Australia 2020 Summit – Kevin Rudd and Mark Pesce

EDIT: See the Internet’s votes for the 1000 strategists here on Bloggerati.com.au and add your own vote. Also nominate someone yourself (Submit tab): it probably won’t do anything but at least you feel like you had a say 🙂

Glyn Davis Summit Chairman and Kevin Rudd Prime Minister 2.0 is looking for Australia’s brightest and best to talk about the decade ahead and strategy. Video here that I can’t embed.

The Australia 2020 Summit announced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will examine 10 issues facing the nation:

Future directions for the economy, including education, skills, training, science and innovation
• Economic infrastructure, the digital economy and the future of Australia’s cities
• 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

If not the brightest, surely the cutest?

So my vote for Australia’s brightest are:

Mark Pesce, one of the early pioneers in Virtual RealityOpens in a new tab. is a writer, researcher and teacher. The co-inventor of VRMLOpens in a new tab., he is the author of five books and numerous papers on the future of technology.” – WikipediaOpens in a new tab.


ME! Laurel Papworth newbie lecturer in Masters of Convergent Media, big mouth on Web 2.0, advisor here and overseas in digital strategy to telcos and massive media companies. Leading expert on social networks. Both hands on implementation and high level strategy in digital media and communication. Has a pink haired pixie avatar (the last should be a winner).

There are lots of clever clogs out there – how many of them do strategy and not just for one company? (Must not be simply a speaker or in PR, must be a do-er) – not that I don’t love PR people 🙂


  1. You don’t have to blog about me ‘n Mark but can you post and/link here if you blog about the Summit? I’ll link back to you if you tell me – I just want to make sure that our votes for Web 2.0 are heard by Google Search.
  2. Let me know what you think of laurelpapworth.com? David N Wallace and cohort made it for me. 🙂

*pats* you are sweethearts. Who do we have to talk to, to be on the 1000, anyone know?

Crikey.com.au thingummybob
@trib – created 2020Summit.org after our discussion on Twitter.
Prime Ministers Media Release
Tim Longhurst blog
SmartCompany article
Stephen Collins blog post
Freedom to Differ blog
Nick Hodge (yay! nominates me amongst others)
Peter Martin blog
Tangler forum
Gavin Heaton Servant of Chaos blog
Kate Carruthers Aide Memoire
GnollsInSpace blog

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Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

8 thoughts on “Australia 2020 Summit – Kevin Rudd and Mark Pesce

  1. It’s a new Masters at the University of Western Sydney – finalising it now, but they said I could publicise it on the radio show I did. I’m also finalising teaching consumer generated media component on a Masters of Prof. Journalism.

    Send me your details and I’ll send you the subjects and coursework and project outlines.

  2. Well, you can ring Glyn and Ruddles personally. I’ll tell ’em to take your call. 😛

    Or you can nominate and vote on my other site (category, australia 2020 summit) bloggerati.com.au
    I’d doubt anyone will listen but you never know.

  3. cheers laurel. I just checked the uws site. It’s an interesting course. U know, it’s funny. A lot of unis are now teaching MSc’s like this MCM one. The Uni of Syd has an MDCC. And also Oxford in England have a brand new MPhil/DPhil that focus pretty much on the same topics.

  4. @anonymous *nods* no doubt. I first worked in convergent media in the late 90’s and there were Unis giving courses on it all the way back then. I’m not familiar with the Uni programmes you mentioned – in other words I didn’t nick their content matter 😛 – my subjects are based on workshops I’ve been teaching for the last couple of years 🙂 I needn’t say that mine will be the most fun. Heh.

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