Imagine where the future of Brisbane might lead us.

This is the question the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is asking leading local, national and international designers and design thinkers to consider at Think Outside, an annual talk series hosted by SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library.

Taking inspiration from the G20 Summit, as well as the recently released Queensland Plan, the 2014 series looks to the future, challenging panelists to consider how Brisbane’s future identity might be designed and celebrated.

“As the world turns its attention on Brisbane for the G20 Summit, we’re taking the opportunity to consider how we might approach the future of this city through a design lens – from community empowerment to economic prosperity,” said manager of the Asia Pacific Design Library, Natalie Wright.

“By asking leading design thinkers these significant questions, we hope to ignite discussion that inspires new ideas and possibilities, leading to broader conversations and action on this issue.”

Wright adds that design thinking is a creative, future-focussed problem-solving process that matches needs with opportunities:

“This way of approaching problems is becoming increasingly recognised as a powerful tool for creatively exploring the complex and intertwined challenges of the 21st century.”

Speakers for the first Think Outside event on October 14 include Professor Herman Pi’ikea Clark, director of Tokorau Institute of Indigenous Innovation (New Zealand), Paul Pholeros, architect and director of Healthabitat (Sydney), and John Macdonald from Lightspace (Brisbane).

Each speaker will have 10 minutes to present their ideas, setting the platform for considered debate and discussion to follow around the practical implication of these new ideas.

To book tickets or for more information, please visit

When: Tue Oct 14 and Wed Nov 5, 6.30pm (networking drinks from 5.30pm)

Where: State Library of Queensland

Tickets: Free, bookings to be made at