Curious thinking is proud to be based in Melbourne, Australia. A city that definitely 'punches above its weight'.  
A brief history primer for my overseas readers and fellow Australians who are convinced that nothing ever happens in Melbourne.  

  • During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s, Melbourne was regarded as the world's wealthiest city. 
  • After the federation of Australia in 1901, Melbourne served as the interim capital of Australia until 1927 when the seat of government became Canberra.
  • Melbourne the birthplace of the Australian film industry with the world's first feature film The Story of the Kelly Gang. 
  • The first television broadcast in Australia took place on 30 September 1929 at the Menzies Hotel in Melbourne. 
  • The world's first codified game of football, Australian rules football (AFL) began in Melbourne in the 1850s. 
  • In 1877, the world's first Test cricket match was contested by Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and The Ashes urn—symbol of the cricket rivalry between Australia and England—originated in Melbourne.
  • The Australian impressionist art movement (known as the Heidelberg School) began in Melbourne.
  • Australian dance styles known as New Vogue and the Melbourne Shuffle originated in Melbourne.
  • Melbourne became the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to host the Olympic Games in 1956.
  • In 2010, the city was named "World's Ultimate Sports City" for the third time in a row by SportAccord and SportBusiness ratifying what we all know - Melbourne is the a sports mecca of the world.
  • Melbourne is known throughout both Australia and the world as a centre of comedy, with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival listed as one of the three largest stand-up comedy festivals in the world.
  • Melbourne was ranked as the world's most liveable city in ratings published by the Economist Group's Intelligence Unit in August 2011 and again in 2012. 
  • It was also ranked in the top ten Global University Cities since 2006.
  • Since 2007 the 2thinknow Global Innovation Agency has placed Melbourne in the top 20 Global Innovation Cities.
  • Melbourne is home to the world's largest tram network.
  • The Port of Melbourne is Australia's busiest seaport.
  • And, if that wasn't enough Wikipedia says in Melbourne with approximately 5000 cafes and restaurants has (per capita) the most cafes/restaurants in the world and more clubs/pubs per capita than anywhere else in the world.

But, may beyond this, I propose that Melbourne is the creative thinking capital of the world.

Otherwise why would it be home to:-

  1. The de Bono Institute (debono.org) - International headquarters for the world's best known creative thinker Edward de Bono
  2. The School of Thinking (schoolofthinking.com) - the world's largest online school dedicated to creative thinking and headed by Professor Michael Hewitt Gleeson, co-founder of Six Thinking Hats®
  3. Creativity Australia (creativityaustralia.org.au) the work and passion of Tania de Jong AM.
  4. Circus Oz (circusoz.com) Australia's contribution to contemporary circus performance
  5. Minds @ Work (mindsatwork.com.au) Jason Clarke's 'love child'.

Melbourne, the creative thinking capital of the world?  You be the judge.