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Open Forum is an independent collaborative think-tank built around an interactive discussion website hosted and moderated by Global Access Partners (GAP). It provides a platform for focused dialogue on social, political, economic, ecological and cultural issues and challenges.

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Transition to the 21st century

Global Mindset logoHow are we are learning and working in a constantly changing and rapidly digitising environment? Global Mindset is inviting you to discuss this at a conference on 21 October 2015 in Sydney.

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Shop less. Live more.

Buy Nothing New MonthThis October is Buy Nothing New Month, a global movement for collective, conscientious consumption. It's a one month challenge to buy nothing new (with the exception of essentials like food, hygiene and medicines).

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Host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast

National Breast Cancer Foundation logoOne in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and seven women die from breast cancer every day in Australia. This October, you can host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast and raise funds for breast cancer research.

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A Vision for Australia – Part 3

posted by Peter Fritz, Oct 09, 2015

Global Access Partners (GAP) is developing a ‘big picture’ vision and roadmap for Australia. The Chairman of GAP, Peter Fritz, concludes his series of blogs by sharing the most important part of achieving progress.

Reimagining Budgets

Budgets for expensive public services — such as health, for example — must start to account for the future of technological change. Such budgets still involve the allocation of a certain sum of money towards particular equipment purchases which must then suffice for ten years or more, whether or not they are obsolete in five. In health, this does nothing to improve patient care, but is driven by the cumbersome way in which transparency procedures are implemented, and so in search of one benefit we are sacrificing another.

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Climate Change

There is no further need for debate over the reality of climate change – the science is incontrovertible. We are experiencing extreme weather patterns everywhere: longer heatwaves, more floods and bushfires. The polar ice is melting and iconic places like the Great Barrier Reef are at grave risk.

Leading up to the Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, we will discuss developments in Australia and worldwide. Where do we stand? How are we tracking? What happens after Paris? And is there any hope?

Australia is one of the largest emitter per capita. So far the new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will not consider returning to the carbon trading scheme he once advocated. He ruled out changing the Coalition’s existing climate change polices and wants to stick with Direct Action.

As governments alone are too slow to act, we need to engage business and communities more than we do already. We have to make lowering carbon emission part our national identity.

What are the economic opportunities in the fight against global warming? Can we have a clean energy revolution that will drive, not hinder, growth? Some anticipate that solar could be globally competitive with coal by 2020. Greenpeace has recently released a report stating that Australia could operate with 100% renewable energy by 2050. How can other new technologies help slow down or even reverse damage done by climate change?

What are the most pressing issues around climate change according to you? Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au and share your ideas and concerns with our online community.

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