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Wise Words and Wisdom

3 Nov 18 | Creativity

Here are four quotes that have played themselves into my business. 

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Slowing Down The Cogs

24 Oct 18 | Innovation

Our brains have come to expect constant change and the result of all the extra stimuli, is the incomplete formation of brain pathways in children.

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What does it take for your business to be future ready?

20 Sep 18 | Innovation

In the past 20 years we have made incredible advances in technology that have seen the sick healed and the lost found. 

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2NURFM - Design Thinking Bootcamp

10 Sep 18 | Radio

Design Thinking Workshops

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Turn up with purpose

27 Aug 18 | Innovation

I’m writing this article from San Francisco. It’s appropriate that SingularityU is based here.

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What's really behind our fear of change?

22 Jul 18 | Innovation

We aren’t as averse to change as ‘experts’ would have us believe.

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What Business Are you In?

19 Jun 18 | Innovation

Why develop a new product rather than spend the allocated funds on traditional advertising methods?

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ExpONEntial: The Road to Infinity

5 Jun 18 | Other

What will it mean to live in an ExpONEntial society? Is ‘one’ a singular or a collective? 

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It’s What You Do Afterwards That Counts

15 May 18 | Innovation

I often wonder what changes people make to their businesses, organisations and lives once they leave the confines of a shared space of like-minds.

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It's About Relationships

25 Apr 18 | Innovation

In order to live an effective life, we should ask ourselves. “Did I make a difference today?” 

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At the Heart of Creativity and Innovation is Heart

24 Apr 18 | Innovation

I am a Pixar tragic! I’ve cried watching some movies and cried at my children’s delight in others. 

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Learning to Unlearn and So Much More

23 Apr 18 | Innovation

Day one of the Front End of Innovation - there is so much information to absorb and share.

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Q&A Panel - Top Shots Newcastle 2018

17 Apr 18 | Events

Q&A Panel at the 2018 Top Shots Newcastle business breakfast event. With Lockie Cooke from Splend, Deb Morrison from PetCloud, Stephen Dudgeon & Eli Burger from Avenue Dental, and Christina Gerakiteys from UtopiaX.

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Stephen Dudgeon & Eli Burger - Avenue Dental - Top Shots Newcastle 2018

17 Apr 18 | Events

Stephen Dudgeon 7 Eli Burger of Avenue Dental speak about building award winning workplace culture, at the 2018 Top Shots Newcastle business breakfast event.

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Deb Morrison - PetCloud - Top Shots Newcastle 2018

17 Apr 18 | Events

Deb Morrison, founder of PetCloud, shares her journey of entrepreneurship in launching her Startup, at the 2018 Top Shots Newcastle business breakfast event.

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Lockie Cooke - Splend - Top Shots Newcastle 2018

17 Apr 18 | Events

Lockie Cooke from Splend speaks about enabling drivers in the ride-sharing economy, at the 2018 Top Shots Newcastle business breakfast event.

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Andrew Beattie - PKF - Top Shots Newcastle 2018

17 Apr 18 | Events

Andrew Beattie from PKF gives the opening presentation of the 2018 Top Shots Newcastle business breakfast event.

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2NURFM

5 Mar 18 | Radio

In this group of interviews we cover Telsa, Vivid, Netflix, autonomous vehicles, most innovative companies, and so much more!

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Unlocking Creativity & Innovation Greek Island Retreat

6 Dec 17 | Presentations

You are invited to an amazing, intensive business and self-development experience on a glorious Greek island. This week is for those with a fire in their belly and passion in their heart. 

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Change is the New Black

26 Oct 17 | Events

Christina Gerakiteys from Ideation at Work talks about managing and embracing change and innovation at the Zoom forum in Newcastle.

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Is Utopia Possible?

25 Sep 17 | Innovation

Growing up I wondered when the increasing value of ‘things’ would outstrip the dollars available. As an adult, I am still wondering. 

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Creativity Equals

6 Sep 17 | Presentations

With thanks to the crew at Eluminate and Brian Daly from the Proverbials for their awesome talents in putting this together.

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Top Shots Melbourne 2017 - Ben Cooper, Tricky Jigsaw

9 Aug 17 | Events

Ben Cooper, ‎Founder and MD of Tricky Jigsaw (an M&C Saatchi Group company), encourages us to "Live More Lobster" at the Top Shots Melbourne Breakfast. 27th June 2017. Presented by Ideation at Work and PKF.

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Top Shots Melbourne 2017 - Roger Langsdon, Planet Innovation

8 Aug 17 | Events

Roger Langsdon, Marketing Manager at Planet Innovation, speaks on innovation in business at the Top Shots Melbourne Breakfast.

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Top Shots Melbourne 2017 - Jennifer Holland, Throat Scope

8 Aug 17 | Events

 

Jennifer Holland, Founder of Throat Scope, talks us through her journey as a start-up business at the Top Shots Melbourne Breakfast.

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Top Shots Melbourne 2017 - Q&A Session

8 Aug 17 | Events

Ben Cooper, Roger Langsdon, Jennifer Holland & Christina Gerakiteys take questions to close the 2017 Melbourne Top Shots Breakfast at Smart Artz Gallery, 27th June 2017.

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Top Shots Melbourne 2017 - Ken Weldin, PKF

2 Aug 17 | Events

 

Ken Weldin, Parter at PKF Melbourne, speaks on innovation in business at the Top Shots Melbourne Breakfast.

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Your Time Starts Now

2 Jul 17 | Innovation

What difference can you make? How can you make life easier for others? 

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Creatives Start a Movement

27 Jun 17 | Innovation

Last week at Vivid Sydney we started a movement, #creativityequals.

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David Leask, Hunter TAFE - Advanced Manufacturing - Hunter Innovation Festival 2017

20 Jun 17 | Events

David Leask presents the latest challenges and educational directions in advanced manufacturing at the Smart Ideas Forum, Hunter Innovation Festival.

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Smart Ideas Competition - Hunter Innovation Festival 2017

19 Jun 17 | Events

Smart Ideas Competition at the Hunter Innovation Festival facilitated by Christina Gerakiteys

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Justin Hales, CEO, Camplify - Hunter Innovation Festival 2017

19 Jun 17 | Events

Justin Hales talks through the development and growth of Camplify at the Smart Ideas Forum, Hunter Innovation Festival.

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Robert Coorey - How To Feed A Starving Crowd - Hunter Innovation Festival 2017

19 Jun 17 | Events

Rob Coorey talks us through his method of business development and expansion at the Smart Ideas Forum, Hunter Innovation Festival.

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The Male App - Hunter Innovation Festival 2017

18 Jun 17 | Events

Melinda Smith & Susan Hart present The Male App

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Vivid Ideas Sydney 2017 - Ideation At Work - Christina Gerakiteys

10 Jun 17 | Events

 

Inspiring Business Growth through Creativity, Innovation and Ideation.

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Stepping Stone to Success

2 Jun 17 | Innovation

If the dreary staircases in train stations and public places in Newcastle and the Hunter were brightly painted and even made music when you trod on them, would people use them more?

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Failure Always Part of Success

23 May 17 | Innovation

I have just returned from the Front End Innovation Conference in Boston. After three days mixing with ‘the tribe’, immersed in innovation, I have the courage to believe anything is possible.

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Be Careful What You Ask For

14 May 17 | Culture

I have ‘heard’ myself say to several people lately, “I would rather lose my wallet than my phone”. I know better. I know we get what we ask for. 

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Craig Sawyer, PKF - Top Shots Newcastle 2017

30 Apr 17 | Events

Craig Sawyer, Senior advisor/ Director PKF Wealth speaks at the Top Shots 2017 Newcastle Breakfast

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The Perfect Business Book

22 Apr 17 | Culture

Don’t we all wish it existed? That book that holds within its pages the elusive magic formula that weaves its way from Ideation to Execution and results in a successful venture.

