Council Stages Festival of New Thinking to Unlock Future Potential of Local Businesses

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Steve Tighe - Festival of New Thinking Speaker

Some of the world’s best business strategists will be bringing their expertise to the first stage of the 6 Degrees ‘Festival of New Thinking’ on Monday, 17 May, at Pacific Bay Resort.

The Festival is ideal for business people, creatives and entrepreneurs across the Coffs Coast to help them think differently, apply innovative ideas and create long-term business growth.

“We have scoured the country to identify innovative thinkers who are also practical people that know how to translate ideas into hands-on tools for local business. They will share tools and skills that Coffs Coast businesses can quickly turn into value for their customers,” said Fiona Barden, Coffs Harbour City Council’s Section Leader Industry Destination Development.

“We’re living in times of unprecedented change and the Festival is aimed at helping strengthen the skills of our local businesses, both established and emerging, so that they can identify future trends and ride the wave rather than be left behind.”

Leading business strategist Steve Tighe – author and speaker on the future, strategy and innovation – will be the keynote speaker at ‘Rethinking Business’, the first stage of the Festival Of New Thinking (FONT).

He is the former National Foresight Manager at global brewer Foster’s, and has worked with some of Australia’s leading companies, exploring future scenarios for their industry and designing innovative strategies in response.

FONT will be delivered in several stages over the next 12 months beginning with ‘Rethinking Business’.

FONT is perfect for all local enterprises, big and small, to:

  • Learn and apply new ways of thinking and doing;
  • Discover insights into your customers and their expectations; and
  • Embrace powerful, future-planning ideas to help your business adapt and flourish in a changing world.


The ‘Festival of New Thinking: Rethinking Business’ will be held on Monday, 17 May, from 1:30pm to 6:30pm at Pacific Bay Resort. Early bird tickets are available for only $25.

For more information on the Festival, go to

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6 Degrees is an initiative of Coffs Harbour City Council supporting innovation, startups, and business growth. The Festival of New Thinking has been made possible with the assistance of NBN Co.

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