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Stephen Yarwood

Urban Futurist

Ideas For Tomorrow That Will Blow You Mind!

Join a time travelling futurist to explore why tomorrow looks absolutely nothing like today and what that means for you, your family and friends.

Its easy to understand the past, but much harder to comprehend the future. Join Stephen for a journey into the big picture trends and opportunities on the horizon that that will inspire you to embrace ambiguity and change as a vital tool to being healthy, happy and successful in a increasingly uncertain future.

Passionate about cities and innovation, Stephen is one of Australia’s best-known and respected contemporary Urban Planners and Futurists who consults internationally on future city trends, urban innovation, leadership and creating positive change.

From 2010 to 2014 he was the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, the youngest Lord Mayor of a Capital City in Australian history.

He is considered an international specialist on the future citizen and the relationships between people, technology, infrastructure, society, cities and quality urbanism.

He is an avid traveller, explorer of cities, information junkie, gamer and jay walker who loves to challenge the status quo and inspire people to be the change they want to see in the future.

Achievements: During his time as Lord Mayor Stephen's emphasis on collaboration delivered many outcomes that saw Adelaide recognized internationally as an innovative destination by Lonely Planet, National Geographic and The New York Times.

He is an award winning Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, has been a keynote speaker in several countries and worked with cities, states and nations as well as corporations such as Airbnb.

Prior to being Lord Mayor, Stephen worked in Australia and internationally as a planner, researcher, educator and speaker. His planning experience is exceptionally diverse; from strategy to implementation on many large projects dealing with most land use types and a diverse range of environment, economic, community, design and development issues.

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