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No Magic Formula For Perfect Read

18 Apr 17 | Innovation

Where do you start selecting the books to add to your bookshelf – or device?

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Creating A Real Buzz Around Innovation

1 Apr 17 | Innovation

A few years ago, there was talk about laying the Hunter Innovation Festival to rest.

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Got a Smart Idea to Help the Hunter

30 Mar 17 | Innovation

Entries are open for the Smart Ideas competition, in its third edition and a part of the Hunter Innovation Festival in May. 

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Game On for Inspired Action

14 Mar 17 | Innovation

Last week I experienced the brilliant mind, charisma and inspiration of Simon Sinek.

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Six Lessons in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Matilda The Musical

6 Mar 17 | Innovation

I confess that I am a musical tragic and some time ago took my daughter to see Matilda The Musical. I found myself relating the story to my work in innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Your Time Starts Now

10 Feb 17 | Culture

What difference can you make? How can you make life easier for others? When was the last time you took a stand against something you believed was not acceptable? How does your business serve your clients?

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Seven Super Habits Part 1

20 Jan 17 | Creativity

There is no ‘perfect plan’ to start on January 1. Good habits can be started and bad habits dropped on any day. Make today count!

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Seven Super Habits Part 3

20 Jan 17 | Creativity

How many times have you sat there and watched someone else get ready to do something and procrastinate and thought to yourself, or muttered, or said out loud – Come on – Just DO It!

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Seven Super Habits Part 2

20 Jan 17 | Creativity

So did you read Open Your Mind or Mind Your Open in our graphic? Either way the message should resonate! Here we go with Habits 3 and 4…

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The Theatre of U

10 Jan 17 | Other

On the podcast with Heidi, I share my personal mission of opening people's hearts and minds to possibility, playing backgammon on a Greek island, singing in front of the mirror and why Dyson is my hero.

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Creativity & Innovation Greek Island Retreat 2017 (1min)

28 Dec 16 | Presentations

 

You are invited to an amazing, intensive training and self-development week on a glorious Greek island. This week is for those with a fire in their belly and passion in their heart. Nail your purpose, strengthen your sustainability and build your resilience. Be inspired and inspire your collaborators to have the courage and daring to transform.

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Creativity & Innovation Greek Island Retreat 2017

27 Dec 16 | Presentations

You are invited to an amazing, intensive training and self-development week on a glorious Greek island. This week is for those with a fire in their belly and passion in their heart. Nail your purpose, strengthen your sustainability and build your resilience. Be inspired and inspire your collaborators to have the courage and daring to transform.

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Get Your Innovation On in 2017

21 Dec 16 | Innovation

What an amazingly fast and furious year. While everyone is in evaluation and planning mode, here are five essential points to consider and execute for success in 2017.

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Make 2017 the Year to Innovate

20 Dec 16 | Innovation

What an amazingly fast and furious year. While everyone is in evaluation and planning mode, here are five essential points to ponder then execute.

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Featured in Women in Business

1 Dec 16 | Innovation

Christina Gerakiteys is in the business of opening hearts and minds to possibility. As Chief Enabler and CEO of Ideation At Work, she is an innovation and creativity consultant and trainer.

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Imagination More Important Than Knowledge

19 Nov 16 | Creativity

Einstein knew it. He also knew that “Creativity was intelligence having fun”. Creativity and Innovation require Imagination. Futurists, science fiction writers and Hollywood have always flirted with the impossible and in doing so, seeded the possible.

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The Future is in Imagination

15 Nov 16 | Innovation

Creativity and innovation require imagination.

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Are Limiting Beliefs Limiting Your Success?

13 Oct 16 | Culture

I have been working lately on limiting beliefs, others and my own.

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Limiting Power of Tired Beliefs

11 Oct 16 | Innovation

I have been working lately on limiting beliefs, others and my own.

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Hunter Headline's #HunterEntrepreneur

3 Sep 16 | Innovation

Hunter Headline provides timely business news and information specific to the Hunter region. #HunterEntrepreneur interviews are designed to get a better understanding of how local entrepreneurs got where they are and any advice they would give to other entrepreneurs.

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Ten Business Lessons From a Tiny Greek Island Part 3

18 Aug 16 | Creativity

On a small island or village, your word is your bond. Once trust is gone, your name is mud. 

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Innovation Relies on Smart Ideas Plus Action

6 Aug 16 | Innovation

Human beings have been innovating since time immemorial.

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Ten Business Lessons From a Tiny Greek Island Part 2

2 Aug 16 | Creativity

This is a memorial where the old village church used to be.

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Big Lessons Learnt on a Tiny Island

1 Aug 16 | Innovation

There are lessons to be learnt everywhere we look if we have our eyes and our hearts wide open.

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Ten Business Lessons From a Tiny Greek Island Part 1

1 Aug 16 | Creativity

Here I am on the island of my ancestors. I am a fanatical walker and discover whatever I can on foot.

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Hunter Innovation Festival a Success

1 Aug 16 | Innovation

This year, the Hunter Innovation Festival (HIF) saw a record number of entries for the Smart Ideas competition.

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Community Opportunity Connectivity

30 Jun 16 | Innovation

This year, the Hunter Innovation Festival (HIF) saw a record number of entries for the Smart Ideas competition. 

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Our Opportunity Community

27 Jun 16 | Innovation

This year, the Hunter Innovation Festival (HIF) saw a record number of entries for the Smart Ideas competition.

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Hunter Innovation Festival 2016: Neil Lindsay - E-Circuit

14 Jun 16 | Events

Neil Lindsay pitches his E-Circuit invention at the Smart Ideas launch event of the 2016 Hunter Innovation Festival.

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Hunter Innovation Festival: Graham Baker - The Brain Train

14 Jun 16 | Events

Graham Baker pitches The Brain Train concept at the Smart Ideas launch event of the 2016 Hunter Innovation Festival.

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Hunter Innovation Festival: Chad Ramage - Accessibility in the City

14 Jun 16 | Events

Chad Ramage pitches his Accessibility in the City 360 degree virtual reality video concept at the Smart Ideas launch event of the 2016 Hunter Innovation Festival.

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I’ve Been Zapped

24 May 16 | Innovation

Zappos has a workplace culture worthy of bottling and delivering to every organisation on the planet! 

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That’s a Day One Conference Wrap!

12 May 16 | Innovation

As we move further into the 21st century, life is all about the people. 

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To Infinity and Beyond

11 May 16 | Innovation

There’s a lot around theses days about finding your why, your raison d’etre, following your heart, doing what you love.

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Creativity, Innovation, Failure & Success Keynote

21 Apr 16 | Events

Christina Gerakiteys on creativity & innovation, failure & success.

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Tickets to Top Shots for Grabs

18 Apr 16 | Innovation

Speakers from some of the nation’s most innovative companies are set to descend on Newcastle.

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Gratitude at Work Can Go a Long Way

18 Apr 16 | Innovation

I am always dismayed when I hear that a workplace has anything less than an empowering and effective culture, particularly when you consider the research that has been conducted.

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Smart Ideas Competition Winner to Receive $2000 in Cash and Mentoring.

15 Apr 16 | Innovation

If you have got a bright idea for a product or service that could benefit the Hunter, the Smart Ideas competition is open for business. 

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Do You Have a Smart Idea

14 Apr 16 | Innovation

If you’ve got a bright idea for a service or product to benefit the Hunter, the Smart Ideas competition is now open for business. 

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Innovation is About Connecting the Dots…

13 Apr 16 | Innovation

Steve Jobs knew how to make connections.

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5 Things I Wish I Had Known Earlier

15 Mar 16 | Culture

Be brave enough to be exactly who you want to be, one hundred percent of the time.

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5 Things I Wish I Had Known Sooner

14 Mar 16 | Innovation

Top of the list: Be brave enough to be exactly who you want to be, one hundred percent of the time.

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Greece is the Word for Retreat

14 Mar 16 | Innovation

Blending work and play, The Unlocking Creativity and Innovation retreat will be held on the Greek island of Kefalonia, the largest of the Ioanian islands.

