A virtual think tank to uncover what matters most to our young people in 2020.

With thanks to our Industry Partners:

As we step back into the world and start to create a new normal, we want to hear what matters most to our young people - how they’re doing personally, and what hopes and dreams they have for a better world.

This year’s been a wild and unexpected one. With bushfires still on their hearts, our young people have dealt with the threat of a global pandemic and seen the rise of a global movement for equality. They’ve moved their studies to home, put their team sports and creative arts on hold, and spent the longest time away from friends than ever before. 

There’s been a lot of challenges. Yet amongst them, a sense of opportunity and hope, with this unique moment in time offering a chance for us all to re-imagine the future. 

The next generation are change makers, ready to drive impact. We know that from the latest report from Mission Australia. Yet, that same report tells us that the majority of young people feel they don’t have a platform to voice their opinions on public affairs, and many feel they don’t have a platform within their schools, universities, or workplaces. Let’s change that. Not only because their voices matter, but because for our young people to feel well and do good, research shows it’s imperative they uncover their purpose. And we know one of the simplest ways they can start is through meaningful conversations. 

Join us on 4th August, 2020, for our LIVE nation-wide Youth Think Tank

On Tuesday, 4th August from 1pm-3pm, we invite you and your students to join us at Speak Up 2020, our first nation-wide virtual youth event that aims to amplify the voices of the next generation, and understand what’s most important to them right now. We know you care about their future. That’s why we’re taking this opportunity to gather their collective voices, and report them back to you after the event.

Please note, if you are a If you are an Independent school, organisation or individual, your registration pack will include information about a research opt it and relevant consent forms. If you are a  Catholic or Government school, we would love to have you join us, however, due to the quick turn around of the event and research, we won’t be able to include your students’ ideas in this paper. Don’t worry, though – all students will participate in the event in exactly the same way (we’ll just not be collecting or using your students’ responses). If you have any queries or feedback about the research element of this event, please email info@theposifygroup.com.au and we’ll be in touch.

Guest Speaker: Tane Hunter, Future Crunch

Tané is a cancer researcher and science communicator. He is a founder of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

How the event will run:​

  1. Pre-event: Students will complete a 10 minute survey prior to logging into the event
  2. You and your registered students be provided with a zoom link, so you can join us live!
  3. In the first section, we’ll hear from:
    • Tane Hunter, co-founder of Future Crunch who’ll be sharing all the good news you might not have heard about, as well as  what the most important skills to develop for the 21st Century will be.  
    • Anna Shepard, CEO of Bambuddha, on why companies who embrace kindness are leading the way in the future of work
    • Rebecca Rynehart from Beaumont People, to understand emerging trends in the future of work
  4. We’ll then jump out into break out rooms moderated by teachers, where students will explore questions about the future of work, and issues that matter to them.
  5. To close the event, we’ll come back together to share what we’ve uncovered

We get that time in the classroom is precious. By joining us live, your students will get:

  • A dose of healthy hope and optimism as they hear hear about the future of work, and their ability to contribute to positive change
  • The opportunity to meet and connect with a diverse range of students from all over Australia, with a common purpose to share their big ideas
  • A platform to have the issues on their hearts and minds heard, and the opportunity to work with others to dream and design solutions
  • Direct access to a purpose-driven research team, committed to capturing their ideas, so together, we can share them with those in charge of change

As a teacher, you'll get:

  • Free training in how to hold appreciative, solution focused conversations that promote purpose
  • Done-for-you cheat sheets that you can re-use for meaningful conversations in your classroom
  • A cherished glimpse into what matters most to your young people
  • An opportunity to connect with a wider network of purpose-driven educators
  • Recognition of your school as an Impact Influencer across our industry partner networks
  • The first release of the findings, to share with pride across your professional and personal networks

And all of this is for FREE. You just need a good internet connection, a quiet space for your students, and an open, curious mindset!

Register Your Interest

Enter your details below and we’ll be in contact with formal registration and event details for your school.

Jenna O'Connell

Jenna is a teacher and careers counsellor, with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama & Performance), Bachelor of Education (K-12), and Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (Careers & Transitions).

Jenna is in her element when she is helping people and organisations discover their unique magic, and working with them in sharing this magic with the world to drive positive change. Her background sees an amalgam of over 15 years across corporate and education sectors, with extensive experience in curriculum development, coaching, facilitation, and mentorship.

Jenna contributes to various local youth projects and initiatives. Throughout 2017-2018, she mentored local youth in their project, Cards For Change, who went on to win a $2000 Pitch Project grant. She also volunteers for The Luminosity Youth Summit, is the Youth Ambassador Program Coordinator for Dyslexia Mid North Coast, and a proud ambassador for and presenter at #LitFest2444.

Mariane Power

Mariane is a Clinical Psychology Registrar and holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Newcastle, a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Performance. Mariane’s big audacious goal is to see all unnecessary emotional pain and suffering eliminated within her lifetime, and she is obsessed with all things related to human potential. Mariane has over 15 years experience in consulting, facilitation and corporate training for personal and strategic growth. Her work as a Leadership Consultant in the corporate world further fuels her understanding of the necessary skills for the 21st Century workplace, and she has a particular interest in supporting our next generation to thrive.  Mariane is proud to have extended her personal purpose to support a number of not-for-profit and for-purpose initiatives including The Luminosity Summit and Project Gen Z, and she currently extends her expertise in positive youth development as an Impact Leader on the Board for Ambisie.


If you or anyone you know requires specific mental health support, please contact your local GP or registered mental health provider for advice and assistance.

The following services also provide resources and support:

  • Mental Health Access Line 1800 011 511 
  • Beyondblue www.beyondblue.org.au 
  • LifeLine www.lifeline.org.au 11 13 14 
  • Headspace www.headspace.com.au 
  • Reach Out www.reachout.org.au

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