Harbinger Consultants

Culture + Complexity + Change

2016 | Season’s Greetings

2016 has been a rewarding year with Harbinger focused on major projects and partnerships that aim to positively shape community opportunities and futures. We thank our partners, collaborators and clients for the opportunity to work with them throughout the year. We extend our warmest wishes for a happy and peaceful Festive Season and radiantly refreshing new year.


Our year in review …

Harbinger’s John Armstrong collaborated with Plan C on several projects including place activation with the emerging community at Flagstone in south east Queensland, and stakeholder engagement for strategic economic development and transition in Georgetown for Etheridge Shire Council in north Queensland.

John again played several mentoring roles including mentoring an arts organisation for Arts Queensland, continuing an advisory role with Liworaji Aboriginal Corporation, and mentoring an undergraduate Creative Industries student as part of QUT’s mentoring program. He also mentored that student as artistic program director of the DIY Festival. Arts Queensland also appointed John as a Peer Assessor.

Work was also undertaken for The Shaftesbury Centre towards developing a campus for an Indigenous training facility in south east Queensland.

John was also involved in the development of a concept for a War Memorial dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Servicemen and Servicewomen and planned for Anzac Square, Brisbane. The concept was presented for public view earlier in the year at the Museum of Brisbane. Together with artists Laurie Nilsen, Archie Moore and Rosie Barcus, the concept sought to represent and depict diverse aspects of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and experiences of service.

Community involvements with Art from the Margins continued through John’s board membership and judging for the AFTM Emerging Artists Award and Exhibition. He is mentoring the award winning artists in preparation for a group exhibition at Graydon Gallery in New Farm next year. John also participated in a KPMG event for National Day of Disability to raise awareness of disability and the arts. John was also acknowledged with an award from the Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland (IWAQ) as part of the organisation’s 25th anniversary celebrations. John was acknowledged for his contribution to community services.

John is working with social enterprise, change maker and innovator Human (Human Ventures) to undertake strategic planning for a new initiative about health and nutrition in Indigenous communities. In this initial phase, John has been working on the project strategy and developing a plan for the project to be rolled out in the new year.

Linda Carroli’s PhD on system innovation, infrastructure planning and sustainable transitions is progressing with the major milestone of confirmation successfully completed in May. Research on this project is now well underway and involves examination of regional planning and policy to ascertain policy learning processes. She presented her research in progress at the Pathways to a Sustainable Economy conference at Griffith University in November. The paper will be published in a book of proceedings.

The higher degree research context has also provided several research and academic opportunities including preparation of a literature review examining the relationship between social sustainability and seniors living and a research role for a teaching and learning project titled “Understanding changing self-perceptions of professional identity and employability among undergraduate students: a planning perspective”.

Linda completed and published the co-edited second volume of ISUF2013 Conference Papers, with 14 papers by scholars from around the world examining urban morphology and urban form. Linda also attended the International Symposium of Next Generation Infrastructure 2016 held in Wollongong, hosted on 1-2 September 2016 by the SMART Infrastructure Facility.

The new year will see publication of two co-authored book chapters including a paper about cycling, planning and Indian cities for a book on sustainable development in Asia, and a reflection on the participatory process of the Long Time, No See? project for a book examining ‘undesign’. The Journal of Public Space was launched this year and Linda is a member of the Editorial Board.

Linda continued in her roles with QUT as Sessional Academic Success Advisor (SAS Advisor) for the School of Design, and sessional academic in the School of Design and School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment. As a SAS advisor, she is developing research about the experience of sessional design academics in online teaching, and maintaining a social media community.

Linda was appointed to the Dementia Friendly Communities (DFC) Consumer Advisory Group as part of an Alzheimer’s Australia project. The project will result in a community driven collaborative approach to reducing stigma and social isolation associated with dementia through support for dementia-friendly communities. The purpose of the DFC Consumer Advisory Group is to provide input and advice on the development of the National Dementia Friends Program and the National Community Resource Hub.

There is more going on – always more – such as completion of a voluntary project involving the collaborative crafting of tactile activity mats and wall hangings for a hospital dementia unit, with contributions from several local artists, makers and crafters.

Finally, John was nominated for a Lilley Australia Day Award and will receive his award in a community ceremony to be held in January. The award acknowledges John’s commitment and contribution to the local community. Congratulations John!!

In reflecting on our year’s work, we are seeing an increasing focus on community, collaboration and connection for social change, intercultural exchange and sustainability. This work involves innovative, complex, creative and collaborative problem solving that addresses learning, reflection and decision-making through highly evolved consultation and facilitation methods.


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