38 episodes

Florence Guild is an event series designed to explore the challenges of our age and to find solutions beyond our immediate environment.

Inspired by the famed Renaissance city-state, Florence Guild brings to its members the ideas that drive the future of our work and life. An ongoing conversation unfolding over member events, lunches and gatherings, Florence Guild celebrates the antidisciplinary, champions diversity and forges meaningful connections as the response to the technological, political and social changes that are rapidly transforming our world.

Florence Guild hosts the best talent from Australia and across the world. With its diverse community of accomplished members and events featuring thought leaders in the realm of business, arts and technology, Florence Guild opens up permission to play in the future.

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Florence Guild is an event series designed to explore the challenges of our age and to find solutions beyond our immediate environment.

Inspired by the famed Renaissance city-state, Florence Guild brings to its members the ideas that drive the future of our work and life. An ongoing conversation unfolding over member events, lunches and gatherings, Florence Guild celebrates the antidisciplinary, champions diversity and forges meaningful connections as the response to the technological, political and social changes that are rapidly transforming our world.

Florence Guild hosts the best talent from Australia and across the world. With its diverse community of accomplished members and events featuring thought leaders in the realm of business, arts and technology, Florence Guild opens up permission to play in the future.

    How technology can benefit humanity

    How technology can benefit humanity

    Work Club founder Soren Trampendach speaks with Christina Gerakiteys
    and Lisa Andrews, Co-CEO's of Singularity University about using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and benefit humanity.

    • 45 min
    Ep 36: New Sustainability - Tamara DiMattina, Olivia Tyler, Tonia Bastyan

    Ep 36: New Sustainability - Tamara DiMattina, Olivia Tyler, Tonia Bastyan

    Speakers
    Tamara DiMattina, Olivia Tyler, Tonia Bastyan

    Type
    Live Conversation

    About this conversation
    “Emerging economies can’t follow the rulebook of the past by forging a path to industrialisation using fossil-fuel technologies”.1 Climate Change is real and inevitable, and business as usual is over.

    How do we save the planet, and make sure growth continues to lift billions out of poverty? How do we move forward in a clean, green way?

    “Society is becoming more and more eco-conscious, demanding ethical practices, responsible behaviour and innovation to cut excess. And in response, brands are creating products, services, packaging, and new systems that are as desirable and functional as they are eco-friendly.” 2

    We are now on the cusp of quite an exciting tipping point where investors, customers and the broader community are expecting and (rewarding!) those organisations and brands that are operating well and support regeneration: “restoring ecosystems, rebalancing our climate, and building economies that thrive, while allowing people and the planet to thrive, too.”2

    In this interactive panel, we discuss how brands are playing a decisive role in creating a new sustainable way of doing business and find out how your business can join the only way forward.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep 35: Dare to embrace change - JoAnna Ferrari

    Ep 35: Dare to embrace change - JoAnna Ferrari

    Speaker
    JoAnna Ferrari

    Type
    Live Conversation

    About this conversation
    In the face of uncertainty and risk, how do we respond to change and challenges? How do we grow our confidence and abilities to achieve our goals and desires?

    According to JoAnna Ferrari – “The Transition Specialist” -, it is about tapping into what she’s called “The Champions Mind”: the ability to instantaneously accessing all your resources and come up with the right response and resolutions. We all have this Champions Mind within us – always have – what keeps us stuck and unable to use it when we need it, is listening to our other mind, our scared learned mind.

    So many of us crush our own dreams, we shy away from opportunity and reduce our own ability to go after the things we really want in our lives. But what if we could simply break this pattern? What if we can literally free ourselves to grow, win and succeed at anything even in the toughest of situations? What if the quickest way to face change and beat fear is by learning to change and adjust you, not the situation?

    More About The Speaker
    JoAnna Ferrari, ‘The Transition Specialist’, has transitioned or reinvented herself over 21 times during her life. She has transitioned from child to entrepreneur at 15, from sales to executive at 34, from executive to international speaker at 38, moving her life and family from Chicago to Australia at 46 to be the CEO of a major business. None of these transitions would be as big a change or challenge as she encountered at 53 in her gender transition from male to female.

    JoAnna Ferrari teaches audiences how to harness the power of transitions with models and formulas she designed called ’Trans-Behavioural Science’ developed from drawing on her 30 plus years as a successful business leader combined with her incredible life experiences.

    JoAnna has consulted business over 140 countries, has been the interim CEO and executive of corporations in three countries and has 17 years as a professional speaker around the world.

    JoAnna's Linkedin: JoAnna Ferrari
    JoAnna's Website: joannaferrari.com

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    • 39 min
    Ep 34: Press Pause Play: Learning To Focus In Times Of Distraction - Suzanne Boccalatte

    Ep 34: Press Pause Play: Learning To Focus In Times Of Distraction - Suzanne Boccalatte

    Speaker
    Suzanne Boccalatte

    Type
    Live Conversation

    About this conversation
    We’re living in a time of unrivalled connectivity with near limitless access to information at our fingertips—this is an attention-grabbing culture and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. It’s been said we now suffer from constant restlessness, feeling that we need to do more, to move faster and break things to succeed. This is the heart of our modern times. Have we lost the ability to slow down and find pause and concentrate—essential to be creative and successful?

    The solution is not unwavering pure focus, but our ability to learn how to manage the distractions around us. We need to practice this both online and offline. We will always find things to distract us, whether it was the television last century, the Internet or something else in the future.

