Harry Potter’s magic

Business StorytellingI am out of the cupboard under the stairs, as a huge Harry Potter fan!  Whether you are a fan or not, Harry Potter is a ripping yarn and great if sometimes dark storytelling.

What is also interesting is the larger narrative that surrounds the books.  We all know how J.K. Rowling was a struggling single parent and how the book was rejected several times as publishers thought it too long and too slow for children.

Popular myth has it that Bloomsbury ‘s decision to publish Rowling’s book apparently owes much to Alice Newton, the eight-year-old daughter of one of the company’s executives, who was given the first chapter to review by her father and immediately demanded the next.  Although Bloomsbury agreed to publish the book, they also advised Rowling to get a day job, since she had little chance of making money in children’s books!  So glad she didn’t listen to them.

Just this morning when I was listening to the radio, Red Symonds was interviewing  Andy McCray. Andy a keen fan set up his website harrypotterfanzone when he was 11 years old.  Andy has  grown up with the stars of the Harry Potter series, and even had his site recognised by J.K.Rowling and  been invited onto the set several times. Of course he set the site up out of passion not expecting this largess.  Both J.K.Rowling and Andy are testimony to the power of  ‘Do what you love and love what you do’.  And I am personally looking forward to loving the movie tomorrow!

Ci2011 – Creative Innovation Conference Melbourne Nov 2011


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We are honoured and excited to be part of this year’s Creative Innovation 2011 conference.
Ci2010 was described as the “Best conference EVER!” (MICE magazine), and this year’s event promises to be even more relevant and transformational.

Creative Innovation 2011 is a rare opportunity to learn, think, connect and share ideas with over 35 of the world’s most influential thinkers under one roof to inspire your leadership and achieve business success.

The theme for Ci2011 is: “The challenges and opportunities of a super-connected world”

We are honoured to be on the same speaking program with one of USA’s leading entrepreneurs Raymond Kurzweil, acclaimed philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett (USA), world authority on creative thinking Edward De Bono (UK), technology entrepreneur Tan Le (USA), Stanford and IDEO design thinking expert Brendan Boyle (USA), “The Innovation Architect” Paddy Miller (USA), education guru Stephen Heppell (UK), Australian of the Year Simon McKeon, and many more…

This is a 2 Day Conference plus Deep Conversations, 10 Master Classes, a Gala Dinner and outstanding Australian performers and  artists…not to be missed!

It will be held on 16-18 November 2011 at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins.

Please acces the website for further information and registration details. www.ci2011.com.au