One of those strange days.
Until early this afternoon I was not one of the people attending next weekend’s 2020 summit in Canberra. I took a 3 week writing sabbatical back in early March and dropped mostly out of communication with the world. When i came back to civilisation i discovered that the nomination process for the summit had mostly been and gone. I returned with a couple of days to spare, took a quick look at the nomination form – which i remember (perhaps unfairly) as being heavy in its emphasis on qualifications and light on experience or ideas – and decided to pass on the grounds that I probably wasn’t the sort of person that they would be looking for.
I guess I also wasn’t sure that I was particularly comfortable with putting myself forward for a gig like that. I already have a few platforms to get my views out there and that it would probably be (or have been) a better process if people with less of a chance got a look in.
Anyhow… Fast forward a few weeks and a strange chain of events has led to me being given a last minute call up.
To cut a long story short, it turns out there are a few last minute wild cards being given out and I’ve been offered me one.
It was all a bit frantic on the phone today but I assume I’ve been invited me because I’ve got a fairly different perspective from some of those on the original list. There are a lot of great people on the original list but my initial reaction was one of being disappointed with the diversity of it.
It probably doesn’t help when people like me and most everyone i know aren’t really the types to nominate ourselves. Most of the participants are overwhelmingly attached to institutions large and small. While i am sure that most of them will be able to see beyond that the reality is that most of the arts and cultural sector isn’t like that any more and hasn’t been for a long time.
Anyhow, i thought i would throw it open to people to put forward ideas on this site over the next week. I’d be very interested to hear from cultural practioners, punters, artists, media makers, and trouble makers that are working at the coal face if you have any ideas for making a more Creative Australia. I don’t care what form you work in (if any) but I am particularly curious about the practical problems people encounter when working with budgets of 50, 500, or 5000 dollars rather than dealing with turnovers of 5 million.
I would hope that would be something that i could take with me to the summit.
Suggestions please! I will try and take any particularly good ones to the summit with me and some of the less good ones will feed into other things i do. Oh, and try not to dwell on needing more money – it goes without saying.
- Zero summit games (1.000)
- What's the big idea? Start with the small ones. (1.000)
- My brain hurts! (1.000)
- A facebook Experiment (1.000)
- Culture Shock - New TV Series (0.500)