The Adelaide Thinkers in Residence office is now closed. For any queries please phone (08) 8226 1391. The Thinkers website and videos will be available for at least 12 months.
Thankyou to our 24 Thinkers and thousands of people who have been involved in the residencies.
Wellbeing and resilience: building a flourishing state
World leading psychologist and expert adviser on wellbeing at the highest level of international public policy, and author of the book "Flourish", 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 returns to Adelaide in April 2013 for her final visit as Thinker in Residence. Drawing on her extensive experience working with children, families and communities, she is encouraging us to question how we raise and educate our children from birth, as we strive towards achieving a child-friendly state. READ MORE
Age Friendly Cities - a society for all ages
Alexandre Kalache has completed his final visit to Adelaide as Thinker in Residence. He is currently writing his report. READ MORE
Manufacturing into the future
Göran released his final report, Manufacturing into the Future, in March 2012. The report identifies opportunities for the development of the State's manufacturing sector and for long-term economic growth. READ MORE
Driving down the road toll
Fred Wegman's Final Report, 'Driving Down the road toll by building a Safe System', has been released. The report provides a comprehensive list of recommendations to guide road safety policy in South Australia. READ MORE
All on board: Growing vibrant communities through transport
To gain a better understanding of perceptions towards density as a housing option in South Australia, Fred Hansen called for a marketing report to be commissioned. The report gives a clear impression on current perceptions and will provide a valuable resource in expanding the housing market to meet the population growth forecasted for the state. READ MORE
Investing in the early years
Premier Jay Weatherill said he was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Dr Fraser Mustard, the world-leading expert on early childhood development and former South Australian Thinker in
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Delivering more effective public service
John McTernan's final visit culminated in a packed public lecture on Tuesday 2 November, 2011. See the video of the event now...
Laura Lee's Final Report
An Integrated Design Strategy for South Australia
The report of Adelaide Thinker in Residence, Laura Lee, An Integrated Design Strategy for South Australia - Building the Future, presents a visionary strategy for design that puts people at the the centre - in the initiation of projects, in planning and in development.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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