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Introducing Rhythm and Vines founder Hamish Pinkham’s latest event for creative minds: The Phoenix Summit

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Introducing Rhythm and Vines founder Hamish Pinkham’s latest event for creative minds: The Phoenix Summit

After 17 years at the helm of New Zealand’s award-winning new years festival, Rhythm and Vines, co- founder Hamish Pinkham has a new venture: The Phoenix Summit. Described as a meeting of creative minds, the one-day event being held in Auckland this month is a chance for budding music entrepreneurs and other creatives in Aotearoa to learn from some of the industry’s best on an international scale. Speakers on the bill include Ty Stiklorius, Friends at Work CEO and John Legend’s manager, Rob English, who has led the creative vision for Fortune 500 brands and creative directed for artists like Lady Gaga. Pinkham has a chat about what inspired the event, and why it’s relevant to all of the creative industries.

Future thinking

Vend and OMGTech! Founder Vaughan Fergusson (formerly Rowsell) has gone and done something a little bit like the plot of the 2011 film and novel, We Bought a Zoo. In a new venture, Fergusson and his partner Zoe Timbrell have bought a 100-acre block of land in Raglan that houses the Karioi Lodge, a former outdoor education centre, that the pair will remake into an envirotech and innovation centre. The goal is to help the next generation of problem solvers tackle the world’s big, complex issues, while prove that creativity can spark anywhere – not just in New Zealand’s biggest cities. Here, Fergusson explains how the The Institute of Awesome was born from the thought, “how hard can it be?”

Future learning

Sir Ken Robinson is kind of a big deal. He is the most viewed speaker on Ted Talks of all time, with his three talks on education, creativity and what’s wrong with the current teaching model being viewed by more than 300 million people in over 150 countries. In light of his upcoming visit to New Zealand, Idealog chats with him about how we can improve the current outdated models, as well as the countries leading the way in the education sector.

Future of work

The world of work is changing, so how are kids from kindergarten level up being prepared for its uncertainty? Director at Ako space and Co.Starters lead facilitator Sabrina Nagel discusses how the New Zealand education system needs to change in order to give students the skills they need to thrive.

Change is coming

William Reynolds recently graduated from high school and is pursuing a career in the tech sector, but he had to use his own initiative to educate himself and explore new technologies, like AR/VR, AI and blockchain, rather than being taught it. Here, he explains why more young people need to be exposed to these exciting new industries through the education system.