Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

Watch Dr Peter Shergold’s Ci2010 presentation!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Dr Peter Shergold AC was a CEO in the Australian Public Service for two decades. For five years from February 2003, Dr Shergold was Australia ’s most senior public administrator, serving as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Dr Shergold is now the Macquarie Group Foundation Professor at the Centre for Social Impact.

His presentation at CI2010 – “Empowering communities to transform democracy” – is an unquestionably informed and frighteningly real insight into the future of participatory democracy if something does not change.

The good news, however, is that there are extraordinary opportunities for renewal and invigoration if we are willing to be creative & innovative. Dr Shergold addresses five ‘Big Ideas’ that can change the face of democracy:

  1. The Resilience Theory. Originally applied to ecosystems, the resilience theory recognises that nature & humans co-evolve. That the eco-system is dynamic, in constant flux, and very adaptive… but therefore volatile and innately unstable. What happens if we apply this theory to politics?
  2. The Hollow State. How outsourcing to community organisations should be a vehicle to create social & public innovation. What is holding this back?
  3. Co-production. Empowering ‘clients’ who have become reliant on government support to be involved in the process of designing their own policies & programs.
  4. Edgecentric / Network Governance. To properly engage private & third sectors, to properly empower people & communities, we need new forms of government.  Leadership that understands its key role is to collaborate – it is not a heirachy, but a network of partners.
  5. Democratic Dialogue. Citizen’s assemblies, people’s forums, citizen’s services, etc. These devices DO HELP inform & develop policy.

If we pull these ideas together, we can produce a new democratic fabric. There is an exciting opportunity for new-style governments based on interactive engagement, and dependant on ongoing involvement & engagement of citizens. IT IS POSSIBLE.

Watch this short 13min presentation by Dr Shergold as he investigates these ideas in further depth.


"Without a doubt the best conference in Australia with a delightful mix of creativity and big thinking bringing together an eclectic group of industry, community and education leaders. Once again, I’ve come away enthused by new ideas, more aware of future trends, and heartened by the kindness of humanity. We all have a role to play and it should be a collective one." Kerry Anderson, Founder of Operation Next Gen

"Conferences are boring. Creative Innovation is more like a rodeo for ideas, and you are guaranteed to leave wanting to make the world better for everyone." Andrew Despi, A.kin

"Kudos to Tania for organising the the 2019 CI Conference in Melbourne - it is the best I have attended so far. All the speakers and sessions were very well-planned. I have attended many conferences and this is the first I did not have the 'luxury' to skip any sessions. Your effort in this space has truly made Melbourne a global innovation and entrepreneurship hub." Danny Ong, Deakin University

"I wanted to pass along how incredible I thought Creative Innovation was and how much your passion for life and for humanity was inspiring to all of us. It was a privilege to be included and one that I am very grateful for." John Pickering, Chief Behavioural Scientist

"Creative Innovation is a transformational platform built by changemakers for changemakers. It is an educational adventure showcasing the forefront of ideas internationally." Melissa Warner, Ci2019 Scholarship Winner & Education Officer, Mind Medicine Australia

"Creative Innovation 2019 was one of the most well-organised events I’ve ever taken part in. From beginning to the end, every detail had been planned through and taken care of. Secondly, are the production values. As a result, it was possible to attend all the sessions without suffering conference burn-out, happy in the knowledge that the next piece of content was guaranteed to delight and challenge the senses." Richard Claydon (Singapore)

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