The Perfect Match – Projects and Spaces to Renew

This was another session that I won’t go into much detail about except to say that the presenters Lara Torr (Co-Founded Renew Adelaide), Marnie Jackson (General Manager Renew Newcastle) and Coralie Winn (Director Gap Filler, one of the newest to join my #professionalcrush list) shared some anecdotal advice around matching empty spaces and potential projects/enterprises. All three presenters were warm, welcoming and offered useful advice.

I was right up the back this time, so sadly no photos of the powerpoints or presenters either!

As some of the examples they spoke about could potentially be identified, I won’t go into detail, other than to share some of the key points I took away from the session:

  • Be ready to launch your space/project/idea yesterday!
  • Use a telephone, don’t rely on email. Get to know people and what makes them tick.
  • Be polite
  • Trust your instincts, but get insights from others as well

I will fully admit, I did get a bit sidetracked reading the National Cultural Policy and the twitterverse reactions during this session – there’s a handy storify capturing some of those reactions here (with thanks to Hayley Ward). You can read Minister Crean’s launch speech here and download the policy PDF here.

Apparently Minister Crean will be joining us for lunch at Creating Spaces tomorrow too, anyone want to say hi?

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