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Wed 21 Oct 2015, 6:00pm–7:00pm
Wed 28 Oct 2015, 6:00pm–7:00pm
Wed 4 Nov 2015, 6:00pm–7:00pm
Wed 11 Nov 2015, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Melbourne Athenaeum Library, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: managernxw

Wednesday 21 October
Deborah Cheetham AO
Time to sing a new song. Can Australians be “young and free” forever?

Free, but bookings are required on 9650 3100.

Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator, Deborah made her international debut in 1997 and has performed in theatres and concert halls throughout Australia, the UK, the United States and New Zealand.

In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Deborah was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for "distinguished service to the performing arts as an opera singer, composer and artistic director, to the development of Indigenous artists, and to innovation in performance".
Deborah is Associate Dean of Indigenous Development at the faculty of the VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne.

Wednesday 28 October
Peter Williams
After the Flowerdale bushfires
Free, but bookings are required on 9650 3100

One of Australia's top digital influencers and CEO of Deloitte Digital, Peter Williams harnessed the power of social media to great effect during the Black Saturday bushfires and in his support of the town of Flowerdale during the recovery. This included using Twitter for real-time updates and attracting support and donations of goods and services and blogging the progress of Flowerdale. In 2011 he won a Forrester Groundswell award from Forrester Media (the first of its kind to be awarded outside of the United States) for best use of social media for social change.
Peter has been involved in numerous innovation projects and has worked with boards and senior executives of many companies helping them understand and adapt to the rapidly changing digital environment.

Peter leads the Australian chapter of the Centre for the Edge, a Silicon Valley Applied Research Centre which identifies and explores emerging opportunities related to big shifts that aren't yet on the senior management agenda, but ought to be. While it is focused on long-term trends and opportunities, it is equally focused on implications for near-term action, the day-to-day environment of executives.

Wednesday 4 November
Gilbert Rochecouste
Melbourne’s cultural and social glue
Free, but bookings are required on 9650 3100

Gilbert, the founder and managing director of Village Well, has worked with hundreds of main streets and businesses over the past 17 years to create more vibrant, connected and resilient communities. He is one of the world’s leading place-making practitioners and passionately promotes the new story of living, playing and working in ways that support the cultural, social and environmental elements unique to each place.

Gilbert is known for his innovative thinking, dynamic engagement processes and inspirational approach to community activation. His catalyst ideas have regenerated iconic places, including Melbourne’s laneways, and enlivened many urban and rural communities. Place-making incorporates and influences other traditional areas of place development, including master planning, urban design, social and economic development, community engagement, retail planning, arts and culture and sustainable development.

Wednesday 11 November
Dr Andrew Lemon
And they’re racing! Melbourne’s sporting passion
Free, but bookings are required on 9650 3100

Dr Andrew Lemon is consultant historian to the Victoria Racing Club and author of the three-volume History of Australian Thoroughbred Racing (Melbourne: Hardie Grant, 2008). The books provide an in-depth insight into the social and political history of Australian racing.

Dr Lemon tells of the mystery of Phar Lap’s cup in The Story of the Melbourne Cup (Melbourne: Slattery Media, 2010).

He is a past president of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and a member of the University of Melbourne Archives Advisory Board. In 2012 Dr Lemon held a John H. Daniels Research Fellowship at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Virginia, USA.