Creative Revolutionaries Past Events

Creative Revolutionaries is an ongoing series of presentations by some of the most fiercely visionary cultural creatives driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Local, national and international leaders share their perspectives on opportunities unfolding before our eyes. 

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  • The busy shall inherit the future, the intentionally adaptable will shape it

    Which do you choose, busy or intentionally adaptable? 

    Happiness Hacker Penny Locaso seeks to challenge the busy epidemic and the barrier it is creating in humanity's ability to effectively shape the future. 

    Recorded on May 22, 2019 at St Paul's Creative Centre, Adelaide.

    Learn why skill in Intentional Adaptability™ is critical to thriving in the age of exponential technology. Understand why we need to focus on new ways of being rather than more doing in order to realise possibility. Leave curious to explore further the concept of IAQ™ (Intentional Adaptability Quotient) and how you might use it to drive the change you seek in your life and the world around you. 

    Voted one of the most influential female entrepreneurs in Australia Penny is the world's first Happiness Hacker, on a mission to teach 10 million humans, by 2025, how to intentionally adapt in order to future-proof happiness. 

    Penny has created a world's first pedagogy and measurement tool designed to humanise the future through the amplification of the Intentional Adaptability QuotientTM of individuals and organisations. 

    Penny is a guest lecturer at the esteemed Singularity University at the NASA Research Centre in Silicon Valley. This position has her working alongside some of the best technology and Artificial Intelligence innovators in the world. 

    Partnering with corporations like Google, Singularity University, Mircosoft, Booking.com, SalesForce, Deloitte, KPMG, LuluLemon Athletica and Coca- Cola, Penny is transforming lives and organisations, by humanising the future. 

    Three years ago, Penny turned her life upside down. In a 7-month period, she left a 16-year career as an executive, relocated her family from Perth back to Melbourne, left an 18-year relationship, and started BKindred. When Penny couldn't find a global education company, that could skill her to future-proof her happiness, she went out and created one. 

    Penny advocates fear(less)ness and practices what she teaches. She went viral on LinkedIn (50,000+ views) and created a global movement after delivering a keynote in her bathing suit, to demonstrate the power of getting comfortable with discomfort. 

    Penny Locaso is an acclaimed TEDx and keynote speaker, having shared the stage with world renowned speakers including Dorie Clark, Gail Kelly, Yossi Ghinsberg, and Bernard Salt. 

    Penny has been published and quoted in the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Mail UK, Thrive Global, SmartCompany, Conscious Magazine, StartUp Smart, Smarter Magazine, The Age, Women's Agenda, The Sydney Morning Herald and NZ Entrepreneur. 

  • Women in innovation: leading South Australia

    Join us for a conversation with Leila Henderson, Michelle Perugini and Allison Nikula, three leading experts in innovation and entrepreneurship; each winners of the annual Women In Innovation award.

    Recorded on April 29, 2019 at St Paul's Creative Centre, Adelaide.

    Leila Henderson is a former journalist who moved into the IT sector mid-career – by way of media roles as a PR Specialist with IBM Australia and IT Journalist with The Australian newspaper - Leila founded in the Newsmaker PR and Social Marketing platform in 2005. Today the platform has expanded into the USA as PitchSociety.com, representing over 15,000 customers and 50,000 brands.

    Michelle Perugini has a PhD in Medicine and was a stem cell biologist for a decade. She founded her first AI business 10 years ago which was acquired by Ernst and Young in 2015. 

    She is now co-founder and CEO of Presagen. Presagen is an AI company that specializes in rapidly creating and commercializing globally scalable image-based medical diagnostics products, using its advanced AI platform. Presagen's first product is Life Whisperer that uses AI to assist clinicians to select viable embryos in IVF to improve outcomes for couples wanting to have children. 

    Allison Nikula knew the value a strengthened network of support provides in supporting health and wellbeing of seniors as an Occupational Therapist. With the seed for CareApp sewn, Allison embarked on creating CareApp. As a market led innovation, Allison initially consulted with prospective users with nothing more than sketches on a piece of paper and some wireframe mock-ups. A proof of concept was created and tested before a minimum viable product was developed and launched. CareApp has recently been named as a Finalist for Technology Innovation of the Year for the 2019 Asia Pacific Eldercare Awards.

  • In conversation with Pussy Riot

    Ripped from the news headlines direct to Adelaide, the world's best-known activists bring their worldwide hit to RCC Fringe.