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Face-to-Face Still Trending

21 Feb 16 | Culture

The words authentic, honest and purposeful are becoming increasingly valued in today’s business world. And they are qualities that are not easily demonstrable on an on-line platform.

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Face-to-Face Still Trending

8 Feb 16 | Innovation

As much as technology has connected us through video conferencing, Skype and countless equivalents, there is nothing as productive in the short term as face-to-face contact.

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Six Ways to Tend Your Innovation Team

17 Jan 16 | Innovation

Successful teams are ‘backed’. They get a ‘hearing’. Our innovation team was guaranteed the opportunity to regularly present their ideas to the company directors.

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Women Techpreneurs

5 Jan 16 | Innovation

Female entrepreneurs will own thirteen trillion dollars of business by next year. 

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Innovate Like an Israeli?

4 Jan 16 | Innovation

I once heard the term ‘Innovate Like an Israeli’. It wasn’t until I attended the Creative Innovation Conference in Melbourne earlier this year that I truly understood what that meant.

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Where Do Good Ideas Come From

4 Jan 16 | Innovation

The concept of driverless cars has been around since the 1920s, so perhaps Hollywood isn’t making all the predictions but rather increasing their momentum.

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Women Techpreneurs

1 Dec 15 | Innovation

Thursday November 19 was United Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. According to figures from EY, female entrepreneurs will own thirteen trillion dollars of business by next year.

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Lessons Learnt from Matilda

30 Nov 15 | Innovation

I confess that I am a musical tragic and took my daughter to see Matilda The Musical last Saturday.  I found myself relating the story to my work in innovation and entrepreneurship. 

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Manufacturing Excels with Customer-Centricity

1 Nov 15 | Innovation

The Hunter Manufacturing Awards held in October acknowledged world-class companies operating in the region.

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Back to The Future

26 Oct 15 | Innovation

In case you missed it, last week was the 25th Anniversary of Back to the Future, and focus was on ‘predictions’ that had woven their way into our reality.

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The Hunter Collective

8 Oct 15 | Presentations

A little inspiration from Ideation At Work and UQ Power...

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The Collaborative Approach

7 Oct 15 | Innovation

Ever felt the electricity of the group in an idea building session? That’s what true collaboration feels like.

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The Rise of The Entrepreneur

1 Sep 15 | Innovation

Entrepreneurs have come to be defined as those who start a new business.

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Hunter Collective 15 Ditch the Pitch

23 Aug 15 | Events

Ditch the Pitch at Hunter Collective 15. Entries due September 1. Go to www.huntercollectove.com.au for details.

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Tending to Your Innovation Team

17 Aug 15 | Innovation

In order to tend your innovation team, firstly ensure you have a diverse ‘brains trust’ in the group.

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Age of Connectivity is Here

14 Aug 15 | Innovation

The Industrial Age was about mass production  and mass consumption. 

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Think Like a Traveller

27 Jul 15 | Creativity

Close your eyes and think about the last time you travelled to a different country, state, city or even suburb.

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Smart Ideas Require Smart Collaborations

13 Jul 15 | Innovation

Ever felt the electricity of the group in an idea building session? That’s what true collaboration feels like.

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Fresh Line of Thought Can Transform Our City

13 Jul 15 | Innovation

Close your eyes and think about the last time you travelled to a different country, state, city or even suburb.

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Front End Innovation Conference Boston, Massachusetts 2015

1 Jul 15 | Innovation

The possibilities opening up to businesses at this time of incredible change are exciting, though it will be challenging for some to release old beliefs.

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Dump it, Delegate it, or DO it!

18 May 15 | Innovation

They call NYC the City of Ideas. There are banners everywhere reminding you of that.

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See possibility, Seize opportunity

16 May 15 | Creativity

Always ask with gratitude for any response. And make sure your motives are honest and authentic.

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Just What IS New York City?

15 May 15 | Creativity

At its heart NYC, just like any other city or town, is the collective energy of its inhabitants.

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Aeroplane Turbulence Just Took On a Whole New Meaning

15 May 15 | Culture

I’m sitting on a plane, almost at the end of the first leg of my journey, heading for New York City.

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Collaboration is the New Black… or Orange

8 May 15 | Innovation

At first I was miffed that Orange had become the new Black! Why were all these converts moving into Orange territory?

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Six Ways to Effectively Invest Your Time and Money

8 May 15 | Creativity

We constantly hear about ‘cuts’ to business, mining, manufacturing, health and education.

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Step Up and Collaborate

4 May 15 | Innovation

At first I was miffed that orange had become the new black. Why were all these converts moving into orange territory? 

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Put Aside the Time to Invest in Your Business

30 Mar 15 | Innovation

We are constantly hearing about ‘‘cuts’’ to business, mining, manufacturing, health and education. 

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Helen Barclay - Inventium

28 Mar 15 | Events

Helen Barclay, Invetiologist at Inventium, speaks about innovation in business at the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event in Newcastle.

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Q&A Session

28 Mar 15 | Events

Q&A Session from the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event in Newcastle.

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Take Out Session

28 Mar 15 | Events

Take-Out Session summarising the key learnings from the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event in Newcastle. Facilitated by Paul Siderovski from SiDCOR Chartered Accountants and Christina Gerakiteys from Ideation at Work.

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Roger Langsdon - Planet Innovation

27 Mar 15 | Events

Roger Langsdon, Marketing Manager at Planet Innovation, speaks about innovation in business at the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Comanies Breakfast Event in Newcastle

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Ben Cooper - M&C Saatchi

26 Mar 15 | Events

Ben Cooper, Group Innovation Director at M&C Saatchi, speaks about innovation in business at the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event in Newcastle.

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Paul Siderovski - SiDCOR

25 Mar 15 | Events

Paul Siderovski, Founder and Managing Director of SiDCOR Chartered Accountants, speaks about innovation in business at the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast in Newcastle.

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Chris Ridd - Xero

25 Mar 15 | Events

Chris Ridd, Managing Director of Xero Australia & New Zealand, speaks about innovation in business at the BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event in Newcastle on 19/3/2015

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Hunter Innovation Forum 2014 - Lisa Messenger

8 Mar 15 | Events

Christina Gerakiteys, Creative Director at Ideation at Work, interviews Lisa Messenger, Chief Editior of the Renegade Collective.

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Hunter Innovation Forum 2014 - Laurence Schuberth

8 Mar 15 | Events

Christina Gerakiteys, Creative Director at Ideation at Work, interviews Laurence Schuberth, Head of Digital Media & Online Integration at NBN Television.

 

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Hunter Innovation Forum 2014 - Paul Siderovski

8 Mar 15 | Events

Christina Gerakiteys, Creative Director at Ideation at Work, interviews Paul Siderovski, Founder & Managing Director at SiDCOR Accountants.

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The Root of the Problem

25 Jan 15 | Innovation

It’s a no brainer really – isn’t this what we all want – to get to the root of a problem? 

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So – which one of you can Innovate?

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

Innovation should be like those other “in” words – innate, intuitive, indefinite – it should be a “given” that everyone should be involved.

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Mental Contrasting

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

So the term Mental Contrasting popped up again the other day in a newsletter from Inventium.

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Look Outside Your Box for Ideas

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

Human beings are adaptable creatures. Maybe we should ask more often how we can adopt and adapt ideas from one industry into another industry. 

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Words Words Words

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

How we perceive things is really coloured by the sum of our life’s experiences.

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Brainstorm or Shift Your Thinking

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

How many times have you been in a meeting and someone has piped up and said, we are going to brainstorm, and you either think oh no not again or right, I have to turn on the brainstorming part of my brain and hope it works

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Retail Revisited

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

There is a plethora of articles being written at the moment about retail – chains are closing, David Jones and Myers have had profit slumps, the internet is killing the sector etc.etc.etc.

