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FLUX TRENDS is proud to present our inaugural Innovation Tour


How do you rate your company’s innovation reputation?

In an era where foresight, problem solving and left field thinking have become the new business currency, Flux Trends is proud to announce the launch of the Flux Innovation Tour 2020: Solution-Based Innovation for a New World Order.
This unique tour is designed to simultaneously shift your thinking and challenge your perceptions of the innovation process.

Your tour guide will be Dion Chang, the founder of Flux Trends, who will not only take you on a remarkable and unexpected journey, but the all-important conversations that take place between each stop will be an opportunity to chat and delve into years of Flux research that will help you frame the future of your business.

Think of the day as a healthy dose of innovation, garnished generously with foresight. Join us.

Sign up to gain access to the pre-launch information. 



Three years ago, I attended a remarkable Innovation Tour of the top 50 performing companies in NYC. Since then I’ve been on a quest to not only find the Holy Grail of innovation – which all companies are searching for – but also to learn how to scale innovation within corporate structures. For the latter, I attended a masterclass in Silicon Valley last year, which dovetailed perfectly with my first innovation tour.

I’ve brought these multiple insights back to South Africa and have incorporated them into the lecture modules I give at various business schools (GIBS, GSB at UCT and Duke CE).

However, I feel it is time to translate what I learnt into something that’s similar to my NYC experience, as that tour really expanded my understanding of different forms of innovation, made me think differently, and most importantly, gave me a clearer insight into how different companies enable the innovation process. Experiencing innovation first hand, and speaking to the innovators – who gave generously of their time and insights – was an invaluable experience.

To do this I am putting together the first Flux Trends Innovation Tour, which will be hosted in Johannesburg. However, innovation on the African continent requires a unique approach.


While developed economies have the luxury to embark on “innovation for innovation’s sake”, solution-based innovation is what the African continent excels at. We may not always have the infrastructure or funding that first world countries have, but we find solutions that solve problems: solutions which impact on and improve lives. In essence, I believe that Africa is set to become the epicentre of innovation for greater good.


The mantra of Flux Trends is “trends as business strategy”, and to fulfil that mission statement we focus on making people think differently, and in this case, specifically about the innovation process.

The tour is designed to repeatedly shift your thinking by switching environments and industry sectors. Each stop on the tour might seem unrelated, but nothing on this tour is coincidental or arbitrary: from the food you eat, to the people you meet, to the places you visit, and even to the way you are transported. It is a process that will be fun and enlightening, but the real insights will only be processed in hindsight. This was my experience in New York and one that I would like to pass on to you.

I will be your tour guide, so not only will your thinking be shifted by the tour, but the all-important conversations that take place between each stop will be an opportunity to chat and delve into years of Flux research – on the various facets and nuances affecting the future of business.

Think of the day as a healthy dose of innovation, garnished generously with foresight.

Join us.

Dion Chang – Founder, Flux Trends


The tour starts the night before with a meet-and-greet dinner at one of Johannesburg’s most innovative and celebrated restaurants. It’s a chance for Flux to welcome you, provide you with a glimpse of things to come, as well as to meet your fellow explorers. (The tour has been designed to be intimate, so places on the tour are limited to 20.)

The day of the tour will be a whirlwind of unexpected businesses, in unexpected places, and interactions with unexpected innovators. Innovation comes in many guises.


Executives and business leaders who understand that innovation is elusive but is nevertheless essential for the future of their business, or the survival of their current business model.

Business owners and corporate decision makers who know that new perspectives and new ways of thinking are needed to break the mould of 20th century corporate thinking, which still informs and drives many of today’s business operating systems, but not for much longer. Systems are changing. Rapidly.

Pioneers and trailblazers who know that solution-based innovation will not only be as profitable as bottom-line focused businesses, but more importantly, create businesses better suited to our fast emerging, new world order.


Dion Chang

Dion Chang is a strategic thinker, keynote speaker, a walking ideas bank and professional cage rattler. He is one of South Africa’s most respected trend analysts and founder of Flux Trends, which takes the unique view of “trends as business strategy”.

Flux Trends specialises in identifying unexpected business opportunities within shifting trends, and specifically the impact of disruptive technologies – across all industries – ensuring that global trends have relevance when translated for African, and South African businesses.

Dion is passionate about assisting companies embrace change and embedding a culture of innovation into corporate operating systems. As a result, he is used as a management consultant for businesses facing disruption and challenged with 


adapting to a new world order.

He lectures Foresight and Innovation Implementation modules for executives and senior management at various business schools, including GIBS, UCT’s Graduate School of Business and Duke CE. He has devised and hosted three trend conferences and published three trend books. 

Apart from being an information source for cross-industry trends for many journalists, he also writes columns for City Press, Acumen (a C-suite business quarterly for GIBS) and is a regular podcast contributor to eBizRadio.

His 20-year experience in the media industry as a journalist and media spokesperson, enables him to provide insights into the ever-changing relationship between brands, consumers and the 

communication channels that bind them.

He has a deep passion for youth trends and subcultures, as well as for innovation for greater good. He is an intrepid traveller, global citizen and proud South African. 

Welcome dinner: Thursday 6th February 2020
Innovation Tour: Friday 7th February 2020


Mercedes Benz

We are proud to be in association with Mercedes Benz as our headline sponsor.  Its association with Beautiful News, a positive news platform, was part of the brand’s decision to play a role in growing innovation in South Africa. Our partnership with the auto company aligns well with this initiative. Explorers will be chauffeured in the latest models to the various stops on the tour.

As a pioneer of the automobile, they seek innovations which provide for pleasant, safe and resource-friendly mobility, day in, day out. They have visionary ideas for vehicles, mobility concepts, e-mobility and digital networking of the future – as well as the solutions with which we are already shaping the present. 

Miss Molly

A signature of any Flux event is a flute of bubbly to end proceedings. It helps our guests digest, discuss and process the information they have just absorbed. 

Flux is proud to have Miss Molly as the bubbly sponsor for the tour. Miss Molly is a member of the Môreson family of wines. When they developed the Miss Molly wines, named after their beloved Weimaraner, they realised the range had the potential to raise awareness about the charities they support. So a portion of the cost of every bottle will be donated to the South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind and The Society for Animals in Distress. 


Flux is pleased to have Workshop17 Firestation on board. Innovation Tour explorers will get to experience this coworking space, a place to connect with people and businesses.

Workshop17 Firestation has been designed around and above Rosebank’s fully functioning fire station, a marriage of old and new. When people sign up for Workshop17, they aren’t just renting work space, they’re joining a thriving hive of insights, a network of opportunities and a melting pot of expert skill-sharing.  



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