Project NZ: #theBIGshift conference will launch global business innovation campaign in NZ

17 June 2014

Leading business innovators and entrepreneurs will gather in Auckland in September for SBN’s 2014 Conference, Project NZ: #theBIGshift. Get your early bird ticket now!

From 17-18 September 2014, the Sustainable Business Network will hold its biggest and most significant conference yet at Auckland’s AUT School of Business. It will see the launch in New Zealand of #theBIGshift, a new approach to business innovation which is already used by global brands such as Nike, Unilever and Marks & Spencer.

“#theBIGshift approach was created by our UK partner Forum for the Future, one of the world’s leading sustainability organisations,” says CEO of the Sustainable Business Network Rachel Brown.

“We are thrilled that the architect of #theBIGshift, Stephanie Draper, Deputy CEO of Forum for the Future, will be coming to our conference to launch the campaign in New Zealand.”

#theBIGshift approach identifies simple, practical steps to bring about a big shift in the way we do business for a more sustainable future. It is already used by leading organisations in different sectors around the world. This will be the first time it has been used in New Zealand.

Stephanie Draper leads Forum for the Future’s work on the best ways to create big change. An expert in collaborative processes, change and sustainable development, Stephanie focuses on system-wide change projects bringing together diverse players focused on creative solutions to difficult challenges.

Stephanie will share with us how Forum for the Future’s global partners, including Unilever and Nike, are leading the way in sustainable business, and how SBN and its members can do the same.

In addition to Stephanie Draper, speakers at Project NZ: #theBIGshift include Derek Handley, who was Founding CEO and now Entrepreneur in Residence at the B Team; conference moderator Bernard Hickey, independent economic and financial commentator; and pioneering Kiwi innovators and entrepreneurs such as Akina Foundation’s Chief Executive Alex Hannant. Many more inspiring speakers will be announced in July.

The programme for the conference, which was created collaboratively with international advisors, adopts a practical, hands-on format.

“It incorporates a number of choices, so attendees can tailor the conference to match their individual interests. There are also plenty of opportunities to rub shoulders with experts and network,” says Rachel.

The conference includes hot spot conversations, master classes, workshops and TEDx style talks in addition to key notes speeches. The topics are focused around four work streams the Sustainable Business Network has identified as being critical to New Zealand business, which are adopting #theBIGshift approach:

“We already know about existing opportunities and solutions, but the challenge is making them a reality. It’s about taking these innovations to market  and introducing speed and scale. At Project NZ: #theBIGshift you can find out how leading business innovators are doing this, so you can apply their insights to your own business,” says Rachel.

A limited number of early bird tickets are now on sale until 4 July, or until they are sold out.

Early bird tickets:

  • $349+GST One day pass
  • $499+GST Full pass

We’d like to thank our conference partners, which include Air New Zealand, official carrier for Project NZ: #theBIGshift; AUT Business School; Forum for the Future; PE International; Akina Foundation and many others. Other partnership opportunities exist and if you’re interested in this opportunity to show your leadership in business innovation please contact Alex Williams.

Find out more about Project NZ: #theBIGshift

Thank you to our partners: 

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