Brave Ideas for Working Cities

While technology increasingly offers us the potential to work from anywhere at all, it seems our cities are busier than ever if traffic congestion is any indication.

On Friday, 10 May AECOM sustainable transport planning expert Rachel Smith and Ernst & Young innovation strategist and director Gerald Marion shared their brave ideas for building a better Brisbane City. If you missed this event and want to find out what Rachel and Gerald had to say, please click here to view Gerald’s brave idea and here to view Rachel’s.

Brave Ideas for Smarter Small Businesses

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The lifeblood of Queensland’s economy comes from small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs)… and they’re powerhouses of ingenuity, initiative and innovation.

On Friday, 5 April Managing Director of QEnergy, Kate Farrar and Chief Digital Officer at GPY&R, Rob Hudson shared two brave ideas to build and support smarter small businesses.

If you missed this event and would like to hear what Kate and Rob had to say, click here for Kate and here for Rob. If you are interested in being involved in the execution of these ideas, please contact

Brave Ideas for International Cities

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International visitors – students, tourists, business investors – are some of Brisbane’s best advocates when they return home with fond memories of our city. So on Friday, 1 March we welcomed Deloitte’s managing partner, Tim Biggs and two international students, Daria Dolgova and Muychou Meng to share their brave idea for making Brisbane a more welcoming place to live, visit and work in. Our full house of eager participants workshopped these ideas and came up with a single, winning brave idea: say g’day to complete strangers! It’s a simple, cost-free way to make our city a friendlier, more welcoming place. Try it today!

This event was in association with Griffith University, the University of Queensland and Brisbane Marketing.

Brave Ideas for Brisbane Launch

On Friday, 1 February, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk launched The Brisbane Institute’s Brave Ideas for Brisbane series with a brave idea of his own, as well as a challenge. Brisbane, he said, could be the international city of friendship, building a lifelong relationship with each of the 55,000 international students who live in Brisbane at any given time, and ensuring they leave Brisbane with the city in their hearts, feeling that Brisbane is a part of their future. And the challenge? What does Brisbane want to be known for?

Jazz virtuoso and Queensland Music Festival Artistic Director James Morrison suggested Brisbane should become the city of music, with an attempt to break the world record for the world’s biggest orchestra. Hear his entertaining and compelling argument for the role of music performance in all our lives.

Endeavour Learning Group Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Barker pitched Brisbane as the City of Happiness, suggesting we could take a leaf from the book of the Kingdom of Bhutan, which measures Gross National Happiness alongside more traditional economic measures of prosperity.

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, CSIRO Futures Leader, thought Brisbane should establish the Brisbane Foresight Institute, a global centre for high-level futures research and thinking that positioned Brisbane as an international thought leadership city.

Liz Crawford, KPMG’s Executive Search and Selection National Practice Leader, suggested Brisbane could establish an ISO for skills transferability, becoming an international hub for skills development, measurement and training.

And below, The Brisbane Institute’s CEO, Karyn Brinkley, explains why there’s a need for Brave Ideas, and how The Brisbane Institute is filling the gap.

What’s your brave idea for Brisbane?

Don’t miss the rest of the terrific forums in The Brisbane Institute’s Brave Ideas for Brisbane series. See the full program here.