Thinker in Residence 2011
The City of Perth is one of seven partners working with the Commissioner for Children and Young People to deliver the 2011 Thinker in Residence Program.
The Program took place from Monday 7th until Friday 18 November 2011, during which time two workshops were be hosted by the City of Perth.
The Commissioner for Children and Young People Michelle Scott established the Thinker in Residence program to focus on important public policy issues that affect the wellbeing of children and young people.
Each year an internationally renowned expert will be invited to Western Australia for a short residency to explore a particular issue. The Thinker will work with organisations and individuals across sectors to offer a new perspective on the issue, challenge how we tackle it and inspire lasting change.
2011 Thinker in Residence: Unlocking Creativity will turn the spotlight on the role of creativity, culture and education in improving the wellbeing of children and young people in WA. The residency will build on work to date in the areas of arts, innovation and education as tools to foster the skills and potential of younger West Australians.
Paul Collard, chief executive of Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) in the United Kingdom, has been appointed as the inaugural Thinker.
CCE is the non-government and not-for-profit organisation responsible for delivering the UK Government’s major creative and educational programs for young people in England.
Paul has 25 years experience working in the arts and is an expert in delivering programs that use creativity and culture as drivers of social and economic change, most notably in England and the USA.
Paul has a particular focus on unlocking the creative potential of children and young people to prepare them for success in the creative economy of the 21st century.
The Commissoner for Children and Young People has released the Thinker in Residence report by Paul Collard and can be viewed at
For enquiries about the two workshops being hosted by the City of Perth, please contact Carole Winfield on (08) 9461 3404 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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