Melbourne Conversations brought together industry thought-leaders from around the globe to discuss the crucial topics that will contribute to the way our city emerges from this crisis and allow us to plan for a stronger and more resilient Melbourne.

We recently invited our community to join the discussion where you’ll have the opportunity to speak directly with the industry thought-leaders on each of the issues below.

City of the Future 1 virtual event was on Saturday 4 July from 3pm to 5pm.

Watch: City of the future 1

Topics and speakers

How might we support changing urban land use, infrastructure and space needs?

David Sim, speaker

David Sim

Creative Director at Gehl

Esther Anatolitis, speaker

Esther Anatolitis

Executive Director, NAVA. Deputy Chair, Contemporary Arts Precincts. Honorary Associate Professor, RMIT School of Art

Natale Cutri, CoM Disability Advisory

Natale Cutri

City of Melbourne Disability Advisory Group

How might we understand the implications of systems change and what it might mean for governments and democracy?

Thea Snow, speaker

Thea Snow

Centre for Public Impact, Australia and New Zealand, a BCG Foundation

Lee Shang Lun,​ Creative Director, PlayReactive​

Lee Shang Lun

Creative Director, PlayReactive

Rowan Conway, speaker

Rowan Conway

Head of Mission Oriented Innovation Network at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Rowan Conway, speaker

Cassie Robinson

Senior Head, UK Portfolio at The National Lottery Community Fund

How might we maintain and develop a focus on community cohesion, mental health and identity?

Victor Pineda, speaker

Victor Pineda

Human Rights Expert and Urban Development Scholar

Claire Spencer, speaker

Claire Spencer

Chief Executive Officer of Arts Centre Melbourne

Mark McMillan

Professor of Law and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Education and Engagement at RMIT University

Opinion papers

Share your ideas

We want to know how COVID-19 has changed your perspective on the future of Melbourne.