Watch the first session in the Stepping Up series of lively, provocative and honest conversations about equity in practice. We start at the top – what are the roles and obligations of practice leaders? What does it mean to step up on equity? Our speakers are Monica Edwards, Neil Stonell and Joe Agius, in conversation with Justine Clark and Angelina Pillai.

Purchase access to the full recording via Vimeo on demand. (See below for Parlour Collective and concession codes, along with CPD details.)

Joe Agius on the importance of stepping up as a leader on equity.

Cultural change works best when there is leadership from the top. This is well-established through decades of research and experience across many sectors. It co-exists with the fact that many leaders are the beneficiaries of existing systems and may not see a need for change. How do we navigate this uneasy tension? Why do some leaders work hard to improve equity? How can we encourage more to do so? What needs to be learned, and what must be unlearned?

This first session is an excellent introduction to Stepping Up. The conversation includes the necessity of leaders taking responsibility for improving equity, the importance of effecting change within the profession, their experiences with the Champions of Change Architecture group and the value of the Listening and Learning process that is integral to creating and supporting change within the program.

Monica describes how the Listening and Learning process works and explains how it can be adapted and adopted into any practice, no matter the scale.

Joe considers the Listening and Learning sessions as a “safe space for people to speak their minds”, providing valuable insights to practice leaders about the day to day lives of their employees. “On a personal level, it was humbling, enriching and insightful to see the world from the viewpoint of various staff members at various stages of their career, living and working in different ways.”

Neil agrees about the value of the process to practice: “They are a very, very good thing to do when you want to analyse or understand better the circumstance and the culture of your organisation.”

So, what are the best ways to establish trust for the Listening and Learning sessions? How do you create an open and honest safe space for discussion? Ethical reasons for change are clear, but what is the business case for equity in practice?

Watch the full video below for answers to these questions and more. Get a taste of the conversation with the clips below.

Watch the full recording

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  • General ticket – $40
  • Parlour Collective / ACA members – $25. (use the promo code CollectiveACA at the Vimeo checkout)
  • Concession – $10 (students and anyone else who needs it. Use the promo code CONC at the Vimeo checkout)

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Any proceeds over and above the costs of delivering the Stepping Up program will be set aside for future equity projects led by Parlour.


One hour of formal CPD is available for each session, on completion of the CPD questions here. The learning objectives for the series as a whole can be found here.

Once completed, you will receive an email from Google forms with your responses. Please keep this – it provides the evidence of attendance and completion. Please note, separate CPD certificates will not be issued. If you can’t find the email, remember to check your spam folder.

Stepping Up is a collaboration between Parlour, the ACA and the Champions of Change Architecture group. 

For more on Listening and Learning, refer to the articles explaining the aims and process by Monica Edwards.