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Webinar: The Geography of Innovation: Making Sense of Innovation Places and Spaces

17 June 2020@12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


What’s the difference between innovation precincts, knowledge hubs, innovation districts, entrepreneurial zones, industry clusters, incubators, accelerators, science and technology parks?

Does it matter?

All refer to place-based collaborative innovation eco-systems. All are seeking to boost the economic prosperity and social wellbeing and dynamism of communities.  It is important that we gain a better understanding of how such innovation places work. This helps to sharpen a clear purpose for innovation places and spaces and to judge their performance and impacts.

This webinar will explore different types of innovation places and spaces and their essential ingredients.  Participants will benefit by hearing and reflecting on:

  • How decision-makers can be more discerning judges of proposals for place-based innovation programs.
  • Important roles for local government and economic development practitioners, including pitfalls to avoid.
  • A short checklist to help tailor place-based innovation programs to the particular character and circumstances of individual local communities.
  • Roles that innovation places and spaces can play in preparing for a COVID-19 recovery.

The webinar will feature interviews with insiders from the City of Greater Bendigo, Victoria and Liverpool City Council, NSW outlining their place-based innovation strategies, the reasons behind them, and how these are playing out in practice.


Narelle Kennedy AM

Narelle Kennedy is a pioneer of research into the realities of business innovation, particularly its human dimensions.  She is the owner and Managing Director of The Kennedy Company Pty Ltd, specializing in business innovation, manufacturing, economic and social development, place-based policies and business regulation and fair trading.

Narelle is the former CEO of the Australian Business Foundation, Australia’s largest private sector funder of and partner in policy research into industry and innovation. She serves as a Committee Member of RDA Sydney and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at the University of Technology Sydney.  Narelle has a first class Honours Degree in Social Studies from the University of Sydney and has represented Australia on the Business Advisory Committee to the OECD.

Narelle has an extensive background in local and regional development. She has managed regional funding programs for State Government departments, worked for Regional Organisations of Councils, and designed and implemented place-based economic and social development programs for local government, not for profit bodies and local and regional chambers of commerce. Narelle’s career spans industry associations, government departments, social enterprises and other non-profit organisations and covers service as a senior executive, chief executive, board director, business owner, program manager and front line worker.

Narelle Kennedy was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) Honour for significant service to business in Australia through a range of policy development and advisory roles.


  • Kiersten Fishburn, Chief Executive Officer, Liverpool City Council;
  • Chris Rowlands, Innovation Officer, City of Greater Bendigo


Members: Free
Non-Members: $30

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17 June 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Economic Development Australia


0467 217 997


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