Orange Economy Keynote Speech in Curaçao

David delivered the Orange Economy keynote speech at an event in Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles.

The event about the Curaçao creative economy was a seminar for entrepreneurs on the Caribbean island. It was organised by by Connecting the Dots & Kas di Kultura Curaçao Foundation.

In his Orange Economy keynote speech, David spoke about creative entrepreneurship and how we can combine creative talent with smart business thinking to achieve both creative and commercial success. He  illustrated his speech with examples of creative business models, plus stories from successful creative entrepreneurs around the world.

Orange Economy keynote speech

The event was opened by Dr I.S. (Steven) Martina, Minister for Economic Development, who was presented with a signed copy of the book ‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’ by David.

Orange Economy Keynote Speech in Curacao
David presents a copy of his book to Minister for Economic Development, Dr I.S. (Steven) Martina


The Orange Economy keynote speech followed, in which David spoke about creative entrepreneurship and creative business models.

Orange Economy keynote speech by David Parrish in Curacao

“We are very grateful that David could be our Key Note Speaker at our Curacao Creative Economy event. There is a lot of uncertainty for the creative entrepreneurs in Curaçao. A lot of our creatives often worry that they are making the wrong choice to continue working in the creative industry. David’s keynote was an inspiration to many of them, some of them coming up to me afterwards telling me that now they are confident that it is the right choice and that they are now motivated to make it work! Thank you David!”

– Eloise van Wickeren. Film Commissioner at the Ministry of Economic Development in Curaçao.

After David’s keynote speech, there was a debate on the Creative Economy and statements presented by the moderator. Panelists from creative industry: – Randal Corsen (Music) – Hugo Lew Yen Tai (Cariflix) – Eloise van Wickeren (Film commissioner) – Jean-Clair St. Jago (Graphic Design, Videography, Photography, Motion Graphics & Visual Effects) – Ryan Navarro (Filmmaker, Artist & Entrepreneur).

Creative session Panelists include: – Francis Sling (Visual Arts) – Crisen Schorea (Publication, literature, performing art) – Veronique Toulon (Beauty) – Evita Sanchez – (Pop-up markets, wellness)

Fiona Curie, David Parrish and Eloise van Wickeren at the Connecting the Dots event in Curacao
Fiona Curie, David Parrish and Eloise van Wickeren

Curaçao Creative Economy. Brought to you by Connecting the Dots & Kas di Kultura Curaçao Foundation

It is known that innovation occurs across all industries, but that innovation is more likely in the creative industries than in many other sectors. The creative industry touches many other facets in an economy covering a wide array of industries contributing to socio-economic development, generating revenue, employment and global cultural diversity.

However, the creative industry is often neglected and for many difficult to comprehend. Through this event, we want to attempt to bring change in the way the creative industry is perceived on the island of Curaçao. By presenting the diversity, interconnectivity, potential and needs of the industry, we want to inspire the community to reconsider the industry as an important one that should be advanced (Fireside Chat). Secondly, we want to help those in the creative industry to improve and professionalize their business by connecting them to available support instruments (Happy hour Meet-Greet-Eat in the patio).

David also delivered workshops during his visit to Curaçao.

“David’s workshop on “How to Make Money While You Sleep” gave a lot of participants inspiration and new ideas they can implement in their creative businesses.”
– Arnelys Martus. Curaçao Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Whilst in Curaçao, David was interviewed on the TV station TeleCuraçao.

David’s Orange Economy keynote speech was informed by his own experience as a creative entrepreneur and his international work helping creative enterprises to become even more successful.

He is the author of two books and other publications to help creative entrepreneurs in the orange economy and creative industries to be even more successful.

David’s first book, “T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity” has been published in translations in 13 countries worldwide. The book is designed to help creative enterprises in the creative industries, the Orange Economy and the cultural industries worldwide.

Orange Economy keynote speech


Conference and events organisers say in testimonials that David inspires, enlightens and entertains his audiences. As a keynote speaker, David brings his own experience of working in the creative industries and orange economy. He brings success stories from his clients around the world to his speeches and presentations.

“It was a pleasure to invite David to give the keynote speech at the Third International Creative Industries Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. His speech about ‘Creative Business in the Digital Economy’ was enlightening. It was ideal for our audience that included startups, government officials, investors and agencies from Serbia and other countries. David’s speech was also broadcast on TV to reach an even wider audience. We were delighted with the positive impact that David made on the creative industries here in Serbia.”
Tatjana Kalezic. Creative Industries Cluster of Vojvodina KVIK.

Orange Economy keynote speech

“David Parrish is a very inspirational speaker. The way he illustrates his points is excellent. He makes you laugh and instantly you start to think about your own ideas and projects.”
– Eli Folkestadaas. British-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce. Oslo, Norway

David has delivered keynote speeches around the world about the creative industries and the orange economy. In addition to this Orange Economy keynote speech, he has spoken at conferences, conventions, summits and other events for the creative industries, the digital economy, cultural industries, the creative economy and the cultural economy. David has given talks and participated in panel discussions and round table debates. He has also presented lectures and TEDx talks.

For example he was the keynote speaker at the Ejadah Confex, the Saudi Arabia Creative Economy Conference and Exhibition in 2016; keynote speaker in Serbia at the Third International Creative Industries Conference. He was a speaker at the Business Wisdom Summit in Ukraine; EVCOMference 2015 in the UK; and keynote creative economy speaker at the Korea Creative Economy Forum. He gave a presentation at the ‘Think up Culture!’ conference in Spain. He also spoke in Russia at the World Summit of Creative Industries in Moscow; at a Samsung Conference in Portugal; and a Cultural Economy Conference in Chile. In Ireland, David was the creative industries keynote speaker at Enterprise Week in County Donegal. He was the international keynote speaker at The Digital Debate Digital Industries conference in Bogotá, Colombia. (See many more examples and testimonials below.) His Orange Economy keynote speech was one of several at Festival Naranja in 2017.

“David has been a pleasure to work with since day one when we have approached him. His name was specifically chosen based on his expertise and background as a creative keynote speaker. We are especially appreciating the attention to details given by David and flexibility to fit the conference theme promoting the creative economy in Saudi. Audiences from different backgrounds were highly influenced by the content presented by David throughout his two sessions “Creative Economy Worldwide” and “Combining Business With Creativity”. Local speakers and guests have approached David in different ways and he was pleasantly attending all requesting. ACE Events as an organizer had a very smooth experience with David until the last day, which we are highly thankful for and this is definitely a presence that we look forward to have in more events to come in future.”
Mais El-Ras. Ejadah Confex. Saudi Arabia.

Orange Economy keynote speech

David is a popular inspiring and entertaining keynote speaker at conferences and events world-wide. This Orange Economy keynote speech uses examples from the Orange Economy and creative industries elsewhere in the world. He is one of the most respected international creative industries keynote speakers. David speaks about creative enterprise, the creative economy, the creative and digital industries, the digital economy, cultural enterprise, the cultural economy and creativity in business. As a qualified marketing expert, David speaks about creative marketing, international marketing, marketing strategies and international business.

“EXCELLENT was the overwhelming response of delegates about David’s speech on Creativity and Business”