RACE TO THE FUTURE. E6. - 27–29 NOV 2013, SOFITEL ON COLLINS, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

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We need to find innovative solutions to the great problems of today to make them the opportunities of the future.

Creative Innovation 2013 Asia Pacific will deliver world class creative ideas and pragmatic solutions. It will offer credible forecasts, strategies and practices to help transform you and the leadership of organisations.

Join big and small business, entrepreneurs, educators, creative and government leaders, emerging talent and leading thinkers from around the World, Asia and Australia.

This is a must-attend event for everyone seeking fresh insights, ideas, tools and connections.

Ci2013 Speakers

Bjorn Lomborg (Czech Republic)
Environmentalist, author:
Cool it and The Skeptical Environmentalist
Bjorn Lomborg
Peggy Liu (China)
International sustainability expert on greening China
Peggy Liu
Bunker Roy (India)
Founder Barefoot College
Bunker Roy
Linda Yueh (UK)
Chief Business
Correspondent BBC
Linda Yueh
Professor Stephen Heppell (UK)
Digital Education Leader, learning futurist
Stephen Heppell
Jon Duschinsky (Canada)
Social innovator, global cage rattler, change agent, author: (me)volution
Jon Duschinsky
Scott Anthony (Singapore)
Strategic transformation and innovation expert
Scott Anthony
Jason Drew (South Africa)
Serial entrepreneur, passionate environmentalist, futurist
Jason Drew
Cyriel Kortleven (Belgium)
Inspiring speaker, author: Less is Beautiful, Master of Interaction
Cyriel Kortleven
Lisa Paul AO
Secretary, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Lisa Paul AO
Michael Rennie
Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
Michael Rennie
Dr Alan Finkel AM
Chancellor Monash University, President ATSE
Dr Alan Finkel AM
Rufus Black
Ethicist, theologian, Master Ormond College, University of Melbourne
Rufus Black
Carol Schwartz AM
Eminent business leader and philanthropist
Carol Schwartz AM
Deborah Cheetham
Indigenous cultural leader
Deborah Cheetham
Richard Bolt
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Richard Bolt
Doron Ben Meir
CEO Commercialisation Australia, serial entrepreneur
Doron Ben Meir

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  • Why creative arts experience is valuable to business

    By: Tania de Jong AM

    Why creative arts experience is valuable to business

    Creative arts offers skills business wants but entrepreneurial artists need to understand the differences to make the leap.

    Read the full article here!

  • Dr Thomas Frey at Creative Innovation Global on Channel NewsAsia Singapore

    Watch this video of Dr Thomas Frey on the future of work

  • Disruption! How to manage the threats and opportunities

    By: Tania de Jong AM

    Disruption! How to manage the threats and opportunities

    Retail, the media, airlines, telecommunications, even governments globally are all in the throes of fundamental change in response to disruption. Is it a threat to your industry or profession, a problem to be managed – or an opportunity to be seized?

    Read the full article here!

  • Three disruptors impacting business as unusual!

    By: ImagineNation – Janet Sernack

    I recently participated in the Disruptive Innovation Festival where I presented an exciting new webinar on ‘How the lean start-up is disrupting business as usual’. Whenever I design a new webinar, blog or learning program, I always invest quality time in updating my resource materials so that I can share the latest thinking and thought leading ideas with the diverse range of online learning communities I collaborate with. What really excited me is that I identified three converging forces seriously disrupting ‘business as usual.’

    Read the full article here!

  • 12 Creativity Tips For The Non-Creative Type

    Tansel Ali is a 3-time Australian Memory Champion who speaks and coaches internationally helping people to remember and learn faster. He shot to fame worldwide for memorizing two Yellow Pages phone books in only 24 days. He is author of the best-selling book, The Yellow Elephant and is a media celebrity and authority on the topic of Memory in Australia. Tansel will present a master class at Ci2015 on the topic of “Master your Memory”.

    When I’m training I get two types of people – Creative and the not so creative. About half the people I train are not on the creative side. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just that I need to focus on different strategies to attend to their needs, rather than play the strengths of the creative.

    One of the greatest things I’ve come across in my twelve years as a memory trainer is ‘SMASHIN SCOPE’ by Tony Buzan (Creator of Mind Mapping). SMASHIN SCOPE is an acronym created by the brilliant Vanda North, which outlines how we can use our brain to greatly enhance our visual perception of it. These principles help us to not only remember better, but become a more creative and lateral thinker.

