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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 http://www.innovationfest.com.au. 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.