Harbinger Consultants

Culture + Complexity + Change

2009 | Our year in review

As we juggle our diaries and commitments for 2010, we spent some time reviewing our achievements of the past year. The following are a few highlights from our fruitful 2009 – thank you to all who worked with us, partner with us, inspired us and shared their knowledge with us:

December – Commencement of whole of development public art planning for Fitzgibbon UDA for the Urban Land Development Authority as part of the overall place planning and place making process. Secured Arts Queensland Art + Place grant for the ULDA to undertake major public art project for Stage One of the Fitzgibbon project. Regional Development Australia Brisbane Committee, of which Linda is Deputy Chair, had its formation meeting. Linda completed training with Bang The Table in online community engagement using social media.

November – Completion of public art and cultural development planning for Stage 1 of the Fitzgibbon UDA. Linda became a SISOT (Senior Instructor in the School of Thinking) after completing a series of online and face to face training programs throughout the year. Linda’s commissioned ebook and storycube – from an outer suburban life – for Proboscis’ Transformation series was published.

October – John participated in the induction for the QUT Career Mentoring Scheme and Linda was appointed to the Regional Development Australia Brisbane Committee as Deputy Chair by the Federal Government.

September – Research and writing about community benefits agreements in the USA and corporate responsibility in the urban development industry. John was appointed to the Local Enterprise Advisory Partnership of Mission Australia. Harbinger Consultant’s website was relaunched as a blog on WordPress, featuring John’s sumptuous cloud photographs, our studio work and a range of social media opportunities.

August – Partnership with Foresters Community Finance on development and planning for a proposed community hub in the Fitzgibbon UDA. Through social networking and online volunteering, we provided assistance to an emerging social enterprise in Cameroon, Africa.

July – Linda commenced pro bono work with Architects Without Frontiers, providing assistance in their organisational and strategic communications. Work with Disability Services Queensland to develop public art and cultural engagement initiatives as part of the redevelopment of a residential facility.

June – Assistance to the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce in leading a tour of Indigenous enterprises for international delegates of the Building Community Centred Economies Conference.

May – Linda participated in the BrisCulture panel titled Creative Brisbane, and presented a guest lecture on ‘Creativity and the New Society’ to QUT postgraduate creative industries students.

April – John participated in the Social Enterprise Focus Group with the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies.

March – Linda established PlaceBlog as part of the investigation and writing process of the Placing Project, a cultural writing project exploring place writing and writing place funded by the Visual Art Board of the Australia Council.

February – Commenced Moreton Bay Regional Council Cultural Plan with Brecknock Consulting.

January – John prepared course and commenced lecturing in the Indigenous business program at Queensland Catholic University. Preparation of the Disability Action Plan for QPAT. Linda participated in two masterclasses with Dr Doug McKenzie-Mohr focused on fostering sustainable behaviour.


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