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Theme: & all you need is.....

This event occurred on
October 15, 2011
9:00am - 5:00pm AEST
(UTC +10hrs)
Brisbane, QLD

... to connect, to be open, hope, and change

State Library of Queensland
State Library of Queensland Cultural Centre
South Bank
Brisbane, QLD, 4101
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Frank Ansell

Frank Ansell is a traditional indigenous healer (nungkari) and lawman from the Eastern Arrernte desert country in Central Australia. He offers nungkari aboriginal healings and wisdom teachings from aboriginal dreamtime and culture to support individuals, leaders and workplaces to open to altjerre or spirit.

Edward Harran

Social Innovator, Digital Strategist, Aspiring Futurist, K/no(w)mad.

Paul Osuch

Paul is the Director of the Anywhere Theatre Festival, A brand spanking new Brisbane festival for theatre anywhere but traditional theatres

Hazel Dooney

In the first half of 2011, the Australian Art Auction Record listed Hazel Dooney among the top 50 most traded artists by value across Australian and New Zealand: at no. 41, she was just below the late Lloyd Rees, and one of very few women – and one of very few artists under 35 – included.

Gordon Hamilton

Conductor of The Australian Voices.

Ross Cunningham

Ross is a Principal Research Fellow in the Queensland Brain Institute and School of Psychology, University of Queensland. His major research interests include understanding the brain processes involved in attention and the preparation and readiness for voluntary action, the "mirror neuron" system and how we perceive and understand the actions of others!

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett has lived his entire life in Brisbane, currently living in the suburb of Windsor. He has enormous experience in the political arena, having represented Queensland as a Democrats Senator in the Australian Parliament from 1997 to 2008.

Andrew Wilford

Wilf is a Director of “Be The Change” Australia, President of Quest 2025 (an organisation illuminating the illusory nature of current economic systems) and a Director of Best Futures (a global research organisation focusing on biosocial system transformation). Wilf also works with the Kokoda Foundation developing National Resource Security Immersive Scenarios examining climate, energy, water, food, ecosystem and economic futures.

Mara Bun

"I am currently working on an NGO start-up in the environmental area that has a powerful humanitarian focus also called Green Cross. It is a labor of love and the international founder is one of my heroes Mikhail Gorbachev which makes it all the more inspiring"

Simon Dylan

Brisbane-based singer/songwriter Simon Dylan is no ordinary musician. Apart from penning and recording a debut EP of five outstanding tracks, two major life circumstances set Simon apart from the pack. 1. He is an organ transplant recipient 2. He is profoundly deaf

Cathy Henkel

Cathy Henkel works as a producer, writer and director of documentaries, online and interactive content. Her Brisbane-based company, Virgo Productions, produced the award-winning cinema version of The Burning Season

Linsey Pollak

His work as Community Music advocate has taken him all over the country for the last 20 years working as Musician-in-residence in communities from Hobart to Broome. He has worked as Musical Director & Composer for Companies such as Doppio Teatro and Dance North and performed with groups too numerous to mention.

Jeff Waldman

Jeff Waldman is 29 and uses his self-proclaimed love of "projects" as validation for a constantly shifting job title and set of interests that can best be described as eclectic. His hobbies include writing on dated navigation techniques, falconry, electromagnet experimentation, emulating Ernest Hemingway, studying time travel and carpentry, in that order. He’s been invited to speak at 3 TEDx events, awarded 2 Awesome Foundation Grants and secured $11k in funding via Kickstarter to continue his work in Bolivia. All for the simplistic act of illicitly installing public swings. And yes, he’s as surprised by this as you are.

Eva Cox

"Acknowledging that ‘making a difference’ through political activism, is what consistently makes me happy doesn’t deny my pleasures in motherhood and cooking. I get a long term buzz from being a political activist. From student politics in the fifties when we took over another group, through seventies feminism and broader political activism, there were many rushes of pleasure that came from my being responsible for making social changes.

Jean Madden

In August Jean Madden the designer behind all of this won the INDEX Award 2009: People's Choice Award, the largest design award in the world. She has also won QLD Young Australian of the Year 2010.

Organizing team


Brisbane, Australia


Brisbane, Australia
  • Linda Pitt
    SLQ Executive Manager
  • Jes Wawrzynski
    Venue Co-ordinator
  • Simon Pyle
    Tech Guy
  • Troy Pearse
    Titles Guy
  • Dominic Nastasi
    Sign guy
  • Robert Todd
    Stage Manager