Executive Director

Christopher Hire is a published and quoted expert on innovation in cities, and creating urban and regional innovation economies.

Christopher Hire

He also works in analysis, data and change as an analyst or benchmarking for companies and government.

As Executive Director of 2thinknow, Hire has overseen the development of the Innovation Cities™ Program. As an innovation analyst created the original the HI Loop model, Innovation Development Lifecycle [IDLC] and Innovation Cities Framework indicator model that is the basis of the program. He is tasked with developing 2thinknow’s models and programs.

These are designed to create better socio-economic conditions for cities, regions and suburbs through creating multi-faceted communities centered around innovation clusters that address specific segments.

His work for economic and social innovation in cities has been written up in the Boston Globe, NY Times (Opinion), Reuters, Entrepreneur magazine, Fox Business, journals like Municipal World, tweeted by Richard Florida, and widely discussed in the blogosphere. More at http://www.innovation-cities.com or elsewhere online.

Hire has provided professional services in a 15 year career to multi-nationals, listed and private corporations, and public sector: City Government, Australian Defence Dept, Parliament of Victoria, NSW/Victorian State Government, numerous listed and private corporations and Catholic Education. This has included data analysis, complex reporting, data presentation, innovative data design and training information managers in these areas.

Hire has a High Distinction in Marketing and Distinction in MMP (Micro-Economics) from Australia’s AGSM MBA Program. Previously he worked briefly as a designer, after studying arts and design as under-graduate, and believes in innovation. Hire lives in inner-city Melbourne, follows the Green Bay Packers, and time-permitting arts and cultural pursuits.

Innovation Skills

  • Innovation Cities
  • Data Analysis
  • Benchmarking
  • Innovative Models
  • Explaining concepts
  • Metric Design
  • Trend Analysis
  • Excel, VB, SQL, Web

Select Publications, Interviews & Media

Innovation Cities™ Analysis Report; March 2010 and January 2010 Editions.

Innovation Cities™ Analysis Report; 2009 Editions.

Municipal World Magazine, Innovation Cities: How Cities Can Change the World, September 2009, Canada. [PDF copy available with publisher permission, upon request]

Global Innovation Review 2007 Annual; October 2007.

Numerous online articles, many archived at Globe Innovator.com a journal / opinion online magazine.

Media interviews, and features for 2thinknow:

  • The Age/ SMH
  • the Boston Globe
  • NY Times Freakonomics
  • Business Insider
  • To Vima
  • CNET
  • Reuters
  • Fox Business
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Forbes.com
  • Innov’n in the City
  • L’Atelier
  • iAfrica
  • ABC Radio National – Future Tense
  • ABC Radio Australia
  • Il Sole 24 Ore
  • La Stampa
  • Fast Company Online

Training & Speaking.

ABA Conference on innovation and disruption in the Book Industry, 2008

Christopher Hire has addressed large crowds and small workshops, and focuses on methods for maximizing shareholder profits and social benefits through innovation in the face of change trends.

A professionally-prepared expert trainer and occasional speaker, he has delivered sessions for 2thinknow including Innovation Cities™, analysis of city performance, benchmarking change, innovation trends and the social and economic opportunities of innovation. Hire can range from overview to detail, with a vast knowledge of global locations, concepts and local case studies whilst keeping the message clear.

Speaking and Training clients across his career have included: Australian Booksellers Association, ACBA, Media Entertainment Arts Alliance (the Walkleys), Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development [DIIRD], as well as technology training for McDonalds, Pfizer, Kelloggs, Boral, and all levels of State and Federal Government, from ministerial offices to Federal Court and the APS. More information on Hire’s training / speaking background, including more clients, here.

Consulting Analyst

Christopher Hire, the Innovation Consultant with the Track Record

Hire consults for clients through 2thinknow or agency arrangements.

His primary area of specialisation is urban innovation approaches, however he has consulted on benchmarking environmental performance since 2005, Corporate Social Responsibility for corporations and a variety of economic and financial analysis techniques, including financial scorecard and KPI model design. He started information analysis for NRMA (now IAG) in 1998, and has worked on a wide variety of industries, projects and sectors.

His technical analysis skills include Access, Excel and VBA mastery, with database and a broad applied Microsoft business intelligence knowledge. Christopher Hire is available to consult for cities, business and some government work.


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