Creative Connections: Session 13

Balancing Responsibility And Innovation In Volatile Times

Guest panelists:

Ananth Gopal – Director and Facilitator, Polykala & Polykala: Ananth Gopal is the lead facilitator of Australia Council’s Future Leaders program. He is a Harvard-trained facilitator, actor and geographer. He’s an associate artist with Melbourne Playback Theatre Company and teaches cultural geography at the Universities of Melbourne and Wollongong.

Tom Henderson – Director & Facilitator, Polykala & Polykala: Tom Henderson is a specialist facilitator with experience working in a range of complex social and cultural environments. He helped facilitate the extensive public consultations of the regional forestry agreements (RFAs) in Victoria.

 

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About This Episode

What forms of formal and informal authority do we have in our contexts? How do we feel about providing strong guidance, clear communication and directives? Who’s going to be hurting most in your sphere — what plans do we have in place to mitigate harm, reassure them or at least acknowledge their hardship?

In volatile, uncertain and complex times we need to think adaptively. The first step requires distinguishing between leadership and authority and defining each as distinct but complementary functions.

We all have a set of responsibilities that we need to uphold (authority). At the same time, volatility and uncertainty present opportunities to innovate (enact leadership). Balancing these is like a dance of push and pull forces.

Join Ananth and Tom from Polykala as they explore the balance and boundaries between authority and leadership.


About The Series

Creative Connections is an online webinar series for the cultural and arts sectors and will offer practical, accessible and useful content delivered by industry experts on key topics and emerging themes.

The series is focused around the theme of adaptation, and sessions will explore digital adaptation, leadership adaptation and arts practice adaptation. Sessions will be facilitated by experts in specific topic areas, with over thirty sessions available.

Tom Henderson

Tom Henderson is a specialist facilitator with experience working in a range of complex social and cultural environments. He helped facilitate the extensive public consultations of the regional forestry agreements (RFAs) in Victoria, designed an Australia-first Muslim-Jewish coalition’s anti-bigotry program and delivers nation-wide training in Diversity and Inclusion for leading not-for-profits and arts organisations. 

Tom is a graduate of the Groupwork Institute’s Advanced Diploma in Group Facilitation and has undergone intensive training in Adaptive Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He co-directs Polykala, an experiential leadership training organisation, and has a passion for working with people in an open and engaged environment.

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Ananth Gopal

Ananth Gopal is the lead facilitator of Australia Council’s Future Leaders program. He is a Harvard-trained facilitator, actor and geographer. He’s an associate artist with Melbourne Playback Theatre Company and teaches cultural geography at the Universities of Melbourne and Wollongong. 

He is a doctoral researcher at the Australian Centre of Cultural Environmental Research, investigating the links between diverse cultural groups and Australian environmentalism. Ananth has completed Adaptive Leadership training at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and uses those insights in his work with Polykala, an experiential training/facilitation business he co-directs. 

He combines theatrical flair and scholarly insight in his training and facilitation and is committed to enabling communities, organisations and individuals to tackle tough challenges and thrive.

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