How we pay for things

The Townsville Stadium won’t come cheap. And its operations and maintenance will still need to be paid for. So how?

Warwick Powell recently posted on LinkedIn and suggests a Benefited Area Rate should be applied to properties within a reasonable catchment of the proposed super stadium and publicly-funded boardwalks in Townsville’s CBD to pay for initial capital risk and ongoing operational outlays. He argued:

Let’s not beat around the bush: a massive injection of public monies will result in the privatisation of substantial capital gains and development profits of over 30% for property owners and developers who are, or have been, moving in on the CBD and areas adjacent to the proposed boardwalks and super-stadium.

Search for him at LinkedIn and check out the post “Fair’s fair”.

Innovation Festival ends with a beginning

The Inaugural Innovation Festival has now ended. It’s been a week. Sister City Partners are proud to have curated the event, and brought minds from all over the country – indeed the world – together.

A bunch of Project Pods are now taking shape, around the key themes of food, finance and fuel. More information can be found at the Festival Website. Project Pods are  another innovative attempt to provide some “shape” to collaborative work without imposing the strictures of “structure”. A more open-ended environment will, hopefully, see projects evolve and mature.

A community taking charge?

Yesterday, a major initiative was launched on the shores of Townsville with a community backed bid to acquire the long term lease for the Port of Townsville. The CommPort project could have major ramifications for the future structure of regional value chains, and capacity to capture value from export opportunities through the Free Trade Agreement with China. If it comes to fruition, what can a regional economy do by harnessing the pivotal role of a port to transform and make resilient future economic value chains? It’s no small undertaking, but has the potential to be transformative. Curious? Click here for more.

The Innovation Festival is here!

The inaugural Townsville Festival of Innovation and Creativity is on. Over 3.5 jam-packed days, the Festival will tackle three main themes: food, finance, fuel. Through the application of a range of innovation and creativity promotion methods, the Festival aims to provoke new ways of thinking about the challenges that regional Australia and how to tackle these.

Check out the Festival site at Register to attend; it’s free.

Festival of Innovation and Creativity, Townsville

Pencil in 24-27 November 2014 for the inaugural Townsville Festival of Innovation and Creativity. Focused on provoking innovating thinking around “Food, Finance, Fuel”, the Festival aims to lay the groundwork for a new imaginary about the future of regional Australia.

Themes touched on here, at T2070, are likely to get an airing at the Festival. If you think “business as usual” isn’t cutting it, this Festival is for you.

Sister City Partners is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event. A Festival website will soon be launched. So as they say in the classics, “watch this space”.

Leisure, idleness and automation

First things first: since we launched T2070 we’ve received some 2,800+ views. This is quite astonishing, so thanks for all those who’ve taken an interest. We’ve also received some on-board comments (and some that have been “off to the side”). Thanks for these too.

In the first round of imaginations a lot of focus revolved around how a future community may work. We looked at flexibility in time and place, in particular. Perhaps it’s time to turn our attention to some other dimensions of the “work question” – namely its flip side in the form of idleness and leisure time.

A colleague recently sent a link to a video: Humans need not applyThe video is a sober, not particularly sanguine, look at the ramifications of robotics  and automation on employment futures. It also begs the question: can we imagine a world in which humans can be meaningfully idle and where leisure plays a more prominent role in our personal and collective existence?

Speaking of idleness, check out the ABC’s Utopia comedy, which is another indictment on activity masquerading as performance.

Imagining Future Possibilities