    Recorded on March 5, 2019 in The Cloister at the University of Adelaide.

    The iconic Russian feminist punk rock performance art collective tell their story, featuring the three key members of Pussy Riot on stage together. Historic and unmissable. 

    Join Pussy Riot in a candid conversation with Alison Coppe in a Fringe-first, and Australian exclusive, where we explore and attempt to understand the passion and vision that is behind their world-famous protest performance!

  • EARTHALUJAH: Unpacked! In conversation with Reverend Billy

    Anthony Roberts gets to the bottom of Reverend Billy's radical work and revolutionary ideas, and his creative process behind his groundbreaking show!

    Recorded on February 28, 2019 at The Cloisters, University of Adelaide

    Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters, Earth loving urban activists, and are an OBIE Award-winning radical performance community. Their strategies include cash register exorcisms, retail interventions and cell phone operas. Witness the church of the Rev Billy for the first time ever in Australia.

  • Sex, politics and dangerous ideas

    Join Penny Arcade in a candid conversation with Ros Prosser in a Fringe-first exclusive where we unpack the wild and passionate American performance artist, actress and playwright and delve deep into her mind. 

    Recorded on February 21, 2019 at Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide.

    In a year in which the grande dame of downtown New York, and Andy Warhol Superstar marks 50 years of performance; the undisputed queen of the underground Penny Arcade, returns to Adelaide to celebrate the 25th Australian anniversary of her infamous sex and censorship show BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE!. 

  • Storytelling + storyselling

    Watch and listen to Jessica Bendinger in a candid conversation with Tom Hajdu and Ros Prosser about the state of art and data in Hollywood. 

    Recorded on January 18, 2019 at St Paul's Creative Centre.

    What is happening to stories/storytellers and audiences in a saturated content landscape?

    A look at the legacy Media Lapse - Is Hollywood a Data Refugee? 

    Narrative Exhaustion and consumer attention fatigue; where is this headed? What does the future hold for audiences, storytellers and distributors? 

    Now that the audience is in control, is there any value left in copyright for film-makers and creators? 

    Jessica Bendinger's movies have grossed over $500 million worldwide, and have spawned myriad sequels, TV shows and Jeopardy questions. Her directorial debut STICK IT (starring Jeff Bridges) had the highest per screen average its' opening weekend, and was the #1 download on iTunes for 7 straight weeks. 

    An acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter who launched onto the scene with her original script Bring It On (which debuted at #1 in the box office and remained there for two weeks), Jessica was named by Glamour Magazine as one of Hollywood's Most Powerful Women Under 40. Bendinger was a writer on the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Season Four of Sex and the City, credited on the episode entitled, "Time & Punishment" 
    A former journalist for SPIN Magazine + MTV News, Jessica also directed music videos for artists such as Queen Latifah, Steady B, Coro, Tony Terry, Warrior Soul, Masters of Reality and Loudness. Her Queen Latifah video for FLY GIRL was nominated for two Billboard Awards: Best Rap Video and Best Director/Rap Video. 

    Jessica's screenwriting credits include: The Truth About Charlie, First Daughter and Aquamarine. Her uncredited work includes: What A Girl Wants, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, Charlie's Angels 2, Just Like Heaven, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, G-Force and Hitch. 
    She wrote and directed the teen gymnastics hit Stick It which got a gold medal podium shout-out during the 2008 Olympics broadcast... as US Champion Nastia Liukin won gold in the All-Around Competition. 

    Simon & Schuster published her debut novel "The Seven Rays" in 2009. Her original television pilots for The 7 RAYS, LADYLIKE and CLOCKED are in development. An avid songwriter, Bendinger co-wrote "Hurts to Think" for Miranda Lambert's last album, FOUR THE RECORD, and has been collaborating on a new stage musical called PSYCHED, a comedic journey through the wonderful world of mental health. 

    Jessica recently delivered a keynote on Capitol Hill for the IIPA and is producing a long-form podcast for Stitcher Premium which will debut in the summer of 2019. 

  • Festivals and co-operatives

    Five spectacular guests explore the benefits of co-operatives for the creative industries - especially in regards to art festivals and the music industry. This includes the possibilities offered by worker-owned co-operatives and enterprise co-operatives. 

    Recorded on November 27, 2018 at St Paul's Creative Centre.

