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Igniter of curiosity, Certified Facilitator of LEGO® Serious Play®, tech & innovation columnist

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Curiosity is the most significant skill for navigating the evolving age of innovation.

We live in an age where tomorrow's waves are undeniably crashing today. Innovation is happening every second and emerging technology is evolving with higher speed, capacity and processing power than what's possible for any human being. And while technology is driving the change, counter-intuitively it is not where our focus should be. The organisations who will succeed in the digital age will do so by decoding what it is innately human; curious intelligence.

Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie is a master of The Curious Quotient. After all, curiosity is a superpower in a world where disruption is the new normal. Those who are curious will adapt and thrive - lean into new possibilities, new pathways and new paradigms of thinking. Curious minds are primed to navigate change and to ignite new perspectives.

Kate has always been a curious pioneer with a fascination for a future yet to exist. When she was just 22 and while still an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, she began presenting and publishing her ground breaking research, including the earliest work friendship on social media and internet memes… long before anyone knew what these things were. This future focussed theme continued when from 2007 onwards when Kate began a PhD in Internet Studies Curtin University in Western Australia. Her PhD on Facebook and privacy is in Curtin University's top ten most downloaded list since it was published in 2012 and paved the way for Kate to become the globally recognised digital pioneer she is today.

Since 2007, Kate has been making immersive reality games and ‘escape rooms’ converging virtual and physical worlds to ignite human transformations. These games have been played on a global scale including at the National Theatre (London), Toronto International Film Festival and IndieCade (San Francisco). As a games expert, Kate has observed the ways in which human transformations occur in dual environments (the digital and real-world). Today, Kate assists leaders to navigate the influence of digitisation with a focus on the human transformation required to succeed in the next economy.

As a globally recognised industry leader, Kate has been the recipient of numerous international awards, including the Design Exchange’s Digifest New Voice Award, the Australian Computer Society’s Digital Disruptor ICT Professional of the Year, one of the top women in the games industry in Australia and New Zealand for three years running. Kate has spoken at conferences around the globe, including SXSW (Austin), NXNE (Toronto), REMIX Academy, Pecha Kucha, PAX AUS and TEDxPerth. She has also been a judge, coach or mentor for a variety of incubators, accelerators and hackathons, including the NASA Space Apps Challenge.

Today, Kate is a speaker, consultant and a passionate creator of curious environments. She is a Producer of XR:WA, Australia’s largest immersive reality (VR/AR/MR) conference which ran for the first time in 2019. She’s a Certified Facilitator of LEGO® Serious Play®, a methodology that boosts innovation, creativity and curiosity used by global brands such as IKEA, Virgin and Samsung.

As a speaker, Kate’s energy is playful and infectious and her content is in-depth and grounded in research. She ignites a curious journey for the audience acting as a virtual shaman who translates the mysterious world of VR, artificial intelligence, and big data to empower people with the insight to balance these technologies with a deeper self awareness of what it means to be human in the new age of innovation.

Talking Points

Curious Quotient - Mastering the Most Significant Soft Skill in the 21st Century

We live in a curious world, and humans are fundamentally curious beings. Why? Because curiosity has an evolutionary purpose. People had to be curious about what was happening around them. Without curiosity, they wouldn’t survive in a changing world.
Today, that world is changing faster than ever before. Technological disruption calls us to learn more quickly than we ever have had to before. So how do we inspire, educate and activate curiosity as a driving force within organisations seeking to thrive today and into the future?

In this presentation, Dr. Kate takes the audience on an adventure to unlock the art of curiosity. What is the science behind the curious mind? What tools can we use to enhance curiosity, creativity and purposeful playfulness? At the heart of this presentation is the unlocking of a curious mindset and as a strategy for life and business.

Audiences will walk away from this presentation with tools, insights and experiences that will enable them to master The Curious Quotient and in doing so enhance the soft human skills that act as the foundation for innovation, creativity, collaboration and connection. After all, technology may be empowering the software, but human curiosity is what fundamentally creates and or changes the game.

