Dr Matt Finch: Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland, Australia and Creative/Researcher at British Library Labs.
Matt Finch writes, designs events, and works on strategy for businesses, communities and public institutions including universities, galleries, museums and healthcare providers. His work for libraries has included collection development, strategic planning, play-based programming in physical and digital spaces, and work on digital inclusion...plus a few memorable afternoons dressed up as a giant Vegemite jar. You can see more about Matt and his work at mechanicaldolphin.com
Like you, librarian, leader and speaker Laurinda Thomas has seen a lot of predictions about the future of the profession. She's excited about what's to come. After all, we seem to be doing more and changing faster than ever. But where are we actually going? Why aren't we making more progress? And why is almost everything written on the subject so damn unhelpful?
Laurinda has nearly twenty years of experience in Libraries, Information Management and IT. She's worked in special and academic libraries, for a library vendor, and as a self-employed consultant and trainer, during which she's spoken to hundreds of library professionals worldwide. In 2016, Laurinda was a speaker at a TEDx Wellington on "The Dangerous Myth about Libraries". She is a former President of LIANZA, a Director on the Board of the Aurora Foundation, and a placator of (soon to be two) small children.
Hana O'Regan: General Manager of Oranga/Wellbeing for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu
Hana O’Regan is the newly appointed General Manager of Oranga/ Wellbeing for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Hana previously held the positions of Director Māori & Pasifika and Director Student Services at The Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, CPIT. Hana’s career has been largely focused on the areas of Māori language revitalisation and Māori educational achievement whilst also being an active advocate and driver for her own tribal language revitalisation strategy within Kāi Tahu.
Hana has held positions as the Manager of the Māori Language Unit of the Ngāi Tahu tribal organisation, lecturer at the University of Otago, Lecturer, Head of School and Faculty Dean at CPIT. She has also held a number of memberships on national and local boards, advisory groups and review panels including the Māori Language Commission and Te Paepae Motuhake, and ENZ –Endometriosis New Zealand. Hana is also current ly a New Zealand Fellow on the International Centre for Language Revitalisation, ICLR. A proud mother of two children, Hana is committed to te reo in the home and intergenerational transmission of the language.
Vinh Giang: Entrepreneur, magician and teacher
2013 South Australian Entrepreneur of the year and magician Vinh Giang has been building businesses from a very young age. Over the years, he has discovered many common threads between his two passions: business and magic.
Since his family came to Australia as refugees, Vinh has worked with companies from all over the world and been mentored by internationally-recognised high achievers, such as Matthew Michalewicz. Vinh always has fresh and cutting-edge material to share with his audiences.
Vinh not only shares powerful stories from his journey, which highlight the key principles of his success: he uses magic to demonstrate to live audiences precisely how real his lessons are. Vinh firmly believes that a keynote is much more than content delivery: it is about bringing the content to life on stage. Each of Vinh’s keynotes is a performance, carefully crafted to create a powerful emotional experience for the audience. He uses magic to drive home key business concepts in unusual and engaging ways: it’s about making the medicine taste good.
Vinh is fascinated by the psychology behind the mysterious art of magic. He has devoted himself to understanding the ways in which people are fooled, not only by illusions, but by the tricks that life plays on us, and that we play on ourselves. Through identifying and understanding how this occurs, he has found ways to unlock the minds of his audience, ensuring his messages are memorable.
Hearing Vinh speak will open your mind to new possibilities. He takes audiences on an unforgettable journey through his moving family story and offers remarkable insights into human psychology, business and the wonderful art of magic.
Donna Lanclos: Anthropologist and folklorist
Donna was born in the desert and managed to name her son after a coyote, and her daughter after a water-seeking tree. She is an anthropologist and a folklorist, and has been working in libraries and higher education since 2009. Her love for shoes and cocktails has thus far not managed to get in the way of her work around digital and physical learning places and practicdes. She sees her work as relevant not just to libraries and universities, but to conversations about how we as a society make sure that people have opporunities to learn how to think critically, to practice those skills, and to find their voices. She has lived on the prairies of North Dakota, the coast of California, and in the North Carolina foothills, as well as in the UK and Ireland. She is very happy to see you and blogs at www.donnalanclos.com
Paul Stacey: Associate Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons
Frequently described as a big thinker, Paul Stacey combines years of practical experience leading open initiatives with innovative thinking in ways that are inspiring and motivational. Paul has extensive experience with Open Educational Resource (OER) initiatives in Canada, USA, and the Middle East / North Africa. At Creative Commons Paul helps government, organizations, and businesses around the world adopt open policy, business models, and practices across all kinds of open initiatives including Open Access, Open Educational Resources, open data, open science and open culture.
For Paul, openness is a practice used to create a Commons in which everyone can participate and contribute. Paul is a mentor and facilitator for the Institute for Open Leadership, co-author of a Kickstarter funded book Made With Creative Commons, and lead developer of a Creative Commons certificate program for librarians, educators, and government. Based in Vancouver, Canada Paul enjoys the wilderness, ping pong, and growing his own food.
Takerei Norton: Archives Manager, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
After working as an Environmental Advisor for nearly 10 years, protecting sites of cultural significance, Takerei transferred to the Ngāi Tahu Archives Team where he manages the Ngai Tahu Cultural Mapping Project which records tradional Ngāi Tahu knowledge.
This mahi is part of a wider Iwi project developing a fully integrated Ngāi Tahu archival search engine connecting interal and external repositories of Ngāi Tahu knowledge. In 2013 Takerei was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship allowing him to spend time with the Sami people in Norway and Finland. While there he learnt about methods of storing and disseminating traditional knowledge to their communities that could be applicable in New Zealand.