Innovating the Impossible
Vertical innovation can advance sectors, but additional dimensions of innovation can make the impossible happen. Creating an innovation mindset means examining how we’re taught to think and how we structure industry. By changing how we expect kids to think we can encourage more – including girls – into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and inspire them to think in new and novel ways. By changing industry structure can encourage new forms of innovation which both creates new revenue opportunities and inspires further innovative thought.
Maria Ingold is a strategic and technical innovator. Mixing a background in Computer Science and Fine Art, she specialises in visual technology and emerging tech. Maria loves monetising great content. She’s a BAFTA film and TV judge who watches 150 films per year. Her passion has driven a 25-year international track record creating emerging visual technology across film and TV, video, games and digital media.
Maria heads strategic and technical innovation consultancy, mireality, advising the media, broadcast and telecoms industry, including into emerging markets and on small islands. She is also on the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Essex, School of Computer Science and Engineering.
As the former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for FilmFlex Movies, jointly owned by Sony and Disney, Maria led the delivery of some of the most successful on-demand movie services in Europe, including for Virgin Media cable and broadcaster Channel 4.
She started her career helping innovate the beginning of 3D computer gaming and was part of inventing the beginning of multimedia – audio, video and games – on computers.
Maria is also global public speaker, a writer, an artist and occasionally an actress.
To My Younger Self.
Archie’s talk put’s together the lesson’s he’s had from building a successful gym, and describes it in a way which is to his younger self, hoping to inspire and aid people that are like he was, just starting their career.
“You will have had people say that you can do well. That is good. You will have had compliments from friends and family about your natural aptitudes which will make you beam. From these, you are going to believe that you can do something great. You will get your chance, but don’t wait for it, and don’t listen to discouragement from society or the funnel of the education system. There are many ways of learning. Here are three lessons you are going to learn along the way, and I hope that this is going to be helpful to you. Take these lessons and use them. They won’t always be relevant, but use them when they are.
Uncomfortable conversations are the key to your success. You need to sit there and feel completely vulnerable, about what the other person may want, or the ‘power’ they have over you. These conversations are of great value to your own personal growth and success.
Price yourself right. Charge yourself out at a wage that is fair, but costly enough that you are happy working for it, and that they appreciate your time as much as you appreciate their money. You will be working hard and sacrificing a lot to be where you are now. Martyrdom is not where you want to be.
Never give up. The solutions to your problems are staring you right in the face, you just have to relax enough to see them. When things seem difficult, or insurmountable, stop. Take a step back, and survey what is really going on. You may need to take several steps back.”
He currently is owner of Archie’s Gymnasium, Home of CrossFit Chichester, and teaches classes and personal training. He is married to Lydia, and has two boys, Henry and Charlie.
Of his career he spent his early twenties, like many early twenty year olds, finishing off his degree and not really knowing what he wanted out of life. His major passion came, when he spotted an opportunity to set up a CrossFit gym in Chichester.
Since opening the gym in 2013, he’s been dedicated and focused totally on building people’s fitness, and helping them become healthier and happier individuals with his passion and drive to see people succeed.
His overriding philosophy is making fitness a manageable part of everyone’s life.
He has since become an award-winning speaker, presenter, trainer, actor and author who challenges his audiences to look deeper, think smarter and create better as a result.
Whether it is leadership in management, HR skills, presentation and communications or customer service and sales, Graham has considerable experience in delivering events across many sectors from transport to travel in both the public and private sector.
With genuine passion and flair for his subject, he is humorous with case study content and can personalise presentations to suit serious themes, ensuring they make a lasting impression and provide great take away value.
He has worked with big corporate companies as well as up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
Clients have included: Jaguar Land Rover, Coca-Cola, DHL, ASDA-Walmart, Halfords and Muller
Graham works closely with his clients to deliver the best training – with presentation skills and leadership/management at the core. Technical subjects include Neuro Linguistic Programme (NLP) training up to Master Practitioner level, Coaching & Mentoring and Conference Speaking.
CEO of Challenge Choice Change
Dr Lesley Hunter is an international specialist in developing elite leaders. Her early career in education was followed by 12 years as an Ofsted accredited lead inspector of schools, which made her question why some leaders were so much more effective than others. Since then, she has worked to support and develop leaders in both public and private sector organisations in the UK, from the police and military to multi-national manufacturing companies and small family owned businesses. Her work extended internationally through clients as far afield as Spain, New Orleans, Singapore and Hong Kong. Lesley’s experience and research culminated in a doctorate in 2015 that explored how effective leaders behave and gave rise to her signature Challenge Choice Change behavioural framework and diagnostic. She continues to have links with academia by delivering leadership and innovation modules on MBA and MSc programmes for several universities in UK, Europe and the Middle East. She has recently returned to Europe, having spent two years working in the United Arab Emirates. During this time, she supported a group of senior leaders in international schools in Dubai and was an advisor at federal level to the Crown Prince Court in Abu Dhabi leading the roll-out of a national change programme. Lesley is the author of several books, is a regular contributor to podcasts and radio broadcasts, and is an internationally acclaimed speaker who continues to challenge the distinction between leadership development and the effectiveness of leaders in today’s global society.
Taz Thornton has been there, done it and seen it in ways that will make you change your view of the world and want to do better.
As a high-flying corporate director, she appeared to have the world in her palm – nobody could see her crumbling beneath the pinstripes. She rebuilt after breaking her back at 21, then fought back after the breakdown at 33 that saw her seeking wisdom from shamans and medicine people, as well as using everything in her NLP and coaching toolkit to reconstruct her life.
