Speakers

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    Anna Brown

    • Director of Toi Āria & Associate Professor
    • Massey University
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    Anna Brown

    Director of Toi Āria & Associate Professor, Massey University

    About Anna Brown

    Anna Brown is a design educator, researcher and practitioner. Her research focuses on creative leadership, collaboration and design-led innovation. She leads Toi Āria: Design for Public Good, a research centre in the College of Creative Arts where she is an Associate Professor. Toi Āria helps organisations create and deliver people-centred policies and services. Clients include the Data Futures Partnership, Social Investment Agency, The Office of the Clerk at Parliament, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Masterton District Council.

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    Carl Davidson

    • Chief Social Scientist
    • Research First Ltd
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    Carl Davidson

    Chief Social Scientist, Research First Ltd

    About Carl Davidson

    Carl Davidson is the Chief Social Scientist at Research First Ltd (a company that sits at the nexus of market research, behavioural science, and strategic thinking). He has worked in the insights industry for nearly 30 years and brings a rare combination of academic rigour and commercial discipline to his work. He is the author of nine books about research practice in New Zealand, and a regular contributor to Stuff, where he writes about ‘the social science of everyday phenomena’. He was previously the Chief Commissioner of the New Zealand Families Commission, and in 2017 he was re-elected to the Board of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce.

    Share a concept that changed your mindsets before

    Learning about confirmation bias changed how I think about my own opinions and how people argue for theirs.

    Confirmation bias is one of those mental shortcuts that are wired into our brains, and it means that we carry around a filter that promotes us to filter reality in a way that matches our expectations. We all look for evidence to prove us right, and we resist like crazy the things that contradict our cherished beliefs. The beauty of confirmation bias is that, once you really understand it, you start seeing it everywhere. Including in your own thinking and arguing.

    In that regard it’s like another bias I’ve come to love – one known as the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. That’s the notion that once you have stumbled on something obscure, suddenly you start seeing it everywhere.

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    Jackie Clark

    • Founder
    • The Aunties
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    Jackie Clark

    Founder, The Aunties

    About Jackie Clark

    Jackie Clark set up the Aunties to help women in need, particularly those who she describes as being at the worst end of abuse and assault statistics, and women living in dire and abject poverty.

    The Aunties' motto is meeting needs with love. They are a community of support, and hope to revolutionise the idea of what giving means, and what charity looks like.

    Jackie was the winner of the Community and Not for Profit category in the Women of Influence Awards 2018, and also took out the Supreme Award. She was recently awarded a QSM in the New Years Honours.

    Her husband, Ian, who was an integral part of her Aunties work, died on NY Eve 2018, and was tremendously proud of her.

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    Michelle Baguley

    • Lead Corporate Communications Partner
    • Spark New Zealand
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    Michelle Baguley

    Lead Corporate Communications Partner, Spark New Zealand

    About Michelle Baguley

    Michelle Baguley is the Lead Corporate Communications Partner at Spark, leading the team who are responsible for all aspects of Spark’s international and external communications portfolio. She has been with Spark for just over four years firstly joining as the Communications Manager for Spark’s enterprise business unit - Spark Digital.

    Michelle started her Corporate Communications career at Vodafone after several years leading the Events team. She was appointed Head of Internal Communications before moving to try her hand at External Communications.

    Now at Spark, Michelle is passionate about coaching a high-performing communications team in a challenging, and very competitive market.

    Michelle has a Diploma in Business from AUT and an Accreditation in Public Relations from PRINZ.

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    Patrick Wagner

    • Head of Interactive
    • Weta Workshop
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    Patrick Wagner

    Head of Interactive, Weta Workshop

    About Patrick Wagner

    Patrick is the Head of Interactive at Weta Workshop. Having shipped its first Mixed Reality game on Magic Leap One, Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders, is being co-produced by Weta Workshop and Magic Leap and is based around the science fiction world of Dr. Grordbort, the brainchild of Weta Workshop’s Art Director, Greg Broadmore, in development with Richard and Tania Taylor over the past eight years.

