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FebFast 2015

FebFast is a charity that raises money to fight youth addiction by challenging you to give up your favourite vice for 28 days. In the past the focus was on alcohol, but this year FebFasters are invited to choose from five habits one that they are going to abstain from – alcohol, nicotine, sugar, junk food or social media.


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International Year of Light


The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Light. It’s a global initiative that highlights the importance of light and optical technologies in everyone’s life. It aims to inspire, educate, and connect on a global scale.


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Rise for revolution


1 Billion Rising Revolution 2015

One Billion Rising is a global action to demand an end to violence against women. Every February, participants rise in hundreds of countries across the world through dance to express joy and community and celebrate not having been defeated by this violence. To find, plan or manage an event, go to the campaign’s website.


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Lucky country needs to make our own luck


posted by David Morris, Jan 30, 2015

Tony Abbott’s error of judgment with his ‘knights and dames’ got us talking about how modern Australia has changed. David Morris looks back on our history and says we need to make our own luck as we always have.

Conventional thinking is that Australia is a complacent country, or, as Donald Horne famously quipped, “a lucky country.” It’s why people often say we will never make the effort to become an independent republic, because, well, why bother?

Yet the lightning reaction to the Prime Minister’s decision to seek from the Queen a knighthood for her husband has Australians talking all over the country in recent times about our identity, our values and the fact that modern Australia has changed.


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Social Responsibility


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” (Winston Churchill)

Many companies have made social responsibility an integral part of their business model. It’s an increasingly important issue for any organisation. There is a shift towards making a positive contribution – or at least reducing a negative impact – on a corporate and individual level.

More companies today believe in giving back to the community, as they begin to understand how economic growth is linked to social and environmental wellbeing. To be sustainable and credible, organisations have to take the social and environmental consequences of their actions into account.

Is social responsibility integrated in your organisation? How can we strike a balance between economical growth and the welfare of the workforce, our families, the local community and the larger society? And how can we be socially responsible as individuals? How do our actions affect communities outside our immediate circle of family and friends?

If you are interested in contributing a blog, you are warmly invited to contact Svetlana, the editor of Open Forum, at sstankovic@openforum.com.au.


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