My submissions for Australia 2020

For various reasons I didn’t have much time to write submissions yesterday. Yet I’ve said so much about still believing the Australia 2020 Summit to be important — despite plentiful shortcomings — that I felt obliged to write something. In 500 words or less. So I wrote from the heart…

What emerged were two pieces:

  1. For the governance topic: Managing continual, rapid change with a clear framework of values [PDF].
  2. For the topic on “the economy”, which is where discussions of broadband policy ended up: Broadband: It’s about symmetry, not speed [PDF].

I’m well aware that they don’t really provide a properly-researched, well-argued case. Nevertheless I hope that in some way they’ll help influence debate. Comments appreciated — perhaps over where the submissions themselves are blogged.

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  1. Michael Meloni’s avatar

    Stil, I know this is a little out there, but 2020 is all about thinking outside the box. I was watching a doco on Animal Planet about the brain power of pigs and it turns out they are extremely good problem solvers. Even better than many monkeys. So I got thinking… What if we have a 2020 Forum for animals (primarily pigs) and harness their intelligence? Can you imagine the possibilities, I can.

  2. Stilgherrian’s avatar

    @Michael Meloni: Either you’ve been reading too much First Dog on the Moon or too much New Scientist. Both can be cured.

    I’m not quite sure how, say, in the “governance” topic that the pigs would be employed…

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