The project revolved around a community dialogue process which extended across Victoria. It involved approximately 6000 women and men in small groups of up to ten people all around the state in a thoughtful deliberation of the key issues and the actions they could think about taking to address these issues.
Purple Sage involved a partnership with 5 other community agencies – the Brotherhood of St Laurence, The Stegley Foundation, YWCA, Victorian Local Governance Association and The People Together Project.
Women constituted 75% of the hundreds of Group Leaders who played a critical role in facilitating this ground-breaking, grass roots reflective process.
A special post-election review by the Sunday Age, 24th October 1999, entitled Victoria’s Watershed: Faces of the Revolution, included the following quote regarding the Purple Sage Project:
“[It] tapped into the inchoate unease that Victorians were experiencing about the Kennett revolution… and that it was to become a massive exercise in participatory democracy.”
– Paul Heinrichs
Breakthrough is a two-day event bringing together big ideas and powerful women and men to the fore; mapping out how we can accelerating the pace of change. It’s a chance to come together and revel in the lives, stories and wit of women. At Breakthrough, you’ll hear from Australian and international thought leaders. We’re talking innovators in social change, experts in their fields and pros at putting equality on the table. We’ll deep dive into issues and find out where we are today, gather momentum as a group, and plan our pathway forward.
We all have the right to be seen, heard and recognised for our contributions to society.
“I’ve thought about the first time I realised there was gender inequality quite a bit. It’s hard to pinpoint, but I think one really clear manifestation goes back to my Catholic roots."
so that in this lifetime we will be: