A growing number of leading community, business, government and independent agencies are working to encourage and support innovation and creativity. Ideas at the Powerhouse aims to provide an accessible forum for progressing this important ongoing work.

Ideas at the Powerhouse is an initiative of the Brisbane City Council and the State Government of Queensland, with both agencies having made a significant commitment to the event.

The broad objectives of the project are to:

  • Engage leading thinkers and practitioners in the exchange of ideas;
  • Investigate key issues for the future of Australian society and particularly for the people of Brisbane and Queensland;
  • Contribute to ongoing informed, vigorous and inclusive debate;
  • To promote and present Brisbane and Queensland as stimulating and supporting ideas and innovation.

Ideas at the Powerhouse will fall between the annual Brisbane ‘Ekka’ and the Goodwill Games and will precede the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in Brisbane in October 2001, placing Ideas at the Powerhouse at a time of national and international focus on Brisbane.