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Celebrating the New

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

As the Hunter Innovation Festival enters its the sixth consecutive year, it is timely to investigate the origins of Innovation and why we bother to celebrate Innovation during the month of May.

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Where Innovation, Business, HR and Mining Meet

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

Brazilian company Semco made its debut on the Internet in July 2005. 

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Little Wins

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

A friend of mine keeps coming up with great book discoveries!

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Innovation in the USA

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

I have just returned from the USA in awe of the role that Creativity and Innovation play in businesses, companies and organisations.

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Innovation in the Workplace

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

There are a plethora of articles written about Innovation in the Workplace

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How or Why do we Measure Innovation?

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

I have a problem with measuring – sometimes we get so caught up in the measuring and the explaining and the reporting and the justifying – that we forget what it was we actually started out trying to achieve.

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The Consumption of Assumptions

24 Jan 15 | Creativity

Creativity can be consumed by assumptions.

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Slowing down the Cogs…

24 Jan 15 | Creativity

“Technology should be a means rather than an end”, says neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, who warns that our addiction to social media and devices will come at a cost to our skills and productivity.

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On Brand…

24 Jan 15 | Creativity

I was impressed a couple of weeks ago. Returning home from my early morning walk I passed a new business venture that was about to launch – Pure – a retail outlet for clothes, shoes and accessories for sporting enthusiasts.

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Opinion

24 Jan 15 | Creativity

Every now and again it’s also good to be inspired by businesses closer to home – and this is  a little less awe-inspiring and international.

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Things are Different

24 Jan 15 | Culture

Rather than adhering to routine and micro management techniques, Ricardo Semler, CEO at Semco, is more concerned with the productivity in any given month and a concern around the gratification employees will receive from their work?

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Really – How Effective is Micro Management?

24 Jan 15 | Culture

Well I had a little chuckle to myself as I headed to Wikipedia for a definition of micromanagement. Chuckle soon turned to choke as I read it, eyes widening and mouth gaping!

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If Rules Aren’t Meant to be Broken at Least Bend Them A Little

24 Jan 15 | Culture

Of course, the best risk takers are the ones who have nothing to lose…

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Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

23 Jan 15 | Innovation

Bread has been a staple part of the human diet since the Neolithic era…so it’s been around for a long time. 

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That’s An Innovation Wrap

23 Jan 15 | Innovation

Academics often talk about little ‘c’ and big ‘C’ creativity. If that’s the case, Newcastle in May was blazing INNOVATION.

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Identification By Definition

23 Jan 15 | Innovation

Western cultures have largely solved problems by establishing rules, rules that inflict limits on situations and confine behaviours to what is deemed to be acceptable.

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Golden Eggs

23 Jan 15 | Innovation

There’s been much talk lately in quite a few different circles I’ve found myself in, about putting all our eggs in the mining basket.

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Dear Retail – Your Sales Just Aren’t Enough

23 Jan 15 | Innovation

And I don’t mean – increase the percentage off or give me more for less…I mean as consumers, we aren’t duped by the term SALE anymore.

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Customer Service – Solutions or Outcomes

23 Jan 15 | Innovation

I have noticed a huge shift in the customer service being rolled out at Coles. 

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Trust Your Gut

23 Jan 15 | Culture

Finally – research to back up what we already know from the University of Newcastle – your gut instinct is right! 

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Book Reviews

23 Jan 15 | Creativity

I went book mad this Christmas! And I’m not talking the Kindle variety – although I do love the convenience of a Kindle – my mother used to say a time and place for everything

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Can I Have Some Money…Please?

23 Jan 15 | Culture

There’s no doubt that NOT having to worry about money ALL the time certainly helps remove barriers! 

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Mums Making it Work

11 Jan 15 | Innovation

HUNTER women are joining a rapidly growing cohort of working mothers who are creating a new model for ‘‘having it all’’.

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Q&A | Hunter Collective

22 Nov 14 | Events

The Hunter Collective featuring four powerhouse women! Lisa Messenger, Jane Huxley, Pinky McKay & Pip Stocks answer questions from the audience at The Hunter Collective lunch in Newcastle on 11/11/2014.

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Jane Huxley | The Hunter Collective

22 Nov 14 | Events

Jane Huxley – The Shaker

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Lisa Messenger | The Hunter Collective

22 Nov 14 | Events

Lisa Messenger – The Renegade Lisa started her business life in sponsorship and events, brokering international deals for the likes of The Wiggles, Barry Humphries and Cirque du Soleil, before expanding into PR (managing her own firm) and book publishing (where her company produced more than 400 books for others with a disruptive new approach). 

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Pinky McKay | The Hunter Collective

22 Nov 14 | Events

 

Pinky McKay – The Liberator Our Liberator, Pinky McKay is a best-selling author, speaker and lactation consultant. Her books include Sleeping Like a Baby, 100 Ways to Calm the Crying, Toddler Tactics and Parenting By Heart.

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Pip Stocks | The Hunter Collective

22 Nov 14 | Events

 

Pip Stocks – The Maven Pip is the founder of BrandHook, an award winning Keynote Speaker and Thought Leader. She often appears on ACA as their retail expert (not developing insight into why neighbours are at war) and offers her opinion in press and radio.

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Hunter Collective Lunch Inspires Innovation

28 Oct 14 | Innovation

FOLLOWING in the footsteps of the design, innovation and green technologies festival, a new event aims to mark Newcastle as a hot spot for entrepreneurs and innovators.

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Innovators See Obstacles as a Challenge

8 May 14 | Innovation

If you read business books, participate in workshops or seek advice from a business adviser or coach,  there will always be a ‘‘case study’’, or a ‘‘mention’’ of businesses and organisations doing well, even ‘‘punching above their weight’’.

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Collaboration in Innovation the Way Ahead

13 Feb 14 | Innovation

As any entrepreneur will tell you, you won’t get far without determination, commitment and collaboration. 

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast, Newcastle, Amantha Imber

3 Jan 14 | Events

Amantha Imber, founder of Inventium, inspires people around the globe to think innovatively and implement those innovations in workplaces. She has many interesting stories to tell. Here's one of them...

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast, Newcastle, Host Paul Siderovski

2 Jan 14 | Events

SiDCOR hosted the BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast in September 2013. CEO Paul Siderovski explains the process and importance of innovation to any business in the 21st century.

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event, Newcastle, James Thomson

2 Jan 14 | Events

Why did BRW agree to partner with Inventium and create a list of Most Innovative Companies? Who came in at number one? James Thomson is the editor of BRW...

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event, Newcastle, James Brazier

2 Jan 14 | Events

Coca Cola came in fourth in the BRW Most Innovative Companies list in 2012. Watch James' presentation to find out what made them stand out in their field.

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event, Newcastle, Stephen Dunn

2 Jan 14 | Events

Blue Chilli came in third in the BRW Most Innovative Companies List in 2012. They were placed in the 2013 list as well...find out what they do to keep the innovation wheels spinning...

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event, Newcastle, Marcus Judge

2 Jan 14 | Events

ComBank came in second in the BRW Most Innovative List in 2012. Find out how a major bank encourages and implements innovative practises as part of their every day routine...

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast, Newcastle, Panel Discussion

2 Jan 14 | Events

Hear what Amantha Imber (Inventium), Marcus Judge (ComBank), Stephen Dunn (Blue Chilli), James Thomson (BRW) and James Brazier (Coca-Cola) had to say in response to the audience questions on innovation and implementation.

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Innovation makes good business sense

22 Dec 13 | Innovation

BRAZILIAN company Semco made its debut on the internet in July 2005. Prior, it was a manufacturing company in decline. The April 2013 issue of Forbes reported  Semco had grown 900percent in 10 years. 

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Innovation Crucial For Our Economic Growth

3 May 13 | Innovation

 As the Hunter Innovation Festival enters its  sixth consecutive year, it is timely to investigate the origins of innovation and why we bother to celebrate it  during the month of May.

