A liveable (and lovable) Adelaide

Exploring diverse ideas on what makes Adelaide liveable

Stand aside ‘liveable Adelaide’, we want a ‘lovable Adelaide’. This was just one of the thoughts shared during our Open State 2017 event ‘Adelaide is one of the world’s most liveable cities: fact or fiction?' held on 5 October 2017 at 28 Leigh Street, Adelaide.

The evening featured a lively panel discussion with a diversity of experts, who looked at Adelaide’s liveability from environmental, social, cultural, liveability and complex systems perspectives.

Over 80 guests saw these ideas converge with creative interpretations revealed by graphic artists and a slam poet. We heard about the need for long-term planning, designing for all generations, and embedding community values and projects into the city’s planning.

We also heard about the idea of oneness and beauty in complexity, the importance of adaptability, and people being the key to a great place.

Watch an overview of the event (3 minutes, 24 seconds).

Facilitator and panelists

Facilitated by Ken Long from dsquared Consulting, the panellists were:

  • Andrew Bishop, Senior Project Manager Renewal SA
  • Natasha Davis, CEO Trees For Life
  • Jack Buckskin, Aboriginal Cultural Service Mentor 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

Conversations: What could make Adelaide liveable now and in the future?

Long-term planning

Panelists spoke of a need to develop strategies, plans and policies that support Adelaide to be liveable for today, and for future generations. Panelists felt communities and governments have a vital role to play when making decisions that have long-term impacts – which span well beyond the political cycle. One panelist asked, ‘What do we want our city to look and feel like in 50 or 100 years?’.

Designing for all generations

Panelists talked about the way that cities and communities are designed, specifically the need to design neighbourhoods that support bringing people of different ages and cultures together. They wanted to see communities where people are encouraged to interact and support one another.

Embedding community values and projects

Some panelists felt that in Adelaide, governments have traditionally taken the lead to develop and enact policy that encourages the design of more liveable communities. One panelist spoke of the need to really unpack community values, to understand what people really care about. They also spoke of the need to ensure bottom up, community driven projects are embedded into planning systems.

Listen in

Listen to this podcast to hear the whole conversation (1 hour, 15 minutes).

Creating: graphic art and slam poetry

Local graphic artists Valli Morphett from Morph-it and partner Michael Lannan, visually captured panelists’ ideas. You can view them on the image gallery on this page.

Spoken word artist Nico delivered a slamming performance to wrap up the evening – a highlight for many at the event! Watch Nico’s performance.


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