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Thankyou to our 24 Thinkers and thousands of people who have been involved in the residencies.

 


 

Martin Seligman Wellbeing and resilience: building a flourishing state

Martin Seligman

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 Rinaldi Re-imagining Childhood

Carla Rinaldi

Re-imagining Childhood

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

Alexandre Kalache Age Friendly Cities - a society for all ages

Alexandre Kalache

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

Göran Roos Manufacturing into the future

Göran Roos

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

Fred Wegman Driving down the road toll

Fred Wegman

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

Fred Hansen All on board: Growing vibrant communities through transport

Fred Hansen

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

Fraser Mustard Investing in the early years

Fraser Mustard

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 Residence READ MORE

John McTernan Delivering more effective public service

John McTernan

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... READ MORE

Laura Lee's Final Report An Integrated Design Strategy for South Australia

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. READ MORE

Peter Wintonick Documentary in the Digital Media Age

Peter Wintonick,

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

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

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

Stephen Schneider Climate Change: risks and opportunities

Stephen Schneider

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

Geoff Mulgan Social Innovation: Meeting Unmet Needs

Geoff Mulgan

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

Charles Landry Rethinking Adelaide

Charles Landry

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

Ilona Kickbusch Healthy Societies

Ilona Kickbusch

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

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

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

Peggy Hora

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

Rosanne Haggerty Housing homeless people

Rosanne Haggerty

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

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

Herbert Girardet Making Adelaide a Green City

Herbert Girardet

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

Andrew Fearne Food and Wine Value Chains: Prosperity through Collaboration

Andrew Fearne

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

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

Genevieve Bell

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

Blast Theory The New Media Challenge

Blast Theory

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