Date: 12th November 2020
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Remote

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In recent months the experience of work has undergone a dramatic shift, and that change is far from over. In this new work environment, design practitioners need to reconsider how we create safe spaces for participation and elevate the voices of others.

Designing Communities of Care brings together expert panellists for a discussion about looking out for each other in a world of changing work boundaries. The panel will make space in a discourse focussed on productivity to examine the importance of care structures, individual needs and flexible work practices. It’s a conversation about what we take forward in a post COVID-19 world.


Ruth Ellison

Director of Digital Squads and Head of User Research, DTA

Ruth Ellison is a user experience researcher, design leader and speaker from Canberra, Australia. She is passionate about creating healthy curious teams who are focussed on collaborating on meaningful and challenging problems. She is currently the Head of User Research and Director of Digital Squads at the Digital Transformation Agency.

With over 18 years design experience in the government and private sectors, Ruth has worked with numerous organisations on taking a human centred approach in their digital transformation journeys. In her spare time, Ruth makes science-themed jewellery with lasers and 3D printers, and explores and blogs about escape rooms.

Dr. Chris Marmo

Co Founder, Paper Giant

Chris is a strategic designer and researcher with nearly 20 years’ experience in the design industry in Australia and throughout Asia. He is a co-founder and the CEO at Paper Giant.

He is passionate about the overlaps between people, technology and society, and enjoys mentoring teams through complex problems. Through his career, he has worked across private and public sectors and has delivered research insights and design outcomes used by hundreds of thousands of people.

Eugene Chung

R&D Team Coach, Atlassian

Eugene is an R&D Team Coach at Atlassian, where he focuses on driving continuous improvement across product and platform teams. He works with teams every day to help them identify what’s holding them back and experiment with new ways of working so that they can reach their full potential.

As part of Atlassian’s Craft Practices and Learning team, he is passionate about creating new Plays and tools that make it easier for teams to continuously improve. Eugene is a recovering consultant who used design thinking to empower leaders and teams to adapt to change and adopt new mindsets, behaviours, & practices. Originally born and raised in Texas, Eugene spent most of his life in NYC before moving a couple years ago to Sydney.

Laura Wilkinson

Co Design Lead, Paper Giant

Laura is an experienced strategic designer with over a decade of co-design, digital transformation and user research experience. Laura spent her early career working across a diverse range of Government Departments and roles where she has led large organisational restructures, managed policy teams and worked with Senior Leaders as an adviser.

Over the last eight years, Laura has focused on the application of human centred design to support the achievement of public outcomes.


Dan Woods

General Manager Canberra, Paper Giant

Dan has over 20 years’ experience delivering design projects to market. With broad experience in the public and private sectors both in Australia and APAC, he leads teams to understand user and community needs and design solutions to address them.

He is passionate about the intersections between public policy and human-centred design, and the role of ethical technologies and open standards in bringing them closer together.