Go­ing for­ward...

A unique thought lead­er­ship event aims to give those at­tend­ing a glimpse of the fu­ture of busi­ness.

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What will the fu­ture be like for busi­ness, and what kind of busi­nesses will make it that far? That is the sub­ject of a spe­cial one-day con­fer­ence be­ing held in Auck­land next month.

Fit for the Fu­ture 2012 on Septem­ber 27 is set to bring to­gether pi­o­neer­ing speak­ers at The Cloud to share the per­spec­tives, skills and ap­proaches they be­lieve will de­cide whether busi­ness fall, sur­vive or thrive in the decades to come. They in­clude Charles An­der­son, CEO of Sov­er­eign As­sur­ance. Last year his com­pany hosted an Ocea­nia for the United Nations En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­gramme with the aim of trans­form­ing the in­sur­ance in­dus­try into an agent of pos­i­tive change. An­der­son also re­cently at­tended the Rio+20 Earth Sum­mit con­fer­ence and has made a com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing the world’s first sus­tain­able in­sur­ance com­pany.

An­other speaker is Jac­que­line Ire­land, CEO of con­sumer re­search com­pany Col­mar Brun­ton. She will be shar­ing the lat­est re­search from the com­pany’s Bet­ter Busi­ness, Bet­ter World sur­vey on trends and at­ti­tudes to sus­tain­able prod­ucts and ser­vices. And Sam Judd, the in­spi­ra­tional founder of Sus­tain­able Coast­lines, will talk on what busi­nesses can learn from how he mo­ti­vates peo­ple to pick rub­bish off beaches when they could be do­ing any­thing else.

Or­gan­iser Si­mon Har­vey said: “This is a thought-lead­er­ship event, de­signed to en­able those who at­tend to leave with new knowl­edge and skills to get them pre­pared for a more suc­cess­ful fu­ture; and feel in­spired by oth­ers who are work­ing to­wards gen­uine, pro­gres­sive change. For peo­ple who are se­ri­ous about change, this is an op­por­tu­nity they can’t af­ford to miss. These are the peo­ple com­mit­ted to trans­form­ing our econ­omy into one that is gen­uinely fit for the fu­ture, and not just more of the same.”

The other speak­ers are Wai­heke-based Micheal Hen­der­son, who spe­cialises in cre­at­ing pos­i­tive and ef­fec­tive busi­ness cul­tures, ex­ec­u­tive coach Daniel Bat­ten on ‘How to influence peo­ple au­then­ti­cally’, and Katie Hor­ton and Tim Hoo­son from Jas­max Ar­chi­tects.

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