    The panel, moderated by Christie Anthoney, included: 

    • Christie Anthoney (Moderator) - CEO of Festivals Adelaide 
    • Thinker in Residence, Dr Guy Turnbull (UK) - Social Entrepreneur & Former Managing Director of Care & Share Associates (CASA) 
    • Rohan Clarke - The Business Council for Co-operatives and Mutuals 
    • Heather Croall - Director and CEO of the Adelaide Fringe 
    • Anne Wiberg - Event and Program Producer, Music Programmer, Board Director 
    • Leah Blankendaal - Arts & Cultural Facilitator with Regional Development Australia
  • A whole new internet

    Former Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide Stephen Yarwood, Princeton alumni and entrepreneur Andy Milburn, and Nick Falkner, Director of the Australian Smart Cities Consortium discuss a whole new internet. 

    Recorded on October 25, 2018 at Madley Rehearsal Theatre, University of Adelaide

    They discuss the radical new opportunities for innovation and creativity provided by a new world in which everything that can be connected, will be connected. They examine the ways looming explosive growth in IOT, Smart Cities and Autonomous Systems will create new demands for innovative and creative thinking.

  • Music, nature & creativity

    South Australian-born singer, songwriter and producer, Surahn Sidhu has enjoyed a prestigious and prodigious career, from his role as founding member of pioneering disco band The Swiss, his talent and charismatic charm have seen him become a collaborator of choice for multi-Grammy-award-winning and ARIA winning artists like Usher, Kimbra, Empire of the Sun, Hayden James, Flight Facilities and many more. More recently he has signed his new project Happiness Is Wealth to major label Sony Music. 

    Recorded on 20 September, 2018 at St Paul's Creative Centre.

    "I am a student of harmony. Growing up as a musician and working on farms as a child I began to see the connection between the two. My life now, is a living example of how there is room for creative thinking in agriculture and plenty of room for the humility of farming in music. Nature is the greatest technology we have and an endless supply of inspiration for any artist."

  • For creatives, the greatest opportunities lie ahead

    As all design capacity is being snapped up by the the giants of industry, the creatives class is tipping into an unprecedented existential crisis. The good news is that for those who practice creativity, the greatest opportunity lies ahead as the fourth industrial revolution and the age of automation is now here. In this age, human creativity is the difference between us and the machine. 

    Recorded on 22 August, 2018 at Scott Theatre, University of Adelaide.

    Legendary designer David Kelley suggests that creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Join us to hear from Michael Eales, strategy designer at the award winning global strategy, design and innovation firm Business Models Inc, and learn how to apply your creative confidence to change the terms of business. 

    Michael is a strategy designer with award winning global strategy, design and innovation firm Business Models Inc. Michael helps organisations of all shapes and sizes determine what to make and do, why do it and how to innovate contextually, both now and in the future. This process is called design strategy and involves strategic design, the interplay between design and business strategy.

  • Vaporised: The biggest transformation is the one you cannot see

    The fastest growing segment of the global economy is utterly invisible. You cannot see it, and you cannot touch it, but you deal with it every time you use your smartphone. Traditional businesses are being vaporized, replaced by intangible digital information and software, at a blistering pace. The companies that understand this shift and can manage have been handsomely rewarded by investors: but the consequences for those who fail to understand dematerialization are swift and severe.

    Recorded on July 25, 2018 at Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide.

    This presentation, from the award-winning author and Creative Director of Hybrid World Adelaide Robert Tercek, provides an exhilarating overview of the massive change underway as industrial companies are transformed into software firms. This transformation touches every aspect of the economy and it is now changing civic institutions, political discourse and social conventions. 

    Robert Tercek is the award-winning author of VAPORIZED: Solid Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World. He is an expert in the design and launch of innovative digital media services. Tercek's 25-year career includes the launch of satellite and cable TV networks, the design of more than 100 games for computers, Internet and mobile phones, and the world's first mobile video services, as well as the largest-ever live online learning programs for Oprah Winfrey. 

    Tercek has co-founded five interactive media startups and has served in executive management at Sony Pictures, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and MTV: Music Television. Today he provides strategic insight to major media companies including Turner Broadcasting, Interpublic Group, NBC Universal, Reed Exhibitions, Public Broadcasting Service, and NASPL. He serves as Chairman of the Creative Visions Foundation in Malibu, California. 

  • Inspirational interfaces in music & tech

    Featuring Craig Swann (Looplabs), Matthew Wilson (Novus-Res) with MC, Dan Thorsland (Mighty Kingdom). Recorded 12 July 2018 at St Paul's Creative Centre, Adelaide. 

