It's time to Survive & Thrive!

It's time to Survive & Thrive!

Themed "So it’s the future already, all ready?", Survive & Thrive 2013 hits Auckland, at AUT, this week (13 and 14 September) with a lineup of top local and international creative artists and innovators ready to explore the theme in a number of different ways.

This year, Survive & Thrive runs for two days and will be held at AUT University’s Sir Paul Reeves Building. A rich mix of inspiring world-class speakers, practical workshops, networking, one-on-one mentoring, and independent sessions led by sector organisations, makes this an unmissable professional and enterprise development event.

On Friday weave your way through any of our four strands – Going Global, Site Pacific, For a Better World and Resilience Rules. You can pick and mix to build a day that matters most to you.

There are big issues to grapple with and at Survive & Thrive we will begin a number of conversations through four programme strands:

Site Pacific - Paora Joseph, Harry Silver, Kim Newall, Grace Taylor and Nick Gerritsen in Site Pacific sessions will talk about how we stand in relation to the past, how that shapes different personal and professional identities, and also how that influences the way we face the future.

Going Global – with Mike Mizrahi, Luca Van Brandenburg and Rebecca Mills. How have different creative entrepreneurs successfully developed opportunities for their products and services outside their cultural comfort zone? With Asia on New Zealand’s doorstep, there’s a growing interest across the creative economy to reach out and engage new audiences and customers over there.

For a better world - Join positive agitators Cate McQuillen, Richard Reid, Jerome Partington and Vivian Hutchinson talking about 'For a Better World'. When we accept that a critical collapse in our environment and economy is no longer a phenomenon of the future, but in the process of unfolding in the here and now, it is positive agitators we must call on to shift us into new ways of being.

Resilience rules - Join Alex Hillman, Jo Randerson, David McGregor and Charlie McDermott in the Resilience rules sessions as they explore the adage - change IS constant [and often unpredictable]. They will share stories of conflict, collaboration, community as well as crisis in building personal resilience as well how the creative community can contribute in responding to global crises and making a unique contribution to building humanity’s collective resilience.

Saturday will be the day when you’ll be provoked! It's all about Provoking Open Participation or ‘POP’. In the morning, POP: Share sessions led by industry organisations will jump-start your day, offering up even more tips and tricks for your toolkit. Then in the afternoon, join POP: Action [open source programme led by Dr Ralph Kerle], where you provide the content by sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas with other thinkers, makers and doers.

For more information on the event visit The full programme is here and you can click here to buy tickets.

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