REGEN BRISBANE – Can Brisbane become a regenerative city?
(especially now that we're hosting the Olympics in 2032!)


We're excited to be kicking off our Community “Think Tank” Process!

29 and 30 July, Brisbane (in person and online)

Venue for ‘in person’ workshops: QUT Kelvin Grove, Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct (E Block), Level 5
Click here for a map of QUT Campus, and look for "E" Block



DAY 1 - THURSDAY 29TH JULY – 10am to 4pm – A one day introductory event, offering a 'scan' across cutting edge approaches to creating a regenerative city.





10.00amConnecting Brisbane to the regenerative movement – and an introduction to the Greenprints Initiative
  • Dr Michelle Maloney, AELA (Australian Earth Laws Alliance), and
  • Professor Marcus Foth (QUT Design Lab) - co-convenors of the NENA Brisbane Hub
10.20amWhat are your priorities for Brisbane?10 minute survey for workshop participants
10.30amThe Relationist Ethos and how Indigenous Peoples created regenerative societies across the continent now known as Australia
  • Mary Graham - Adjunct Associate Professor (UQ) and Kombu-merri & Waka Waka person
  • Professor Yin Paradies, Deakin University (VIA ZOOM)
11.10amAn overview of the Brisbane City Council's current and planned sustainability and social justice initiatives
  • Jonathan Sri, Brisbane City Councillor
11.30amMORNING TEA BREAK (15 mins) 
11.45amLocating Brisbane within its bioregion and catchment: getting to know our unique natural environment and amazing biodiversity
  • Rachael Nasplezes – Healthy Land and Water
  • Kira May, Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee
  • Quick interactive game: ‘Biodiversity Bingo for Brisbane’ – James Lee and Michelle Maloney, AELA
12.30pmHow can we understand our city’s impact? Brisbane’s historical and present “footprint” within the bioregion
  • James Lee and Michelle Maloney, AELA
  • Delwyn Jones, Director, Sustainability Assessment, The Evah Institute
1pmLUNCH BREAK (30 mins) 
1.30pmResults from the surveyGroup discussion about our collective priorities, which will be discussed in more detail at our workshop on Friday
1.40pmLocating ourselves within our interconnected ecosystem - Earth Systems Science, Climate Change and our Planetary Boundaries
  • Professor Will Steffen, Climate Council and Stockholm Resilience Institute - VIA ZOOM
2.10pmDoughnut Economics, New/'Wellbeing' Economics and Just Transitions
  • Connecting Planetary Boundaries to Doughnut Economics and the Wellbeing Economy – Michelle Maloney
  • How Regen Melbourne used the Doughnut Economy model - Kaj Lofgren, Small Giants and Regen Melbourne (VIA ZOOM)
3.00pmThe future of regenerative cities
  • Professor Marcus Foth, QUT
  • David Hood AM, Beyond Zero Emissions
  • Dr Anne Kovachevich, Foresight and Innovation Leader at Arup
3.40pmWhat does it mean for businesses to be regenerative, and to be located within a bioregion?
A discussion about locating business sustainability within bioregions, to build regenerative organisations
  • Michelle Maloney, AELA in discussion with
  • Mary-Lou Kelly, CEO of Greentag International
4.00pmWhere to from here?
Future workshops and activities planned for 2021-2022
  • Michelle Maloney and Marcus Foth


DAY 2 – FRIDAY 30TH JULY – 10am to 4pm – Building from Day 1, Day 2 offers a range of workshops where people
can take a ‘deeper dive’ into exploring regenerative approaches.


10.00amWelcome and recap on Day 1
Using the Greenprints approach to find our regenerative pathways
  • Michelle Maloney (AELA/NENA) and Marcus Foth (QUT)
10.15amWorkshop 1 – Understanding the Relationist Ethos as a foundation for regenerative societies (60 min)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Mary Graham, UQ – Kombu-merri and Waka Waka person
11.15amMORNING TEA BREAK (15 mins) 
11.30amWorkshop 2 – How do we fully understand the impacts of our city? (90 minutes)

Getting up close and personal with Brisbane:

·       How can we redesign and rethink our city, to be net positive for the living world?

·       how can we create regenerative alternatives to current building, energy and other types of consumption?

·       where do our resources come from and where does our waste and pollution go to?

** Gathering information for future work, including a future Doughnut Economy analysis for Brisbane **

  • Led by Delwyn Jones, Director, Sustainability Assessment, The Evah Institute
  • With Michelle Maloney, James Lee and Marcus Foth
  • The session will include a fascinating, accessible, introductory presentation by Life Cycle Analysis expert Delwyn Jones.Then we’ll have an open discussion about what information do we need to start building a regenerative model for Brisbane?

Mapping the key questions, resources and skilled human beings, to understand what Brisbane uses, the impacts of Brisbane on the surrounding bioregion and beyond; and how we can transition to a different future


1.00pmLUNCH (30 mins) 
1.30pmWorkshop 3 - Smart Urban Governance for More-than-human futures
  • Introduction to Earth-centred governance, Rights of Nature and ‘legal personhood’ by Dr Michelle Maloney
  • Interactive workshop hosted by Hira Sheikh, QUT Design Lab
3.15pmWorkshop 4 - Funding regenerative projects – how do we ensure long term investment in the regenerative projects that matter to our communities?
  • Selar Hendersen, Future Value
  • Michelle Maloney, AELA
  • Michelle Maloney and Marcus Foth