    So here are 12 ways you can become more creative:

    1. Synaesthesia – Refers to the use of our senses. Generally when we picture something it is a static image. For example if I said ‘whiteboard’, most people will have a visual image of a whiteboard not doing much. Either on a wall or those moveable ones. Instead of just ‘seeing’ the image, by using our senses we can become further engaged and involved with our subject. E.g. smelling, touching, licking, and hearing the sound the whiteboard makes. Maybe as you’re licking it :)
    2. Movement – Remember the static visual image? Well movement makes that image dynamic. Going back to our whiteboard example, we can now visualise it spinning around, moving from side to side, or even growing some legs and walking out of the room. Think animation. (Yes we can create stuff that doesn’t make sense. More on this later)
    3. Association – Without association there is no connection. If there is no connection then there is no memory. If you visualise a pen next to paper, then this is weak association. But if you saw that the pen wrote on the paper, then this would be better. However, to make it exciting and memorable we can have the pen scribbling on the paper and ripping it to shreds. Oh yeh. Now that’s association.
    4. Sexuality – Tony Buzan says we all have a good memory in this area so let’s use it. Although when I’m working with kids, I tell them to visualise themselves as the subject. For example imagine being the actual whiteboard. How does it feel to have people write on your face all day? Do you get a kick out of it or are you stuck and want to be free?
    5. Humour – The emotion of something funny can grow your visual senses greatly. This doesn’t mean try and be the funniest person out there that will impress others. It means what is funny to you. For example if I meet a person by the name of John for example, I immediately picture that person sitting on a toilet. To me that’s funny. To others, it may not be. This explains why comedians, just like my friend Nazeem Hussain from Legally Brown, are generally super creative beings. (Seriously check out Nazeem, he is a gun!)
    6. Imagination – When we visualise and think of things it is generally in the realm of this world. However if we want to have a great memory and become more creative, we need to step outside this realm. Instead of just imagining sitting on a chair, how about the chair turning around, jumping and then sitting on you? That doesn’t happen every day, however your brain sees it quite clearly since it isn’t a normal occurrence and a stronger mental image is created. Imagination is your friend that can take you to places and see things you have never seen or experienced before. As Victor Hugo so nicely put it – “Imagination is intelligence with an erection.”
    7. Numbers – Sometimes we need a bit of order in our visualisations. Numbers can create that order and provide some much needed love for the left-brained type. Try and add some numbers that mean something to you to an image and see what happens.
    8. Symbolism – As they say, a picture is a thousand words. Using symbols to represent a bunch of words greatly assists with accessing the information quicker. It also helps with communication of a particular message. For example, what would happen if street signs were written in sentences as you’re driving? That’s right you wouldn’t have time to read them as another sign with text would come up, and so on. Bang you’ve crashed! Have images on the signs and voila! Your brain processes it much quicker. This is incidentally how speed reading works, by reading in images, not words.
    9. Colour – Creativity loves colour. Moreover, used well, colours can help you think and remember very quickly. For example, instead of visualising a bright red tomato, you can see it as a bright blue tomato. Yummo.
    10. Order – Creating a sequence of events or stories allows our brain to follow a visual pattern which enables us to remember. The creation of these patterns and sequences build creativity and assist us to group things or store them in secure storage compartments in our brain. An example would be to use the Method of Loci technique, or simply to make a story connecting random objects together.
    11. Positive Images – Happy happy joy joy images are great. They make you feel all cosy inside and yes it helps you remember. However negative images also help you remember. So when visualising, you can do either. The tomato was so tasty so I ate it. The tomato was rotten, so I threw it and it hit the bald man right on top of his head.
    12. Exaggeration – Making things large as life, seeing them massive brings a different dimension. Your mind now has a hi-definition view of what you are thinking of and can remember it. Can you picture a 10 foot tall kebab down the road with garlic sauce dripping down the sides and people running up to it from all directions with absolute joy?

    Whilst these 12 tips are memory principles, using them is actually exercising your creativity. So exercise away and let me know how you do. And if there’s any funny associations you create feel free to pop them in the comments below and share with others. We can all use a laugh. Cheers.

    Tansel will present a master class titled “Master Your Memory” at Ci2015 on March 23rd from 7pm -9.30pm. Book your tickets now before it sells out!

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