Canberra’s future is the talk of the town

Posted 5 Dec 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

About the future, for the future: the Future State of the Territory is back for a second year.

Tonight, Canberra’s best and brightest will gather to tackle all important issues affecting the city. If you haven’t already got tickets, get in quick; it’s sure to be an unmissable night!

From technology, leadership and democracy to inclusivity, creativity and smart cities, Future State of the Territory 2017 will encourage young people to be more vocal on the issues that are important to them.

If the promise of robust and lively debates – facilitated by none other than the ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr – isn’t quite enough to get you through the door, catering by Canberra favourites Brodburger and Capital Brewing Co might seal the deal. There’s even a bonus demo of Canberra’s newest indoor ski venue, VertiKal.

The event is run by FutureNet, a group of young, dynamic volunteers who are passionate about shaping their own futures and the future of Canberra.

Forming the young professional arm of Consult Australia, members of FutureNet come from a variety of backgrounds including engineering, banking and law. This isn’t FutureNet’s first rodeo; they have delivered engaging events in the past such as Australia’s first ‘Smart Week’ and the Chief Ministers Challenge in 2014.

Chair of FutureNet, Brachy Wilson, says “the events theme ‘about the future for the future’ is designed to bring young people together, build a sense of shared purpose and support each other to create a future in which Canberra remains amongst the world’s best cities.”

Key note speaker Dee Madigan of ABC’s Gruen and Campaign Edge, will share her insights on how to make change happen. The award-winning advertising guru will talk about the big issues from marriage equality, climate change and STEM take-up.

Dee will give tips to future influencers and leaders on just how to go about creating change.

The event will also feature the work of several student and young professional groups. These groups include the University of Canberra, the Australian National University’s Fifty50, Institute of Architects, Planning Institute of Australia and students from Frank Fenner Foundation on smart cities.

Consult Australia’s Kevin Keith says that while the event will no doubt be fun, it will have a serious element too.

“It’s more important than ever to grow understanding of the implications of technology, the issues and opportunities facing our democracy and to connect young people to our city in ways which empower them to shape how society develops,” Kevin says.

When: 5:30 pm Tuesday 5th December

Where: Capital Brewing Co., Dairy Road

Cost: Tickets are $25 for students and $45 for everyone else. They include food from the legendary Brodburger, a drink from Capital Brewing Co. and the chance to see the new indoor-ski facility, VertiKal. Tickets are available here.

If you can’t make it to the event the debates will be livestreamed here.

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