    Weta Workshop and Magic Leap have been working in close partnership to build mixed reality experiences, bringing extraordinary characters and imaginary worlds to life to forge a new realm of entertainment and experiential storytelling. Magic Leap’s spatial computing platform, which aims to seamlessly blend the digital and physical worlds, first shipped in August 2018.

    Before joining Oscar-winning Weta Workshop, Patrick has worked for 10 years in video games, first as Executive Producer for Gameloft in its Paris Headquarters where he supervised the creation of 40 mobile games, then as Region Manager for Oceania where he led the studio shipping 8 video games over 4 years from the Auckland office.

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    Patrick Reynolds

    • Deputy Director
    • Greater Auckland and Urban Auckland
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    Patrick Reynolds

    Deputy Director, Greater Auckland and Urban Auckland

    About Patrick Reynolds

    Patrick Reynolds is a perpetual student of the urban world: He is deputy director of influential public advocacy groups Greater Auckland and Urban Auckland, and serves on a variety of public sector boards covering the spheres of Public Art, Urban Form, Regional Development, and Transport. He has taught urban design papers at the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture. His writing about our urban futures appear in books and magazines, most recently a chapter in Big Questions (Penguin 2018) on the future of our cities.

    He is also New Zealand’s leading photographer of the built environment. His photographic books include New New Zealand Houses, Homework, Big House Small House,Country House City House, and Auckland Architecture all in collaboration with John Walsh, Architecture Uncooked with Pip Cheshire, Villa with Jeremy Salmond and Jeremy Hansen, and Bungalow with Nicole Stock. He is currently working on architecture guides to three further cities with John Walsh.

    Current Governance roles:

    • Auckland Transport
    • Auckland City Centre Advisory Board
    • Auckland Public Art Panel
    • Rotorua Lakefront Redevelopment Strategic Advisory Board

    Member of

    • Urban Auckland
    • Greater Auckland Incorporated Societies
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    Wallace Chapman

    • MC at #PRConf19
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    Wallace Chapman

    MC at #PRConf19

    About Wallace Chapman

    Wallace Chapman is a Radio and TV broadcaster. Wallace was the host of the unique ‘pub politics’ TV show Back Benches on PRIME - debating with MP’s every Wednesday night across the road from Parliament at The Backbencher pub, before a crowded live pub of punters. Back Benches aired in April 2008 and ran for 10 years. Wallace has also been the host of Sunday Mornings on RNZ National – the country’s largest weekend radio show.

    Chapman is currently the host of long running show 'The Panel' at Radio New Zealand which features a range of panellists from across the opinion spectrum, together with expert phone guests.

    Chapman started out with a degree from Otago University in English and Education but got sidetracked into advertising/media with a 5-year stint as Creative Director for Radio One 91FM Dunedin, before being headhunted for the Creative Director position at 95bFM Auckland, which he held for 5 years.

    The move into on-air broadcasting came with the Breakfast Host position on 95bFM for a year, before time as breakfast host on Kiwi FM, before joining Radio Live for several years doing talkback radio.

    In television, Chapman has hosted Back Benches for 9 years - somewhat of a record in the media industry these days. He has presented a series for TVNZ7 called The New Old, about old trends that have come into vogue again, as well as a panelist for 8 years on ‘The Men’s Panel’ on (the now defunct) Good Morning TVNZ.

    His first book came out in 2013 - all about how to reclaim back your life, by slowing down, and being more ‘mindful’ in life. Out on Penguin, it is called ‘Don’t Just Do Something – Sit There’ – A Manifesto for the Slow Living Life. The international rights were sold last year.

    Chapman was born and raised in Manurewa South Auckland in a mixed heritage family. His father, Wallace Snr is from Levuka Fiji, Mum, New Zealand European.

    Perhaps being the classic Aquarian, Chapman’s interest span is large. He has a deep interest in fine arts (with a burgeoning art collection), politics, is well on top of current issues affecting NZ society, adores music, international relations, and population health issues. And let's not forget food!

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