Podcast interview with futurist, Dr Kristin Alford

People of Adelaide

Listen now

Dr kristin alford portrait 1

Dr Kristin Alford

"Perhaps COVID in itself has been kind of the point at which those previously assumed unbreakable patterns have broken, and people are going 'actually, that's not the future that I want. I want something different and I want my voice to be heard in this future.' So, it's a really interesting time I think for change."

Puzzling, joyous, surprising, fun - even a "a little bit icky": checking out a MOD. exhibition* - physically or virtually - is guaranteed to illicit some sort of emotional response and hopefully inspire inquiring minds to discover more.

Sitting at the intersection of science and art, the University of South Australia's Museum of Discovery (MOD.) is led by futurist Dr Kristin Alford. A 'Big Picture thinker', Kristin's interests lie in building people's capability to navigate the future and inspiring them to play a role in shaping it.

In this episode, Kristin explains MOD's approach to presenting its exhibitions to encompass both Western and Aboriginal ways of thinking and, as the world slowly emerges from under COVID-19's cloak of uncertainty, how now is an opportune time to reflect on old systems and processes, and start re-imagining the future we want to move towards.

Listen to the podcast

Also available to listen on:

Apple Podcasts | Google Podcast | Spotify | Whooshka

Adelaide living christina hagger

Christina Hagger

Dr Christina Hagger combines her radio presenter, writing and researcher skills to help people tell, and share, their stories. She understands the power of voice and narrative to inform, build community, and influence change.

Podcast works radio adelaide

Podcast Works

Podcast Works is Radio Adelaide’s full-service podcast production house helping to turn ideas into a compelling podcast series that engages the audience.

With Podcast Works, you’ll have access to Radio Adelaide’s decades of award-winning experience in audio storytelling. We’ll help you to clearly define your concept and target audience, craft a compelling story, produce high-quality audio and get your podcast into the ears of your community.

Audio embassy

The Audio Embassy

Founded by highly awarded Adelaide composer Justin Pounsett,The Audio Embassy is one of Australia’s leading sound and music houses, servicing a growing base of high-profile clients, such as Clemenger BBDO, Disney/Hasbro entertainment (UK), Cummins and Partners, Clemenger Harvey Edge and Havas worldwide.

About the guest


After a temporary closure to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions, MOD.'s physical galleries will reopen on Tuesday 18 August, and visitors will be welcomed back with the exhibition: SEVEN SIBLINGS FROM THE FUTURE.

Until then, you can experience MOD. at home. LIFE INTERRUPTED is a completely online exhibition that you can visit from wherever you have internet.

Discover more about:

MOD. the University of South Australia's Museum of Discovery

North Terrace adjacent Morphett Street Bridge, Adelaide

Futures thinking in a time of uncertainty.  

In collaboration with

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are not necessarily those of the City of Adelaide.