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How to thrive in disruptive times - Gary Bolles

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This article was published on 6 April 2016

Don’t miss US entrepreneur, writer and thought leader, Gary Bolles, as he shares his insights on the accelerating pace of change and the need to develop a risk-taking culture.

This event has now finished. Listen to interviews with Gary Bolles at The F Word.

Today’s businesses and entire countries are finding themselves challenged even in traditional areas of strength. Companies and economies that sit back and wait for change to happen will inevitably become disrupted, leaving themselves open to the chance that their markets will be taken by others.

By developing strategies as dynamic as the changes affecting them, they can become resilient and adaptive to face any challenges the future might hold.  Part of this strategy is normalising failure and recognising it as an integral part of the innovation process.

Event Summary

Hosted by Callaghan Innovation (with Collider, Project Connect and the Ministry of Awesome), Gary Bolles will hold three events in Wellington (18 May),  Auckland (19 May) and Christchurch (20 May).

At each event Gary will lead an interactive presentation where he'll use 30 years of experience as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and thought leader to help you:

  • Better understand the impact of automation and globalisation on your business
  • Chart the dynamics of disrupted industries - and know which industries are peaking next
  • Develop a risk-taking culture and a valued perspective on lessons that can be learned from failure
  • Learn how to better leverage your business strengths and factor for weaknesses
  • Drive process in parallel to outcomes in the transition to a 'gig economy'
  • Create a resilient and adaptive organisational team or workforce.

About Gary Bolles

Since arriving in Silicon Valley in 1984, Gary has helped countless business leaders to understand seismic changes influenced by technology.

He was the founding editor of Interactive Week (often called ‘the Internet’s first newspaper’), editorial director for pioneering internet magazine Yahoo! Internet Life, and consulting producer for the launch of Google Zeitgeist – Google’s premier thought leader event.

As co-founder of, he writes and lectures frequently on the future of work and learning.  Working as a partner in Charrette, he has helped clients such as TED, Dropbox, Singularity University, London Business School, L'Oreal, and Red Bull to create world-class events designed to help people navigate our changing world.

A serial entrepreneur, Gary is also:

  •  the co-founder of SoCap (, the conference for ‘impact’ entrepreneurs and investors; Silicon Valley Meets the UN; and DGREE: The Future of Higher Education, and
  •  the co-producer of 'Closing the Gap', a conference focused on solutions for a more inclusive economy.

See also Idealog's article:  Gary Bolles Part I: On surviving disruption, automation and the gig economy

Register now

Spaces are limited so register online now to attend.

18 May 4.30pm-6pm. The Bizdojo. In collaboration with Collider.

19 May 5.30pm-7.30pm. Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT. In collaboration with Project Connect.

20 May 5.30pm-7.30pm. Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus - 76/106 Manchester Street, Christchurch. In collaboration with Ministry of Awesome.

This is an F Word event

Callaghan Innovation is starting a national conversation about business failure by putting together a series of events, research and media content. 

We want to destigmatise failure so that it does not act as a barrier to innovation.

We’re calling this the 'F Word' to draw attention to the taboo nature of sharing failures.