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Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke is one of the most sought-after creative minds in the country. As founder of Minds at Work in 2000, he’s helped people ‘think again’ since the end of the last century, working with clients across Australia in virtually every industry and government sector on issues ranging from creativity and trouble shooting to culture change and leadership.

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Testimonials for Jason Clarke

The most brilliant speaker, clear change management framework.

Personally, this is the best speaker session to me!

Would be a great session to be made available to all Finance teams across sites.

Message is strong, great delivery. Provided a different way of looking at automation and AI – embrace the change and be at the front instead of fearing it and be left behind; I thoroughly enjoyed Jason’s session.

Enjoyed this speaker, reality focused change. ANZ finance should use this person to help us with the change transition.

Manager Shareholder Services and Events, Investor Relations ANZ


I have NEVER heard anything but incredible feedback whenever we have had you speak (and that’s been quite a few times now!) Let’s face it Jason, it’s hard to follow someone like you, a person who has so much energy and who generates enthusiasm and involvement from everyone in the room.

Program Manager - International CEO Forum


Like having your brain enlarged without the drugs!

Department of Innovation


As always, you blew the audience away with your thoroughly interactive, entertaining and thought provoking presentation. You continue to top my list of all-time favourite speakers and constantly win over any audience I throw at you and in any time slot.                  


International HR Director Forum


I have been involved in corporate events for over ten years and have never seen a crowd respond so positively or so quickly in all that time. Every single attendee that approached us told us they felt inspired, enthused, full of potential and wanted more. Your ability to simplify processes that for many of them had become quite complex meant they felt motivated, able and ready to make changes and move forward.                         

Melbourne East LLEN


Frankly, these are the highest ratings I have ever seen.

Director Rabobank


Excellent. Jason’s presentation was informative, relevant and provided an appropriate level of entertainment.

LG Pro


Jason is extremely engaging and the perfect facilitator for Innovation Masterclass. Excellent.

Johnson & Johnson

Jason Clarke Travels from VIC
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Jason Clarke's Biography

Jason Clarke is one of the most sought-after creative minds in the country. As founder of Minds at Work in 2000, he’s helped people ‘think again’ since the end of the last century, working with clients across Australia in virtually every industry and government sector on issues ranging from creativity and trouble shooting to culture change and leadership.

Jason has been a Director of Minds at Work, a commercial collective of autonomous thinkers and problem solvers dedicated to supporting anyone interested in Making Things Better.

Their mission is to Help People Think and their work has involved them (in one form or another) in just about every government department, many not-for-profit organisations and some of the largest corporations on the planet.

While establishing Minds at Work, Jason also worked as a lecturer teaching Innovation, Logic and Problem Solving at Melbourne Business School, in courses of his own design. He was a Guest lecturer in Innovation at the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship and for the Stern Business School of New York.

In 2003 he co-founded (with Larissa Brown) the Future Environmental Leader's project, which quickly blossomed to become the multi award-winning Centre for Sustainability Leadership. Jason is still an active contributor to the project.

In 1994 he became the Creative Director of AAV Australia, the country's largest multimedia production company. He was responsible for the creative output of 200 media professionals on big budget creative projects for large business and government clients.

From 1988 to 1994 Jason worked as an idea merchant and freelance wordsmith for the commercial film and advertising industry, at least by day. At night he developed and taught Creative Writing and Thinking at Holmesglen TAFE.

Between 1984 and 1988 he was a Producer at Australian Business Theatre, one of the most creative and commercially savvy successful media production houses in the country.

From the late 1970’s to the mid-1980's Jason was a stage manager, presenting and touring everything from kid’s pantomime and stage magic to Shakespeare and Grand Opera. He worked with Playbox, MTC, St Martins Theatre, The Pram Factory and the Victoria State Opera.

Australians have been through tough times before but what’s happening now is on a whole other level, the combination of Recession, Pandemic and Panic presents us the kind of challenges we haven’t faced in over 100 years.

Businesses need to dramatically rethink themselves if they’re to adapt to a very different world than the one they’ve known so far. Unless of course, they’re sellers of toilet paper and cleaning products.

