Disruptive Governance for Place Resilience [Place Leadership Webinar Series 2020 - Place Leaders & PlacemakingX]


Laura Taylor

This webinar features SALT District. It is part of a series exploring the ways different people come together to build great places at different scales- from neighbourhoods, to precincts and beyond. Since SALT District picked up the Best Major Place Project at the Place Leaders Asia Pacific Awards in 2019, there seems to be some interest building in what is happening in SALT District. I was recently asked by Joanne Taylor (CEO of Place Leaders Asia Pacific) and Sandy Burgoyne (of PlacemakingX in Sydney) if I'd be happy to speak in their series. Of course! What can be more enjoyable than connecting with others who share the same passion for learning how we can create positive change in our world? The topic is Disruptive Governance for Place Resilience.  

"How do cities and places reposition themselves after disasters and how can organisations structure themselves around place for long-lasting resilient outcomes?"

Join us on November the 23rd to hear from SALT District in Christchurch, New Zealand and Town of Victoria Park in Perth, Western Australia – two organisations that have used disruptive governance models to build a shared and sustainable identity and deliver places at a neighbourhood to neighbourhood scale. Whilst one focuses on place-led social rebuild and the other on the whole of organisation response to place, both approaches will deliver rich insights into the mechanics and the principles that drive these disruptive governance models, including:

The setup of trusts, alliances, charters, team structure, budgets, and the role of the place champion.

How to break down the silos to ensure everyone is responsible for delivering great outcomes and that disciplines, stakeholders and community are interlinked.

How to build a shared identity that respects the complexity of place

Identifying who is responsible for the ‘Place Glue’ and keeping the vision on track.

Exploring when to apply systems thinking vs linear thinking.

I will be joined by three other speakers, all fantastic - David Doy, Manager Place Planning for Town of Victoria Park, a local government in Perth; Dean Cracknell (Co-Founder and Director of Place Services, Town Team Movement, Launceston, Australia); and Ethan Kent (Executive Director, PlacemakingX, New York, United States). Sandy and Joanne will facilitate our discussion.​​ The details are below if you are keen to join in!

Date & Time      

Monday 23 November 2020, 12-1 pm AEST/ 9-10 am AWST/ 2-3 pm NZ​

Event Registration    

Register here


Laura Taylor, Principal Placemaking Advisor, Ōtākaro Limited

David Doy, Manager Place Planning, Town of Victoria Park Dean Cracknell, Co-Founder and Director of Place Services Town Team Movement , Launceston, Australia.

Ethan Kent, Executive Director, PlacemakingX , New York, United States.


Sandy Burgoyne, PlacemakingX, Sydney, Australia.

Joanne Taylor, CEO, Place Leaders Asia Pacific, Melbourne, Australia.

Laura Taylor is Principal Placemaking Advisor at Ōtākaro Ltd, a Crown-owned development company based in Ōtautahi Christchurch.