Bridge Building Podcast Episode 59: Datta Podcast: Conference Presenter Series – Tim Osbourne


I just love this time of year. Running up to our annual conference I get to chat with some the most passionate teachers about something that is near and dear to their heart. It is invigorating, it is inspirational, sometimes a little intimidating but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. My guest today is Tim Osbourne who fits neatly into the inspirational and mildly intimidating category, and sadly is speaking at the same time as me, so I am looking for a volunteer to carry one of my cameras into the room and record it for me.  The title – Design Thinking – It’s the how that puts the power in the process got my mind whirling straight away and then talking to the man I found myself just nodding along, agreeing and an ah ha moment or two. Have a listen, you will hear. At 1.55 on the first day of the conference you will get to see Tim In B3. I’ll be back next week with more of the sensational presenters that will be speaking this year at the Brisbane convention centre from the 13th to the 14th of June.  


And remember the 2024 Teacher Excellence Awards are looking for nominations right now so look to your left and look to your right. Because you may be sitting right next to someone who deserves to be applauded. There are two awards the Design and Technology teacher of the year and the contribution to design and technology education award for that person who is not a teacher but still does great things for our teaching area.



About the Bridge Building Podcast

“This is the place where we dissect and then discover the many ways ITD teachers all over this country are using their passion to create passionate students. We talk of measuring and manipulating a multitude of materials of design and divergent thought, of creation with our minds and with our hands. And most of all, we talk of growing great young people because of course that is what we do.”

So what does that mean other than I like to show off my alliteration skills? Since coming back to teaching a few years ago the thing that strikes me most, and frankly scared me most is how lonely this job is. How little we know about what is happening in our subject area. The classroom next door, a class in the next school, let alone the next town are a mystery to me. I know there are teachers out there doing incredible things and this (the podcast) is a way for me to find out and be inspired. I would like to invite you along to listen and learn, to be inspired by some of the sensational teachers I speak to on the “Bridge Building Podcast – from technology to the trades”


About the Podcast Host

Stephen Anderson is a Design Technology, Trade Training and accidental Science teacher at a small high school 2 hours North West of Brisbane.


Over To You

If you know someone who is doing something spectacular or just great fun in design and tech or in trade training, I would love to know about them.

Contact me through my email


Music by:

Viola Pink

My favourite busker from the Nanango markets.