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SHIFT Cooperative Innovation DigiConference

31 July@9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Bringing the funky soul to Gertrude Street and Business Boosters, tips for helping retailers after COVID – David Engwicht and Chris Gill

David has over 25 years experience in place making. He’s a passionate designer, artist, author, communicator, and social inventor, best known as the creator of the Walking School Bus. PPS describe him as “one of the world’s most inventive thinkers on creating vibrant public spaces”

Chris, owner of Northside Records and local community radio presenter on 3RRR. I see myself as a groove farmer. Growing little funks all through Melbourne and even Australia. We use the platforms of the record store and community radio and DJing to dance floors to make the funk grow. Fitzroy is home to the funk and its my job to keep Fitzroy funky.

Art and recovery: learnings after the Christchurch earthquake – Preston Hegel and Laura Taylor

Preston’s work stretches across the globe, building the capacity of arts communities in the USA before relocating to Ōtautahi (Christchurch) New Zealand 4 years ago. A practiced Arts Administrator and Community Arts worker Preston is COO & Director of XCHC (Exchange Christchurch), a multi-disciplinary production, showcase, and residency space for creative and social entrepreneurs. Preston has an Executive Diploma in Business Leadership.

Laura is Principal Placemaking Advisor at Ōtākaro Limited, a Crown-owned development company set up in 2016 to deliver a range of recovery projects in Christchurch. Along with public space openings, murals and community projects, she facilitated the development of SALT District, a new mixed-use urban neighbourhood. This included working with passionate local landowners, small business owners and leaders of community organisations to establish SALT Collective, New Zealand’s first Town Team. After obtaining Charitable Trust status in late 2019, the team is able to help all sorts of local ideas come to fruition through collaborations, whether creative, cultural or regenerative.

The power of narrative in place-branding and placemaking – Todd Babiak, CEO Brand Tasmania

Todd has worked in places around the world – some big and some not so big. He’s worked with these places to build brand stories, turning each individual story into economic, social, and cultural development strategies. He and his team at Brand Tasmania are in the listening and building business in a Tasmanian way. In collaboration with partners and the community they work to inspire and encourage Tasmanians, and those who aspire to be Tasmanian, to quietly pursue the extraordinary.

Tickets are $45



31 July
9:30 am - 1:30 pm


Economic Development Australia


0467 217 997