    Recorded on 7 July, 2018 at St Paul's Creative Centre.

    Proving once again that some of the finest creative minds call Adelaide home, this event featured the secrets of success of two entrepreneurs, Craig Swann and Matthew Wilson, whose different paths will intersect in unexpected ways. 

    Dan Thorsland of ground-breaking games company Mighty Kingdom MCs our "fireside chat". He'll help to reveal the inspiration behind Craig Swann's creation of Looplabs, the world's first online music making experience and the web's first drag'n'drop interface, so groundbreaking that it featured in one of Steve Job's Apple keynotes. 

    We also chart the rapid rise of Novus Res, an award-winning and internationally acclaimed VR / 360 film company directed by brothers Matthew and Luke Wilson, experts in a multitude of virtual reality applications, including the high growth sector of game development. 

    Between them, their technical interfaces offer exciting frontiers and potential income streams for musicians and composers, who will witness firsthand the power of "music meets technology".

  • Q & A with Laurie Anderson

    On June 15, Laurie Anderson spoke at Elder Hall about her new book All the Things I Lost in the Flood, including a Q & A session.

    Recorded on 15 June, 2018 at Elder Hall, University of Adelaide.

    "The world is made of stories and as stories escalate and get shorter and shorter until they're ten word tweets and as our sense of reality continues to shred, we see that this is not a political situation, it's an existential one-" writes Anderson, "And we suddenly see: we're drowning in our own stories." 

    Laurie Anderson's new book All the Things I Lost in the Flood is a series of essays about stories and language. In celebration of the publication of the book (released by Rizzoli in February '18) the artist will present a limited number of performances. The performance All the Things I Lost in the Flood is a reading and performance of the texts as well as visual images. It includes a discussion of her iconic work with voice, electronics, codes, narrative styles and digital language. The evening also includes accounts of many of the artist's projects, operas, installations and inventions as well as an inside look at the artist's methods, strategies, failures and Plan B's. A book about performance comes to life again as a performance.

  • The neuroscience of collaborative creativity

    When we get together and get excited by coming up with something new, amazing things happen - our brains and bodies activate and synchronise, releasing chemicals that make our thought processes faster and more nimble, increase how quickly we absorb information, and allow us to combine concepts differently and create brand new ones. We turn on multiple parts of our brains, and even build brand new brain if we are really connected and engaged. So how and why does all this happen? And how can we foster it?

    Recorded on 23 April, 2018 at Hub Central, University of Adelaide.

    On April 23, Dr. Ilse Treurnicht (Former CEO, MaRS Discovery District in Ontario, Canada) and Dr. Fiona Kerr (Neural and Systems Complexity Specialist) discussed the neuroscience of collaborative creativity.

    Dr Fiona Kerr researches, speaks and consults on a range of topics including the neuroscience of human-human and human-technology interaction, neurogenesis, and how good leaders create organisations that flourish. Her interest in the science and power of human connectivity grew over more than 25 years of working in a variety of sectors in Australia and overseas, including power generation, automotive manufacturing, defence, pharmaceuticals, state government, and creative companies including Cirque du Soleil!

    Ilse Treurnicht's career spans scientific research, technology startups and growth companies, commercialization of academic discoveries, venture capital, innovation consulting and policy development. For the past 12+ years, she has been the CEO of MaRS in Toronto, overseeing the development of the organisation from a raw startup to a leading urban innovation hub. She holds a doctorate in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

  • Music industry 4.0

    The Paris and Rome of tomorrow will probably be cities other than Paris and Rome. That's because the digital economy is fundamentally transforming urban regions around the world, and it will all move huge amounts of data as it does so. The size of a city no longer matters like it once did—in fact, smaller cities can more easily pivot if they make the right decisions at the right time. Chattanooga, Tennessee did just that, emerging from its own ashes to become one of the tech-friendliest hubs in the US.

    Recorded on 2 February, 2018 at St Paul's Creative Centre.

    Meanwhile, Adelaide has been a second-tier manufacturing city in decline for a few decades, so why does it suddenly have Elon Musk's attention? Because Adelaide is transforming to meet the future by focusing on its knowledge base and digital infrastructure. Adelaide reached its 2025 renewable-energy targets in 2016, while leapfrogging other Australian cities to join Chattanooga in the GigCity program. With Adelaide as its nexus, South Australia too, can become a gateway to innovation.