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Wise Words and Wisdom

3 Nov 18 | Creativity

Here are four quotes that have played themselves into my business. 

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Slowing Down The Cogs

24 Oct 18 | Innovation

Our brains have come to expect constant change and the result of all the extra stimuli, is the incomplete formation of brain pathways in children.

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What does it take for your business to be future ready?

20 Sep 18 | Innovation

In the past 20 years we have made incredible advances in technology that have seen the sick healed and the lost found. 

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2NURFM - Design Thinking Bootcamp

10 Sep 18 | Radio

Design Thinking Workshops

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Turn up with purpose

27 Aug 18 | Innovation

I’m writing this article from San Francisco. It’s appropriate that SingularityU is based here.

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What's really behind our fear of change?

22 Jul 18 | Innovation

We aren’t as averse to change as ‘experts’ would have us believe.

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What Business Are you In?

19 Jun 18 | Innovation

Why develop a new product rather than spend the allocated funds on traditional advertising methods?

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ExpONEntial: The Road to Infinity

5 Jun 18 | Other

What will it mean to live in an ExpONEntial society? Is ‘one’ a singular or a collective? 

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It’s What You Do Afterwards That Counts

15 May 18 | Innovation

I often wonder what changes people make to their businesses, organisations and lives once they leave the confines of a shared space of like-minds.

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It's About Relationships

25 Apr 18 | Innovation

In order to live an effective life, we should ask ourselves. “Did I make a difference today?” 

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At the Heart of Creativity and Innovation is Heart

24 Apr 18 | Innovation

I am a Pixar tragic! I’ve cried watching some movies and cried at my children’s delight in others. 

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Learning to Unlearn and So Much More

23 Apr 18 | Innovation

Day one of the Front End of Innovation - there is so much information to absorb and share.

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Q&A Panel - Top Shots Newcastle 2018

17 Apr 18 | Events

Q&A Panel at the 2018 Top Shots Newcastle business breakfast event. With Lockie Cooke from Splend, Deb Morrison from PetCloud, Stephen Dudgeon & Eli Burger from Avenue Dental, and Christina Gerakiteys from UtopiaX.

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Stephen Dudgeon & Eli Burger - Avenue Dental - Top Shots Newcastle 2018

17 Apr 18 | Events

Stephen Dudgeon 7 Eli Burger of Avenue Dental speak about building award winning workplace culture, at the 2018 Top Shots Newcastle business breakfast event.

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Deb Morrison - PetCloud - Top Shots Newcastle 2018

17 Apr 18 | Events

Deb Morrison, founder of PetCloud, shares her journey of entrepreneurship in launching her Startup, at the 2018 Top Shots Newcastle business breakfast event.

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Lockie Cooke - Splend - Top Shots Newcastle 2018

17 Apr 18 | Events

Lockie Cooke from Splend speaks about enabling drivers in the ride-sharing economy, at the 2018 Top Shots Newcastle business breakfast event.

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Andrew Beattie - PKF - Top Shots Newcastle 2018

17 Apr 18 | Events

Andrew Beattie from PKF gives the opening presentation of the 2018 Top Shots Newcastle business breakfast event.

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2NURFM

5 Mar 18 | Radio

In this group of interviews we cover Telsa, Vivid, Netflix, autonomous vehicles, most innovative companies, and so much more!

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Unlocking Creativity & Innovation Greek Island Retreat

6 Dec 17 | Presentations

You are invited to an amazing, intensive business and self-development experience on a glorious Greek island. This week is for those with a fire in their belly and passion in their heart. 

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Change is the New Black

26 Oct 17 | Events

Christina Gerakiteys from Ideation at Work talks about managing and embracing change and innovation at the Zoom forum in Newcastle.

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Is Utopia Possible?

25 Sep 17 | Innovation

Growing up I wondered when the increasing value of ‘things’ would outstrip the dollars available. As an adult, I am still wondering. 

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Creativity Equals

6 Sep 17 | Presentations

With thanks to the crew at Eluminate and Brian Daly from the Proverbials for their awesome talents in putting this together.

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Top Shots Melbourne 2017 - Ben Cooper, Tricky Jigsaw

9 Aug 17 | Events

Ben Cooper, ‎Founder and MD of Tricky Jigsaw (an M&C Saatchi Group company), encourages us to "Live More Lobster" at the Top Shots Melbourne Breakfast. 27th June 2017. Presented by Ideation at Work and PKF.

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Top Shots Melbourne 2017 - Roger Langsdon, Planet Innovation

8 Aug 17 | Events

Roger Langsdon, Marketing Manager at Planet Innovation, speaks on innovation in business at the Top Shots Melbourne Breakfast.

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Top Shots Melbourne 2017 - Jennifer Holland, Throat Scope

8 Aug 17 | Events

 

Jennifer Holland, Founder of Throat Scope, talks us through her journey as a start-up business at the Top Shots Melbourne Breakfast.

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Top Shots Melbourne 2017 - Q&A Session

8 Aug 17 | Events

Ben Cooper, Roger Langsdon, Jennifer Holland & Christina Gerakiteys take questions to close the 2017 Melbourne Top Shots Breakfast at Smart Artz Gallery, 27th June 2017.

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Top Shots Melbourne 2017 - Ken Weldin, PKF

2 Aug 17 | Events

 

Ken Weldin, Parter at PKF Melbourne, speaks on innovation in business at the Top Shots Melbourne Breakfast.

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Your Time Starts Now

2 Jul 17 | Innovation

What difference can you make? How can you make life easier for others? 

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Creatives Start a Movement

27 Jun 17 | Innovation

Last week at Vivid Sydney we started a movement, #creativityequals.

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David Leask, Hunter TAFE - Advanced Manufacturing - Hunter Innovation Festival 2017

20 Jun 17 | Events

David Leask presents the latest challenges and educational directions in advanced manufacturing at the Smart Ideas Forum, Hunter Innovation Festival.

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Smart Ideas Competition - Hunter Innovation Festival 2017

19 Jun 17 | Events

Smart Ideas Competition at the Hunter Innovation Festival facilitated by Christina Gerakiteys

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Justin Hales, CEO, Camplify - Hunter Innovation Festival 2017

19 Jun 17 | Events

Justin Hales talks through the development and growth of Camplify at the Smart Ideas Forum, Hunter Innovation Festival.

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Robert Coorey - How To Feed A Starving Crowd - Hunter Innovation Festival 2017

19 Jun 17 | Events

Rob Coorey talks us through his method of business development and expansion at the Smart Ideas Forum, Hunter Innovation Festival.

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The Male App - Hunter Innovation Festival 2017

18 Jun 17 | Events

Melinda Smith & Susan Hart present The Male App

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Vivid Ideas Sydney 2017 - Ideation At Work - Christina Gerakiteys

10 Jun 17 | Events

 

Inspiring Business Growth through Creativity, Innovation and Ideation.

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Stepping Stone to Success

2 Jun 17 | Innovation

If the dreary staircases in train stations and public places in Newcastle and the Hunter were brightly painted and even made music when you trod on them, would people use them more?

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Failure Always Part of Success

23 May 17 | Innovation

I have just returned from the Front End Innovation Conference in Boston. After three days mixing with ‘the tribe’, immersed in innovation, I have the courage to believe anything is possible.

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Be Careful What You Ask For

14 May 17 | Culture

I have ‘heard’ myself say to several people lately, “I would rather lose my wallet than my phone”. I know better. I know we get what we ask for. 

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Craig Sawyer, PKF - Top Shots Newcastle 2017

30 Apr 17 | Events

Craig Sawyer, Senior advisor/ Director PKF Wealth speaks at the Top Shots 2017 Newcastle Breakfast

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The Perfect Business Book

22 Apr 17 | Culture

Don’t we all wish it existed? That book that holds within its pages the elusive magic formula that weaves its way from Ideation to Execution and results in a successful venture.

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No Magic Formula For Perfect Read

18 Apr 17 | Innovation

Where do you start selecting the books to add to your bookshelf – or device?

