Living at the Edge - public entrepreneurs or activists

With our focus on the future, we partnered with SouthStart to deliver 'a Stream' as part of the conference, bringing new insights about entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation in government organisations to employees of the South Australian Public Sector.

Attendees heard from Premier Steven Marshall MP as he officially opened the _southstart conference and following with our esteemed keynote from the author of the recently released ANZOG report on innovation in the public sector, entitled  'Today's Problems, Yesterday's Toolkit', Professor Rod Glover. Delgates had the opportunity to explore the creative bureaucracy and the role of imagination in public service, with world-renowned Charles Landry. Other insightful speakers included Commissioner Erma Ranieri, Doha Kahn, Jim Whalley and Craig Wilkins plus many more.


Speaker Presentation Download
Dr Matthew Butlin Productivity and Innovation Slides
Prof Rod Glover Create a Bigger Impact Slides
Craig Wilkins Social Activism Slides

Commissioner Erma Ranieri
The Commissioner for Public Sector Employment outlined the aspirations of her office for assisting in developing a public sector that is outward looking, empowered and able to adapt to change.

Keynote Speaker - Rod Glover
Professor Rod Glover outlined the main findings of his ANZOG report 'Today's Problems, Yesterday's Toolkit'. He will explore the opportunities for public sector institutions to re-invent themselves to become more orientated towards innovation and problem-solving and to build entrepreneurial competencies.

Dr Matthew Butlin
The SA Productivity Commissioner discussed the opportunities and challenges for improving public sector productivity and its risk appetite, as well as the imperative that there is a culture of entrepreneurialism to imagine the innovations that lead to those improvements.

Jim Whalley
As SA Government's Chief Entrepreneur, Jim Whalley shared his thoughts on what the public sector and private sector entrepreneurial experience can teach eachother, as well as how his office and the Advisory Board can assist with the public sector balance accountability with entrepreneurialism.

Panel Session Moderated by Charles Landry

Charles Landry
Charles continues to work on the theme of 'Creative Bureacracy' across a variety of international jurisdictions. Charles shared the common experiences and emerging trends that are arising from this work.

Doha Kahn
Doha, a Year 12 student, has first-hand experience with the work and organisation of ‘School Strike 4 Climate’ movement. She shared her experiences of student activism, the passion of the movement, the entrepreneurial endeavor of students to facilitate student engagement, and observations of how the public sector and more traditional NGOs can be proactive, responsive and engaged with the voice of future generations.

Craig Wilkins
Craig is CEO of the Conservation Council of SA, and has experience working in SA-based public sector and NGO sector organisations. He explored the important role ‘social entrepreneurs’ have in promulgating and normalising the environmental policy agenda and opportunities for the public sector to appropriately engage with the aspirations of social movements and their entrepreneurs.

Kathryn Anderson
Kathryn Anderson Editor of Knowledge in Action, Kathryn outlined the imperative for both public sector and universities to building stronger ties in unlocking research knowledge to inform public policy and reflect upon the role, skills and aptitudes required of public/social entrepreneurs in Universities and civil services to realise opportunities.

Greg Mackie OAM
Greg is the CEO of the History Trust of SA. He drew on current and previous roles with the Government of SA and his commercial (retail) and social entrepreneurial (Festival of Ideas) ventures, to reflect upon the importance of a vibrant public discourse in shaping the imagination, aspirations and behaviours of an effective and responsive public sector.

20 Nov 2019

8:30am registration and networking
9:00am Official Southstart Open
9:30am - 1:00pm IPAA SA Stream
6:00pm Southstart Conference Close

Gilbert Suite, Adelaide Convention Centre
North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000