WTF2050 asks its guest to pick an idea they would like to see come to life by 2050. In Series 1 we spotlighted Tasmanian change makers and gave a platform for the future ideas that can transform this State. Tasmanians of the Year Rosalie Martin and Scott Rankin shared their ambitious goals, a prison free Tasmania and the North West re-imagined as an arts laboratory. McLeod’s Daughters / hi5 creator, author Posie Graeme-Evans talked about the power of story and the unique place Tasmania holds in the nations story. Our first series though not yet threatening to take the top spot on the podcasting charts was listened to by a broad range of Tasmanian influencers including those in government and policy. Our aim is to create a platform where big ideas and sometimes small ones can be explored and imagined.

In Series 2, hosts Leanne Minshull and Anna Bateman have changed the T of the title to stand for the future. We asked our guests - be they from Amsterdam, Melbourne or Derby - to share a bold idea that could transform our future. Insect farming, primary schools without skirts and parenting programs in prisons as a matter of course all form stories within our second outing. Also in S2 we spend a morning in Risdon prison meeting male inmates learning how to parent and reflect on their own childhoods. The programs are yielding great success and give context to the rehabilitation vs punishment approach to correction.

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    The Tasmanian Way

    The Tasmanian Way is an emerging statewide partnership to inspire action for Tasmania to be a beacon to the world of a resilient, connected and vibrant place. It is a partnership for all Tasmanians and people who love Tasmania, to make the most of our opportunities and work through our challenges.

    Together, we will deliver a prosperous Tasmania for current and future generations.

    For more info, contact the Coordinator, Jess Robbins

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    Saul Eslake –

    I was approached recently by the Australia Institute to posit my ideas for my island home taking a serious and long-term view, 32 years ahead to 2050. I was one of seven initial contributors, asked not just to think of a generational goal, but what assets did Tasmania already have that would help us achieve it. I realised how little time one spends thinking long term, but in fact how essential it is.

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    #WTF2050: Serving up some food for thought

    First published in The Examiner, 21 April 2018

    Jo Cook and Jess Robbins met while working in the Hobart restaurant trade 20 years ago. Ms Cook is curator of the Dark Mofo Winter Feast and Ms Robbins works for the Global Island Partnership. They were invited by The Australia Institute to propose a “big idea” for Tasmania’s future as part of its #WTF2050 – (What’s Tasmania’s Future?) initiative.

    JO COOK: I’ve been living in Tasmania 24 years now, I came down here in 1993 for a two-week holiday. We went straight to Coles Bay and my friends went diving and brought home abalone. I was 23 years old, I had never seen abalone. Then we went down south on a cray fishing boat. That was my first few days in Hobart. I just thought this place is amazing. I’m going to stay. After I had been here a while I took over a restaurant in Salamanca - it was two floors, we had a 24-hour license and that’s when Jess (Robbins) came along and started working in the kitchen with me, that was 20 years ago.

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    #WTF2050: What’s Tasmania’s future?

    First published in The Examiner, 15 April 2018

    By 2050, everyone everywhere will have the right to thrive. (Yep, utopia).

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