Genius-level comedic content.
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Brazil fines Facebook (only) $1.6 million for improper sharing of user data.
The smartphone tracking industry has been rumbled (will anything change?).
Reasons to be cheerful from the international news review of 2019 (we need this).
A simple guide to exactly how the United Nations is funded.
Make a Tesla Cybertruck out of paper.
Simple breathing visual to relax.
FuzzyTime makes it more human to tell the time on my Mac.
As I reflect, I keep coming back to the foundational values rather than put too much emphasis on the past or future:
Be kind. Embrace possibility. Be present.
Along with delivering thirteen speaker coaching sessions and seven masterclasses to the following good humans: Creative HQ, DIA, Hummingly, IRD, Kiwibank, Massey Uni, MBIE, NZQA, Pro-Clima, PWC, Sports NZ, UNICEF, Volpara and ACC, DIA, IBI Group, IRD, NZFE, Pro-Clima, TBIG.
There were two overseas trip:
And as in recent years, my blogging efforts has again been modest:
So as the 20’s roll into view, am keen to develop more of the creative producing side and dial back the speaker coaching so there’s some parity in my analogue service offerings. Am also playing around with a new podcast series to further hone the craft of experience design.
What will your focus be in 2020 and beyond?
Last week was the third Creative Leadership NZ (and second time) at, NZ’s new Institute of Creativity, Te Auaha. It was another sold out affair hosting nearly two hundred humans exploring the intersection of creativity and leadership.
The feedback has been very positive with the general theme of ‘warmth’ coming through. The speakers modelled this in their talks and delivery plus openness to connect in the breakouts, as well as the eagerness of the delegates to embrace the opportunity to share their stories whilst participating in the sessions and / or conversations with others.
As you can see from above, over two thirds of attendees have female names and anecdotally the average age is about thirty-five to fourty.
This year over eighty cross sector organisations and brands were represented, aiding the variety of discussions and connections made in this community of leaders. In theory, the experience and learnings will be taken back to the seven and a half thousand people managed by the delegates.
CLNZ truly bucks the trend of other leadership conferences, away from the pale, male and stale.
What an amazing array of folks we had this year. Tried really hard to again balance the breadth of arenas in the two respected focusses of the conference and the delegate feedback has reflected that aim.
This year I put together a speaker guide which simplified communications of all the aspects of the conference whilst also outlining expectations.
Thanks to these good humans below—a pure delight to collaborate with.
David Bill (keynote / masterclass) : designing empathy at scale,
Emily Chang (keynote / workshop) : The Power of AND – unlocking new ideas by finding the intersection of seeming juxtapositions,
Greg Broadmore (keynote interview) : leading at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and creative processes,
Kaila Colbin (keynote / masterclass) : why courage is the new leadership skill (via Brene Brown),
Samantha Gadd is Founder and Managing Director of Humankind, a business with the vision to create the best employee experiences in the world. Humankind (formerly HR Shop) was a 2015 Deloitte Fast 50 winner, and named fastest growing services business in the Wellington region in the same year.
Samantha is obsessed with Employee Experience and the difference it can have on business performance. Samantha has advised hundreds of organisations over the last 15 years on leadership, culture, performance and all things people. She is passionate about the future of work and the importance of modern leadership to attract and retain top talent. Samantha is currently focused on growing Humankind and recently launched Kin (sister company to Humankind) and building an exemplar employee experience in both organisations. In 2018 Samantha also launched the first Employee Experience Awards programme in New Zealand. Also Mum to three young boys, Samantha is experienced at blending life and work.
Sarb Johal (keynote / workshop) : Making space for creativity: Leading yourself well
Savannah Peterson (interviewer / workshop) : millinial management
Selina Tusitala Marsh (keynote / workshop) : the power of poetry,
Topaz Litman Adizes (keynote / masterclass) : courageous conversations,
Trent Yeo (keynote / workshop) : how sustainability ignites creative thinking,
DK (Master of Ceremonies)
As an aside, one of the overseas speakers pulled out with three weeks to go before the event due to a board meeting timing change which they had to be at. This added thousands to the costs with all the flight changes which had to be made. A fun little hurdle to get over although after a couple of days of panic it all came good.
This year was the first time CLNZ took cash sponsorship. The Institute Of Management New Zealand (IMNZ) was the founding sponsor and with that got featured heavily in all promotions, received a bunch of VIP passes to share to staff and clients plus also had the opportunity to run an interaction to engage with the delegates. The monies received enabled some additions to the conference (see below in ‘extra costs’).
The second sponsor was for our technical side of the event and enabled the recording of the main keynote talks for the first time (which will be released in the new year). NW Group stepped into this role and looking forward to releasing the videos early next year of the main keynotes.
The other partners contributed either cut-rate services and / or free plus financial grant support for specific speakers.
As with previous conferences CLNZ19 was profitable and very pleased to again increase the profit margin from last years event.
