Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

Great minds don’t think alike

Friday, 6 December 2013

By Linda Friedland

I had the privilege of both participating and presenting at a remarkable conference last week in Melbourne.  Creative Innovation is the brainchild of Tania De Jong AM, a leading Australian soprano and social entrepreneur. Ci2013 delivered world class creative ideas and transformative solutions. It offered discussion in a most creative way on credible forecasts, strategies and best practices. It was an extremely diverse group of 600 attendees from big and small business, entrepreneurs, educators, dramatic artists, scientists, environmentalists , leaders of industry and government, emerging talent and inspired thinkers from around the world. Whomever said ‘”great minds think alike”, has never attended a creative innovation event.    Robust debate was central to the success of this event as well as what Tania calls “positive collisions”, the engagement  and connecting of different ideas and people. We were encouraged during tea breaks to connect with the people who appeared most unlike ourselves. Much data exists on the need for greater intersecting of disciplines in order to bring about innovation and creativity.  “Often, truly innovative breakthroughs occur at the intersection of fields,”  explained Jon Duschinsky CEO of the Conversation Farm (Toronto Canada). Hearing dramatically different views on entrepreneurship, ethics, economics, education and  the environment  interspersed  with graphic artists, classical piano and opera certainly stimulated both our  left and right brain activity and enhanced neuroplasticity* and neurogenesis* in all present.

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"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