Open State is a festival of innovation, collaboration, ideas and enterprise. The festival runs from 28 September - 8 October 2017 in Adelaide, South Australia. Its purpose is to connect global and local leaders with South Australians, to explore new opportunities and address our state’s challenges together.
We invited 5 South Australian based members of the Engage 2 Act Collective to take a look at the program and give us their top 3 picks. Here's what they chose -
Moira Deslandes, Moira Deslandes Consulting & Chooks SA
Equity is a model of growth. Women are not yet full participants in the on purpose economy. This is a networking event with a difference. Participants will be walking the talk – starting at the Central Market, connecting through the finance district and then ending up at Old Parliament House – first place in Australia to grant women the vote, and first in the Westminster world for women to be able to stand for parliament. Participation in everyday life that leads to change-making around kitchen tables, board tables and the cabinet table. Light breakfast and locally made chook pin included in the price. A collaboration of Harvest Fair, GOGO events, KiK Coffee and Chooks. PS you will get to see some of Valli's (Morph-it) work along the way.
I am a Beth Noveck groupie – Open Government during Obama’s first administration broke new ground and I can’t wait to hear her and what challenges she might pose for us in Adelaide. Thinker-in-residence Allyson Hewitt is on the program too and the place of technology and social innovation in building our democratic muscle is close to my heart. And with the Premier in the room too means there will be plenty of people in the crowd so a good chance to catch up and bump into people!
Shameless plug for the 3rd and final MDC Salon for 2017. This season we have had the future of death and future of conversation where E2A President Becky Hirst was a panellist. Friendship panellists are Lauren Jew sharing her experiences with children learning about being a friend, Chad Crittle from Zoos SA talking about inter-species friendship and Jo Jordan from the Society of Friends (Quakers) bringing in the spirituality of friendship. Our artist-in-residence will be (Miranda) Lyu Dan sharing some of her music for friendship on the autoharp. Working with communities where people are friends or perhaps aren’t getting along? Then this might be the Salon for you. Grab a beverage, nibbles included in ticket price and join in the conversation.
Andrew Coulson, Board Director Engage 2 Act
I attended a few Open State events last year and was even part of a team that ran a successful session as part of the advertised program. Open State is a great event for giving you the opportunity to go to talks and workshops that really do open your mind to new ways of thinking both for work and your personal life and in most cases, for free.
These are my top 3 attendance hopes for this year:
Whilst not free this session will be one that is sure to blow your mind. I personally follow Amelia Loye and Adam Beck on Twitter and they are both leading Australia’s push towards more open and digitally smart cities and communities. They post some amazing updates on how cities are developing using technology across the world from their travels and I’m sure they will bring some interesting insights to Adelaide as part of this workshop. Cost: $195
I’m also looking to attend this free session with FutureGov leader Dominic Campbell – Designing public services for a digital age. A few years ago I met Dominic at an event and after sharing stories of working in local government in the UK we hit a greasy Mexican for burritos and beer…. That’s almost BFF stuff (at least quite stalkery) and now I want to hear more.
Along with the other panel members I can see this workshop will suit anyone who works in the public service and knows that change needs to happen. If you have feelings that you want to be a disrupter in your job then this is for you. Having followed some of FutureGovs projects with interest over the years I’m looking forward to hearing what the panel think is coming next for redesigning public service especially one that needs to be designed around citizens and built for the digital age.
This one is being advertised as family friendly and starts at 5pm so just after the working day. Feeling a bit peckish then check out this opportunity to learn about and sample the future of food… bugs.
Nutritious and sustainable bugs are being flagged as the food of the future for the western world. Whilst not really aimed at our field of work this session will add a little serious fun to an event that has many sessions we could be attending which have ‘work benefits’. And hey if you have read my previous blogs about food and community engagement then maybe there is actually something in attending this session… certainly if looking for a new ice breaker. Again this is free and being family friendly has kid’s activities so make sure you introduce the little ones to Boiled Bug Brownies!
Valli Morphett, Morph-it | People Place Create
“What will we do if no one is coming? Will we act intentionally to co-create the future for South Australia that we desire or will we sleep-walk into the future? What is it about being human that will enable us to bring about the desired business environment and social communities of the future?” Wonderful complex concept. Clashes with my conference set up though. Super bummed I cant go. Gah!
“Bound and Unbound are four Indigenous women scholars that explore complex ideas of being both bound and free. They challenge us to rethink Sovereign identity and representation through their unique standpoints as artists and Indigenous women. Their work compels a call and response engagement with the broader Aboriginal community.” Such an important conversation!
Becky Hirst - President, Engage 2 Act & Director, Becky Hirst Consulting
Two personal interests of mine - urban sprawl and citizen-led anything! Living in the beautiful McLaren Vale wine region we've been at threat in recent years of urban sprawl, slowing creeping its way further and further out in to the countryside. Yes, this is perhaps me being a little bit NIMBY but it's also me questioning the long term viability of such sprawling suburbs, and whether there's a better way. Could the answer lie with citizens? Well, you can probably guess my answer to that!
Our good friends over at IAP2 Australasia are hosting an event called 'Hustle in the Hub', which is a drinks and networking event on Tuesday 3rd October to round off ‘democracy day’ at Open State. With drinks and nibbles provided, I'm there!
It sounds like a great opportunity to meet with some of the international speakers from the day’s events, catch up with our engagement friends, meet new colleagues and join new networks! The fabulous Kylie Cochrane, IAP2 Federation Chair and Marion Short, the new CEO of IAP2 Australasia, would love the chance to meet you and share ideas on future possibilities in the world of community and stakeholder engagement. I'll see you there!
I love the sound of this panel event and look forward to attending. From lived experiences, I'm a personal advocate of looking after our mental health and believe that there's more mental illness 'out there' than everyone is willing to admit. For strong communities (another personal passion) we need strong community members, and in a world where we're all juggling so many things including family, work, friends and ever growing community-driven commitments, it's important we keep this topic at the forefront of our minds.
Sarah Hill, Senior Consultant Communication & Engagement, AECOM
And a quick late entry from Sarah to confirm that her top 3 are -
We have so much to learn from young people - they are our future!
I agree with Becky that we need solutions and what better way to provide housing than citizen-led models.
Like Andrew, I think that public services need to catch up! For example why do we still have to print and mail forms?!
For the full list of events taking place as part of the festival, visit the Open State website.