This Will Do: Humble Design To Make Good Things Happen

Create a clear, user-friendly home and life, especially for lateral thinkers and creatives, with better things to do than tidy up.

If you are someone who gets inspired by the simple elegance found in Japanese culture, Aikido, Apple design or Muji, you should be here.

If you get uninspired by the overwhelming list of things to do, objects to manage, and no time to do them, you should be here too.

Our special guest is Ben Crothers, former Lead Design Strategist of Atlassian. Ben will share stories of the basic values that make teams so innovative and productive at this ‘Workplace of the Year’, year after year.

Learn take-home design principles that will come to mind right when you need them, help you make good decisions, and become successful in the skills of the share economy. These design principles are borrowed from Australia’s Bill Mollison, the maverick biologist-philosopher and whole-system design thinker. With a biomimicary approach, you will be inspired to get the groundwork of you life working well, and watch other everday problems start solving themselves.

‘The only effort should be in the maintaining of effortlessness’
Be inspired by real-life transformation stories and case studies from Cecilia’s work in Japan: Mrs Asabas art Square, a mysterious self-reliant boarding school, and more.

The event is interactive. Meet kindred spirits and new collaborators. There will be opportunities for more learning and creative projects.

Go home with a clear, do-able vision, and the desire to carry it though. Expect results that surprise and delight.

This event is presented by Cecilia Macaulay.

About Cecilia Macaulay

Permaculture Designer

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Cecilia designs ecosystems. Actually, they pretty much assemble themselves, she just works out what creature, idea, or object is missing, and puts it in.

She works mostly in Japan, helping re-set the culture of children’s homes, art schools, share houses and Ecovillages. The aim is creating satisfying connections, getting rid of unwilling, unproductive effort, and working with, not against, each other’s quintessential nature and talents.

With buddy Mark Garratt, she designed a self-maintaining food forest for Richard Branson’s Necker island. She consults for organisations with big ambitions and no known way to achieve them, such as Tarronga Conservation Society.

She’s convinced you have ten times more things in your house than is good for you, not nearly enough people, and that if you allowed her to get her hands on it, your home would be transformed into a Zen Fairyland Resort everyone wants to hide out in.

Find out more and download some crazily inspiring illustrations and stories at

About Ben Crothers

Principal Design Strategist, Atlassian

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Ben is Principal Design Strategist for Australia’s most desirable Tech Company, Atlassian. Plus, his side projects are all about social good, making a better world.

When you are this talented, you don’t have to do meaningless work. He quickly sees the big picture, where the disfunction is coming from, and how to steer people’s existing energies into making things great, making life work out.

Ben is master at making the smallest possible intervention, for the greatest possible benefit, and gets his teams, his clients able to do this too.

He is ‘locally famous’ for the one little button he added to the social pages of the World’s Greatest Shave website, which resulted in an extra $1million of micro-donations. In Ben’s words “I like to design to change lives, not just the décor, but even more than that I like to bring out creativity in others.”

Most importantly, Ben is really funny.


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