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Smart Talk Future Thinking

The ‘Smart Talk. Future Thinking’ events are aimed at getting people in the community to talk to and think with each other in a general sense, aided by stimulating and well-known speakers. The events will not be directly connected to any councils/agencies or their own engagement processes.

The primary aim is to stimulate thinking, ideas and understanding of long-term future trends in the widest sense in a community western Bay wide event. SmartGrowth looks ahead 20, 30 and 50 years ahead, and the SLG has clearly indicated that ‘Future Thinking’ is its number one priority. We are trying to stimulate future thinking in our community with the knowledge, data, evidence, research and access to speakers that we have as SmartGrowth.

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Density done well

SmartGrowth partnered with the New Zealand Institute of Architects and the Festival of Architecture to present Placemaking and Density Done Well, a Smart Talk Future Thinking event . Through a panel format the Talk explored some of the issues faced when a city increases in size and what opportunities there are to create quality spaces and adapt to growth.



Dr Lance O'Sullivan on the future of health service planning and delivery and i-MOKO – using technology in our thinking about the future of health and wellbeing in our communities.



July's SmartTalk Future Thinking event focussed on housing with guest speaker and leading economist Shamubeel Eaqub entertaining over 200 attendees with his informative and thought-provoking presentation.


The future of work

The Future of work and our workforce Employment in Tauranga is projected to grow by almost 50 per cent by 2048.  How well equipped is our region to meet these employment demands, and what will our future workforce look like?

Paul Spoonley

Demographic changes and challenges in the western Bay of Plenty

Professor Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University launched SmartGrowth's speaker series on Tuesday 7 February with his presentation A Changing Demography, Changing Challenges.

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