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Creating A Real Buzz Around Innovation

1 Apr 17 | Innovation

A few years ago, there was talk about laying the Hunter Innovation Festival to rest.

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Got a Smart Idea to Help the Hunter

30 Mar 17 | Innovation

Entries are open for the Smart Ideas competition, in its third edition and a part of the Hunter Innovation Festival in May. 

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Game On for Inspired Action

14 Mar 17 | Innovation

Last week I experienced the brilliant mind, charisma and inspiration of Simon Sinek.

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Six Lessons in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Matilda The Musical

6 Mar 17 | Innovation

I confess that I am a musical tragic and some time ago took my daughter to see Matilda The Musical. I found myself relating the story to my work in innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Your Time Starts Now

10 Feb 17 | Culture

What difference can you make? How can you make life easier for others? When was the last time you took a stand against something you believed was not acceptable? How does your business serve your clients?

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Seven Super Habits Part 1

20 Jan 17 | Creativity

There is no ‘perfect plan’ to start on January 1. Good habits can be started and bad habits dropped on any day. Make today count!

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Seven Super Habits Part 3

20 Jan 17 | Creativity

How many times have you sat there and watched someone else get ready to do something and procrastinate and thought to yourself, or muttered, or said out loud – Come on – Just DO It!

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Seven Super Habits Part 2

20 Jan 17 | Creativity

So did you read Open Your Mind or Mind Your Open in our graphic? Either way the message should resonate! Here we go with Habits 3 and 4…

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The Theatre of U

10 Jan 17 | Other

On the podcast with Heidi, I share my personal mission of opening people's hearts and minds to possibility, playing backgammon on a Greek island, singing in front of the mirror and why Dyson is my hero.

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Creativity & Innovation Greek Island Retreat 2017 (1min)

28 Dec 16 | Presentations

 

You are invited to an amazing, intensive training and self-development week on a glorious Greek island. This week is for those with a fire in their belly and passion in their heart. Nail your purpose, strengthen your sustainability and build your resilience. Be inspired and inspire your collaborators to have the courage and daring to transform.

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Creativity & Innovation Greek Island Retreat 2017

27 Dec 16 | Presentations

You are invited to an amazing, intensive training and self-development week on a glorious Greek island. This week is for those with a fire in their belly and passion in their heart. Nail your purpose, strengthen your sustainability and build your resilience. Be inspired and inspire your collaborators to have the courage and daring to transform.

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Get Your Innovation On in 2017

21 Dec 16 | Innovation

What an amazingly fast and furious year. While everyone is in evaluation and planning mode, here are five essential points to consider and execute for success in 2017.

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Make 2017 the Year to Innovate

20 Dec 16 | Innovation

What an amazingly fast and furious year. While everyone is in evaluation and planning mode, here are five essential points to ponder then execute.

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Featured in Women in Business

1 Dec 16 | Innovation

Christina Gerakiteys is in the business of opening hearts and minds to possibility. As Chief Enabler and CEO of Ideation At Work, she is an innovation and creativity consultant and trainer.

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Imagination More Important Than Knowledge

19 Nov 16 | Creativity

Einstein knew it. He also knew that “Creativity was intelligence having fun”. Creativity and Innovation require Imagination. Futurists, science fiction writers and Hollywood have always flirted with the impossible and in doing so, seeded the possible.

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The Future is in Imagination

15 Nov 16 | Innovation

Creativity and innovation require imagination.

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Are Limiting Beliefs Limiting Your Success?

13 Oct 16 | Culture

I have been working lately on limiting beliefs, others and my own.

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Limiting Power of Tired Beliefs

11 Oct 16 | Innovation

I have been working lately on limiting beliefs, others and my own.

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Hunter Headline's #HunterEntrepreneur

3 Sep 16 | Innovation

Hunter Headline provides timely business news and information specific to the Hunter region. #HunterEntrepreneur interviews are designed to get a better understanding of how local entrepreneurs got where they are and any advice they would give to other entrepreneurs.

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Ten Business Lessons From a Tiny Greek Island Part 3

18 Aug 16 | Creativity

On a small island or village, your word is your bond. Once trust is gone, your name is mud. 

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Innovation Relies on Smart Ideas Plus Action

6 Aug 16 | Innovation

Human beings have been innovating since time immemorial.

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Ten Business Lessons From a Tiny Greek Island Part 2

2 Aug 16 | Creativity

This is a memorial where the old village church used to be.

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Big Lessons Learnt on a Tiny Island

1 Aug 16 | Innovation

There are lessons to be learnt everywhere we look if we have our eyes and our hearts wide open.

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Ten Business Lessons From a Tiny Greek Island Part 1

1 Aug 16 | Creativity

Here I am on the island of my ancestors. I am a fanatical walker and discover whatever I can on foot.

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Hunter Innovation Festival a Success

1 Aug 16 | Innovation

This year, the Hunter Innovation Festival (HIF) saw a record number of entries for the Smart Ideas competition.

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Community Opportunity Connectivity

30 Jun 16 | Innovation

This year, the Hunter Innovation Festival (HIF) saw a record number of entries for the Smart Ideas competition. 

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Our Opportunity Community

27 Jun 16 | Innovation

This year, the Hunter Innovation Festival (HIF) saw a record number of entries for the Smart Ideas competition.

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Hunter Innovation Festival 2016: Neil Lindsay - E-Circuit

14 Jun 16 | Events

Neil Lindsay pitches his E-Circuit invention at the Smart Ideas launch event of the 2016 Hunter Innovation Festival.

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Hunter Innovation Festival: Graham Baker - The Brain Train

14 Jun 16 | Events

Graham Baker pitches The Brain Train concept at the Smart Ideas launch event of the 2016 Hunter Innovation Festival.

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Hunter Innovation Festival: Chad Ramage - Accessibility in the City

14 Jun 16 | Events

Chad Ramage pitches his Accessibility in the City 360 degree virtual reality video concept at the Smart Ideas launch event of the 2016 Hunter Innovation Festival.

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I’ve Been Zapped

24 May 16 | Innovation

Zappos has a workplace culture worthy of bottling and delivering to every organisation on the planet! 

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That’s a Day One Conference Wrap!

12 May 16 | Innovation

As we move further into the 21st century, life is all about the people. 

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To Infinity and Beyond

11 May 16 | Innovation

There’s a lot around theses days about finding your why, your raison d’etre, following your heart, doing what you love.

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Creativity, Innovation, Failure & Success Keynote

21 Apr 16 | Events

Christina Gerakiteys on creativity & innovation, failure & success.

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Tickets to Top Shots for Grabs

18 Apr 16 | Innovation

Speakers from some of the nation’s most innovative companies are set to descend on Newcastle.

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Gratitude at Work Can Go a Long Way

18 Apr 16 | Innovation

I am always dismayed when I hear that a workplace has anything less than an empowering and effective culture, particularly when you consider the research that has been conducted.

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Smart Ideas Competition Winner to Receive $2000 in Cash and Mentoring.

15 Apr 16 | Innovation

If you have got a bright idea for a product or service that could benefit the Hunter, the Smart Ideas competition is open for business. 

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Do You Have a Smart Idea

14 Apr 16 | Innovation

If you’ve got a bright idea for a service or product to benefit the Hunter, the Smart Ideas competition is now open for business. 

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Innovation is About Connecting the Dots…

13 Apr 16 | Innovation

Steve Jobs knew how to make connections.

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5 Things I Wish I Had Known Earlier

15 Mar 16 | Culture

Be brave enough to be exactly who you want to be, one hundred percent of the time.

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5 Things I Wish I Had Known Sooner

14 Mar 16 | Innovation

Top of the list: Be brave enough to be exactly who you want to be, one hundred percent of the time.

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Greece is the Word for Retreat

14 Mar 16 | Innovation

Blending work and play, The Unlocking Creativity and Innovation retreat will be held on the Greek island of Kefalonia, the largest of the Ioanian islands.

