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We recently brought our new show, The World is Better Than You Think, to the PCOA Conference on the Gold Coast. What an event! A room full of some of Australia's top event organisers, in a beautiful location, and probably the largest screen we've ever seen. Plus the food. Oh my god the food.

The three of us (an economist, a scientist and a musician) took the audience on a mind-blowing journey through the amazing things happening on our planet. Using cutting edge research, we showed how diseases were being eradicated, war is decreasing, millions are being lifted out of poverty and billions are gaining access to the internet. We explained how cognitive biases make all of us feel unnecessarily pessimistic, preventing us from achieving our true potential. And we unveiled some of the great news stories that have happened in the last twelve months, accompanied by live music and some incredible visuals. The opportunity to use a 27m long screen was not one that went to waste.

The show was an unexpected perspective on what the world actually looks like, with some questionable fashion choices and a little inspiration from Monty Python. We created it to give event organisers a way to start their conference with something entertaining and very different. An uplifting, positive message accompanied by music, yet based on serious research and gold plated evidence. By the end of 45 minutes, people had a very different story about the state of humanity in the 21st century - and that was the whole point! It's designed to give the audience a renewed sense of hope, purpose, and inspiration for the rest of the event.

Many of the delegates remarked afterwards that they'd never seen anything like it. Barry Neame, the president, of the PCOA, told us it was one of the best openings to a conference he'd ever seen, which was a huge honour and a nice reward after all the work we put in to make this something special.

Watch the opening minutes of Future Crunch at the PCOA Conference:

A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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