The guidance in the invitation to this event was to “share learnings and successes for 2017”. Initially I had asked the organisers if I could answer a different question: sharing observations and insights from the last decade in Geraldton. My reasoning was that as Pollinators co-founder, extraordinarily active and interested participant-citizen-observer, that summarising ten years of trends and changes could be appropriate as a final contribution before no longer being a local resident. I prepared several versions of a ‘decadal’ presentation full of statistics, metaphors and insights.
Stripped of much context, details or examples to fit within time constraints, I hope it still makes sense and resonates. Thanks too, to the beautiful local community who hosted the evening, and added great humour as captured in the audio.