All speakers were remunerated financially plus many of them had their expenses covered. When a significant promotional support didn’t transpire I had two invest in a third party agency to assist in the marketing and sales. Other costs included:
Over half a dozen folks registered who then didn’t pay / attend which equated to over four thousand potential profit lost so next year will have to think how to manage this.
As with the first two years, did a lot myself, including: speaker curation, PR content (like the example above, here are the rest of them: David Bill, Emily Chang, Kaila Colbin, Greg Broadmore, Samantha Gadd, Sarb Johal, Savannah Peterson, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Topaz Adizes, Trent Yeo.), event design, partner / sponsor negotiation / management, website manager, majority of marketing and sales, delegate invoicing, event management, MC’ing etc.
Even though we sold out the week before, definitely need help in the area of ‘Sales’ as have no interest in this area (so feel free to reach out if you can assist for 2020).
The video above played when delegates arrived into the main theatre and was crowdsourced from the registration process. It served to prime the audience and get them situated into the subject matter of the conference.
The massage therapists I have seen and done in previous events so was a lovely addition to this years offering and was constantly utilised.
Our main sponsor IMNZ installed a Christmas tree and invited delegates to write a future message to themselves along the lines of the event theme of ‘nurturing courage’:
At the opening of the second day, I ran an exercise exploring where delegates ‘stand’ on certain topics and get them in the interactive and exploration mindset for the masterclasses:
Last year the three future aims for the 2019 event were to gain sponsorship (tick), record videos (tick), build an ongoing community opportunity (ongoing).
For 2020, the focus will be on:
Due to the positive feedback specifically relating to the venue have already booked in next years event which will be Monday 30th November & 1st December 2020, put it in your diaries now!
So did you attend and if so how was it for you? Are you a creative producer who can answer some of the challenges I have above? Any other observations for me?
This Guardian piece on a rare piece of hope in the climate emergency.
How after 15 years the browser Firefox is leading the privacy-first renaissance.
Why it’s not too late to save the planet from someone who is doing more than their bit.
If this were our last conversation…
10 random questions answered through music…
The 1999 future as envisaged from 1967…
Beautiful News for uplifting stats on the world.
The “Unlocked Recordings” category on Internet Archive has over 750 digitized LPs available in full.
NASA’s image of the day.
The Derek Sivers podcast (for short inspirations).
About Copenhagen’s race to be the first carbon-neutral city.
How technology flatten the rich texture of urban life.
A study of 2.7m startups found the perfect age to start a business is much older than you think.
The biggest lie tech people tell themselves — and the rest of us.
For your brain.
For your heart.
For your soul.
Feed Flipper – a free service which extracts the source #RSS URL from iTunes audio.
Listen to WETA Digital’s first ‘Unsupervised’ podcast.
Learned so much from this chat / discussion / interview with the great Frank Oz, Actor, Director, Storyteller and the equally amazing Derek DelGaudio, Writer & Performer recorded at the EG Conference this year.
This is both an example of superb panel / interview approach for events laced with so many insights and applicable takeaways:
In what we do knowledge is not that helpful… I have to be in the position of not knowing, because once I know there is no discovery.
A challenge to unlearn and relearn so many things and an invitation to explore a more creative mindset.
You should have the moral rights to every bit of data which exists because you exist, now and forever.
From the lips / mind of Jaron Lanier (the kernel of the idea was explored in his ‘How we need to remake the internet’ TED talk) via NY Times and also here’s a similar call by Will.I.Am in the Economist at the beginning of the year:
Personal data needs to be regarded as a human right, just as access to water is a human right. The ability for people to own and control their data should be considered a central human value. The data itself should be treated like property and people should be fairly compensated for it.
Since announcing back in August, Creative Leadership NZ 2019 has sold out three of the four categories of registration options and there’s only 26 spots remaining (at time of pressing ‘publish’) of first day only (as second day has all sold out also).
Am never happy until it’s sold out and this month is both focussed on promotional activities along with the delegate experience design of the event.
Producing events (by yourself) is a Herculean task with so many elements to be aware of on top of the multiple human considerations, so something which is helping me keep the energy flowing through the positive lens is the following:
“We’re all going to the same place, and we’re all on a path. Sometimes our paths converge. Sometimes they separate, and we can hardly see each other, much less hear each other. But on the good days, we’re walking on the same path, close together, and we’re walking each other home.”
– Ram Dass
Facebook confirms 419million phone numbers were exposed.
Greta Thunberg is right to panic.
The inaugural C2 magazine — big ideas for creative business leaders!
(Marvel) Avengers | Journey’s End – more goosebumps from @slyfer2812:
A fan made video from 400,000 images taken from the Rosetta probe:
Interactive weather platform.
A fun Virtual Typewriter for those who dig the digital / analogue cross-over.
Free to download and use copyright free are 100,000 faces generated by AI
Eddie Butlers speech from todays Wales independence march in Merthyr: