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Participation is the new Consumption [event]

In a time of great change, and with most Australians now online, communicating and sharing ideas, there is a massive opportunity for us to co-create our world. Yet how can business, government or society respond to this?

“Participation has become the new consumption,” says Michelle Williams, director of ‘Take Part 2013 – the Participatory Revolution’, “from crowdsourced advertising campaigns to the open source movement, this participation revolution is already transforming our society. It provides a huge opportunity for innovation, and many more forms of value way beyond simple dollars, but we’re still grappling with how to handle the challenges it brings.”

Paul Bennett, Global Chief Creative Officer of renowned design and innovation firm, IDEO, who will be coming to Sydney for Take Part 2013, says: “We are being invited into more and more conversations as businesses become aware of the value of taking a human-centred approach to creating new growth. In Australia, this impetus has been driven by the need to innovate for the domestic market and the opportunity to grow globally. What excites me the most is how businesses across sectors, from telco, travel, financial services to food and beverage, are recognising the impact of co-creating their futures with their stakeholders.”

“With more Australians engaging online, sharing ideas and searching for a real involvement in the issues and objects that matter to them, there is a huge opportunity for positive change.” Observes Michelle “ People are breaking down hierarchies, building communities and movements and demanding more of products, services and public figures.” She continues. “Our current system is struggling to cope with the influx of demands and observations. We are facing complex issues that are too big to be solved alone, the collective action of many may be what we need to change the world for the better.”

Paul Bennett will join a cast of pioneers in this fast developing space for Take Part 2013, held as part of the Vivid Festival, at the Museum of Contemporary Art on May 27. Speakers at Take Part 2013 include Greenpeace CEO David Ritter, the Australian Government’s Director of Gov 2.0 Pia Waugh, and Prime Minister’s University Lecturer of the Year, Professor James Arvanatikas, as well as filmmakers, community leaders and enterprise managers.

Be part of this unique event, joining a mix of local and international leaders to discuss the future of participatory design, online movements, the maker economy, and deliberative democracy.

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Key Speakers:

Paul Bennett, Chief Creative Director of IDEO

David Ritter,

CEO of Greenpeace

Pia Waugh, Director of Gov2.0 Dept of Finance & community leader of GovHack

Steve Hopkins, Senior Customer Manager, Yammer

Professor James Arvanitakis, Prime Minister’s University Lecturer of the Year, UWS

Ian Lyons, Digital Director and Consultant, Maker Movement/Economy

Jordan Bryon, Participatory film maker and story activist

Dr Ken Hudson, Creativity and innovation consultant

● MC – Dan Ilic – Australian comedian, writer, performer, actor, and filmmaker.

More details on the website


pictured David Ritter, Greenpeace:

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