Urban Planner John O’ Callahan talks about the hidden aspects of our cities

About the speaker

John is a freelance urban planner specialising in social activation, community engagement and new media. He is passionate about positive behaviour change and making our cities more liveable by focusing on creativity and innovation.

John is also the founder of Trending City, a collaborative blogging platform capturing great ideas from across the globe, and co-founder of Idea Bombing Sydney, a creative meetup focused on turning ideas into action.

John has worked on projects in and outside of Sydney and has recently completed a Social Media Framework for a new suburb in Canberra, Community Garden Strategy at Newcastle and a Social Activations Program at Green Square. In 2013, John was invited to the Jury of the NSW DARCH Horse Awards, an architectural award series that recognises and celebrates outstanding contributions by non-architects.

He was recently appointed to the board of BrandX, a not for profit arts organisation based in Sydney, and is a lecturer at the University of New South Wales and University of Western Sydney College teaching geography and urban planning. John is also a regular contributor to the Planning Institute of Australia’s New Planner magazine with a column focusing on technology, new media and urban planning.

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