What is the purpose of this event?
The forum is a yearly event that is run in order to increase the skills and effectiveness of Australian activists, to increase networking between activists, to inspire activists to continue their work, to showcase effective campaigns and to give an opportunity to hear international speakers.
What is the format?
The format of the forum includes a welcome session with groups giving a 1 minute summary of their work, skype presentations from international speakers, workshops & presentations on specific topics, meetings of delegates from different groups that are working on similar campaigns, social events.
Can I help?
Maybe, please let us know if you would like to volunteer. The convenors will be happy for any assistance.
Why haven’t I heard about this before?
To the best of our ability we strive to publicise the event as widely as possible. We have contacted every animal protection group in Australia that we are aware of (currently over 300 groups) to help us with this task.
If you are part of an animal protection organisation, we would greatly appreciate your assistance in further publicising the event by letting your organisation’s supporters know about its existence via your email list, Facebook page, events calendar, Twitter feed, etc.
We would also be grateful if you can share the news with friends and contacts concerned about animal welfare issues. We firmly believe this is an important event, and the more people are made aware of it, the more effective we can all be on behalf of animals.
Is the event catered?
Your ticket includes morning and afternoon teas, with soy milk. In 2015 we are not serving break time snacks or lunches as there are many nearby places to buy food, and we are trying to keep our ticket prices as low as possible.
As well as the Forum, the Saturday evening social event will be catered with tasty vegan food. Social dinner tickets must be purchased separately through our online ticketing system.
I genuinely can’t afford the ticket price.
We understand that for some their financial situation might be a constraint to them attending the Forum. We don’t want to turn away anyone who is genuinely looking for positive ways to become a more effective animal rights advocate. If this is you, please contact us “info[at]activistsforum.com” to negotiate a more affordable entry fee.
Can sessions be delivered as webinars so that we can all join the conversation remotely?
Unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity currently to set-up webinars – although we absolutely would love to offer this, and will continue to explore this as an option for future Forums where our resources will permit it.
We hope to film a number of this years talks, and after the forum we will notify, via our email list, how these might be viewed.
We do believe though, that the main benefit of this event is the face to face networking opportunities that are not as easily facilitated over the internet.
Are non-human animals allowed?
No, the venue does not allow non-human animals on the premises.
Who makes a profit from this?
The forum is organised by a group of committed volunteers whose sole aim is to provide a positive space for education and skills sharing for animal advocates across the country. The attendance fee is set to cover costs involved in staging the event like venue hire and catering so that we break even.
Should there be any remaining funds after covering our expenses, these will be set aside to offset the following Forum’s expenses.
Is the event vegan?
We always insist on our caterers providing vegan food for attendees, and do our best to ensure other components of our event, such as the venue’s supplied toiletry products are cruelty-free.
I’m not vegan or vegetarian, can I come?
Yes, we make no restrictions on the basis of diet, but please don’t bring non-vegan/vegetarian food to the event.
I’m not in a group, I’m just an interested individual thinking of getting more involved.
Please come as the event is aimed at you!
I can only attend for a day, can I still come?
Yes, however the ticket price remains the same. We would appreciate you letting us know if you will only be partially attending the Forum so that we don’t over-cater.
Is the social dinner included in the ticket price.
No, tickets to the Social Event must be purchased separately through our online ticketing system.
Is there a chance that the event will be infiltrated by members of animal-abusing industries?
Certainly this is a possibility, however as our ticket terms and conditions state, the event organisers reserve the right to request individuals leave at the organiser’s discretion. Any individual intending to cause unwelcome disruption will be escorted from the event. This event is for individuals genuinely concerned about animal cruelty who are looking to become actively involved in creating positive, lasting change for animals.
How do you choose the location?
We generally try to hold the Forum in a different city each year. We then scout for a venue that will suit our event’s requirements and budget. This is often not an easy task, however we’ve been fortunate in securing the Portside Centre for the 2014 Forum which has excellent facilities.
How can I support the event?
Apart from attending the Forum, there are many things you can do to help support it such as publicising the event, donating on the day, buying a ‘solidarity ticket’, or offering to volunteer for us by sending an email to “volunteers[at]activistsforum.com”
Are events like this worthwhile?
We definitely think so! We know of one project in Australia, the ‘Freedom of Species’ Animal Protection radio show that was inspired by the Forum.
Internationally, we know that similar events like the International Animal Rights Gathering which was held in Suza, Italy in 2010 helped to buoy participation numbers for anti-vivisection rallies up to 10,000. In order to be the most effective we can be on behalf of non-human animals, its important caring individuals are given the opportunity to share their combined knowledge, skills, ideas and passion in a collaborative environment.
Can I just come to some workshops?
You can, however, you will still need to register at 8.30am on each day you are wishing to attend a workshop. Our preference of course is that you stay the whole weekend as the main goal of the event is to foster cooperation between Australian activists. Often some people find the discussions that occur during the meal breaks and social function to be more important than the formal workshops. We really do hope you can stay for the whole weekend, and look forward to your contribution.
I bought a ticket, but I cannot attend, can I get a refund?
Refunds are available, minus booking fee, up until the end of September.
Can I transfer or give my ticket to someone else?
No, tickets are not transferrable. Please ensure you read our ticket terms and conditions before proceeding to pay for your tickets.
How can I ensure I hear about future events?
Register for our newsletter on the bottom of our webpage, sign up to our twitter page, or look for us on Facebook.
Hey, shouldn’t there be an apostrophe in “ActivistsForum”?
We are not sure.