The Event

At a Glance

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Wednesday November 28 – Pre-Conference Deep Conversations and Master Classes


Master Classes (9.00am – 12.00pm)

  1. Scott Anthony (Singapore) – Creating a Culture of Innovation
  2. Leigh Gassner & Steve Atkinson – The Change Lab: solving complex social problems through design thinking
  3. Andrew & Gaia Grant – Who Killed Creativity? …and how to get it back
  4. Tim Reid – A Killer Innovations Approach to Marketing Your Business
  5. Charles Kovess – The Courage To Be Different: Powerful Strategies To Access Your Strength And Resilience To Avoid Following The Crowd!

Deep Conversation 1 over Lunch (12.15 – 2.15pm)

Getting Unstuck! Using innovation to create change in large organizations and government
With Geoff Mulgan (UK), Dr Thomas Frey (USA), Scott Anthony (Singapore), Adam Kahane (Canada) and the audience.
Moderator: Beverley O’Connor.


Master Classes (2.30 – 5.30pm)

  1. Richard Rumelt (USA) – Strategic Diagnosis and Actions
  2. Amantha Imber – Innovate like the heavyweights – proven stuff, no fluff
  3. Tim Dalmau and Jill Tideman– Solving Wicked Problems in the Workplace
  4. Gabrielle Dolan & Yamini Naidu  – Wicked Problems Need Wicked Stories


Deep Conversation 2 with Supper (7.00-9.30pm)

Now to Next: How will Science and Technology help solve our wicked problems?
With Baroness Susan Greenfield (UK), Michael T Jones (USA), Professor Nadia Rosenthal (UK), Dr Iain McGilchrist (UK), Jason Drew (South Africa) and the audience.
Moderator: Robyn Williams.

Thursday November 29 – DAY 1

8.45am: The Official Opening of Ci2012 with VIPs, speakers, artists and politicians including a special performance from War Horse.
Following this, each session over the two day conference will involve keynote speakers, a scholarship winner (60 seconds) and will be followed by Q & A/debate with audience.

1. Wicked Problems, Great Opportunities! (9.45am)

  • Eric Knight, Economics consultant and Author Reframe
    Reframe: Solving the world’s trickiest problems
  • Dr Megan Clark, CEO CSIRO
    Large scale, multidisciplinary thinking: Working together to change the future
  • Adam Kahane (Canada), Partner of Reos Partners and Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford
    Transformative Scenario Planning: Working Together to Change the Future

Moderator: Tim Dalmau

2. Who wants to live forever? (11.30am)

  • Professor Nadia Rosenthal (UK), leading regenerative medicine researcher
    How will our bodies keep up with technology and what will that mean to society?
  • Professor Silviu Itescu, Biotech entrepreneur, Founder and Executive Director Mesoblast
    Stem Cell Therapies… Clinical reality or dream?
  • Baroness Susan Greenfield (UK), Director of the Institute for the Future of the Mind and Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University
    The Impact of Technology: Making the Most of the 21st Century Mind

Moderator: Dr Elizabeth Finkel

1.00pm – 2.30pm Conversations at Lunchtime
Subject matter lunch hot spots around the Sofitel with selected speakers and provocateurs – Choose your area of interest on the day.

3. Start-up reality! From idea to market (2.30pm)

  • Ruslan Kogan, Serial Entrepreneur, Pioneer online retail, Founder and CEO of
    From Garage to Global: The “Just Do It” attitude to entrepreneurship.
  • Professor Robin Batterham AO, President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne;
    Innovation in large companies – the three essentials
  • Jason Drew (South Africa), International business leader; Serial entrepreneur and Sustainability expert;
    From Industrial revolution to sustainability revolution – the business of fixing our future

Moderator: Doron Ben-Meir, CEO Commercialisation Australia

4. The Asian Century and Innovation (4.30pm)

  • Bernard Salt, National Partner for KPMG Demo Group; Writer and Columnist;
    Keynote: Re-Imagining the Asian Middle-class in the 2020s: Why the Rise of China will Forge the World’s Strongest Consumer Market
  • Scott Anthony (Singapore), President Innosight, Author: The Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work and The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times;
    Keynote: Innovation Lessons from Asia and Driving Growth in Emerging Markets

Moderator: Jeremy Duffield

(Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Ballroom, 25 Collins Street  Melbourne)

Entertainment features Stefan Cassomenos and Pot-Pourri.

This dinner is proudly supporting Creativity Australia’s With One Voice  programs.

Friday November 30 – DAY 2

5. Where is technology taking us? (9.00 am)

  • Michael T Jones (USA), Chief Technology Advocate, Google
    The future enters by the back door: How and why learning must change with advancing technology.
  • Geoff Mulgan (UK) Chief Executive of NESTA, the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
    Innovations in and around Government: Is democracy keeping up with the pace of social and technological change?
  • Michael Harte Chief Information Officer CBA
    Technology-led acceleration: passion, creativity and innovation in a corporate environment.
  • Dr Thomas Frey (USA) Executive Director and Senior Futurist at DaVinci Institute, currently Google’s top-rated futurist speaker. Author of the groundbreaking 2011 book Communicating with the Future
    2 Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030! Driverless Cars, Teacherless Schools, and Printable Houses: We’re in for a Wild Ride

12 noon-1:30pm Conversations at Lunchtime
Subject matter lunch hot spots around the Sofitel with selected speakers and provocateurs – Choose your area of interest on the day.

6. High Performing Workplaces (1.30pm)

  • Steve Vamos – Founding President, Society for Knowledge Economics, Director Telstra, Medibank and David Jones
    Wicked Conversations! … that drive alignment and innovation
  • Professor Richard Rumelt (USA), UCLA Chair in Business and Society, global leader on strategy
    Keys to Good Strategy in Volatile Times
  • Michael Rennie – Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
    Love, Fear and High Performance

7. Courage, thinking and leadership to create a successful future (3.30pm)

  • Dr Iain McGilchrist (UK), Author of The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
    Why things are not what they seem: the courage to think differently
  • Li Cunxin, Author Mao’s Last Dancer
    Mao’s last dancer – lessons of creativity and courage
  • Wade Davis (USA), Anthropologist, Explorer-in-Residence National Geographic Society
    The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World
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