Got any questions about the event? Contact conference co-ordinator Amy Turner0800 278 769 ext. 306
The Biggest & Most Important Creativity Event Ever Held in New Zealand
Don't Miss This Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity!
Creativity is at the heart of every scientific discovery, engineering invention, business breakthrough, and artistic innovation.
Times are tough right now. You only have to turn on the TV news or read a newspaper to see the world is jam-packed with problems.

The good news is we don't have to accept things the way they are. We can change them... and as a result we can thrive! All it takes is for you, me, and others to actively develop our creativity and connect together.

That's why April 17 to 19 we have dozens of experts in creativity - several of them world authorities on creativity - coming to Wellington to give their insights, hands-on training, and guidance.

I hope you can join us at the Creativity Challenge 2015 because we are going to have a blast!

Jonathan Milne, Managing Director
The Learning Connexion
School of Creativity and Art
The Creativity Challenge is an event spanning 3 days. It will showcase creativity across all fields - education, business, environment, community, science and arts. 34 international and local presenters - several of world renown - will share their insights, inspiration and practical experiences to launch you into creative action.
Discover how to apply the creative process to enhance individual and organisation needs. Delegates will:
  • Participate in 21 practical hands-on workshops
  • Gain insights from 27 high-powered and entertaining presentations
  • Watch multiple experts debate some of our most pressing issues in two open panel discussions around creativity, culture and the future
  • Learn why linking yourself with key people across different knowledge areas will result in quantum leap break-throughs in your work
  • Connect with a diverse community creative thought leaders
Leaders in Creativity are converging on Wellington.Among the 34 outstanding presenters are several with international reputations, including Robert & Michele Root-Bernstein, Steven Pritzker, Ruth Richards and Arthur Cropley.

They will present at the biggest event of its kind ever held in New Zealand, the Creativity Challenge 2015. Their ground-breaking insights will help solve some of the most pressing issues that we are facing in New Zealand – the wealth gap, environmental issues, large national debt, just to name a few.

Scroll down for the full programme and speakers.

The Keynotes

Professor Robert and 
Dr Michele Root-Bernstein

Husband and wife team from Michigan State University, USA, Professor Bob and Dr Michele Root-Bernstein, are widely published authors and researchers. Their contributions to the understanding of creativity include studies demonstrating a strong correlation between creative success as a scientist (notably, among winners of the Nobel Prize) and strong involvement in the arts

Dr Steven Pritzker

Steven Pritzker is Director of the MA and PhD. Creativity Studies Specialisation and The Creativity Studies Certificate at Saybrook 
University. He is Co-Editor-in- Chief of The Encyclopedia of Creativity published by Academic 
Press. Steven is a Fellow of the  American Psychological Association and President-Elect of Division 10 (Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts). His research has examined creativity and film, collaborative creativity in writing and 
business; creativity and spirituality;  audience flow; comedians and longevity and the creative process 
in high achieving writers. 

Professor Arthur Cropley

After working as a school teacher  Arthur Cropley taught at universities in Australia, Canada, Germany and Latvia. He was editor of the European Journal for High Ability, and is the 
author of 28 books which have  appeared in a dozen languages. He has published on creativity 
and crime, as well as urging the application of creativity as a general instructional technique at all levels of education. He also translated the Latvian national epic Lāčplēsis (Bearslayer) into English epic verse. He has been married to Alison 
Cropley for 52 years, and has two  sons and five grandchildren.

Dr Ruth Richards

Dr Ruth Richards, also from Saybrook University, USA, is a psychiatrist and one of the world’s leading researchers on creativity in daily life. She has edited/co-edited two  related books and is authoring the forthcoming Everyday Creativity 
and the Healthy Mind. She and  colleagues from Harvard Medical School have shown, for everyday 
creativity, that it is less what we  do than how we do it! It is a way of life. And one that can be profoundly healthy, present, rich, and engaged, 
and can change our view of the world
and ourselves.
Other Outstanding Presenters
Wayne Morris

Wayne Morris has worked as a consultant, trainer and coach in a range of industries applying "whole brain" approaches to leading, learning, and creating.  He facilitates creativity focussed workshops in New Zealand and abroad. Wayne is also an artist with collections in New Zealand and overseas.

Francois Coetzee

For the past 25 years Francois Coetzee has been solving challenging client problems using creative thinking and processes. He's a Master Practitioner of NLP, Master Practitioner of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, NLP Coach and Trainer, NBI Wholebrainer Practitioner and Enterprise Architect.

Ralph Kerle

Dr. Ralph Kerle, MCI, DADA, h.c. is an internationally respected thought leader, facilitator and writer on organisational innovation, creative leadership and behaviours. He has a key interest  on using arts based processes as a way of  developing innovative practices at work.

Damian Ruth

Dr Damian Ruth is a senior lecturer in organisational strategy at Massey University. He has taught at several universities in different countries. His current focus is around the use of art and design in developing strategic thinking, organisation studies, and strategy.

Alan Black

Robert Alan Black, PhD, CSP Creativity, is a creativity consultant. "Between 1950 and 1961, through our family summer trips, I was in 48 mainland states and made it 49 by going to Hawaii in 2002. Since 1977 I have been in 93 countries and still continue to travel each year."

Nicola Pauling

A performer, director, writer and facilitator with more than 20 years experience, Nicola Pauling has developed many of Voice Arts Trust's most successful projects. She is passionate about providing opportunities for creative self-expression and the telling of our own stories.

Pip Cotton

Pip Cotton, PhD, is director of I.A.M (Inquiry into Art and Mind). Since late 2002 he has worked periodically as a contract researcher with The Learning Connexion. His association with TLC is on-going and he is a member of the school’s External Advisory Panel.

