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Ignite, Gain, Sustain: Navigating the 4 key innovation paradoxes

For many years people have believed that innovation is initiated and fuelled by being open and taking risks. While this is partially true, Gaia Grant has discovered from her research with the University of Sydney Business School that much more is needed for sustainable innovation. By identifying 4 key innovation paradoxes and how to navigate them effectively, Gaia demonstrates how to not just survive but to thrive in ‘the innovation race’. Her research on the paradox theory has caught the attention of leading international academics, and she has just returned from presenting a paper on her findings at the prestigious EGOS and PROS management theory conferences in Europe.

Taking a fascinating global perspective and utilising an engaging simulation exercise, the Grants explore the current state of innovation and identify what is needed to accelerate us into the future. They draw on 30 years of international innovation consulting with world innovation leaders, and include fascinating facts and case studies from their breakthrough book The Innovation Race. The result is a fast paced immersion experience that combines both practical examples from their client work and unique theoretical perspectives.

About Gaia

Gaia Grant is a lecturer at the University of Sydney School of Business, and she is currently completing doctoral research into identifying the key factors that support creative thinking and innovation. As a founder and director of Tirian International, a consultancy that focuses on leading innovation, Gaia has been responsible for growing and managing the company for the last 20 years in Asia Pacific, Europe, The Middle East and the Americas. Gaia has worked with and consulted to many Fortune 500 organisations during this time including Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Deutsche Bank, Downer EDI, JP Morgan, Optus, Rolls Royce and Visa, and she has also contributed pro bono work for a wide range of not-for-profit organisations internationally. Gaia is the author and co-author of a number of books including the breakthrough new book The Innovation Race: How to change a culture to change the game, along with internationals bestseller Who Killed Creativity?… And How Can We Get it Back?: Seven essential strategies for making yourself, your team and your organisation more innovative. She has also written articles for a wide range of publications including Fast Company, The Wall Street Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, and The Straits Times, and she has been featured on commercial and business TV and radio programs as well as a range of other media internationally.

Tickets are $25 (all profits go to Creativity Australia). Register on Eventbrite ASAP as seating is limited.


5 June (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm)


Dimension5 1/10 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205