Romancing death, tech and business

Josie Gibson Creativity, Innovation, Leadership, Media Release

The Business Romantic

A radical humanisation of the workplace

Sydney – March 27 (Doltone House) , Melbourne March 31 (Meat Market)


Best-selling business author and TED speaker, Tim Leberecht, will headline two events in Australia later this month aimed at turning conventional thinking about work and play on its head.

The Business Romantic forums bring Leberecht, author of The Business Romantic, together with speakers on death, technology, philosophy, the arts and entrepreneurship to discuss and discover new ways to increase workplace productivity through care, compassion and creativity at the office.

With levels of trust in institutions and employee engagement at new lows, The Business Romantic heralds a refreshing emphasis on tapping latent people power in Organisations.Unlike the typical workplace, every detail of the events has been architected to cultivate at atmosphere of beauty, intimacy, serendipity and enchantment.

The Business Romantic is the brainchild of Mykel Dixon, a trained jazz musician, author and creative entrepreneur who works with large organisations on artisan thinking, cultural architecture and innovation.

“World Economic Forum research suggests Australian businesses are grossly unprepared for the inevitable transition to a fully digitalised world,” Dixon says. “In our insatiable desire to measure, automate and scale every inch of our experience, something meaningful yet unquantifiable is lost. Yet in the eyes of customers, suppliers and co-workers, your relevance and value as an organisation rests on your ability to stay human.”

The Business Romantic program also features, among others:

Dr Catriona Wallace – Founder and CEO of trailblazing fintech company, Flamingo, and a global expert on the future of customer experience, artificial intelligence and bot strategy.

David Leser – Award-winning author and journalist, international correspondent and quasi-anthropologist

Jessie Williams – Executive Director of The Groundswell Project, a not-for-profit that uses arts programs to address cultural change around death and dying

Jo Burston – Founder and CEO of Inspiring Rare Birds, a plaZorm for women entrepreneurs

Jeremy Donovan – Master storyteller, descendant of the Kuk-Yalanji tribe, internationally recognised artist, and Australia’s most celebrated didgeridoo player.

“Many workplaces today are pressure-cookers of cynicism and under-performance, but that’s not because leaders set out to create this for themselves or their people,” Dixon says. “We hope these forums will give conscious business leaders fresh insights into how to build beautiful organisations and create meaningful work for themselves and others.”

For more about The Business Romantic program, contact Mykel Dixon on +61 (0) 434 873 232 or mykel@mykeldixon.com. The Business Romantic events are being organised with Talking Sticks and are supported by The Catalyst Network, Atlassian, Bupa Australia and the State Library of Victoria.

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