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Face-to-Face Still Trending

21 Feb 16 | Culture

The words authentic, honest and purposeful are becoming increasingly valued in today’s business world. And they are qualities that are not easily demonstrable on an on-line platform.

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Face-to-Face Still Trending

8 Feb 16 | Innovation

As much as technology has connected us through video conferencing, Skype and countless equivalents, there is nothing as productive in the short term as face-to-face contact.

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Six Ways to Tend Your Innovation Team

17 Jan 16 | Innovation

Successful teams are ‘backed’. They get a ‘hearing’. Our innovation team was guaranteed the opportunity to regularly present their ideas to the company directors.

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Women Techpreneurs

5 Jan 16 | Innovation

Female entrepreneurs will own thirteen trillion dollars of business by next year. 

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Innovate Like an Israeli?

4 Jan 16 | Innovation

I once heard the term ‘Innovate Like an Israeli’. It wasn’t until I attended the Creative Innovation Conference in Melbourne earlier this year that I truly understood what that meant.

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Where Do Good Ideas Come From

4 Jan 16 | Innovation

The concept of driverless cars has been around since the 1920s, so perhaps Hollywood isn’t making all the predictions but rather increasing their momentum.

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Women Techpreneurs

1 Dec 15 | Innovation

Thursday November 19 was United Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. According to figures from EY, female entrepreneurs will own thirteen trillion dollars of business by next year.

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Lessons Learnt from Matilda

30 Nov 15 | Innovation

I confess that I am a musical tragic and took my daughter to see Matilda The Musical last Saturday.  I found myself relating the story to my work in innovation and entrepreneurship. 

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Manufacturing Excels with Customer-Centricity

1 Nov 15 | Innovation

The Hunter Manufacturing Awards held in October acknowledged world-class companies operating in the region.

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Back to The Future

26 Oct 15 | Innovation

In case you missed it, last week was the 25th Anniversary of Back to the Future, and focus was on ‘predictions’ that had woven their way into our reality.

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The Hunter Collective

8 Oct 15 | Presentations

A little inspiration from Ideation At Work and UQ Power...

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The Collaborative Approach

7 Oct 15 | Innovation

Ever felt the electricity of the group in an idea building session? That’s what true collaboration feels like.

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The Rise of The Entrepreneur

1 Sep 15 | Innovation

Entrepreneurs have come to be defined as those who start a new business.

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Hunter Collective 15 Ditch the Pitch

23 Aug 15 | Events

Ditch the Pitch at Hunter Collective 15. Entries due September 1. Go to www.huntercollectove.com.au for details.

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Tending to Your Innovation Team

17 Aug 15 | Innovation

In order to tend your innovation team, firstly ensure you have a diverse ‘brains trust’ in the group.

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Age of Connectivity is Here

14 Aug 15 | Innovation

The Industrial Age was about mass production  and mass consumption. 

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Think Like a Traveller

27 Jul 15 | Creativity

Close your eyes and think about the last time you travelled to a different country, state, city or even suburb.

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Smart Ideas Require Smart Collaborations

13 Jul 15 | Innovation

Ever felt the electricity of the group in an idea building session? That’s what true collaboration feels like.

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Fresh Line of Thought Can Transform Our City

13 Jul 15 | Innovation

Close your eyes and think about the last time you travelled to a different country, state, city or even suburb.

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Front End Innovation Conference Boston, Massachusetts 2015

1 Jul 15 | Innovation

The possibilities opening up to businesses at this time of incredible change are exciting, though it will be challenging for some to release old beliefs.

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Dump it, Delegate it, or DO it!

18 May 15 | Innovation

They call NYC the City of Ideas. There are banners everywhere reminding you of that.

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See possibility, Seize opportunity

16 May 15 | Creativity

Always ask with gratitude for any response. And make sure your motives are honest and authentic.

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Just What IS New York City?

15 May 15 | Creativity

At its heart NYC, just like any other city or town, is the collective energy of its inhabitants.

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Aeroplane Turbulence Just Took On a Whole New Meaning

15 May 15 | Culture

I’m sitting on a plane, almost at the end of the first leg of my journey, heading for New York City.

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Collaboration is the New Black… or Orange

8 May 15 | Innovation

At first I was miffed that Orange had become the new Black! Why were all these converts moving into Orange territory?

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Six Ways to Effectively Invest Your Time and Money

8 May 15 | Creativity

We constantly hear about ‘cuts’ to business, mining, manufacturing, health and education.

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Step Up and Collaborate

4 May 15 | Innovation

At first I was miffed that orange had become the new black. Why were all these converts moving into orange territory? 

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Put Aside the Time to Invest in Your Business

30 Mar 15 | Innovation

We are constantly hearing about ‘‘cuts’’ to business, mining, manufacturing, health and education. 

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Helen Barclay - Inventium

28 Mar 15 | Events

Helen Barclay, Invetiologist at Inventium, speaks about innovation in business at the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event in Newcastle.

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Q&A Session

28 Mar 15 | Events

Q&A Session from the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event in Newcastle.

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Take Out Session

28 Mar 15 | Events

Take-Out Session summarising the key learnings from the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event in Newcastle. Facilitated by Paul Siderovski from SiDCOR Chartered Accountants and Christina Gerakiteys from Ideation at Work.

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Roger Langsdon - Planet Innovation

27 Mar 15 | Events

Roger Langsdon, Marketing Manager at Planet Innovation, speaks about innovation in business at the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Comanies Breakfast Event in Newcastle

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Ben Cooper - M&C Saatchi

26 Mar 15 | Events

Ben Cooper, Group Innovation Director at M&C Saatchi, speaks about innovation in business at the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event in Newcastle.

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Paul Siderovski - SiDCOR

25 Mar 15 | Events

Paul Siderovski, Founder and Managing Director of SiDCOR Chartered Accountants, speaks about innovation in business at the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast in Newcastle.

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BRW Breakfast 2015 - Chris Ridd - Xero

25 Mar 15 | Events

Chris Ridd, Managing Director of Xero Australia & New Zealand, speaks about innovation in business at the BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event in Newcastle on 19/3/2015

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Hunter Innovation Forum 2014 - Lisa Messenger

8 Mar 15 | Events

Christina Gerakiteys, Creative Director at Ideation at Work, interviews Lisa Messenger, Chief Editior of the Renegade Collective.

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Hunter Innovation Forum 2014 - Laurence Schuberth

8 Mar 15 | Events

Christina Gerakiteys, Creative Director at Ideation at Work, interviews Laurence Schuberth, Head of Digital Media & Online Integration at NBN Television.

 

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Hunter Innovation Forum 2014 - Paul Siderovski

8 Mar 15 | Events

Christina Gerakiteys, Creative Director at Ideation at Work, interviews Paul Siderovski, Founder & Managing Director at SiDCOR Accountants.

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The Root of the Problem

25 Jan 15 | Innovation

It’s a no brainer really – isn’t this what we all want – to get to the root of a problem? 

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So – which one of you can Innovate?

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

Innovation should be like those other “in” words – innate, intuitive, indefinite – it should be a “given” that everyone should be involved.

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Mental Contrasting

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

So the term Mental Contrasting popped up again the other day in a newsletter from Inventium.

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Look Outside Your Box for Ideas

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

Human beings are adaptable creatures. Maybe we should ask more often how we can adopt and adapt ideas from one industry into another industry. 

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Words Words Words

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

How we perceive things is really coloured by the sum of our life’s experiences.

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Brainstorm or Shift Your Thinking

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

How many times have you been in a meeting and someone has piped up and said, we are going to brainstorm, and you either think oh no not again or right, I have to turn on the brainstorming part of my brain and hope it works

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Retail Revisited

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

There is a plethora of articles being written at the moment about retail – chains are closing, David Jones and Myers have had profit slumps, the internet is killing the sector etc.etc.etc.

