International keynote speaker, Michael McAfee from Promised Neighborhoods Institute in the US gives a brief introduction to the key themes he will be discussing at the QCOSS State Conference on 7-8 September 2016.

He will speak of his experience in building systems that ensure all children and youth have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community supports that prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and/or a career.

He will also discuss collective impact and the great power of community.

With only a few weeks to go, register now for the 2016 QCOSS State Conference.


Hello, my name is Michael McAfee, I'm the Vice-President of Programs at PolicyLink, we're based in the United States of America.

I'm looking forward to joining you at the Queensland Council of Social Service conference.

At that conference we're going to spend a lot of time talking about leadership, talking about how do you operationalise frameworks, like Results Based Accountability, or collective impact, and most importantly, we're going to spend time really figuring out how do we connect our head with our heart, so we can really do the thing that we came to this work to do in the first place, which is to transform individuals' lives, and ultimately transform our communities so that they are communities of opportunity.

I'm looking forward to learning from you, I'm looking forward to challenging you, I'm looking forward to being challenged, and ultimately, I'm looking forward to us walking away with more effective tools and practices to make this world a better place.

Thank you.

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