In order to celebrate innovative, inspiring and creative businessmen and women of Sydney, Creative Sydney has launched the inaugural Creative Catalysts 2009 list, honouring those who have made a unique contribution to the city’s creative culture. Making the list were Earth Hour co-founder, Nigel Marsh, a “green ad-man with his eye on the bigger picture” and The Chaser team, for “keeping the bastards on their toes.”
According to commentator Marcus Westbury, the instigator of the Creative Catalyst project, the list shows that Sydney is a city “full of amazing stories of inspiring creativity.”
It rewards those who have “inspired others in their field,” or “changed the way Sydney does things or sees itself.”
The Creative Catalysts for 2009 were selected from a list of over 700 people, suggested by a range of industry advisors– creative leaders and people who have expertise in various fields.
Among those others to receive a mention include: Adam Zammit of Peer Group, an “entrepreneur connecting money with creativity to support the local music scene”; Ashley Ringrose & Bradley Eldridge of Soap Creative, a “digital agency helping to spark debate about internet advertising”; John Polson of Tropfest, who has “transformed the city and elevated the art of the short film;” Libby Clark, Neil Ackland & Andre Lackmann of the The Sound Alliance, “building communities and bringing like-minded people together both online and offline”; and Marnie Neck of Pages Digital , the “pioneer of online publishing in Australia.”