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Celebrating the New

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

As the Hunter Innovation Festival enters its the sixth consecutive year, it is timely to investigate the origins of Innovation and why we bother to celebrate Innovation during the month of May.

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Where Innovation, Business, HR and Mining Meet

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

Brazilian company Semco made its debut on the Internet in July 2005. 

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Little Wins

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

A friend of mine keeps coming up with great book discoveries!

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Innovation in the USA

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

I have just returned from the USA in awe of the role that Creativity and Innovation play in businesses, companies and organisations.

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Innovation in the Workplace

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

There are a plethora of articles written about Innovation in the Workplace

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How or Why do we Measure Innovation?

24 Jan 15 | Innovation

I have a problem with measuring – sometimes we get so caught up in the measuring and the explaining and the reporting and the justifying – that we forget what it was we actually started out trying to achieve.

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The Consumption of Assumptions

24 Jan 15 | Creativity

Creativity can be consumed by assumptions.

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Slowing down the Cogs…

24 Jan 15 | Creativity

“Technology should be a means rather than an end”, says neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, who warns that our addiction to social media and devices will come at a cost to our skills and productivity.

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On Brand…

24 Jan 15 | Creativity

I was impressed a couple of weeks ago. Returning home from my early morning walk I passed a new business venture that was about to launch – Pure – a retail outlet for clothes, shoes and accessories for sporting enthusiasts.

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Opinion

24 Jan 15 | Creativity

Every now and again it’s also good to be inspired by businesses closer to home – and this is  a little less awe-inspiring and international.

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Things are Different

24 Jan 15 | Culture

Rather than adhering to routine and micro management techniques, Ricardo Semler, CEO at Semco, is more concerned with the productivity in any given month and a concern around the gratification employees will receive from their work?

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Really – How Effective is Micro Management?

24 Jan 15 | Culture

Well I had a little chuckle to myself as I headed to Wikipedia for a definition of micromanagement. Chuckle soon turned to choke as I read it, eyes widening and mouth gaping!

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If Rules Aren’t Meant to be Broken at Least Bend Them A Little

24 Jan 15 | Culture

Of course, the best risk takers are the ones who have nothing to lose…

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Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

23 Jan 15 | Innovation

Bread has been a staple part of the human diet since the Neolithic era…so it’s been around for a long time. 

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That’s An Innovation Wrap

23 Jan 15 | Innovation

Academics often talk about little ‘c’ and big ‘C’ creativity. If that’s the case, Newcastle in May was blazing INNOVATION.

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Identification By Definition

23 Jan 15 | Innovation

Western cultures have largely solved problems by establishing rules, rules that inflict limits on situations and confine behaviours to what is deemed to be acceptable.

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Golden Eggs

23 Jan 15 | Innovation

There’s been much talk lately in quite a few different circles I’ve found myself in, about putting all our eggs in the mining basket.

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Dear Retail – Your Sales Just Aren’t Enough

23 Jan 15 | Innovation

And I don’t mean – increase the percentage off or give me more for less…I mean as consumers, we aren’t duped by the term SALE anymore.

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Customer Service – Solutions or Outcomes

23 Jan 15 | Innovation

I have noticed a huge shift in the customer service being rolled out at Coles. 

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Trust Your Gut

23 Jan 15 | Culture

Finally – research to back up what we already know from the University of Newcastle – your gut instinct is right! 

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Book Reviews

23 Jan 15 | Creativity

I went book mad this Christmas! And I’m not talking the Kindle variety – although I do love the convenience of a Kindle – my mother used to say a time and place for everything

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Can I Have Some Money…Please?

23 Jan 15 | Culture

There’s no doubt that NOT having to worry about money ALL the time certainly helps remove barriers! 

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Mums Making it Work

11 Jan 15 | Innovation

HUNTER women are joining a rapidly growing cohort of working mothers who are creating a new model for ‘‘having it all’’.

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Q&A | Hunter Collective

22 Nov 14 | Events

The Hunter Collective featuring four powerhouse women! Lisa Messenger, Jane Huxley, Pinky McKay & Pip Stocks answer questions from the audience at The Hunter Collective lunch in Newcastle on 11/11/2014.

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Jane Huxley | The Hunter Collective

22 Nov 14 | Events

Jane Huxley – The Shaker

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Lisa Messenger | The Hunter Collective

22 Nov 14 | Events

Lisa Messenger – The Renegade Lisa started her business life in sponsorship and events, brokering international deals for the likes of The Wiggles, Barry Humphries and Cirque du Soleil, before expanding into PR (managing her own firm) and book publishing (where her company produced more than 400 books for others with a disruptive new approach). 

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Pinky McKay | The Hunter Collective

22 Nov 14 | Events

 

Pinky McKay – The Liberator Our Liberator, Pinky McKay is a best-selling author, speaker and lactation consultant. Her books include Sleeping Like a Baby, 100 Ways to Calm the Crying, Toddler Tactics and Parenting By Heart.

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Pip Stocks | The Hunter Collective

22 Nov 14 | Events

 

Pip Stocks – The Maven Pip is the founder of BrandHook, an award winning Keynote Speaker and Thought Leader. She often appears on ACA as their retail expert (not developing insight into why neighbours are at war) and offers her opinion in press and radio.

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Hunter Collective Lunch Inspires Innovation

28 Oct 14 | Innovation

FOLLOWING in the footsteps of the design, innovation and green technologies festival, a new event aims to mark Newcastle as a hot spot for entrepreneurs and innovators.

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Innovators See Obstacles as a Challenge

8 May 14 | Innovation

If you read business books, participate in workshops or seek advice from a business adviser or coach,  there will always be a ‘‘case study’’, or a ‘‘mention’’ of businesses and organisations doing well, even ‘‘punching above their weight’’.

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Collaboration in Innovation the Way Ahead

13 Feb 14 | Innovation

As any entrepreneur will tell you, you won’t get far without determination, commitment and collaboration. 

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast, Newcastle, Amantha Imber

3 Jan 14 | Events

Amantha Imber, founder of Inventium, inspires people around the globe to think innovatively and implement those innovations in workplaces. She has many interesting stories to tell. Here's one of them...

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast, Newcastle, Host Paul Siderovski

2 Jan 14 | Events

SiDCOR hosted the BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast in September 2013. CEO Paul Siderovski explains the process and importance of innovation to any business in the 21st century.

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event, Newcastle, James Thomson

2 Jan 14 | Events

Why did BRW agree to partner with Inventium and create a list of Most Innovative Companies? Who came in at number one? James Thomson is the editor of BRW...

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event, Newcastle, James Brazier

2 Jan 14 | Events

Coca Cola came in fourth in the BRW Most Innovative Companies list in 2012. Watch James' presentation to find out what made them stand out in their field.

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event, Newcastle, Stephen Dunn

2 Jan 14 | Events

Blue Chilli came in third in the BRW Most Innovative Companies List in 2012. They were placed in the 2013 list as well...find out what they do to keep the innovation wheels spinning...

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast Event, Newcastle, Marcus Judge

2 Jan 14 | Events

ComBank came in second in the BRW Most Innovative List in 2012. Find out how a major bank encourages and implements innovative practises as part of their every day routine...

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BRW Most Innovative Companies Breakfast, Newcastle, Panel Discussion

2 Jan 14 | Events

Hear what Amantha Imber (Inventium), Marcus Judge (ComBank), Stephen Dunn (Blue Chilli), James Thomson (BRW) and James Brazier (Coca-Cola) had to say in response to the audience questions on innovation and implementation.

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Innovation makes good business sense

22 Dec 13 | Innovation

BRAZILIAN company Semco made its debut on the internet in July 2005. Prior, it was a manufacturing company in decline. The April 2013 issue of Forbes reported  Semco had grown 900percent in 10 years. 

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Innovation Crucial For Our Economic Growth

3 May 13 | Innovation

 As the Hunter Innovation Festival enters its  sixth consecutive year, it is timely to investigate the origins of innovation and why we bother to celebrate it  during the month of May.

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