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ACCPA Strategic Innovation Program

Program overview:

ACCPA has partnered with Crazy Might Work to deliver a strategic innovation program designed for aged care and community boards and executives.

This industry-focussed two-day face-to-face program, invites senior leaders and executives to work together on strategic challenges that are significant for their organisations and require innovative thinking e.g. responding to compliance changes;  recruitment of clinical staff and new business models. The program will allow you to build your sector network, collaborating in syndicates with other senior leaders on areas of shared interest.

You will emerge from the program having:

  • Enhanced your sector network, forging new executive and board level connections
  • Made significant progress on a critical element of your current strategy
  • Developed an implementation-ready pilot solution for testing
  • Acquired world-leading strategic innovation skills
  • Crafted a compelling narrative to support it

Outcomes of the program:

As part of ACCPA’s InnovAGEING initiative, this program has been designed to equip and future proof senior leaders with board-level strategic innovation skills.

At the same time, it will connect you with a network of like-minded leaders who are as ambitious and committed to change as you are.

You will meet other sector thought leaders and have the opportunity to work together in syndicates of 4-6 on an area of shared strategic interest.

With periodic check-ins and presentations to and from the larger group, you will have access to live feedback from your peers and our innovation experts, with the opportunity to pitch a pilot concept on the final day.

You will take the amended pilot canvas back to your leadership team in implementation-ready form and be able make immediate progress on an aspect of your current strategy.

This is not two days ‘out’ of your business, it is two days of immersive, intense collaboration and skills acquisition to produce a strategic innovation that truly matters for your organisation.

The program is grounded in the absolute latest cognitive and social neuroscience and covers the strategic innovation essentials of:

  • Systems Thinking: Mapping the strategic context and selecting the most powerful levers for innovation.
  • Appreciative Inquiry: Using this approach to reframe your strategic challenge and generate fresh insights.
  • Analogous Inquiry: Looking outside of industry for inspiration to find transferrable step-change ideas.
  • Design Thinking: ‘Building to think’ with advanced prototyping techniques, matched to your challenge area.
  • Value Proposition Design: Going beyond the obvious to consider social and emotional ‘jobs-to-be-done’.
  • Strategic Storytelling: The history, art and neuroscience of influence required to craft a compelling narrative.
  • Pilot Design: Using the Pilot Design Canvas to create a scientifically sound ‘in vivo’ test of your innovation.
  • Embedding: Applying contemporary social and cognitive neuroscience to embed change as a collective habit.

Meet our Facilitators:

Paul Hawkins – Chief, Combolulator


Paul grew up in Africa, under the influence of leaders like Nelson Mandela. He went on to work in over 20 countries on everything from mergers and acquisitions to global shared services before launching an award-winning, for purpose leadership and innovation academy in

Antarctica. Paul has formal qualifications in education, business and innovation and is accredited in neuroscience and appreciative inquiry through the Neuro-Leadership Institute and Case Western Universities, respectively. He is the lead facilitator of the 4-Dimensional Leadership program used by NASA and chairs the Board of a Community Services organisation, as well as annual symposia like World Forum Disrupt and the Humans in Space Summit. His PhD is in breakthrough innovation and his passion is bringing leadership lessons from frontiers like space to the workplace.

Melanie Farmer, Concierge of Co-Creation

Melanie has led award-winning enterprise-wide cultural and efficiency transformations for over 25 years across multiple industries. She has degrees in education, innovation and biomimicry, and has advised the European Union on regional innovation policy. Melanie led the consulting arm at the award-winning University of Sussex Innovation Centre for over 10 years, nurturing concepts like the electric car charging post, game design and bendable iPads. Her work contributed to the fame of the Sussex Centre, with multiple awards, including the ‘UK Business Incubator of the Year’ and the ’Queen’s Award for Enterprise’. She established businesses in Australia, Singapore, the UAE and the UK before joining Crazy Might Work. Today, Melanie is our instructional design lead and co-facilitates the NASA 4-D Leadership and Leading4Breakthrough® programs. Her passion is biomimicry (emulating Nature’s genius) in which she is Australia’s leading expert.

Paul Hawkins


Date:  21 and 22 August 2024

Time: Full Day

Venue: Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour – 100 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney


ACCPA Members:

  • $2,750.00 inc GST each

ACCPA Non-Members:

  • $3,575.00 inc GST each


Date:  27 and 28 August 2024

Time: Full Day

Venue: The Johnson Hotel – 477 Boundary St, Spring Hill, QLD, 4000


ACCPA Members:

  • $2,750.00 inc GST each

ACCPA Non-Members:

  • $3,575.00 inc GST each

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Cancellation Policy 
Cancellations must be notified in writing to . Any cancellations made within 30 days prior to the Event will be non-refundable. Delegates who, after registering, find themselves unable to attend the Event are welcome to nominate a substitute and must inform ACCPA Events in writing as soon as possible.

Payment Terms 
It is a condition of registration that participants pay full payment at the time of booking via credit card or by invoicing by prior arrangement.   All payments must be finalised prior to commencement. Registrants who have outstanding payments will not be able to participate. Upon registration, a Tax Invoice will be emailed to the person making the booking.