    Today we are suspicious of the pause, and often see it as unnecessary or self-indulgent, as opposed to being essential to finding balance and resilience. Yet our greatest art, music and ideas for every technological breakthrough — originated here in those moments of unencumbered contemplation and concentrated attentiveness. Now try it for yourself, pause and smell the flowers, I dare you.

    More About The Speaker
    Suzanne Boccalatte has led a multifaceted creative life as a designer, artist, educator, publisher and writer. She is Professor Art & Design at UNSW. In 1990 she founded Boccalatte, an award-winning design practice, working with some of Australia’s most significant cultural and arts brands, with a mission to create work that encourages curiosity, foster culture and enrich society. She publishes and co-edits Trunk—an award-winning compendium with contributors from the global creative community, the next volume is on ‘Breath’. Suzanne has always enjoyed working in the cultural and creative industries where shifts in attitudes and mindsets emerge first.

    Conversation Notes
    - Attention is a resource, and we only have so much of it. We’ve become suspicious of the pause instead of embracing it.
    - The technological revolution has promised us more time, but now we’re busier than ever.
    - We feel that we’re in a constant state of restlessness, in a world with a deep sense of fragmentation and isolation.
    - We need to learn to be alone, without feeling like we’re lonely.
    - Our best ideas and thoughts come from our own company, when we’re in deep consciousness.

    “For us to be truly successful and be amongst ourselves, we need to take more pause. We need to pay attention to our experiences and our senses.” - Suzanne Boccalatte

    Suzanne's Linkedin: Suzanne Boccalatte
    Suzanne's Website: boccalatte.com

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    • 47 min
    Ep 33: The Coder vs The Predictor: How The Brain Drives Focus - Dr Jared Cooney Horvath, PhD, MEd

    Ep 33: The Coder vs The Predictor: How The Brain Drives Focus - Dr Jared Cooney Horvath, PhD, MEd

    Speaker
    Dr Jared Cooney Horvath, PhD, MEd

    Type
    Live Conversation

    About this conversation
    How do we make sense of reality and how does our brain process the world around us? The answer to these questions may not be as simple or straightforward as you think.

    During this Florence Guild conversation Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath will take us on trip through the brain, shedding light on the power of stories to drive our perception and focus; and how we can change them in order to beneficially guide our own (and others’) focus.

    The ideas explored during this session can help advertisers better grab attention, branders build stronger memories, and trainers better impact their students & clients.

    More About The Speaker
    Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is an expert in the field of Educational Neuroscience with a focus on human learning, memory, and attention. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 100 schools internationally. Jared has published 5 books, over 30 research articles, and his work has been featured in numerous popular publications, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, WIRED, The Economist, and ABC’s Catalyst. He currently serves as Director of LME Global: a team dedicated to bringing the latest in brain and behavioural research to businesses and organisations.

    Conversation Notes
    - The stories we use to make sense of the world – in terms of how it works or how it functions – drive who we are and how we live.
    - These stories drive our perceptions, rather than the other way around. - This is the fundamental power of focus.
    - The concepts we use affect the coder in our brain, which affects the character in our body.
    - Our concepts not only affect the way we see things, but what those things mean to us.

    “You can literally see, feel and hear the world the way you think it should exist, not the way it actually exists” - Dr Jared Cooney Horvath, PhD, MEd

    Jared's Linkedin: Jared Cooney Horvath
    Jared's Twitter: @JCHorvath

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    • 50 min
    Ep 32: Brand With Purpose - Michel Hogan

    Ep 32: Brand With Purpose - Michel Hogan

    Speaker
    Michel Hogan

    Type
    Live Conversation

    About this conversation
    Brand is stuck in a time warp of thinking as “ing” or “re” dominated by marketing and advertising models and interests. This does not help organisations to sustainably navigate the complex relationship between what they do, how they do it and why they do it.

    Let’s begin with a mind-shift about a brand as a result of the promises you keep. Of all an organization’s (or individual’s) actions and decisions. Built on a foundation of their purpose and values. And delivered through people’s experience. Because when you take what you care about and use it to help shape the promises you make, you’re more likely to keep them. When you put your purpose to work in even the unheroic actions and decisions, they’re more likely to reflect it and become reasons to believe.

    So, what promises are you making and how are you keeping them?

    More About The Speaker
    Michel Hogan is an independent thinker and adviser. After 15 years in the US, Michel returned to Australia where she continues her practice helping individuals and organisations make promises they can keep and keep the promises they make with a robust, resilient brand as the result. Michel is a regular contributor and sought-after commentator on brand, organisations and people’s experience, writing weekly for SmartCompany.com.au and is the author of Between Making Money and World Peace; A Brand Blogthology on Purpose, Values and Keeping Your Promises.

    Conversation Notes
    - A brand is the result of promises that you keep, or those that you don’t.
    - A brand is a result. It’s an achievement, not a creation.
    - The fundamental ingredients to any brand are the purpose and values behind it.
    - We live in a world where people get hired for what they do, but get fired (or leave) for who they are.
    - It is so rare to walk into an organisation and for someone to tell you what they do and how it connects to what they care about.

    “How and why you make promises is really important. Too many organisations make promises and work out how to keep them later” – Michel Hogan

    Michel's Linkedin: Michel Hogan
    Michel's Twitter: @michelhogan

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    • 32 min

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