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Adelaide is one of the world's most liveable cities: fact or fiction?

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board

Thursday, 5 October 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (ACDT)

Adelaide is one of the world's most liveable cities:...

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Adelaide is internationally ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

But what makes a city liveable? And what does this really mean for people who live in greater Adelaide now and in the future?

Join us for a lively panel discussion, with a diversity of experts, who will look at these questions from a range of perspectives including environmental, social, cultural, liveability and complex systems.

We’ve also invited artists to create while our experts debate!

You will be challenged by the synergies, competing needs and tensions that exist in our city. Come prepared with your own questions to stretch our panel.

Your $10 includes a complimentary drink and cocktail snacks.


Ken Long, ESD Consultant at dsquared Consulting; Chair of the Adelaide Sustainable Building Network; and Ambassador of the International Living Future Institute.

Ken Long

  Ken has a deep passion for built environments which enable positive quality of life and strives to reinforce sustainable design values with the building industry and general public. He currently works as a sustainability consultant for the Adelaide-based sustainable solutions studio, dsquared Consulting, is Chair of the Adelaide Sustainable Building Network and is an Ambassador of the International Living Future Institute. Ken has completed a Bachelors of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology, a Certificate of Regenerative Ecological Design from the Ecosa Institute in Prescott, Arizona, and a Masters of Sustainable Design from the University of South Australia.


Panellist | Liveability

Andrew Bishop, Senior Project Manager at Renewal SA

Andrew Bishop


Andrew has worked in the housing and development industry for 23 years in both the public and private sectors. He has experience in land development, sustainable housing, community development and a particular interest in economic viability of innovations built into housing and land development.

He has held a variety of senior roles in the private sector including development manager and land acquisitions manager. Currently in his position of Senior Project Manager at Renewal SA, he is working on the Bowden development, a 2500 dwelling mixed use higher density project.

Panellist | Environment

Natasha Davis, CEO at Trees For Life

Natasha Davis

  Natasha Davis is CEO of Trees For Life, a community based environmental organisation working with thousands of people to revegetate and protect land and supporting urban based people to get involved in nature based volunteering. Previously Natasha has worked on projects across many aspects of urban sustainability including green infrastructure, energy conservation, waste minimisation, water quality improvement and community gardens. She enjoys her cycling commute to work as a chance to recharge, and keeps her family healthy through participating in an organic fruit and veg coop!


Panellist | Cultural

Jack Buckskin, Kaurna language teacher and expert, and Aboriginal Cultural Service Mentor at Tauondi Aboriginal College

Jack Buckskin

  Jack Kanya Kudnuitya Buckskin is a proud Kaurna and Narungga man who has dedicated his life to learning and passing on his knowledge and language of the Adelaide Plains to future generations of Kaurna people. Jack currently works with Tauondi Aboriginal College in Port Adelaide as an Aboriginal Cultural Service Mentor, and has been a strong icon in the revitalisation process of Kaurna language through managing and performing song and dance with Kuma Kaaru Cultural Services and through teaching Kaurna language. He believes that as Kaurna language has come from the land this is the only place in the world you will find it, it was in the country before we were born and it is our duty to ensure it continues by learning and using it together.


Panellist | Complex systems

Dr Sharon Zivkovic, Co-founder of Wicked Lab; Adjunct Research Associate, University of South Australia; Lecturer, University of Adelaide’s Social Entrepreneurship course

Sharon Zivkovic

  Dr Sharon Zivkovic is the Co-founder of Wicked Lab, which delivers an online tool and leadership program assisting governments and communities to address complex wicked problems. Sharon received the Award for Best Overall Paper at the 2012 International Social Innovation Research Conference for her work outlining the model that underpins Wicked Lab’s approach. In 2016 she received a Fresh Scientist award for her use of complexity science. She is an Adjunct Research Associate with the University of South Australia, Lecturer for the University of Adelaide’s Social Entrepreneurship Course, Founder of Community Capacity Builders, and will also co-chair a new Complexity Stream at the International Social Innovation Research Conference this year.


Panellist | Social

Fraser Keegan, Project Officer, Right Bite Program, Department for Education and Child Development

Fraser has worked in a range of positions throughout his career, spanning the recreation, sport, health, community development, planning and education sectors. From delivering hands-on community projects in local government to managing policies and programs at state government level, he brings a breadth of experience relating to wellbeing and the factors that influence it. He has a particular interest in advocating for children, and as both the former State Manager of South Australia’s be active Program and most recently the Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) Program, he brings a unique perspective into what makes his home town of Adelaide liveable.



Artist | Valli Mophett, Founder of Morph-it

Valli Morphett from Morph-it


Valli is an energetic optimist, passionate about collaborative placemaking, innovative community engagement and creative activation of public places. She has a background career in Urban Design and is the driving force behind Morph-it, a new enterprise delivering human centred placemaking, community engagement and creative services within Adelaide.

One of Valli’s great loves is chalk art and she is well known for delivering live demonstration artwork, including large scale chalk art for street parties, events and festivals. She also delivers live collage artwork and graphic recording for conference presentations and events. Valli is a student of life, and is a recent graduate of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation program. She likes bushwalking, epic science fiction novels and hanging out with her dogs. You can find her on insta @vmorphett.


Slam poet | Nico

Nico the Slam Poet


Nico is a young Asian-Australian spoken word artist whose works often reflect on provocative social issues such as racism, sexism and political discourse. Winner of the 2016 Goolwa Poetry Cup, she has performed as a feature artist with Paroxysm Press, Spoken Word SA and SPIN. In August 2017 Nico, as Poet In Residence at Adelaide City Library, commenced a series of highly successful workshops. These workshops encouraged emerging writers and members of the public to think about poetry as an artform they could themselves engage in.​


Brought to you by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board as part of Open State and the Festival of Architecture and Design.

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28 Leigh Street
Adelaide, SA 5000

Thursday, 5 October 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (ACDT)

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