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Building Cultures for Innovation at the Speed of Change

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Otago Business School

60 Clyde Street

Dunedin, OTA 9016

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n today’s increasingly fast-paced, competitive, and complex world, if you don’t innovate you won’t survive. Most people and organizations are not inherently innovative. The rise of the digital age - often referred to as the 4th industrial revolution - oriented the last 30 years toward building tools for innovation. But you cannot simply build an innovation lab or buy the shiniest trademarked tools to become innovative.

Aithan Shapira is equipping individuals, teams, and organizations for today and for the future of work, where shifting from building tools to creating cultures of innovation is the competitive advantage - cultures that lean toward breaking established mental models are adept at negotiating many perspectives, and are responsive to change.

Skills are temporary in this transitional age where individuals, teams, and organizations are changing to meet the rapidly changing needs of their customers. Functional expertise is shifting to constant learning, meaning that hiring and firing competencies must be replaced by transforming your organization to the most powerful incubator possible for the development of talent.

In our working world, vulnerability, uncertainty and unpredictability are the new literacy. Building Cultures for Innovation at the Speed of Change explores how artists’ frameworks can be used to create cultures of innovation that amplify diversity, enhance collaboration, and enable people to thrive in change.

Aithan Shapira MFA PhD is the Founder of Making to Think and a Lecturer at MIT Sloan. His research on how the arts can transform organizations and leadership has guided initiatives, entertainment experiences, curricula, products and corporate cultures. Aithan has pioneered top-rated leadership development workshops for MIT’s Sloan Innovation Period and researches how to optimize creative systems. He advises and has co-founded several successful start-ups linking business, art, and social enterprise; and designs programming for Stanford d.School, Cambridge Innovation Center, MIT Media Lab, C2 Montreal, and Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship.

Join us for Aithan's keynote and interactive Q&A on OBS117 followed by drinks, nibbles and networking in Te Wao Nui.

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