Who is behind The Brisbane Dialogues?
As an organisation, TBD consists entirely of a small but growing band of part time volunteers who believe that civil discourse is essential for a healthy society and want to help preserve and promote it. Active volunteers include:
Louis Altena - university student
Simon Bowler - respiratory physician, company director
Fred D'Agostino, emeritus humanities professor
Tyson Etri - digital marketer, university student
Kayci Gillies - actress, university student
Murray Hancock - retired businessman
Lorraine Hildebrand - process engineer
Natalie Kennedy - English teacher
Crystal McKendrick - policy analyst
Natalie McKirdy - science communicator and educator
Jackie Poetzscher - corporate accountant
Elizabeth Simard - film and TV writer and producer
Mac Stewart - taxi owner and driver
There are others who provide valuable moral, marketing, networking, financial, on-the-day or other support.
The work is organised across virtual Teams:
Content, Marketing, Event Management, Organisation and Governance, with others planned for Technology and Funding.
We place great emphasis on making it easy and effective for people to contribute according to their skills and availability, no matter how limited, and always welcome offers to volunteer.
Good speakers and facilitators, and introductions to them, are the life blood of TBD. Other particular needs currently are:
experienced company or association secretary
marketing communications specialist
ambassadors and active social media users to help spread the word
webmaster and IT manager
videographer and AV editors
event managers (no experience necessary, just attention to detail!)
subscriber database manager
researchers and writers
on-the-day helpers for check-in, ushering, hospitality, setting up/packing down, selling merchandise and taking donations.