The theme we’re tackling at C2 Melbourne this year is Ecosystems – and it’s about much more than biology.
By definition, an ecosystem is a community of interconnected elements, formed by their interaction with each other and their environment, so we’re taking these cues from nature and applying this organic wisdom to the world of business.
A point of departure from which to explore interrelated elements, this theme allows us to dive deeply across industries and into the trends, shifts and possibilities that influence how we interact with each other and our planet, with an understanding that this world is now more connected than ever.
How this applies to you
As innovation becomes more and more dependent on the interplay of a vast array of skills, beliefs, styles and disciplines, companies today need to manage networks of collaborators that are highly interdependent, bridging markets and communities that are both global and local, segmented and complementary.
Leaders must learn to think creatively in order to anticipate and capitalize on the constant changes, big and small, happening at every end of the various ecosystems they are part of.
This is no time to work alone, which is why we’re bringing business leaders together at C2 Melbourne, Nov. 31 to Dec. 1, 2017.
Igniting ideas at C2 Melbourne
Here are some points-of-departure from which to leap into the conference’s theme, which in turn guides the programming of our masterclasses, workshops, labs, talks, panels and out-of-the-ordinary brainstorming experiences. We believe the five following transversal tracks represent topics that are front-of-mind with creative leaders across a variety of industries and organizations.
Essential reading, watching and listening to get your synapses firing
- Check out Visual Complexity, a platform created by Google Design Lead Manuel Lima, for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks.
- Author and Harvard Law School lecturer Heidi K. Gardner explains how firms can gain a competitive advantage by encouraging smarter collaboration across silos, in the Harvard Business Review.
- Discover a few examples of how media, marketing and tech are converging to create new forms of immersive storytelling in The Guardian.
- Learn more about social design, a discipline at the intersection of design and impact that is meant to transform the way we approach social problems, from the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
- Listen to the strange and fascinating stories behind obscure YouTube channels, Craigslist ads and viral memes on Reply All, a podcast dedicated to getting lost online, unearthing strange connections and exploring internet culture.
(C2’s episode pick: “Shipped to Timbuktu.” In this episode, an email to the wrong address leads producers to discover the important role Girl Guides played in boosting the morale of detainees at a Chinese concentration camp in 1942.)