Harbinger Consultants

Culture + Complexity + Change

2014 | Season’s Greetings

HARBINGER CONSULTANTS wishes you a joyous and peaceful festive season.

We have enjoyed a lively 2014 with new projects, challenges and opportunities. We’re delighted to share some of the year’s highlights …

Activating places and communities


Integrated public art and placemaking at the North Lakes Bus Station for TransLink, working with artists Leah King-Smith and Lucas Salton.


Facilitated Long Time, No See? dialogue at Sunshine Coast University. An adapted version of the online artwork (detail above) is screening as part of the rotating program at The Cube, QUT, Brisbane. Touring program in development.


Managing the planning and design of a shelter to display a restored historic fire engine (pictured above) for Blackall Tambo Regional Council, working with Cloud Dwellers Architecture and Design.


  • Public art and placemaking projects at Fitzgibbon Chase for Economic Development Queensland, commencing in 2015
  • Development of the Arts and Culture Policy for the state branch of a national organisation

Expanding directions


Involvement in the development of an Aboriginal-owned enterprise drawing on traditional knowledge about bush medicine; including business case and stakeholder engagement.


Event and Cultural Production for The Great Get Togethers as part of the G20 Cultural Celebrations for Department of Premier and Cabinet and Human Ventures. Activities included an origami boat making workshop (pictured above) at Einbunpin Lagoon, Sandgate for Polytoxic project, Trade Winds.

Facilitating strategy

  • Facilitation, evaluation, strategy and planning with non-profit organisations and SMEs

Sharing knowledge

  • Guest lectures at QUT (Planning) and QCA Griffith University (Design Futures; Indigenous Practice and Protocols)
  • Sessional academic at QUT (Design) and research with QUT (place identity; seniors’ living) and research with University of Western Sydney (urban governance and digital platforms)
  • Guest presentation for The Homesickness Project, Logan on ‘DIY Placemaking’

Ongoing relationships

Publishing ideas


Completion of Fieldworking, an Australia Council funded project which presents studies of public art and space.


Essay published in SCAPE 7 Public Art Christchurch Biennial. Volume 2: Artist Projects.


Publication of an ebook, I spy … scenes from micro-suburbia, capturing scenes from our locality to show some of the nuances and subtleties of suburbia.


Learning more

  • Completion of Master of Planning (Professional) from Deakin University, Victoria
  • Completion of Adaptive Leadership Intensive, Social Leadership Australia

Celebrating successes

  • Master’s thesis received Commendation for Outstanding Tertiary Student Project – Borrie Prize from the Victorian Branch of Planning Institute of Australia’s 2014 Awards for Planning Excellence Victoria
  • Recipient of Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake a PhD researching transition, governance, innovation and infrastructure at QUT, commencing in 2015

Supporting community


Board roles with Kurbingui Sporting Association, Art From The Margins, and Regional Development Australia Brisbane (to August). Kurbingui Sporting Association’s Flash Mob Jog is pictured above as part of the Great Get Together at 7th Brigade Park, Chermside.


Mentor in the QUT Career Mentoring Program. Harbinger’s John Armstrong is pictured with mentoree, Mathilde Bach Stougaard,  a QUT postgraduate student. John was also nominated for QUT Mentor of the Year.


  • Advisory roles with Creative Conversations, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art Advisory Group, Bric Housing Company, Digi Youth Arts and others
  • Fundraising for dementia research via the ‘Brainy Breakfast’, our independently devised health promotion and dementia awareness-raising initiative. Thank you to all those who donated funds by sponsoring a 50km bicycle ride and attended the breakfast.

We are taking some time off from 22 December until 5 January. Please be in touch in the new year if you would like to discuss partnering with us or canvas other joint opportunities. We are looking forward to the new year’s adventures, and hope to catch up with you soon.

Best wishes
John Armstrong & Linda Carroli
Harbinger Consultants


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