Our principal, Rod Brown, has worked in senior levels of the Australian Government (Canberra, Melbourne) and the OECD (Paris) collaborating with stakeholders to facilitate investments and jobs. For the last fifteen years, he has also done the same from the other side of the desk. Our associates all have complementary mindsets and skills.
We realise peoples’ dreams by a variety of means – scoping ideas, undertaking research, market research, preparing scoping studies and feasibility studies, finding investment partners, accessing federal and state grants, putting people in contact with each other and helping to develop clusters and networks.
We also walk the talk on collaboration! Our approach is to share ideas and agendas with other collaborative folk – they include company executives, government officials, academics, industry association executives, farmers, regional development practitioners, politicians, students and retirees.
At the last count, our network reached into 20 nations, mostly in Asia, Europe and North America.
A particular technique that we use is funding cocktails – where we mix funds from different sources to lower risks and spread costs. These cocktails might be within or between public and private sectors.
A current priority is a project to link clusters across the world, because we figure that companies and people with collaborative mindsets gravitate to cluster and network agendas.
Other priorities are ‘Lighthouse Projects’ that involve best practice. This is our mantra because there’s no point in accepting second-rate outcomes and funding agencies invariably want to be involved in the best projects.
We also offer Inner Circle membership at $A200 per year – this includes a weekly newsletter called ‘Cockatoo Friday’ as well as ‘Cockatoo Connect’ that brings urgent information to the attention of members, and connects people with people.
Our base is Canberra, Australia’s beautiful capital city.