Kevin Rudd
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Laurel Papworth follows up on PM Kevin Rudd’s announcement of a 2020 Summit this April — to discuss directions ahead for the next 10 years. See unembeddable video here (c’mon ABC, get with it).

The summit that will bring together 1000 of Australia’s brightest minds will cover:

  • Future directions for the economy, including education, skills, training, science and innovation (this one interests me most
  • Economic infrastructure, the digital economy and the future of Australia’s cities (but I am loving this too)
  • Population, sustainability, climate change, water
  • Rural industries and communities
  • National health strategy
  • Families, communities and social inclusion
  • Indigenous Australia
  • The future of Australia’s arts, film and design
  • Democracy, open government, the role of the media, the structure of federation, citizens’ rights and responsibilities
  • Future security and prosperity

(Source: Prime Minister’s office)

Laurel is voting for Mark Pesce and for herself (which is fair enough — check out her new profile).

It is great to see some big picture agenda setting. But is there anyone else out there you would like to see in the 1000 strong delegate list? Oh, and do blog this and link to Laurel’s post — we want to make sure that Australian digital media has some representation — even if it is only on Google.

UPDATE: There are a bunch of other folks talking this up:

Stephen Collins – setup 2020Summit.org so we can all talk it up
Prime Ministers Media Release
Tim Longhurst blog
SmartCompany article
Stephen Collins blog post
Freedom to Differ blog
Nick Hodge nominates Laurel
Peter Martin blog
Tangler forum