John O’Callaghan, founder and director of JOC Consulting dropped by recently to kick-start our week with some culture and creative thinking. With a background in Town Planning, John brought a modern twist to a traditional discipline and spoke to REBORN, about the importance of human behaviour, culture and liveability when it comes to creating engaging places.

John is a thought leader in the integration of Place Making and Social Media, and the importance that it plays in further developing real-life communities. Online and offline, John spoke about the need to create spaces that encourage the sharing of creative ideas and creativity among everyday people, how this is already happening overseas, and how we are starting to make this happen in Australia.

The take away message for most of us here at REBORN was the reminder that the value of a physical space in facilitating and nurturing creative growth should never be underestimated.

Thanks for sharing John!