Who this is for: Leadership Teams, Innovation Teams, Sales Teams Igniting Curiosity

Key Outcomes:

- Skills For The Future Of Work
- Future Trends and Emerging Tech
- Innovation
- Creativity & Collaboration

Curious Futures - Navigating a Limitless Future as a Curious Adventure.

In the past, we lived in one world, but today technology has added a virtual layer that has literally created a second life. The veils between the real-world and the digital world are converging.

So how does the emergence of brand new technologies impact humankind personally and professionally? How can a business identify trends today, to create new opportunities tomorrow?

It’s time to get curious about the future.

In this presentation, Dr. Kate takes the audience through a curious adventure into tomorrow. A future redefined by technology - but experienced and moulded by human curiosity. She explores themes from the world of VR, game technologies, digital twins, simulations and 3D interactive data visualisation. The topic is a ‘choose your own adventure’ presentation to unlock your organisations’ ‘Curious Future’.

Audiences will walk away from this presentation with an ability to explore emerging technology and virtual realities through the lens of your particular industry. They come away with a sense of clarity around what’s coming next, and the business opportunities that are emerging with these shifts. Finally, the audience will embrace the curious mindset as a tool to navigate an unknown yet exciting human future.

Who this is for: Leadership Teams, Business owners / Franchise, Innovation and Design Teams

Key Outcomes:

- Future Trends By Industry
- Future Of Leadership
- Innovation Trends and Emerging Tech

Curious Data - Getting Curious about Ethically Decoding the Tomorrow’s New Gold

Data without interpretation is meaningless. However, data with the right interpretation is the key to creating value and opportunity both for business today and into the future. It is time for leaders to get curious about how to ethically apply big data in business.

In this presentation, Dr. Kate will take the audience on a journey into ‘The New Age of Data’ with a specific focus decoding the data using cutting edge visualisation tools such as virtual reality and digital twins to ensure it is used in the most valuable way. Today, any business can collect data, but it is those who analyze and extract smart and actionable insights from data that will succeed. And as consumers become increasingly concerned about their privacy and how their data is used, so too does it become ever more important for companies to make sure their use of data is ethical. In this sense, getting curious about ethical data today will be your superpower tomorrow.

Audiences will walk away from this presentation knowing how to make data useable and human-friendly in order to make informed decisions and to build smarter strategies for the future. Big data is everywhere and intersects with every aspect of business operations. The leaders of tomorrow must be able to translate this new language to meet the needs of both their teams and target markets.

Who this is for: Leadership Teams, Business owners / Franchise, Innovation and Design Teams

Key Outcomes:

- Decoding Data - The Next Economy
- Technology
- Innovation

Curious Diversity - Innovation through Strategic Inclusion.

If we want to ignite innovation within an organisation, we must also build diverse and inclusive cultures that act as the fuel for curious explorations. It is through a different set of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds that we can develop new ideas. A diverse and inclusive workforce is necessary to enhance collaboration, foster creativity, and guide business strategies.

To ignite innovation within an organisation, we must also build diverse and inclusive cultures that act as the fuel for curious explorations. It is through a different set of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds that we can develop new ideas. A diverse and inclusive workforce is necessary to enhance collaboration, foster creativity, and guide business strategies.

So where do we begin in getting curious about the power of diversity, and intentional about the application of diverse innovation processes? In this presentation, Dr Kate breaks down the role of diversity in the modern workplace. She offers mastery, insights and experience with regards to how organisations can work together to problem-solve and to create shared narratives that cross through gender divides, cultural barriers or language differences.
Audiences will walk away from this presentation with a higher level of self-awareness, and with a focus on becoming conscious of negative biases that may be blocking creative processes. They will develop tools to open up to diversity in culture, creativity and thinking. This, in turn, creates a more inclusive and connected culture, enhancing collaboration and igniting the kind of curious creativity that exists within the world’s leading innovation companies.

