Thinkers

Thinkers

Martin Seligman Wellbeing and resilience: building a flourishing state

Martin Seligman, 2012/2013

Wellbeing and resilience: building a flourishing state

World leading psychologist and expert adviser on wellbeing at the highest level of international public policy, Dr Martin Seligman, will join forces with partners from government, business and community to drive action on wellbeing and resilience for the citizens of South Australia. READ MORE

Carla Rinaldi Re-imagining Childhood

Carla Rinaldi, 2012

Re-imagining Childhood

Drawing on her extensive experience working with children, families and communities, Prof Carla Rinaldi will encourage us to question how we raise and educate our children from birth, as we look to develop South Australia as a child-friendly state. READ MORE

Alexandre Kalache What makes an age-friendly city?

Alexandre Kalache, 2011/2012

What makes an age-friendly city?

Dr Kalache’s expertise is in ageing issues – in particular old age care, epidemiology of ageing, health promotion, intersectoral policy development, advocacy, migration ageing, and cultural attitudes to ageing. READ MORE

John McTernan Delivering more effective public service

John McTernan, 2011

Delivering more effective public service

John McTernan focused on the wider question of how governments do their work, revisiting the broad policy development questions. The specific service areas his residency examined were health and education. READ MORE

Göran Roos Manufacturing into the future

Göran Roos, 2011

Manufacturing into the future

Professor Göran Roos's report, titled 'Manufacturing into the Future', was released in March 2012. Goran sets future directions for the manufacturing industry in South Australia. READ MORE

Fred Wegman Driving Down the Road Toll: Building a safer system

Fred Wegman, 2010

Driving Down the Road Toll: Building a safer system

“We must provide people with surroundings in which the chance of human error is limited.” Fred Wegman. Professor Fred Wegman one of the world’s most respected road safety experts. READ MORE

Fred Hansen  All on Board: Growing vibrant communities through transport

Fred Hansen , 2009/2010

All on Board: Growing vibrant communities through transport

Integrating transport into a city provides much more than the ability to get from A to B. Fred Hansen’s residency aims to help Adelaide grow as a liveable, sustainable and productive city that creates opportunities and lifestyle for its people through transport. READ MORE

Peggy Hora Smart Justice: A 21st century approach to justice & public safety

Peggy Hora, 2009/2010

Smart Justice: A 21st century approach to justice & public safety

This residency aimed to improve the safety and wellbeing of South Australians by exploring innovative and alternative options to the traditional courtroom. Peggy Hora sought to improve access to justice and outcomes in civil disputes, and to reduce crime. READ MORE

Laura Lee Sustainable Futures: An integrated design strategy for South Australia

Laura Lee, 2009

Sustainable Futures: An integrated design strategy for South Australia

Laura Lee’s residency was all about design, in particular, the value of design and the impact of the built environment on the quality of life for South Australians. Laura focused on creating an integrated approach to design, planning and development to build a more vibrant and liveable Adelaide. READ MORE

Genevieve Bell SA Connects: The many futures of our digital lives

Genevieve Bell, 2008/2009

SA Connects: The many futures of our digital lives

Dr Genevieve Bell focused on the ways in which South Australians use new technologies in their everyday lives. Through extensive research she helped shed light on new opportunities for broadband and associated communication technologies in our state and beyond, and, equally importantly, how to meaningfully engage all South Australians in these technologies. READ MORE

Andrew Fearne Food and Wine Value Chains: Prosperity through Collaboration

Andrew Fearne, 2008

Food and Wine Value Chains: Prosperity through Collaboration

Professor Andrew Fearne explored how value chain thinking forges collaborative links between consumers and producers to build strong and sustainable food and wine industries, encouraging local, healthier food consumption. READ MORE

Geoff Mulgan Social Innovation: Meeting Unmet Needs

Geoff Mulgan, 2007/2008

Social Innovation: Meeting Unmet Needs

Building on South Australia’s deep foundations of socially forward thinking, Geoff Mulgan’s residency focused on ways of making practical social change by transforming innovative ideas into lasting action. READ MORE