Nick Wilson

Dr Nick Wilson’s research explores creativity and cultural management. He's a professionally trained singer, entrepreneurial educator, author, and Deputy Head of the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King's College London.

Trevor Moeke

A weaver of people and narrative, Trevor Moeke effects positive change in everything he does.
Visionary, globally connected and engaged, Trevor has unique insight into indigenous potential and how it can be harvested for positive global change.

Cathryn Lloyd

Dr Cathryn Lloyd is a creative development coach, facilitator and educator with over 20 years experience. She holds a Doctorate in Creative Industries, and is an accredited Action Learning facilitator with the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Lee Martin

Dr Lee Martin works at the Hayden Green Institute of Innovation and Enterprise,
University of Nottingham, and is director of MSc in Entrepreneurship. His research and practice explores creativity in the workplace, education, sustainable contexts and the arts.

David Kayrouz 

The principal of Creative Pathways, David provides facilitation and coaching to businesses. Creatively he draws on his experience as a practising artist (visual) and musician
(violinist). His leadership and management skills grew out of his experience as an engineer.

Michelle Walker 

Michelle has over 20 years experience in training and facilitation, with background in applied science, creative industries, and business. A key focus of her trainings include visual creative processes. She regularly speaks to international audiences.

Janet Mazenier 

Janet Mazenier has 30+ years in corporate and independent consulting positions plus many public speaking engagements.  Currently she is a fulltime student of Fine Arts (painting).  She retired in 2012 as Head of Planning at Telecom NZ.

Henry Sunderland 

Henry teaches design at the Christchurch Polytechnic and Institute of Technology (CPIT).  He is a creative lateral thinker and gnomologist with a predilection for the ironic and kitsch. "I feel that I am adept in using creative thinking and fun to make a serious point."

Eryn Gribble 

Eryn Gribble has passionately worked in community arts for over 6 years, alongside and in organisations such as Vincent's Art Workshop, Newtown Community Centre, Capital E! and Nautilus Creative Space. She is currently team leader at Alpha Art Studio, an art studio for adults with intellectual disability.

Bruce Corson 

Bruce Corson has coordinated and coached cross-disciplinary design teams for 35 years, provided professional education for NASA, environmental studies and architectural energy design at Cal-Berkeley and both architectural and cross-disciplinary collaborative design at Cornell University.

Jenny Rock

Dr Jennifer Rock is a lecturer at Otago University in the Centre for Science Communication. Her subject areas include aesthetics and paradigms in science,  climate change (ocean warming), creative analogy and visual cognition, community co-creation, and methods in art-science integration.

Peter Adsett

Peter Adsett, PhD, regularly exhibits art in Australia, New Zealand, New York and Boston. His work is displayed in various institutions and museums. One of his collaborations was with Sam Kebbell on "Humbug" resulting in a dialogue between painting and architecture.

Mike Grady

Mike Grady is an artist, writer and educator who has travelled extensively in China and has studied Asian art practices such as calligraphy and landscape painting. He has taught and exhibited internationally and is Professor of Studio Art, at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

Jim Yellowhawk 

Jim Yellowhawk is a member of the Itazipco Band of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Immersed in the arts of his ancestors, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Art. "I have opened my art up to international level, including being invited to perform Lakota men's traditional dance at venues all over the world."

Wynne Pirini

Starting out as a Chemical Engineer and Project Manager, bored of his job he travelled the world and founded his first business in 2007. He's since created marketing courses, software applications, and become a best selling author. Besides consulting he also works in startup businesses.

Lillian Hetet

Lillian Hetet works as a writer, web designer and convenor of cultural conversations. Her current projects include writing a memoir and making a film about the lifelong creative collaboration of her artist parents.

Gaia Grant

Gaia Grant is MD of Tirian, which focuses on transformation through creative thinking. Author of book “Who Killed Creativity?”,  clients have included: Visa, JP Morgan, The Four Seasons Hotels, and others. Gaia holds an MS in Creative Thinking and degrees in education and arts.

The Creativity Challenge 2015 will be a highly engaging and action packed event spanning three days. The activities kick-off on Friday afternoon, run all day Saturday and wrap-up on Sunday. 
Friday 17th April
  • 2:00 - 3:00pm   Registrations
  • 3:00 - 6:00pm   Conference Activities
  • 6:00 - 7:30pm    VIP Event
Saturday 18th April
  • 8:00 - 9:00am   Registrations
  • 9:00 - 5:30pm   Conference Activities
  • 6:30 - 10pm      Conference Dinner
Sunday 19th April

  • 9:00 - 2:45pm     Conference Activities

NOTE - schedule is subject to change. Any adjustments (which should only be minor ones) will be communicated to conference delegates via email.


Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
Friday 17 April 2015 3:00 pm - Sunday 19 April 2015 3:00 pm
(Registration opens 2:00pm)

Taita College (right next to The Learning Connexion)
188 Eastern Hutt Road
Lower Hutt 5019
New Zealand

0800 278 769
Register a few of your employees to learn how your business can be more innovative.
Or become a sponsor of the Challenge. Packages range from just $500 to $7,500.

We’re looking for champions of creativity who inspire and empower others to cross boundaries. As a supporter of the Creativity Challenge 2015, you’ll open the door to a long term engagement with creativity that will benefit your organisation and New Zealand.
To get a copy of the Sponsorship Proposal, contact Amy or Angela:
  • Phone 0800 278 769 OR 
  • Email Amy at or Angela at OR
  • Or download clicking here.
Got any questions about the event? Contact conference co-ordinator Amy Turner0800 278 769 ext. 306
Creativity Challenge, April 17 to 19, 2015
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