Everybody dies: prototyping new conversations about dying

Melbourne Workshop

Wednesday June 8th 2016

9:00am - 5:00pm

We have limited this event to 20 participants only to maximise collaboration and learning. We encourage colleagues to register in pairs to get the most out of the experience. Register now for $100 off the second ticket! 


The topic of death is having a revival and we’re on a mission to get people talking, planning and better prepared.

We’re not the only ones with this mission; people and organisations across Australia are working with and in their communities to change the way we do death.

In 2011 we brought you Charles Leadbeater who ignited a powerful conversation about Innovation at end of life and now in 2016, we're thrilled to present Jake Garber, a senior service designer from the Better Endings Programme in the UK.

We’re bringing together forward thinking and curious minded folk looking to find new ways to break the challenges around talking about death in their community.

Presenting: Everybody dies: prototyping new conversations about dying

Join us for this groundbreaking innovation workshop where we will explore new approaches to changing cultures around death and dying. Using techniques from user-centred design and prototyping, participants will develop and test new ideas for changing the conversation in a wide range of contexts.

  • Are you looking to improve the way your agency communicates about end of life issues?
  • Are you keen to reach new audiences?

Who should come?  Whether you are a health promotion manager, policy maker, researcher, community developer, palliative care nurse or volunteer, this workshop is for you!

This workshop is also for anyone who is seeking to enhance their public communication strategies.

Be prepared to get creative and your hands dirty - this is not an event to sit and doze!

Join in with like minded folk for an extraordinary day of creativity, collaboration and action.


Your Facilitator:

Jake Garber

Senior Service Designer

Jake is experienced in using a design approach to create systemic and cultural change that benefits the public. As an ethnographer, he uses immersive research with people to uncover powerful insights about hidden needs and opportunities. Through prototyping, Jake makes radically different possibilities real and accessible.

Jake leads the international Better Endings programme that aims to improve end of life care, building on the publication he co-wrote, Dying for Change.

Jake has helped to create and launch two social ventures: Backr, a network for employability and Connect & Do, a supportive community movement which helps people with low confidence to get more involved in the things they love doing.

Jake also works to embed this approach inside organisations, for example with Mind and Citizens Advice, and across whole systems of organisations, for example in Buckinghamshire and in Devon.


Your Host:

Kerrie Noonan

Co-Founder The Groundswell Project

Kerrie founded The Groundswell Project in 2010 and has been working on initiating our projects and partnerships. With interests in health promotion, capacity building, social media, creativity and innovation Kerrie is passionate about the role that the arts can play in facilitating social and cultural change about death and dying.

Kerrie has worked in community development, as a social researcher, clinical psychologist in palliative care, health and community settings. In 2001 she co-wrote a booklet for caregivers who are supporting children bereaved by suicide. This text is still in use today and has been adapted for inclusion in other publications in both Australia and overseas.

Kerrie is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and a PhD Candidate at the University of Western Sydney. You can watch Kerrie present at TEDxSydney and read her articles 10 Facts about death everyone should know and Talking about Death with Children: Lessons from Sesame Street.