Aden Date: Why haha moments are aha! moments: Laughter, insight, and innovation

Date: 21 May 2024

Today’s leaders are faced with two simultaneous pressures: the need to innovate in the face of an uncertain future, and the need to maintain the wellbeing of their staff.

Fostering a culture of innovation means requiring your staff to work in a high-energy and sometimes pressured environment, so how can you be sure they also have time and space to relax and care for themselves?

Creativity expert Aden Date says these two imperatives don’t need to be mutually exclusive. In this presentation, he’ll explore how a radical, person-centred vision for innovation can not only ease the burden on staff but also leave your organisation in the best position to shape its future.

This Webinar will take place live on:

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart: 1pm-2pm
Adelaide, Darwin: 12.30pm-1.30pm
Perth: 11am-12 noon


Individual session: $139 (inc GST)

This session is a part of Communities in Control. Check out the whole program here, and save big by booking for the entire online conference.

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Aden Date is a Perth/Boorloo-based performing artist and creativity expert. He runs Only the Human, a community that uses comedy to promote well-being and social connection, and is also the author of Yes, But, a bestselling book about what improvised theatre teaches us about building creative communities and innovative businesses.

Aden has studied and performed improvised theatre in Canberra, New York and Chicago. His background as an artist and improviser means he brings a unique perspective to organisational innovation. He sees creativity as a distributed cultural practice that emerges when teams and individuals can be flexible and informal, and shift hierarchies and structures as needed.

He works with high-performing teams in complex environments to provide experiences of creativity and connection that re-centre the intuitive mind, the body, and interpersonal relationships as the main drivers of creativity. He has embedded these practices in his own social enterprise, which uses a mixed co-operative and social enterprise governance model to distribute leadership throughout a network of 50 member-artists.

A sought-after independent researcher and evaluator, Aden has worked with the ABC, Creative Australia, and a wide variety of arts organisations across Australia.

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