The CEO Futurelab combines fresh insight with peer-level conversation to position your organisation ahead of critical shifts.

The world isn’t changing as fast as many believe. However leaders risk being too far removed from the changes happening all around them. As a result new competitors and disruptive strategies evolve in their blind spots.

The CEO Futurelab shifts this by providing Chief Executives with critical insight into the latest innovations – and more importantly, the new thinking behind the change. The format combines accelerated insight presentation with reflective peer group discussion.

Futurelab Focus: REINVENTING THE FUTURE (October 2019)

Image credit: GridAKL

Image credit: GridAKL

We live in a time of fast-moving and unpredictable change. Not.

What seems like fast-moving overnight change, is typically playing out far more slowly over the course of a decade. While well-established businesses focus on meeting the demands of their current customers and shareholders, a new generation of businesses and their future-focused customers shift from startup to mainstream. From business as unusual to business as usual.

So for October’s CEO Futurelab we’ve collaborated with the GridAKL Innovation Campus to create a CEO experience like no other. From digital humans to collaborative clothing, you won’t just imagine the future, you’ll get to reach out and touch it.

Chief Executives and innovative startups will rapidly explore new visions of the future, before collaborating across diverse perspectives, uncovering new possibilities and strategies for scaling impact.

As a peer group event the CEO Futurelab also provides the space and time to explore what these shifts mean at a personal level for others. Hearing how other CEOs are going about evolving their organisations and adapting their leadership approach for this future beyond. While more deeply exploring the views of the next generation of innovators and collaborators.

Upcoming event dates:

  • Wed 16 October 2019, 8:30-11:30am
    Innovation collaboration
    GridAKL Innovation Precinct, Auckland

  • Thu 19 March 2020, 8:30-11:30am
    CEO peer group
    Seafarers Members Club, Auckland

  • Tue 14 July 2020, 8:30-11:30am
    Next-generation perspectives
    AUT University, Auckland

Please note: If unable to attend an event another member of your team may attend, except for the March 2020 session which is exclusively a CEO peer group

$750+gst for an annual subscription
(Not-for-profit 30% savings = $525+gst)

Attend any or all of the annual
series of three CEO Futurelab events

Note: Annual subscription also includes copies of all event presentations even if not attending

Please note: The CEO Futurelab is by invite only as it is a Chief Executive exclusive series, which ensures conversations with peers.
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CEO Futurelabs have been attended by Chief Executives from corporate, technology, government and social sectors across New Zealand including:



The CEO Futurelab is run by Dave Wild, a Futurist who works with Executive Leadership Teams, Boards, Digital Leaders and high potential leadership groups. 

Dave has led workshops in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Unique to his approach is a futurist focus on the new, which he applies when facilitating strategy sessions and coaching innovation workshops for clients such as Air New Zealand, NZ Rugby, Ministry for the Environment and NZ Trade & Enterprise.

The best thing about working with Dave is that if you have allowed yourself or your organisation to become even the tiniest bit complacent he quickly concentrates minds by ensuring we are looking forward to what might be, rather than allowing ourselves to be captured by the here and now or the past. Not once I have come away from a session with Dave without learning something new or having my preconceptions tested. There aren’t too many people that I have worked with over the years that I could say that about.
— Peter Jensen, Chief Executive, Harness Racing NZ

Dave challenged us to move our modes of thinking towards longer-term future possibilities and away from just the obvious and immediate. Dave’s impact on our organisation has been profound. We have aimed to develop a more free-thinking, creative approach to problem-solving and really try to continuously imagine what the future could look like and determine how Bluelab will evolve and thrive in that future state.
— Greg Jarvis, Chief Executive, Bluelab

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Dave’s facilitation is engaging and challenging. He takes you to places you’d never considered and supports you to imagine a very different future and direction. He is motivating and stimulating! He leaves you with an energy and enthusiasm for the future.
— Sally Pitts-Brown, Chief Executive, Pathways

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