In 2015, I was thrilled to be invited to curate the first Junket un-conference for Junkee Media: a three day event in Canberra, which brought together 200 innovators, leaders and thinkers from across Australia, inviting them to shape the agenda for our country.
For me, Junket is the answer to the question - what if the conversation could be different?
What could be possible if you could see one big problem from multiple perspectives? What if you had the people with the skills and insights and energy and access all in the same place?
We wanted a place that immediately conveys the fact that we have national ambitions, and a perspective that goes beyond the local. It's the seat of power and a place where we preserve our stories. This is best place for us to rewrite our national vision and speak truth to that power.
Who are the Junket participants?
They’re fighting deforestation for palm oil andprotecting the Murray Basin. They’re re-designing job-sharing and the way we work, or trying to bring fairness to the world of internships. They’re building new lines of dialogue and collaboration between Australia and China. They’re disrupting investment and superannuation. They’re communicators who’ve won Cannes Gold Lions, engineersdesigning smart wheelchairs, building robots or rethinking how we generate energy. They’re researchers working on adolescent mental health and cyberbullying, they’re Indigenous health workers, human rights lawyers, astrophysicists and surgeons, or urbanists reshaping the places we inhabit. Between them, they’ve founded a social impact toilet paper company, a sex-toy company, a network supporting women in music — and more apps than you can fit on your phone.
These people are engaged, informed, and motivated. You’ll know some of them from their jobs as actors, journalists, commentators, advocates or designers; you’ll know them from radio or from #QandA; you’ve read their books or attended their events.