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Masters of our Canberra Universe Critiquing and Collaborating for a Future Perfect City.
Charles Landry is an expert in his field. A creative planner and ‘master of cities’ is what he’s happy to be called, and his scorecard breakfast on one of his previous visits – he’s here on his fourth visit in a decade – to stir us out of an ennui of accepting the mundane when exceptional should be the standard, remains vivid in my mind for his coagulating eggs as he gave us the 5.4 self assessment by those local movers and shakers attending his workshops. The report should have said we can do better and on this visit it was the business leaders I’ve named, the Masters of our Canberra Universe, who were tasked to report on what they would change if they were indeed Masters for just one day.
Now, to be a Master for these workshops the criteria is a carefully researched number of hours spent mastering a specific task and requires 10,000 hours doing just that. And as every woman knows - yes, they are indeed masters of many things though disparagingly referred to as a ‘Jack of all trades and master of none’. I would argue that most women have earned a PhD in valuable lifeskills keeping the engines of homes and many businesses ticking along like a well oiled machine, where a specific 10,000 hours might limit common sense and practicality that women are so good at.
But back to the workshops and who were our local masters making a wish list – maybe a bucket list for some – for this city, to present to Ministers Shayne Rattenbury and Andrew Barr at two private dinners with Charles Landry. They were our local Masters of Business on hand to endorse the ideas promulgated at the workshops with the kind of enthusiasm Landry inspires, and included Master of Development Bob Winnel, Master of Conferences Robyn Hendry, Master of Communication and Ceremonies Mary-Anne Waldren, Master of Design Annabelle Pegrum, Master of Energy Ayesha Razzaq and representatives from the companies who‘ve supported Landry’s visits in the past with John Miller, CEO the Masters Builders Association and Steve Hardy from Hindmarsh. The masters have spoken, the reports are in and we wait to see what masterful ideas are implemented.