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

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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. 

Facilitated by Ken Long, ESD Consultant at dsquared Consulting; Chair of the Adelaide Sustainable Building Network and Ambassador of the International Living Future Institute and joined by panellists:

  • Andrew Bishop, Senior Project Manager at Renewal SA
  • Natasha Davis, CEO at Trees For Life
  • Jack Buckskin, Aboriginal Cultural Service Mentor at Tauondi Aboriginal College
  • Fraser Keegan, Project Officer, Right Bite Program, Early Years and Child Development, Department for Education and Child Development
  • Sharon Zivkovic, Co-founder of Wicked Lab; Co-Chair Complexity Stream at the International Social Innovation Research Conference 2017; Adjunct Research Associate at the University of South Australia; Lecturer at University of Adelaide’s Social Entrepreneurship course; and Founder of Community Capacity Builders

We’ve also invited artists to create while our experts debate! See your ideas as art and hear a slam poet summarise the discussion.

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 cocktail snacks.

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


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...

Fraser has worked in a range of positions throughout his career, spanning the recreation, sport, health, community development, planning and education sectors.

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...

Ken Long has a deep passion for the creation of built environments which enable positive quality of life. 

He is a sustainability consultant at dsquared Consulting, an Adelaide based studio delivering sustainable sol...

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...

Nico is a young Asian-Australian spoken word artist whose works often reflect on provocative social issues such as racism, sexism and political discourse.

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

Valli is an energetic optimist, passionate about collaborative placemaking, innovative community engagement and creative activation of public places.

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28 Leigh Street

Adelaide, 5000

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  • 05 Oct 2017

    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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28 Leigh Street

Adelaide, 5000