Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

Gala Dinner

  • Lord Adair Turner (UK)

    Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission; Senior Fellow of the Institute for New Economic Thinking
  • Professor Kathleen Richardson (UK)

    Professor, Ethics, Culture, Robots and AI at De Montfort University
  • Kim Williams AM

    Chairman, Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company (The Reuters Trustees); Chair, The Copyright Agency & Commissioner, Australian Football
  • Sam Mostyn

    Board member of Mirvac, Transurban and Virgin Australia, and Chair of Citi Australia

Gala Dinner & Disruptive Debate

Tuesday 2nd April, 6.30 – 10:30pm
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Grand Ballroom, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

Fine food, wine and a grand disruptive debate featuring Ci2019 speakers.
The evening will also feature world-class entertainment, sensational songsters Pot-Pourri and the With One Voice choirs.

Dress code: Smart attire with a touch of creativity

Q&A: Capitalism and Democracy: Do they have a future?

with Chief Provocateur Lord Adair Turner (UK), Professor Kathleen Richardson (UK), Kim Williams AM, Sam Mostyn and other speakers to be announced

Ticket – $265 per person
Table of 10 – $2500
Corporate VIP table of 10 – $5000 (prime position, speaker at your table and a a $2,500 tax-deductible donation to Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program supporting social cohesion and mental health)

Across the developed world, democracy remains the dominant model, with few overt challenges to democratic elections based on universal franchise. But its operation appears more fragile and fractious, with populist challenges to traditional parties and an often-virulent style of political debate. In some countries, such as Hungary, Poland and Turkey, democratically elected governments show little respect for the rule of law and the rights of opposition parties.

Four factors at least help explain this more fractious environment:

  1. The financial crisis of 2008 destroyed trust in the global financial system and the economic ideologies which had justified its huge growth.
  2. Capitalism is no longer delivering its implicit promise that, at least over each decade, if not each year, almost all citizens share in rising prosperity.
  3. New technology and social media, combined with big data analytics, can be used very effectively to undermine democratic processes and foment aggressive rhetoric.
  4. The impact in Europe of mass migration from the Middle East and Africa.

Capitalism and democracy are certainly compatible. Indeed, their development has been deeply entwined over the last two centuries, but the downsides of a globalised free market economy are now increasingly helping to undermine support for democratic and liberal values.

Ci2017 Gala Dinner

This dinner will support people suffering loneliness, depression and isolation through Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program. Donations received will go towards supporting the participation of disadvantaged people in the life-changing With One Voice social inclusion programs. Creativity Australia supports isolated people. Loneliness is the global epidemic of our times and leads to mental and physical health issues and economic disadvantage. More than 2 in 5 people feel socially isolated and unheard. Creativity Australia’s inspirational programs support people dealing with depression, disabilities, unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence, ageing and migrant status to feel a sense of belonging and connect to their community.

Donations received at this event will go towards supporting the participation of disadvantaged people in the life-changing With One Voice social inclusion programs.  Loneliness is the global epidemic of our times and leads to mental and physical health issues and economic disadvantage. More than 2 in 5 people feel socially isolated and unheard. Creativity Australia builds supportive networks that help people connect to brighter futures.

Together, we can change the world… one voice at a time

"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