Ilona Kickbusch Healthy Societies

Ilona Kickbusch, 2007

Healthy Societies

Healthy citizens is a central goal of any society. With this in mind, Professor Ilona Kickbusch helped South Australia formulate new approaches to health, looking at strategies to improve wellbeing among all citizens and the prosperity that naturally flows from a healthy productive society. READ MORE

Dennis Jaffe Family Business: Generations of Success

Dennis Jaffe, 2007

Family Business: Generations of Success

The family business sector is a vital part of South Australia’s economy. Around 80 per cent of Australian businesses are family businesses. Statistics suggest that only 32 per cent of these businesses survive to a second generation. This is a big loss. Dr Dennis Jaffe brought outstanding expertise and a valuable “outside perspective” to the challenges this sector is facing today. READ MORE

Fraser Mustard Early Childhood Development

Fraser Mustard, 2006/2007

Early Childhood Development

Fraser Mustard drew urgent attention to and the vital importance of the early childhood years in developing healthy, capable and confident children and adults for future prosperity. READ MORE

Stephen Schneider Climate Change: risks and opportunities

Stephen Schneider, 2006

Climate Change: risks and opportunities

Stephen Schneider helped draw public attention to the increasingly urgent issue of climate change. Stephen looked at finding inventive and effective ways in which South Australia can meet the challenges to sustainability, prosperity and wellbeing that climate change presents. READ MORE

Rosanne Haggerty Housing homeless people

Rosanne Haggerty, 2005/2006

Housing homeless people

Rosanne Haggerty raised debate within the community about new approaches to housing for homeless people. She assessed South Australia’s current situation and advised on policies and strategies, in order to achieve more efficient and effective housing assistance programs. READ MORE

Susan Greenfield Brainwaves - Science, Society and the Future

Susan Greenfield, 2004/2005

Brainwaves - Science, Society and the Future

Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield came to South Australia to inform and influence the future of science in our State. She shared her extraordinary insights into the human brain, from how it works, to the degenerative diseases of ageing and the effects of common drugs. She focused on neuroscience research and bioscience innovation, building on our strengths and capabilities in these areas, while alerting thousands of South Australian’s to the latest research on the brain and the implications for our lives. READ MORE

Peter Wintonick Documentary in the Digital Media Age

Peter Wintonick, 2005

Documentary in the Digital Media Age

Peter Wintonick’s residency looked to build a new screen culture in South Australia. Peter identified areas of success in SA’s screen industries and provided suggestions for innovative, long-term approaches to meet the realities and challenges of the digital age. READ MORE

Maire Smith Developing a Bioeconomy in South Australia

Maire Smith, 2003/2004

Developing a Bioeconomy in South Australia

Capturing the potential of bioscience is crucial to attracting investment and talent to South Australia. This residency explored strategies for developing the State’s growing bioscience sector into a global market leader. READ MORE

Peter Cullen Water and Sustainable Landscapes

Peter Cullen, 2004

Water and Sustainable Landscapes

The water situation in South Australia is critical. Managing water intelligently is essential to the State’s prosperity and the quality of life for all South Australians. Peter Cullen’s residency focused on improving the way South Australia manages its natural resources in a way that allows for productive use while still ensuring their availability for future generations. READ MORE

Blast Theory The New Media Challenge

Blast Theory, 2004

The New Media Challenge

Blast Theory came to Adelaide to expand the horizons of human interaction through cutting edge new media and wireless technologies. They challenged us to think innovatively and creatively in a relatively new field of human knowledge, and explored the boundaries between South Australian cultural and information technology sectors. READ MORE

Charles Landry  Rethinking Adelaide

Charles Landry , 2003

Rethinking Adelaide

What is it that makes a truly great city? The creativity and talent of its citizens. Charles Landry’s residency focused on unlocking this potential and creating a new vision for a resourceful, adaptable and imaginative Adelaide. READ MORE

Herbert Girardet Making Adelaide a Green City

Herbert Girardet, 2003

Making Adelaide a Green City

Adelaide’s inaugural Thinker in Residence, Herbert Girardet was engaged to help find new and clever means of ensuring Adelaide’s future as a clean, green modern city, with a reputation for the quality of its urban environment. Herbert’s residency focused on created a comprehensive sustainability plan for the city. READ MORE