City Talks

Global experts inspire and inform
City Talks aim to inspire, educate and engage key decision makers and the community about significant global, national and city issues. Major international thought leaders and industry experts challenge our way of thinking and present ideas from prominent global cities. The keynote address is followed by a panel discussion on the topic’s influence at a local level.
Joseph Stiglitz

Joseph Stiglitz: The Price of Inequality

8 July 2014

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and a panel of experts discuss the price of inequality and what happens to communities when the issue is ignored.

Dr David Suzuki

Over the horizon: Next steps for sustainable cities and the world

24 September 2013

World-renowned environmentalist Dr David Suzuki joins a panel discussion that focuses on the role governments, organisations and communities across the globe play to battle climate change.

Carol Coletta

What creative life do you want for Sydney?

10 April 2013

Carol Colleta, CEO of Artplace America, speaks about how Artplace changed culture and creative communities across the US, and what Sydney could learn from the experience.

David McWilliams

Recipes for change: How food is changing the cultural and community life of cities

13 November 2012

David McWilliams, economist and social commentator, talks about the effects of shrinking crop stockpiles, increases in biofuel demand, and commodity speculation.

Chris Anderson

Smart Sydney: How do we create an environment for inspiration and innovation?

10 May 2012

Chris Anderson, Curator of TED Conferences, talk abouts how cities can empower the future, drive innovation, change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the community at large.

Paul Gilding

Poverty amid plenty: Exploring ideas for a more equitable and sustainable world

20 April 2012

Paul Gilding, the former CEO of Greenpeace International, writer and activist, talks about whether a more equitable and sustainable world possible, and, if so, how do we achieve it?

Charles Landry.

The art of city making

2 November 2011

Urbanist Charles Landry and a panel of our leading creative thinkers discuss how we can unlock and marshal Sydney's creative energy.

Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton

Sydney: creative, vibrant, sustainable - Fostering a green cultural precinct at Walsh Bay

8 March 2011

Hear the views of Clover Moore MP; Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton; Craig Allchin, Director, Six Degrees Architects; Lisa Havilah, CEO, CarriageWorks; and Rafael Bonachela, Artistic Director, Sydney Dance Company as the group discusses ways to foster a vibrant and sustainable creative precinct at Walsh Bay.

Allan Jones

Sydney's energy revolution – building a low-carbon city

25 October 2010

How local government must play a key role in changing the way we think about water, energy and waste. Lord Mayor Clover Moore introduces Professor Tim Flannery, Allan Jones MBE and an invigorating panel discussion on powering cities.

Ken Livingstone

Integrated transport for a connected city

16 September 2009

Ken Livingstone, former mayor of London, reveals the triumphs and challenges of transforming London’s transport system, and his suggestions for Sydney’s transport future.

Janette Sadik-Khan

Sustainable Streets Parallel Cities: Sydney & New York

25 March 2009

Exciting initiatives in sustainable city living.

Jan Gehl

Sustainable Sydney 2030: a livelier, more engaging place for people of all ages

16 March 2008

The Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision aims to make the City a livelier, more engaging place for people of all ages. Eminent Danish architect Jan Gehl describes with energy his ideas for a more pedestrian and people friendly City Centre.

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The City Talks series includes free public talks such as City Talks, City Conversations and Design Excellence events.

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Last updated: Thursday, 2 October 2014