Our Perth conference (October 4-7, 2019) welcomes peers in innovation and changemaking from across the New Economy spectrum. It is intended to serve those who have the courage of their convictions, but also the flexibility to entertain—and even embrace—divergent worldviews.


    Building this capacity is essential as we encounter and move through the extraordinary changes we face now, as a society and as a species.


    The inspiration for the conference’s overarching theme, Beyond Paradigms, comes from Donella Meadows’ work, in which she describes the most effective points of leverage to intervene in a system as

    a) the mindset from which a given paradigm arises, and

    b) transcending paradigms entirely.


    As human beings, deeply influenced by the contexts and cultures from which we come, we view our worlds through filters and lenses. The question then becomes, as we encounter each other, are we building bridges or walls between our views? Can we remove our own lenses, and try on someone else's, even for a moment?


    The future of humanity, and of our precious planet, may well depend on it.


    Our primary focus at Beyond Paradigms will thus be on supercharging our engagement and connection with each other, calling forth the assembled collective wisdom to give and receive support for our work (or launching it out into the world in the first place; now is the time).


    To that end, while this forum will indeed accommodate presentations of ideas, our emphasis will be on facilitating the powerful, purposeful connections, conversations and collaborations that are called for so urgently now.


    Our main sub-themes (what we're calling "streams") are:

    • Brilliant Cities (because being "smart" won't be nearly enough);
    • Positive Futures (because yes, we can);
    • Emerging/Converging Technologies (applying our worlds-colliding powertools responsibly); and
    • Full-Spectrum Wellbeing (firing on all our jets, as whole human beings)

    Facilitated roundtable discussions (what we call The Moveable Feast) and deep-dive mini workshops will be at the heart of the event — as will delicious local and artisanal food, creativity, and rich, shared experiences.


    So if you're keen to host a conversation, lead an experiential workshop, or present a wildly new perspective on our potential future, kindly submit your session proposal here.


    Please submit early. (Yes, you may make multiple submissions, and yes, please tell your friends. This call is open to all, across Australia and around the world.) We'll be in touch very soon.


    Many thanks, and we so look forward to seeing you in Perth!

    — the enkel collective and NENA


    Tickets are nonrefundable, but are transferrable.