Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

Looking from the outside in – how to innovate in a crisis

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

By: Tania de Jong

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 challenge of the 21st century is to transform our organisations to adapt flexibly and rapidly to the ever changing and volatile environments we face.

We will have to reduce cost structures while increasing productivity, adopt new ways of working and invent business models that challenge old ways of thinking.

We have to maintain our commitment to innovation and growth even as we make the transition away from core businesses that have served us so well in the past.

The world needs leadership, invention and courage now more than ever. We need audacity not austerity.

It is a high stakes race to position ourselves to respond effectively to the dynamic challenges emerging around us.

Buckling down internally and struggling to approach innovation isn’t going to cut it; we will neglect to innovate or impact the outside world we operate in. Placing increasing expectations on government hasn’t worked either.

Rather than focus on our own organisations and individual sectors, its time to look from the outside in.

Cross-fertilisation of ideas is the name of the game for 2012 and in its third successful year, Creative Innovation 2012 will address big, wicked, problems that improve the economy and society as a whole.

Together we will learn, share and discover bold ideas and great business opportunities that spark a revolution for courage and change. We will come together; business, academia, government and not-for-profit and there’ll be international minds present too.

Ci2012 is the place to learn from world changing innovators, futurists, inspired thinkers and curious souls gathered together in an interactive community. From anthropology to technology, from economics to art and from entrepreneurship to science, Ci2012 brings together leading national and international minds to solve society’s wicked problems and provide its findings to the Australian government for review and comment.

To learn more about speakers, bookings and the program visit

"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)

"Well done on another successful Ci conference. Your energy, passion and sheer determination to ensure the conference delegates get a fantastic experience is admirable." VP People & Global Capability | P&GC, Woodside Energy


There are a host of incredible opportunities to partner with us on this world class innovation event. If you are interested in becoming a partner or creative collaborator for the upcoming conference, please contact:

Tania de Jong AM // Founder and Executive Producer
Tel: +61 (0)3 8679 6000

Alrick Pagnon
Tel: +61 (0)3 8679 6000

“Remarkable, mind blowing, brilliantly choreographed – easily the best conference ever and I’ve been to plenty. Truly wonderful and amazing.”

Jim Grant, Partner, Dattner Grant

“Thank you for a challenging and rewarding couple of days. The quality of the team you had at the conference was extraordinary! These events will change people and thereby the world.”

Craig Carolan, Director Private Wealth, ANZ

“I came to learn – I came away inspired! Best conference ever.”

Paul Duldig, University of Melbourne