Why Ci2012

Why Attend?

Ci2012 will:

  1. Feature over 40 world class Australian and international keynote speakers, leaders, artists and thinkers.
  2. Highlight opportunities and global megatrends that affect business and society in these uncertain and complex times throughout Australia, Asia Pacific and the rest of the world.
  3. Provide insights and techniques for unlocking personal and organisational creativity that will inspire your leadership in times of complexity and change.
  4. Deliver strategies, structures and processes for creating greater organizational performance, productivity and wellbeing.
  5. Showcase the world’s best practice solutions and ideas for the development of sustainable and innovative futures for community, business and government.
  6. Bring together leaders and emerging talent to discover cross-disciplinary solutions that will make a difference in your life, organisation and community.
  7. Offer outstanding networking and business opportunities.

Why you must attend Ci2012

The theme of the conference is
Leadership and courage for volatile times

2012 continues to be precarious. The global economy swings between signs of recovery and predictions of imminent collapse. Businesses appear paralysed. Though many are cash-rich, they’re risk-averse, strategically incremental and lacking in fresh ideas and innovation. The world needs leadership, invention and daring now more than ever. We need audacity not austerity. We need to attack big, wicked, problems that improve the economy and society as a whole.  Bold ideas that represent real business opportunities, that spark a revolution for courage and change.

Our world faces incredible challenges. We live in a world full of surprises – there is something about technology that takes us ever closer to the margins than we could go before: drilling oil deeper, taking greater risks within banking, having more planes in the air. When things go wrong and the oil leaks, or the finance sector collapses, or volcanic ash clouds block our skies, they go very wrong indeed.

Inevitably as technology progresses our risks will deepen, and our lives in this new millennium will be, as they already are, filled with very large surprises. We face the certainty of uncertainty. Individuals and organisations need creative new ideas and innovative solutions to adapt to constant change and re-invent the future.

Creativity is of increasingly strategic value to nations, communities and individuals in making the transition to innovation and knowledge-based economies. Sustaining Australia’s growth in a globalised economy where innovation, knowledge and expertise are as important as our natural resources is critical and requires new capabilities and skills acquisition.

Creativity and innovation are also vital for businesses exposed to globalisation, increasing competition, diversity among consumers and rapidly changing technology. Tomorrow’s competitive success will be based on creative ideas.

The development of people who can imagine and create innovative new solutions is the key to future success and sustainability. A recent IBM CEO Global Study, which surveyed 1500 CEOs, identified creativity as the most important leadership attribute over the next 5 years in an increasingly complex global environment.

Creative Innovation 2012 – Asia Pacific

Creative Innovation 2012 – Asia Pacific will be the place to learn from world changing innovators, futurists, inspired thinkers and curious souls gathered together in an interactive community.  It’s a place to learn techniques and strategies, share ideas and gain empowering experiences. A place to imagine the future.

The conference will bring together delegates from all sectors to discuss the challenges that impact global business and society, growth and sustainability issues facing the uncertain Asia Pacific and global business environments, learning institutions and workplaces of the future and best practice for leaders and organisations in a super-connected world.

We believe the program will have enormous relevance in the current uncertain environment, be a terrific learning and professional development opportunity and give your organisation, your people and your stakeholders and clients knowledge and networks in the innovation space. There are world class speakers from the business, technology, science, innovation, education, health and research areas and topics of relevance at a community, super-regional and global perspective.

Ci2010 and Ci2011 attracted over 1000 participants across the conference, 2 deep conversations, 10 master classes and Gala Dinner.  The conference delegates included CEOs and Directors of major ASX-listed companies, owners of SMEs, executives from health, banking, finance, advertising, arts, media, education, industry and government sectors.  There were also a number of emerging leaders involved in the conversation. Over 40% of delegates were from regional areas and interstate and there were also a number of international delegates in attendance.


As a result the event will expand creative understanding and unlock the ideas and imagination of participants. We also hope it will inspire increased courage and leadership.  This will create a significant ripple effect through individuals and organisations to enhance the growing momentum of creativity in our society. Participants will be at the leading edge of this movement.

The Creative Innovation Conference program will leverage the great work of thought leader symposiums such as TED. It will provide a unique opportunity for fresh thoughts, strategies and connections in a creative, high energy, results-focussed environment.

This is not an event for long drawn out presentations. It is an event for interactive, thought leaders to provide a launching pad for new opportunities and innovative futures. There are a maximum of 1000 delegate places at the conference. The event has the potential to transform thinking. The first two Creative Innovation events described by many delegates as the best conference they had ever attended!

“For a business person, the numbers are the measure of success. If we don’t have the numbers, that’s the end of the conversation. But if we don’t have the conversations that’s the end of the numbers. It’s a paradox.”                Yves Bastien, President Sanofi–Synthelabo, Canada

Feedback for CI 2011

“I will treasure many of the inspiring presentations and challenging discussions from so many distinguished presenters forever.”

“In my 30 years of attending conferences this was the best conference ever…inspirational!”

“I’ve never seen a conference put together like an artwork before. It was a stunning achievement of vision, serendipity, generosity of spirit and organisation.”

“Life changing event…I was blown away. Compelling speakers and high quality attendees. When is the next event?”

“What an inspiring, insightful, and inventive conference this was. From entrepreneurship to the latest trends in society and the world, Ci2011 lived up to its creative and innovative name. Brilliantly organized too!” Ray Kurzweil

“Most folk content themselves with a conference of a few talking heads, some conversations, and good catering, but you went a stellar mile beyond that with a conference that was filled with a portfolio of possibilities, a cornucopia of conversation. I loved every moment, every chat, every bubble!” Professor Stephen Heppell

“Ci2011 was an astonishing and dazzling array of minds and speakers and we feel excited, stimulated and energised and already have tons of ideas for our own work.  It was wonderful to be with so many like-minded people and everyone was abuzz connecting and learning from each other. The conference was also superbly organised, presented and every detail was exquisite right to the ginger ice-cream on the last day! Congratulations on a world class event.”

“I’ve been to a lot of conferences and CI2011 was definitely the best. Well done.”

“The combination of business insights, powerful creative moments and provocation made me feel alive and awakened long dormant parts of myself. I feel inspired and re-energised to be a change agent at work.”

“Thank you for hosting the best conference I’ve ever attended. You pulled off an amazing, life changing event like it was routine.”

We recommend early registration as this event will sell-out. CLICK HERE to register now.

Creative Innovation Hub

The Conference will showcase an incredible range of specialists and innovative people and organisations. The foyer will feature advanced interactive creativity technologies, social media sites and creative artists. It will be a hub for meeting and connecting.

Digital Assets & Production

A major component of the event is a digital assets library with the full presentations at the event. In addition to the event speakers, other presentations will be published under the Creative Innovation Global and Creative Universe brands and provide a rich library of Australian and global thought leadership.

These assets will provide an ongoing interactive resource for partner organisations to leverage innovative, thought leadership content to help their teams advance creative and innovative outcomes.  The assets will be distributed through television, online hubs, event website, event partner education and organisational development programs.

"Best Conference EVER" - Micenet Australia Magazine