About the Festival

We believe deeply in people’s capacity and determination to ‘care for everything’.

At the Centre for Social Impact UWA (CSI UWA) we believe deeply in people’s capacity and determination to ‘care for everything’ and create the world they want to live in. The Social Impact Festival 2017 is ten days of unique, inspiring and highly participatory events in Western Australia.

When: Tuesday 18th – Friday 28th July 2017

Where: The festival will be held at a range of locations at The University of Western Australia, in the Perth central business district, and across metro and regional areas.

“The purpose of humans is to care for everything…” – Dr Noel Nannup,  well-respected Noongar Elder, storyteller and cultural guide (Social Impact Festival 2016)


Why the Social Impact Festival?

We want to create and nurture a society that works for all. This is a complex undertaking that requires everyone to explore and adjust our societal, economic, and environmental systems in new, innovative ways that unlock the potential of our current and future generations.

The Festival is a platform for cutting-edge knowledge and ideas, for celebrating those initiatives creating positive social change in Australia and abroad, and for generating and sharing insights – those ‘a-ha’ moments – needed to address complex social problems.

Not only will you be inspired by the incredible line-up of speakers and other contributors, you will also walk away feeling more passionate and purposeful, and inspire others along the way.

The Impact of the Social Impact Festival

Through the Social Impact Festival, we’re seeking to create a healthier, more thriving society for all. Check out the Social Impact Festival theory of change for more information.


The Social Impact Festival is designed to be as open and accessible as possible, and therefore offered at a low cost to attendees. In many cases, events are free. The organisers are very grateful to the many sponsors and partners who help to make this a reality. However, despite these generous contributions, it is still a challenge to deliver a unique, accessible event with high quality and purposeful design to thousands of people. The Festival team operates in a very lean way to ensure the festival is as positively impactful as it can be with the resources available.

Pay what you feel…

If you value your 2017 festival experience/s more than what you paid, then this is your chance to give a little more.

Pay it forward…

Donations collected here will go towards seed funding for the next festival so you can continue to enjoy these experiences and more in 2018.

Donate Here


Join thousands in Western Australia for the world’s largest festival of social impact and be part of the change you want to see.