Australia.

As part of the framing for the hackathon 3 organisational case studies offer deep dives into:

  • Vision & Purpose, Structure and Managing crisis
  • Governance and Leadership, Culture and What needs to change?


This work will also connect into other leadership development work undertaken by the Menzies Foundation and ChangeFest partners to ensure ideas are aligned with existing conversations and thinking.

Meet Jacob Boehme

Jacob Boehme is a Melbourne born and raised artist of the Narangga and Kaurna Nations, South Australia. A multi-disciplinary theatre maker and choreographer, creating work for the stage, screen and festivals, Jacob has led the artistic direction of large scale public events: Tanderrum Melbourne Festival, Boon Wurrung Ngargee Yalukit Willam Festival, Thuwathu Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair and choreographed for the opening ceremonies of the FINA World Swimming Championships, Cricket World Cup, Dreaming Festival and Dreamtime at the G. Jacob is the founding Creative Director of Yirramboi Festival, recipient of the 2018 Green Room Award for Curatorial Contribution to Contemporary and Experimental Arts. Jacob is the writer and performer of the critically acclaimed solo work Blood on the Dance Floor, recipient of the 2017 Green Room Award Best Independent Production. Jacob currently sits on the Board of Directors for Dance House and Polyglot Theatre and is a member of the Ministry of Culture Taiwan South East Asia Advisory Panel. Alumni of the Victorian College of the Arts, (MA in Arts – Playwriting, MA in Arts – Puppetry) Jacob is the recipient of the 2018 Australia Council for the Arts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship. Jacob recently joined NIDA as the first Indigenous Employee to help lead the Cultural Leadership program.

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