What would it take for Wellington, the city and region, to be the best in the world?
I gave a talk at the Rotary Forum 2017 this week. Unfortunately, due to technical issues my presentation video / audio wasn’t captured, *so recorded the above version.
As you’ll hear / see, my response was to challenge us to think about Wellington becoming:
The most creative little capital in the world.
A lofty goal.
Raising the creative literacies of a city / region to ask better questions sounds impossible although wonderfully audacious.
Something I’m working towards with (the two “common soon” projects of) Creative Welly and Creative Leadership NZ (reach out if you want to know more or subscribe to blog posts on the right hand side there).
Thanks to the event organisers for the opportunity to have voice:
DK gave an inspiring address to the Rotary Club Forum: “Achieving the ‘Impossible Dream’ for Wellington: the city and region” on Tuesday 1 August 2017. His themes included creativity, innovation, compassion, empathy and branding. He challenged the audience on achieving a “creative Welly”, connecting the creative capital, providing leadership across the sectors, an independent collective and a community that is simultaneously globally minded and locally focused. He personifies the quote of “Life’s too short not to be audacious.” He set the stage for a Forum that was bold, diverse and audacious about achieving ‘Impossible Dreams’ for Wellington.
Dr Roger Blakeley Chair, Wellington Rotary Club 2017 Forum
*not the same flow and impact of a live talk so apologies for the lack of intonation and delivery (I’m much better in front of a live audience).
Speaker line-up / order
- Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk
- Sharing City Seoul – Solve Urban Problems Through Sharing
- Raising the voice of compassion throughout the city – Compassionate Atlanta
- NYC Driverless Future challenge
- UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)
- Norway Transparency
- NZ Wealth Disparity
- 1600 deaths attributed to cold houses each winter in New Zealand
- Youth Suicide in NZ
- These are the cities that climate change will hit first
- How Moken children see with amazing clarity underwater
- Images credited on slides.