Who this is for: Leadership Teams, Innovation Teams, Human Resources

Key Outcomes:

- Diversity and Inclusion
- Creativity and Innovation
- Teams and Culture
- Leadership

Workshop: Curious Quotient - Build it your Way

This is a 2-hour workshop that can be a keynote add-on or standalone session

Are you looking to build your Curiosity Quotient using creativity and play? Are you looking for a process to get you out of your heads, and into the curiosity zone? The LEGO® Serious Play® methodology is a process designed to enhance innovation, creativity, collaboration and of course, to amplify curiosity.

During this workshop, participants will be asked to use LEGO to explore a specific theme or in response to a critical challenge. The LEGO bricks work as a catalyst - and when used for building metaphors, they trigger processes that enable clarity of purpose, enhanced communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving and much much more. It is through curiosity we can explore and build pathways to new solutions.
Research on LEGO® Serious Play® shows that this kind of hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities. This workshop can be paired with any keynote, and as the participants build the outcomes, the workshop by its very nature is highly customised to meet a specific brief.

Workshop: Igniting Curiosity

For fostering innovation, boosting creativity and preparing for the future.

- 2 hour stand alone workshop
- Up to 42 participants

In this powerful hands on session, Dr. Kate will outline how her life of being professionally curious and an explorer of the human experience has uniquely positioned her to thrive in an uncertain future. She will share ways you can be more curious and integrate a curious mindset into your work and life as a tool for being more creative, innovative and fearlessly future-ready. You will also experience -through the LEGO® Serious Play® methodology -a tool used by some of the world’s top brands from Virgin Atlantic to IKEA -the power of being curious about others and their ideas and experiences.

- Learn why curiosity is a key 21st-century skill
- How to challenge yourself to be more curious to drive outcomes (innovation, creativity, problem-solving)
- Experience curiosity about others through the LEGO® Serious Play® methodology

This workshop was featured at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event(AIME) 2020 for 42 event professionals. The session was overbooked and 94% of Participants rated it good or excellent and 93% said it increased their knowledge.
"Loved using LEGOto explain what's happening in my brain." "Fantastic... a great blend of research and play. Highly recommended!" "A different way of looking at things, wonderful!"
Kate is a remarkably capable, inspiring and thoughtful person. Her influence on the WA game developer community speaks for itself, but I was particularly impressed with her abilities as a coach. I was presumably not the easiest speaker to work with, carrying a mixture of nervousness and fixed ideas to the event, and can attest to Kate’s patience and consideration. There is no question that she is one of our best and brightest. Scott Ludlam, Former Senator for Western Australia

It was my pleasure to invite Kate to join me with three other VR/visualisation experts on a panel on ‘3D Graphics in the World Wide Web’ at this year’s International World Wide Web conference, held in Perth in April. Kate provided thoughtful insight and clear strategic thinking that provided enormous benefit to a room of researchers and practitioners. I would recommend Kate to as someone both qualified to talk to professionals around these emerging topics in a clear, articulate and engaging way.

Mark Pesce, Futurist & Inventor of VRML (Virtual Reality Markup Language)

Dr. Kate is one of the smartest and most interesting people I know. I am not at all insecure about my own talents, but being around her makes me want to try harder, to think deeper, to step up and be the best I can be. Everything she says comes across as really thought provoking and considered. She has a depth and breadth that really changes the game.


Kate is a top class thinker, leader and facilitator. She ran agames/XR workshop for me at Deakin a while back which gotrave reviews from colleagues. She is hands on and effective, not a “lecturer” but a leader to new ideas.

Deakin University

'We recently invited Kate to be our opening speaker on the second day of our annual flagship event, the Women in Focus Conference, Big Thinkers and Change Makers. To say she was outstanding is an understatement. Knowledgeable, professional, engaging, on point, and captivating. Her keynote was exactly what we were looking for, completely fitted our brief, and theme, the audience was enthralled. I would highly recommend Kate for pretty much anything.

Commonwealth Bank
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