Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, 16–18 November 2021 2021

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Kali Norman

Manager, Meshpoints - Regional Programs & Consultancy Lead

Kali Norman


Regional Economic Development

Development of mature innovation ecosystems across Western Australia’s regions is essential if we are to fully realise the potential of regional economies and communities, for the benefit of all West Australians.

The regions are vital drivers of the State’s economy, contributing more than one third of Western Australia’s economic activity and 95 per cent of our exports.

Each region is different in its economic function, endowments and assets, community champions and its governance structures.

This talk shows what an innovation ecosystem means, how this impact can be assessed, asks the audience to reframe their thinking around innovation, and utilises local examples (where possible) to illustrate these principals.


Kali is a Senior Manager at Spacecubed, a coworking, collaboration and innovation community in Perth, Western Australia.

Spearheading Spacecubed’s growth to over 300% across the last 5 years, she and her team have worked to support the thriving WA business ecosystem and foster innovation and growth by building a robust and vibrant community in the middle of the Perth CBD, as well as key regional centres, by facilitating opportunity, skills development and support for local players.

Now overseeing the Meshpoints project that aims to support regional innovation communities and stakeholders, she works across regional WA to assist with establishing and expanding on existing entrepreneurial spirit and supporting community managers & hub managers to build local capability.