Keynotes

Welby Ings
Friday 7pm: Professor Welby Ings, AUT, Aotearoa NZ

Personal Bio: Welby Ings is a Professor of Design and Creative Thought at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. He has been a consultant to many international organisations on issues of creativity and learning, and is a multi-award winning designer, illustrator, author and filmmaker. He has taught at all levels of the school system and currently supervises doctoral theses associated with creative practice. However, until the age of 15 Welby could neither read nor write. He was considered ‘slow’ at school and he was eventually expelled. Later he was suspended from Teachers’ training college.
Welby has written and spoken extensively on dehumanized systems of teaching, our obsession with performance, and the benefits of disobedient thought. His book Disobedient Teaching has had significant influence on educational reform both in New Zealand and internationally.
In 2001 Dr Ings was awarded the Prime Minister’s inaugural, Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence and in 2014 he was awarded the AUT University medal for his contributions to research and creativity.

Keynote Title: Other realms: Beyond the tyranny of Average
Prepare to have your perspectives expanded, viewpoints challenged, and your love of teaching and learning exploded. Welby Ings will make us laugh, and, undoubtedly cry, as he shares his world of diverse intelligences and the magic that lies within.
academics.aut.ac.nz/welby.ings

Griffin Longley
Saturday 9am: Griffin Longley, Perth, Western Australia
Nature Play WA

Personal Bio: Griffin Longley is the CEO of Nature Play Australia and Nature Play WA, a former columnist, award winning journalist, and a Churchill Fellow. Griffin founded Nature Play WA in partnership with the Department of Sport and Recreation in 2010 and it has now spread to South Australia, Queensland and the ACT and has an international reputation for innovative programmes that increase awareness of the benefits of unstructured play outdoors. The organisation’s flagship programme, the Passport to an Amazing Childhood, has been turned into a mobile phone app in partnership with Islandwood, America’s leading environmental education centre.

Keynote Title: Evolution of the Nature Play Movement, and Why it’s Critical in 2021

A prophecy, a hive of story and plenty of cross pollination. Meet Mary Bumby, Aotearoa’s honey bee pioneer, returned to earth to re-awaken the bee-ing in humans. A high interactive and humorous excursion into a world where Apis Mellifera, New Zealand’s past & future, meet to make something sticky and sweet.

www.imagined-worlds.net

Tanya Batt
Saturday 1pm: Tanya Batt, Waiheke Island, Aotearoa NZ
Imagined Worlds

Personal Bio: Tanya Batt is a self-confessed story-o-phile and frock-o-holic whose home is on the Awaawaroa Eco Village on Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf. She is a seed sower, a word warbler and story stitcher who channelled her childhood propensity for talking and her love of dressing up into a real ‘imaginary job’. Stories have put food on her table and a roof over her head for thirty years enabling her to share her mahi in over 20 countries. She is the creative director of the ‘Once Upon An Island Charitable Trust’ that uses storytelling for community building, environmental and cultural education.

Keynote Title: Mary Bumby’s Hive of Story
 
A prophecy, a hive of story and plenty of cross pollination. Meet Mary Bumby, Aotearoa’s honey bee pioneer, returned to earth to re-awaken the bee-ing in humans. A high interactive and humorous excursion into a world where Apis Mellifera, New Zealand’s past & future, meet to make something sticky and sweet.
 
www.imagined-worlds.net

Cam Calkoen
Sunday 9am: Cam Calkoen, Auckland, Aotearoa NZ
Cam Calkoen Ltd

Personal Bio: Cam ‘That Awesome Guy’ Calkoen believes in a world where everyone is inspired to embrace their opportunity. Where our reality is no barrier in succeeding with our dreams, goals, aspirations and purpose. Cam’s dreams have seen him taking his two biggest perceived weaknesses (the way he walks and talks) and turning them into his two biggest strengths, travelling … entertaining and connecting all over our world.
What’s the one thing you can do after the conference that will significantly enhance your dreams?

Keynote Title: Dream Big Achieve More
Awesomeness is one’s ability to not simply survive but thrive. The very nature of aspiring to live each and every day to a personal best level and beyond one’s self enables the seemingly impossible to occur. Cam demonstrates his shift in mindset from a heavy can’t do anything perception to a can do anything reality and the realisation that ‘If it’s meant to be…it’s up to me’.
www.camcalkoen.com