Australia 2020 – will the Oompa Loompas be there?

1 03 2008

Sometimes real life intervenes, and this blog has a little snooze. Still, you can always be sure that things continue to tick away behind the scenes.

You may have heard about an upcoming gathering known as the Australia 2020 Summit.  One thousand of our country’s “best and brightest brains” will descend on Canberra in April for two days to create a vision for our future.  Nominations for this event closed on Friday, with 7,251 applications received. This number will drop once duplicate nominations are removed, and whatever number is left, there will be among them the names of four hubbers, myself included. 

So do I have in my head one of Australia’s best and brightest brains? Well, my university lifestyle in the 90’s didn’t help, but it’s not too shabby.  It would have helped my application if there was a box that asked for my Facebook IQ.  I scored 143 on that. 

Great literature holds examples of everything in life, and I liken this process to getting a golden ticket to Mr Wonka’s chocolate factory, except that eating chocolate by the truckload doesn’t improve one’s chances of winning. Just to be on the safe side though, I’m tucking into a giant Kitkat for good luck. Tomorrow I’ll invest in a Cherry Ripe, then move on to a Peppermint Crisp on Tuesday. I’m nothing if not committed to the cause.

Within minutes of the nominations closing, our Hub discussions turned to submissions.  First drafts were flying around within 24 hours.   The enthusiasm and passion displayed is nothing short of remarkable.  If you have never checked out who we all are, then click here to see the names of those who are giving their time to contribute to the campaign for quality school libraries for all Australian students. 

The Hub is not exclusive, and we are not a clique.  We have more ideas than we have time to develop.  If you like what we do and want to be a part of it, then email us.  We would like representatives from all states and territories.  Is your state represented?  Go on, join in!



One response

2 03 2008

While the public is the biggest untapped resource of good ideas, millions of people will not be able to participate and add their ideas to the 2020 Summit. It’s a dilemma that’s occurring across the country and can easily be solved with online technology.

Therefore, the online community created a wiki so people across Australia could post, discuss, and vote on the best ideas for the country. It’s totally a grassroots effort. It’s free, can be anonymous, and isn’t being sponsored by any political party, corporation, union, or special interests. It’s just people who want to encourage an online national brainstorming session.

The site is at There are pages for over 20 different issues and even an online petition to get the best ideas heard at the actual Summit.

So far, we’ve had over 1500 visitors, more than 10,000 page views, and over 100 ideas (each with many sub-threads), and we’ve only been up for 10 days or so.

The more people know about it, the more ideas are submitted, and the better the discussion.

It’s a great way for everyone to participate in the summit.

Wiki Creator

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