New to the Ozwater’17 program is our invited speaker sessions. When developing the program our program committee identified that there were opportunities to enhance selected sessions with an invited speaker. These speakers will share valuable insights, ensure the right depth of content for that sub theme and will be a great addition to the technical program.
Our invited speakers for 2017 are:
Cynthia Mitchell, Deputy Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS speaking on day one during Intergenerational Thinking. Cynthia will be discussing Intergenerational Thinking: History, Herstory, and Long Waves in Water.
Alan Hoban, Director, Bligh Tanner speaking on day two during Waterways and the Community. Alan will be discussing Design your Creek Week - Community Co-Design to for a 1.6KM Waterway Naturalisaiton Project.
Jenny Hartfelder, President-Elect, Water Environment Federation speaking on day two during Water Sector Innovation. Jenny will be discussing Water Sector Innovation: Technology & Reinvention.
Iain Walker, Executive Director, The newDemocracy Foundation speaking on day three during Emerging Techniques for Effective Engagement. Iain will be discussing Beyond Public Opinion - How to Get to Public Judgement.
INTERGENERATIONAL THINKING: HISTORY, HERSTORY, AND LONG WAVES IN WATER
|DESIGN YOUR CREEK WEEK - COMMUNITY CO-DESIGN TO FOR A 1.6KM WATERWAY NATURALISATION PROJECT|
Small Creek, in Ipswich Qld, was straightened and lined with concrete as surrounding areas urbanised several decades ago. Ipswich City Council now wants to reinstate 1.6 km of naturalised channel to deliver multiple benefits to the community.
A deep level of community engagement was sought that would sow the seeds for long-term community ownership – a critical element of successful waterway revegetation projects. Design Your Creek Week was the centrepiece of the community consultation. Held in November 2016, it was a hands-on co design process where the design team immersed itself in the site for five days and worked with over 180 participants to develop Big Plans for Small Creek.
WATER SECTOR INNOVATION: TECHNOLOGY & REINVENTION
The water sector is changing at a fast pace – technology, workforce and even business models – Water Resource Recovery Facilities are stepping up across the US and the world to take the delivery of water services to the next level. This presentation will touch on some examples of these developments and how leaders are collaborating and changing the water sector dynamics. It will share some examples and how these organizations are growing and changing.
|BEYOND PUBLIC OPINION - HOW TO GET TO PUBLIC JUDGEMENT|
The work of the newDemocracy Foundation (nDF) focuses on exploring reform to public decision-making based on a role for randomly selected everyday people.
Government organisations are subject to the whim of public opinion. nDF aims to test innovations which instead deliver public judgment, where we value what people think after they have had time to think.
In 2017 nDF is working with Yarra Valley Water to ask a random sample of citizens to find a balance between price and service which is fair for everyone, and this example will be central to a short introduction on how to have a very different type of community conversation.