We changed thinking into an event.

We changed the way people use creative thinking to solve important challenges.

The Hothouse was a unique collaboration between Dark Mofo, the University of Tasmania, Hobart City Council and News Corp. Through it, we wanted to demonstrate the power of creative thinking to explore and respond to issues that impact on an area vital to the future of Tasmania – our educational outcomes.

This unique social engagement event brought together a range of curated ‘thinkers’ from around the country and around the state comprising of industry leaders, our brightest young people and passionate members of our community.

Over three days, in a stunning purpose-built space on the lawns of Salamanca Place, these thinkers were led through a facilitated process to generate 12 inspiring and challenging ideas. These ideas were ‘on show’ in the Hothouse space and also presented and discussed at a public forum, hosted and broadcast by ABC Radio National’s Natasha Mitchell.

Throughout this comprehensive process we also solicited the thoughts and engagement of the wider community, inviting participation and comment through a range of communication channels, from dedicated social media platform right through to ‘old fashioned’ pen and paper.

The result was an outstanding success. Some of the ideas generated have been ‘adopted’ by the Thinkers themselves. Other ideas are still being discussed.

Visit The Hothouse website and see what real and meaningful change looks like.

PHOTO: Woven Sky – artist Wang Wen-chih in collaboration with Cave Urban Design Collective. Photography by Steve Swayne.