In response to this, Jason has some specific and helpful keynotes to assist.

Speaking Topics Include

Mind your head - Every day brings more and more things to think about… and less and less time to think in.

Studies show that our heads are so busy dealing with change that it’s seriously affecting our capacity to process the world around us, let alone decide what to do about it.

We could do with a little extra mental bandwidth, a little more room in the mind to do the kind of bigger, deeper thinking these crazy times demands of us all.

Mind Your Head offers simple but powerful techniques to declutter your head and upgrade your mind to think clearer and faster, sharper and smarter. And who doesn’t need that?

Join us… it’s a no-brainer.


Reinventing your business from the ground up - If you haven’t realised it by now, your business has some serious rethinking to do – the assumptions and habits of the last few decades will simply not get us through the next few years - but how are you supposed to do that exactly?

You have your own specific structures and systems that probably weren’t designed for world-changing disruption and innovation. And chances are, the culture you’ve had to date hasn’t exactly encouraged an agile and inventive mindset.

Luckily, you’ve probably already got more than enough brains, resources and challenges to build a truly vibrant culture of growth and innovation; maybe what you need next is a handful of practical but powerful thinking skills and tools to get that party started.

So what would reinvention look like when your business does it?


World’s next practice - Anyone can lead in a period of stability and repetition; ‘Business as Usual’ neither needs nor demands much imagination. But we haven’t enjoyed that kind of routine since last century and the next few decades promise unprecedented levels of change and invention: we’re already seeing the failure of yesterday’s leaders when faced with tomorrow’s challenges.

Tomorrow’s leader will need a mind that can rapidly embrace, connect and develop new and strange ideas, a mind that can both learn and unlearn, not only as fast as the world demands but before the rest of us catch on. Tomorrow’s leader needs to be astute observer and theorist, brilliant collaborator and a fierce competitor, inspiring visionary and creative problem solver.

So how do you do that?


How to make really big decisions you won’t regret - Chaotic times force us all to make big decisions and make them quickly and communities, businesses and governments all around us are scrambling to make the right call about situations they barely understand.

Stay or Go? Do or Don’t? Deal or No Deal?

But the only real measure of a decision being ‘good or ‘bad’ is how happily you could live with its consequences, which means that thinking through all those possible outcomes in advance is better than discovering them once the decision’s been made.

Big Decisions explores the personal, national and global dimensions of choice and offers simple but powerful tools and techniques to resolve some of the most vexing dilemmas of our time on the back of an envelope.

Yes, really.


The art of seeing forward – How to see what’s next - The future belongs to whoever sees it first, but how can anybody do that?

There are patterns in the turbulence around us, recurring shapes and rhythms that can we understand if we take a moment to observe; you already know a great deal about what the next version of your smart phone will look like. What else do you already know about what’s Next?

See how the future may not be as unknowable as you’ve been lead to believe, especially since What is About to Happen is the first child of What is Currently Happening and the grand child of What’s Already Been.


The joy of problem solving - Einstein said you couldn’t solve a problem with the same thinking that caused the problem, and he should know.  This workshop will introduce you to an essential tool kit of simple yet powerful ‘back of the envelope’ tools for understanding and resolving those annoying little foul-ups that threaten to turn everything pear shaped.

Uncover how you got into your current situation and just how many ways out there are. Understand your problems and develop effective strategies to solve them. Identify what’s stopping you from doing great things… and get past it.

Learn how to see a problem clearly, how to identify vital parts of its anatomy and most importantly, find its structural weak points. Discover the 6 basic solution strategies and see how to bring fresh eyes to an old problem… and actually have fun doing it.


The art of change

How to anticipate, embrace and even drive change – ever notice how some of us are just better at change than others? What’s the trick… and can anyone learn it?


Rethinking leadership - Our traditional models of leadership are woefully inadequate to deal with the challenges of the current century. So what does 21st Century Leadership look like?


Future ready - The future belongs to whoever sees it first; so switch your mind onto high beam and start looking!


Automate this! - Are you keeping an algorithm of a job… and if so, for how much longer? What can you do that a machine can’t; and could that be your next career?