Countdown to Melbourne: Day -05

Countdown to Melbourne: Day -07

One week from today, I move to Melbourne, Australia to take up a position at Swinburne University of Technology. I have traveled cross-country to visit friends and family. I have delegated responsibility for most of my US-based responsibilities, except the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative, which I will continue until the formalization of an American Design Council.

So at Day -07 of my countdown to Melbourne, I can officially feel the excitement I have about the move. When I was visiting in New York, my best friend from college's Dad said to me, "Do you know how rare it is get this kind of opportunity? And how rarer it is for someone to take advantage of it?" I know what an amazing opportunity I have to do great things at Swinburne: build a doctoral program in design anthropology, help facilitate the creation of several new graduate-level design programs, and expand my network within the Asian-Pacific Rim. I think I'll try to pick up Mandarin Chinese.

I hit the ground running with a faculty retreat and the Melbourne International Design Festival starting the next week after I arrive. I just hope I can get business cards made in time for the networking bonanza of the Design Festival.

Stateside, I have to finish my immigration papers and prepare Jerry's crate for next week. I can't believe I am on the verge of restarting my life from scratch. Super exciting.


Katherine Bennett

Best of luck, Dori, in this new adventure! I look forward to following your work in Swinburne.

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