Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

MC 8: The Future of Culture – How can organisations develop cultures that hardwire innovative behaviour 

Dr Richard Claydon (Hong Kong)

Transdisciplinary Behavioural Scientist; Co-founder & CEO of Organisational Misbehaviourists
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1 April 2019, 2:15pm – 4:45pm


Ci 2019 poses a key question: How can organisations develop cultures that hardwire innovative behaviours such as immersive research and rapid prototyping? It’s a good question. Work today is characterised by relentless change and disruptive strategies; a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business landscape; and technologies of unlimited collaborative possibility and equally unlimited energy-draining distraction.

In the midst of this, we hold tightly onto one old-school idea – get your culture right. But…
– Can your cultural reality match your cultural aspirations
– How do you hire people who “fit” a relentlessly changing environment
– How do you listen to unconventional thought


  • Identify healthy and unhealthy psychological responses to VUCA conditions
  • Understand the reasons for and consequences of impression management
  • Create a collaborative, psychological safe environment
  • Appreciate the “value of values” to enable creative and critical thinking
  • Become cognitively flexible in your decision-making

Richard’s work examines how people handle the complexity and ambiguity of modern organisational life and how original thought emerges in fast-changing, uncertain and toxic environments via resilient coping methods, such as irony and black humour. Leading management thinkers, including a Harvard Top-200 Guru, have described his work as “a touchstone for future work in management”, “outstanding in daring and imagination” and “at the forefront of modern debate”.

"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