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 Recruitment 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.