That breakDOWN turned out to be Taz’s breakTHROUGH, and she’s now impacting people far and wide as the UK’s #1 Inspirational Breakthrough Speaker, best selling author, seminar leader and coach.
Also trained in firewalking, Taz often builds extreme empowerment into her #UnleashYourAwesome brand of workshops and seminars; it’s not unusual to find people having huge breakthrough moments at her events, walking safely across broken glass or breaking arrows with their bare throat. It is, perhaps, not surprising to hear people referring to her work as ‘life-changing’
Taz’s latest book – Unleash Your Awesome (from Motivational Press) – touches on some of life’s toughest experiences with tear-inducing honesty, provides very real opportunities to learn and grow, whatever life throws at us, and encourages us to stop moaning and start owning.
Taz’s first book – Whispers From The Earth (Moon Books) – is an anthology of channelled teaching stories and is still hitting the Amazon best sellers list in its category. She is currently working on ‘More Whispers From The Earth’, again for Moon Books, and a fourth book – Hippy Shit – has already been optioned.
When your message is bigger than your fear, then you’ll do what it takes to share it.
Drawing on her personal experiences, Karen Williams will share her journey as ‘the mouse that roars’. As a child, she was incredibly shy and that introversion had a huge impact on her early years.
Not one to let adversity and fears hold her back, she’ll talk about some of the things she’s learnt that have transformed her life. These lessons have given her the courage to not only set up a successful business and become a bestselling author, but also do crazy things like jumping out of a plane, walking on hot coals, and speaking about her experiences.
Karen believes that we’ve all got a story to tell or wisdom to teach. She wants to encourage more people to make the leap and get their message out there, and use their knowledge and experience to inspire and educate others.
A coach, NLP Master Practitioner and Book Mentor, Karen Williams from Librotas helps business owners to write and publish a book that grows their business, raises their credibility and attracts more clients. She helps them to overcome their fears, have the courage to share their wisdom and story, and change lives through their writing.
She is the bestselling author of Book Marketing Made Simple, The Mouse That Roars, Your Book is the Hook, How to Stand Out in Your Business, and The Secrets of Successful Coaches.
“Tina Antwi, also known as Tina Charisma is a finalist of Miss Universe Great Britain 2017 as well as a Model, Speaker, Writer and a Youth Development Worker based in London. She campaigns, writes and speaks on issues related to women, diversity, culture, beauty, media and education. In addition, Tina is currently writing her book “Black Skin Carved Mask which focuses on sense of belonging and identity of second generation West African immigrants in the UK”.She works on developing projects within local communities that help to promote social cohesion and engagement within communities as well as helping create community networks to help and support marginalized groups in society. On the theme of engaging ideas and people Tina will be speaking on the importance of “Building each other up for development” which will focus on social development through diversity and engagement.
Barbara Chabior attended many training and workshop sessions. Her studies have introduced her to everything from Performing Arts, Process Work Psychology and Neuro-linguistic Programming to Sesame Institute of Drama and Movement Therapy. She obtained a Master’s degree in Psychodynamic and Systemic Thinking and Psychology of the Group at the Tavistock Institute in 2011 and qualified two years later as a Holistic Voice Therapist under the aegis of the British Academy of Sound Therapy.
Barbara is currently developing her doctoral proposal of Flove© paradigm, an integral model of expressive arts therapy based on elements of epigenetics, psychodynamics and quantum physics. Her doctorate is going to be quintessentially a phenomenological research, whereby claims of originality and contribution to new knowledge will be demonstrated through creative outcomes in the form of film, photography, design, music, digital media, performances and exhibitions.
She intends to create City in Novations© and Say Yes Spa-ce Holistic Playgrounds©, a radical complement to the existing structures of social and health care, education and welfare guided by her idea of Flove and open to awareness of new ways of cultivating unbiased perception of others, objects, events and environments.
“My identity as I experience it today is closely linked to my philosophy of no identity, of being able to let go of attachment to any fixed view of who ‘I’ am. That process of owning and then transforming all my selves has been very empowering for me. My main goal is to grow and contribute toward the growth of others by sharing what I have learned. This is all part of a process, of my lifetime’s work. My life’s purpose is living in non-resistance. I’ve brought together so much knowledge into one piece, which I call Flove. We always resonate at some frequency, with shame, guilt, pride, aspiration, inspiration. Once you allow these conditions to flow together with love, and find the balance between negative and positive resonances, everything flows. Like a film director, you work with each character and embrace every trait that appears on the scene. I needed to embrace my emotionality. I learned to own, live, love and express the traits of hurting myself, and how to transform them with ease and grace. I really invested in loving those traits of avoidance and denial, neglecting myself, and so on. It’s not about this cheesy word ‘love’; rather, it’s about cultivating the ability to engage unconditionally with all the frequencies of loving and loathing without negativity, resentment or infatuation around these. I can say openly that I love not having a clue about things that don’t matter to me; I love being present, vulnerable and embracing all my traits.”
David Reich – Observationist
David took an interest in magic as many youngsters do, at age 12. Growing up in New York City, he had the good fortune to be able to learn from the stars of the day as well as those who would shape the art for years to come. David learned card and coin effects to show friends and family, and started working the birthday party circuit. While he found himself starting to follow a more traditional career path, in technology and management, David never lost his passion for these arts, and continued to grow. He evolved into doing more than just magic, and branched out into mentalism and hypnosis, and became fascinated with communication, observation, and focus and what people are made to pay attention to, and how this impacts all aspects of their lives. David decided that he would focus on and demonstrate human powers of observation and became “The Observationist.”
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